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Getting to St Simons Island
Island exits from I-95 are just 15 minutes from St. Simons. The Jacksonville International Airport is just 60 miles away and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is less than 70 miles away. Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is a quick 20-minute drive, with three incoming Delta Connection flights daily.

Approximate Driving Times
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From Greenville, SC
5 hrs 45 minutes

From Atlanta, GA
5 hrs

From Jacksonville, FL
1 hr 30 minutes

From Orlando, FL
4 hrs

From Charleston, SC
3 hrs 45 minutes


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Visit Jekyll Island
Just a few miles from St. Simons, Jekyll Island is a popular day trip destination, with 20 miles of paved bike trails, a fishing pier, 63 holes of golf, 10 miles of public beach, horseback riding, Summer Waves Water Park, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island, GA

Christ Church Frederica

Christ Church Frederica
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Christ Church Frederica


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T.S. Elliot

Welcome to St. Simons Island, GeorgiaWelcome to St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles!
St. Simons Island, GA is home to fabulous beaches, golfing, charter fishing, spas and salons, and a variety of restaurants, fun events and entertainment for everyone. The unspoiled beauty of St. Simons and its distinctively charming beach lifestyle that is unhurried and under-developed are what make it so special. In 2014, St. Simons Island was voted America's #1 Favorite Romantic Town as well as America's #1 Favorite Beach Town by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Come see what the rest of the country is so excited about, and welcome to the best of the Island lifestyle!

St. Simons Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Condos, Bed and Breakfasts
We've compiled the best places to stay on St Simons Island, with everything from luxury resort hotels to inviting bed and breakfast inns, oceanfront condos, vacation rental homes, and more.

Dining and Restaurants on St. Simons Island
St. Simons Islands has many wonderful places for seafood, casual and fine dining, but our favorite fine dining restaurant on the island is Halyards. Halyards, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, can be found online at www.halyardsrestaurant.com.

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Upcoming Events...
OCTOBER 17 - 18, 2014
5th Annual St. Simons Island SUP Challenge! The 5th Annual St. Simons Island Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge is hosted by Davis Love III, Paddle & Putt, SUP & Surf. Event includes a 3-mile short course, 8-mile elite race, 4 person team relay race, and 13 and under, and dog on board raced. 100% net proceeds donated to the Davis Love Foundation and there is a $12,000 guaranteed purse. Visit www.SaintSimonsIslandSupChallenge.com
OCTOBER 20 - 26, 2014
The McGladrey Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. Call 912.634.3266 or visit www.mcgladreyclassic.com
OCTOBER 29 - 31, 2014
Georgia Florida Golf Classic - Join the largest golf tournament in Bulldawg Nation. The Georgia-Florida tradition attracts fans from across the country to defend the reputation of their favorite team. Golf is played the Thursday and Friday before the Georgia-Florida Football Game. Other activities include cocktail parties, oyster roasts, putting contests and more. Tournament Entry Fee, $270  $300. Parking Fee $5. For more information call 877.453-5955.
Attractions and Things to See and Do

Beaches of St. Simons Island, GASt. Simons Island Beaches
St. Simons Island has glorious beaches that can stretch out for hundreds of yards at low tide. Coast Cottages is located at the largest part of the St. Simons beaches, just south of East Beach and the old Coast Guard Station. This is the finest beach on the island. Our high tide has ample beach for body surfing and our low tide expands the beach to couple of hundred yards wide.

The Pier Village in St. Simons Island, GAThe Pier Village
Located on the south end of the Island, this is a popular destination and the social hub of the Island, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Here you'll find expansive views of the ocean around you, as well as the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, Neptune Park with its oceanside pool and facilities, miniature golf course, playground, and an oak shaded picnic area, fishing pier, public library and theatre.

Redfern Village St. Simons IslandRedfern Village
Located mid-island off of Frederica Road, Redfern Village offers an array of shops, restaurants, professional offices and eclectic storefronts tucked away in a shady village setting. You'll find plenty to eat or stores to visit, including antiques and artwork, gifts and jewelry, clothing, home accessories, outdoor equipment, as well as casual and fine dining, bars and nightlife for a lively scene both day and night.

Neptune Park St. Simons IslandNeptune Park
Located on Beachview Drive in St. Simons' Pier Village district, Neptune Park is an oceanfront public park that families flock to each night during warm weather months. Neptune Park features picnic tables under stately oak trees, a children's playground, a miniature golf course, swimming pool, lots of benches for relaxing by the sea, a fishing pier, and a bandstand where events are held throughout the year. Call 912.265.0620 for more information.

