1 unique Georgia spot makes Top 25 US Beaches list

Trip Advisor unveiled its picks for the United States’ top 25 beaches this week. Only one Georgia beach made the list. That honor went to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island.

“Fantastic beach to walk off your stress and learn how to relax again. Strolling past the barren trees and huge pieces of fallen trees was such a unique experience,” one Trip Advisor user noted in a recent review.

Driftwood Beach sits on the north end of the coastal Georgia island. What’s unique about this stretch of beach are the driftwood and trees that dot the landscape. Years of erosion have left massive trees in the ocean and on the beach.

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“What was once a maritime forest is now a sandy shore lined with weathered tree trunks and branches, creating a sight that’s truly unique to the Golden Isles,” Goldenisles.com notes. “Driftwood Beach is ideal for a sunny afternoon, a morning picnic, and even stargazing late at night.”

It’s a favorite spot for photographers and couples looking to get married.

“The title says it all,” Trip Advisor user Melissa A. noted in her review. “Pictures online just don’t do this place justice. I had (built) this beach up in my mind and, shockingly, it did not disappoint. This is just a must see - it would be at the top of my list for first timers.”

Trip Advisor named Driftwood Beach the 11th best beach in the United States. Saint Pete Beach in Florida earned the top spot. Two beaches in Hawaii, one in California and another in Oregon rounded out the top five. Several other Florida beaches made the top 15. Madeira Beach earned the No. 9 spot, while Ormond Beach earned the No. 12 spot, Henderson Beach State Park in Destin checked in at No. 13 and Pensacola Beach was ranked No. 15.