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The beaches of St. Simons Island take you back to a time when nature's beauty was undisturbed and miles of pristine coastline was your own personal treasure to enjoy. Development is still moderate and it is possible to get away from it all and explore the sandy seashore and natural setting much as it was many years ago. Low tide exposes sand bars and tidal pools along the beach that the kids always enjoy playing in. Kitesurfing is a popular attraction, as is bicycling, sandsculpting, and just plain lying in the sun!

Shrimp boats dot the Atlantic horizon, while outdoor adventure-seekers populate the catamarans, windsurfers, and kayaks closer in to shore. Dolphins are not uncommon here and many varieties of sea birds and sea turtles can be spotted along the St. Simons Island beaches.


St. Simons Island Beach St. Simons Beach Information

Swimming Safety
Beach Rules
Dog and Pet Rules
Wildlife
Marshes
Massengale Park
Coast Guard Station / East Beach
Public Beach Access Map


St. Simons Island Swimming Safety Swimming Safety on St. Simons

  • Lifeguards are present from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm daily at Coast Guard and Massengale beaches. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Rip currents are common. If caught in a rip current, do not fight it, swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the current.
  • Do not swim to the visible sand bars. The tide changes quickly and will submerge the sandbar, stranding swimmers in deep water.
  • View the NOAA tide charts for St. Simons Island or click here for live local weather and tide information.
  • From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a Warning Flag system in place to notify visitors of hazardous conditions. The warning flags can be viewed here.
St. Simons Island Beach St. Simons Island Beach Rules

  • Dogs are prohibited on the beach from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, except between Beach Access Points 1-6. During allowable times and in non-summer months, dogs are allowed on any portion of the beach but must be within close proximity and under the immediate control of the owner/handler. If handler is unable to control pet via voice-command, a 10' leash is required. Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Vehicles are prohibited.
  • Fires are prohibited, without a permit from the Glynn County Fire Dept.
  • Glass and hard plastic containers are prohibited.
  • For a full listing of beach rules, read the Glynn County Code of Ordinances pdf.
Dog on St. Simons Island Beach St. Simons Dog and Pet Rules

  • Dogs are prohibited on the beach from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, except between Beach Access Points 1-6. During allowable times and in non-summer months, dogs are allowed on any portion of the beach but must be within close proximity and under the immediate control of the owner/handler. If handler is unable to control pet via voice-command, a 10' leash is required. Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Dogs or any animals are NOT permitted on the Pier.
Dog lovers, be sure to visit Island Dog at 410 Mallery St. near the Pier Village. Large selection of Dog collars, Harnesses and Leashes. Choose your theme: Beach, Novelty, Collegiate or Training. Teacup to Dane sizes available. Toys, toys and more toys! Specialty treats, bandanas, clothing and gifts.
Sea Turtle on St. Simons Island Beach Wildlife

  • Jellyfish - most of the jellyfish you will encounter are Cannonball jellyfish, which are harmless. If you do suffer a jellyfish sting from another species, lifeguards are equipped with the first aid treatment for stings.
  • Sea Turtles - All species are protected by state and federal laws. The following are some tips on what you can do to help protect Georgia's sea turtles:
  • Do not use lights on the beach at night
  • Never disturb a sea turtle that is crawling to or from the sea.
  • Once a sea turtle has begun nesting, observe her only from a distance.
  • Do not shine lights in a sea turtles eyes or take flash photography.
  • Do not touch or disturb nests or hatchlings.
  • To report a dead or injured turtle, or sea turtle harassment, call 1.800.2.SAVE.ME. (If the sea turtle is tagged, please include the tag color and number in the report if possible.) For more on sea turtles, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources webpage.
  • For more information, visit our full site: www.glynncounty.org/recreation
St. Simons Island Marsh Marshes of St. Simons Island

The marshlands of St. Simons Island begin to lose their summer green color by late Fall of each year. By mid-winter, the grasses have turned dormant and are almost completely brown. Spring rains and warmer temperatures will bring the marshes alive as Mother Nature begins her cycle anew.

The salt marshes of the St. Simons Island and Georgia's Golden Isles also contribute to the area's multi-million dollar seafood industry and play a vital role in the local economy. The radiant energy from plentiful sunshine and the nutrients from the area rivers are soaked up by the marsh and area grasslands, which makes for a natural habitat that is a perfect home for shrimp, fish, oysters and crabs. The salt marshes also provide a home to critters like otters, raccoons, marsh wren and rabbits. The marshes also provide a natural buffer from strong storms and winds, protecting the fragile coastline and sand dunes along the beaches.

Postell Pointe on St. Simons Island offers ocean front living at its best. Enjoy dinner or cocktails on the deck with the soothing sounds of ocean waves in the background and sunsets that are sure to capture your imagination. Availilable for sale or rental, Postell Pointe can be a vacation to remember or a place to call home.

Adjacent to all local attractions Postell Pointe offers a variety of things to do. Enjoy local golf, dine at one of the many fine local restaurants or get lost in the night life of St. Simons Island.

Enjoy the combination of history and charm in a beautiful island setting. Adjacent to Savannah, Brunswick and Jacksonville airports as well as Amtrack service into Jacksonville, the magic of island living begins at Postell Pointe.
Massengale Park St. Simons Island Massengale Park

Features a shaded picnic area and children's playground situated along East Beach, with plenty of parking available. For information on operating the seasonal concession facility, contact 912.554.7780.

Address
1350 Ocean Blvd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Amenities
Beach access with ADA accessible mats
Restroom facilities
Picnic tables
Grills
Playground
St. Simons Island East Beach Coast Guard Station / East Beach

One of St. Simons Island's most popular beaches, featuring the widest beach area and plentiful parking and facilities. For information on operating the seasonal concession facility, contact 912.554.7780.

Address
4100 First St.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Amenities
Beach access
Restroom facilities
ADA Accessible Beach Access
Seasonal concession facility
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