St. Simons Island features two public beaches, the Massingale Park Beach is the most popular, with a picnic area, bathhouse, and even an on-duty lifeguard from June 1st until Labor Day. Parking and fishing are both free at Massingale, and drinking is allowed. The second beach on the St. Simons Island is the Coast Guard Station Beach, which also has a bathhouse and showers, as well as on-duty lifeguards and permitted drinking.
Beach-going is a way of life on St. Simons Island. The ambient climate allows year-round enjoyment, so pick your pleasure: surfing, shelling, sunbathing, jogging, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, volleyball, biking and swimming. Lifeguards on duty from June 1 until Labor Day. Or just come to the beach and see why Helen Keller wrote: I could never stay long enough on the shore, the tang of the untainted, fresh and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.
Beach Rules for Glynn County:
• No glass containers.
• No motorized vehicles.
• No littering.
• Please use the beach trash receptacle or carry your trash off the beach to a dumpster.
• If your animal leaves more than prints in the sand, please pick it up and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.
• Animals are prohibited on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day from Mallery St. (the pier) to First St./East Beach (Coast Guard Station).
There are many other public accesses to the beach along the roads that parallel the ocean. Just look for signs, but please always remember to respect homeowners’ rights and properties when parking.