Outdoor Adventure & Activities

Fishing on St. Simons IslandSt. Simons Island Fishing
You can get your rod and bait at St. Simons Bait and Tackle near the pier – a five minute ride from Atlantus – and drop line at the pier or you can charter a boat for in shore or off shore fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Sea Bass, Whiting, Flounder, Tarpon, Shark and King Mackerel. We highly recommend Captain Cheek at Coastal Georgia Charter Fishing, located at Golden Isles Marina, Captain Jay Childers with Jaybird Fishing Charters, Captain Scott Owens with Southeastern Angling, Captain Richard Latham with St. Simons Island Fishing Charters, or Captain Tim Cutting with Coastal Georgia Inshore Charters as the best fishing guides in the Golden Isles.

St. Simons Island Golf
If not for the beach, golf would be king on St. Simons Island and the surrounding area. St. Simons Island is home to three golf clubs on the Island and 234 holes of golf in the immediate area.  
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Kayaking on St. Simons IslandSt. Simons Kayaking, Canoeing, Tours, & Outdoor Adventure
The best way to get up close and personal with the natural beauty and wildlife habitats that make St. Simons such a wonderful place. And of course there are trolley tours, ghost tours, dolphin tours, canoeing, kayaking and much more to do on St. Simons Island! The outdoors were made for Exploring and St Simons is a nature-lover's paradise.

Bicycling on the Beaches of St. Simons IslandBike Rentals and Bicycling on St. Simons Island
This is one of our favorite family activities. Paved trails take you from Coast Cottages to the center of town or to the pier. Some homes have bicycles, but additional bikes can be rented five minutes by foot from Coast Cottages at Ocean Motion or in town at Monkey Wrench.  Visit www.oceanmotion.biz or call Monkey Wrench at 912.634.5551.

Sailing St. Simons Island CoastSailboats on St. Simons
On the beach, under the gold umbrella, just a three-minute walk from Atlantus, Barry’s Beach Service rents catamarans, sailboats, kayaks, boogie boards and windsurfing boards. Sailboat rides and lessons are also available. The best way to experience the Golden Isles and Georgia's beatiful coast is up close and on the water. Visit www.oceanmotion.biz for more information.

History & Culture

St. Simons Island Lighthouse MuseumSt. Simons Lighthouse Museum
First constructed in 1807 by James Gould on Couper's Point, this towering, 104 foot lighthouse was reconstructed in 1872 on the same site to replace the original which was destroyed by retreating Confederate forces in 1862. A beautifully restored 1872 lighthouse keeper's home complements the lighthouse.
101 Twelfth Street, near Neptune Park in the Pier Village. Call 912.638.4666 for more information and hours of operation.

Fort Frederica on St. Simons IslandFort Frederica, Christ Church and St. Simons Historical Sites
Built in the 1700s and 1800s, these island treasures provide an historical perspective of colonial and Civil War era Georgia. Take a trolley tour to learn more about the area's unique history and its American legacy.

Check out our interactive online map of St Simons Island with information on local St. Simons Island historic sites and monuments, including the infamous St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Avenue of Oaks, Bloody Marsh Battle Site, and Gascoigne Bluff. All recommended sites during your visit to the island.

Jekyll Island Club HotelJekyll Island Club Hotel
Located on a Georgia barrier island of unusual natural beauty just a few miles from St. Simons, this historic hotel is a Victorian treasure. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1978, it has been designated a Historic Hotel of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Originally a hunting retreat for the nation's wealthy elite, the hotel today is a unique resort with architectural character and a charming historic ambience.

The Marshes of St. Simons Island, GAThe Marshes of Glynn
Made famous by poet Sidney Lanier, these natural treasures are the first thing you'll see as you cross the marshes approaching St. Simons Island. The birthplace of much of our sea life, a kayak or canoe trip offers you the best way to experience the area's natural beauty.

Other Points of Interest

The Marshes of St. Simons Island, GALittle St. Simons Island
Renowned for its unspoiled natural habitats and serene beaches, Little St. Simons Island is a private barrier island located just north of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Here you'll find 10,000 acres of natural, undeveloped maritime forests and marshlands, 7 miles of pristine beaches and plenty of natural wonders to explore and discover.

Accessible by a private boat that departs from Hampton River Marina on the north end of St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island first opened to the public more than 3 decades ago and has since earned numerous accolades and award from various travel publications and writers. Day trips depart from St. Simons Island at 10:30am and return by 4:30pm, advance reservations are required.

Christ Church Episcopal on Jekyll IslandWeddings on St. Simons Island
With its natural beauty, expansive beaches, and plentiful ameneties, St. Simons or Jekyll Island are great places to get married. For more traditional wedding venues, there's Christ Church Episcopal or the historic Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth by The Sea to name but a few. Or for more casual affairs, an oceanfront lawn setting or on the beach itself can make your unforgettable day truly special. Golden Isles Beach Weddings is a great local resource for all-inclusive destination weddings, beach ceremonies and reception coordination for the ultimate wedding ceremony on the beach.

St. Simons Blog and Social Discussion
Read what others are saying and doing on St. Simons, or login with your Facebook account and join the discussion. You can find out about current events, where the locals go, where are the best places to eat, or just ask a question and get the conversation started.

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