Explore Pristine Beaches at Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island.

For those seeking an exciting experience, take a boat ride from Tybee Island, Savannah's coastal spot, to Ossabaw Island, the third-largest barrier island in Georgia.

Covering 26,000 acres, Ossabaw Island boasts a mix of maritime forest, tidal wetlands, and vast beaches along the Atlantic coast. It has been designated by the State of Georgia as a protected area for the purpose of studying, researching, and educating about its natural, scientific and cultural significance.

Many people are unaware that 13 miles of Ossabaw Island's beaches are accessible to the public. This island is home to nesting loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks, as well as alligators and wild boar. It is a perfect destination for anyone who loves nature and wildlife, regardless of age.

Ossabaw Island

Situated a mere 20-minute drive south of Savannah, Ossabaw Island can only be reached by boat. However, don't be discouraged from visiting - numerous charter boats from Tybee Island and Savannah regularly make the journey to Ossabaw Island.

Located just 20 minutes south of Savannah, Ossabaw Island is only accessible by boat, but don’t let that deter you from taking the trip! Many of Tybee Island and Savannah’s charter boats often travel to Ossabaw Island. Bull River CruisesSea Kayak Georgia, and Savannah Coastal Ecotours are just a few options for charters and kayak companies that can guide you to this mysterious and intriguing island.

Visitors are invited to bask in the splendor of Ossabaw Island's stunning beaches from dawn to dusk. However, due to its designation as a heritage preserve, guests must refrain from venturing beyond the dunes unless their activities align with the regulations outlined in the Heritage Preserve Act. This restricts access to Ossabaw's interior for the purpose of studying, researching, and educating about its natural, scientific and cultural aspects. Learn more about these trips here.

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Writers, photographers, painters and musicians all find inspiration on the pristine island. Each year, the Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat takes place on the island, serving as a community brainstorm for writers of all styles. Other events take place on the island throughout the year, like overnight art retreats, volunteer clean-ups, and even a New Year's Eve overnight trip. You can learn more about them here.

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