Beach vacations with babes in tow score bonus points when they offer up a little something more than sand. And with miles of wide, flat beaches, bike trails through Spanish-moss covered live oaks, and wildlife interactions at world-class facilities, Jekyll Island is a family vacation jackpot only four-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to plan your next beach breakaway.

Jekyll Island Beaches

For the beach lovers, Jekyll Island offers wide, flat beaches that are particularly appealing to kiddos for their endless supply of castle-ready sand that doesn't seem to invade swimsuits and swim diapers as much as the fluffy white dunes found at the Gulf. And while any of the beaches on Jekyll Island are sure to please, don't pass up a chance to take the littles to Driftwood Beach. Located on the north end of the island, it's dotted with sun-bleached, beached, and gorgeous remains of live oaks that are as beautiful as they are entertaining to climb on. Just be sure to hit it at low tide when they're more accessible to your explorers.

All photos courtesy of the author. 

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—Shelley Massey


*Lodging for this trip was paid for by Holiday Inn Resorts, but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.