Each year, the day before the Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in the south happens in Jacksonville, Florida on the last Saturday in October, college students from across Georgia try to out do it on the coastal beaches of Georgia. They travel to St. Simons Island for what has been coined “Frat Beach”.
While Frat Beach is a huge celebration for college students, many parents do not know what it is or what is happening. Close to 6,000 students will flock to the island over that weekend, and with any group of people that size, there are bound to be a few hiccups along the way. Being prepared can mean the difference between an enjoyable weekend or one that is miserable. The assumption is that if you go to Frat Beach, it is for the purpose of partying hard from sun-up to sundown. This doesn’t mean you have to be irresponsible in your behavior.
We encourage parents to have conversations with their students about drinking responsibly and staying out of trouble. The safety conversations that you have with your student before they go off to college should be reinforced for road trips such as this. Travelers should also be aware that law enforcement on the island has begun to crack down on out of control or inappropriate behaviors.
Here is a helpful link that will provide you and your student with valuable information to ensure that they have a fun and safe time at Frat Beach.