To add to your bucket list immediately: Driftwood Beach
After stalking photos of this Jekyll Island beach for the better part of the last two years, I finally decided to go see it with my own eyes. And let me just tell you that I’ve been beating myself up ever since for waiting so long to go!
Scattered with the sun-bleached remains of gnarled and weathered trees, left behind from years of coastal erosion, stepping onto Driftwood Beach is like stepping into an alternate reality. It feels like what I imagine a post-apocalyptic world to feel like. Signs of a life that once was intertwined with a life that now is, all under the watchful and commanding eye of Mother Nature.
It’s also consistently voted as one of America’s “10 Most Romantic Beaches,” but despite being a hopeless romantic myself, romantic isn’t actually a word I’d use to describe it. To me, it feels emotional and passionate. A little mysterious and a lot eerie, yet picturesque and alluring at the same. It almost feels like a graveyard, and walking through it is like walking through the aftermath of a party, only a party you’re not sure ended well or (more likely) ended badly.
Driftwood Beach is one of those places that you have to experience for yourself. Although I’ve seen some pretty unreal photos taken here by some pretty unreal photographers, no picture can ever do justice to the real thing. And I highly recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. I arrived about an hour before dawn and stayed until the sun was shining brightly overhead, and every, single moment was worth it.
Stay tuned for more photos of this otherworldly beach, which is truly one of the most unique and memorable places I’ve been to anywhere in the world!