The past two years have been devastating in terms of hurricane damage to the east coast. Despite all that, St. Simons Island, located just along the coast of Georgia, is thriving and ready for your next vacation. This historic island is part of a chain of barrier islands that are known as the Golden Isles, with St. Simons being the biggest; the other islands in the chain are Jekyll and Sea Island. This peaceful resort town is accessible by highway and is sheltered by a canopy of mature live oaks.
Early History of St. Simons
While its quaint shops and restaurants give a sense of peace and quiet, the island’s earlier history is anything but that. St. Simons Island was a Native American fishing ground for the last two millennia and the main venue for the British colony of Georgia and Spanish in Florida based out of St. Augustine. Once known as the “Debatable Island,” James Oglethorpe, Georgia’s founder, established Fort Frederica to control shipping lanes on the island in 1736.
The island developed into a shrimping and tourist mecca in the 20th century, attracting U.S. presidents, preachers John and Charles Wesley, and the G-8 international conference. Such attractions also brought in the rich and wealthy to seek a relaxing getaway on the eastern seaboard.
The Growth of St. Simons – St. Simon Condos
Since then, St. Simons Island has seen the addition of several other attractions, including a public pier, golf courses, a shopping village, an allotment of restaurants, a great waterfront hotel, and the historic lighthouses and museum. Each attraction provides a wealth of fun and entertainment for the whole family, making St. Simons Island a vacation getaway worthy for the whole family.
Nature is also one of the island’s draws, with an extensive tree canopy, 10-foot tall waves, and beaches that mostly provide a universal public access. In fact, city ordinance code prohibits any building from being taller than the tree canopy and restricting the beautiful views. This destination gives its visitors a feeling of an American era that has long since passed.
St. Simons Island has survived the massive hurricane season for the last two years and is ready for more visitors. You can reach the island for your next family vacation in one of our St. Simon condos by car off Interstate 95 or fly in to the island’s private airport through Delta Airlines. While there is no public transportation, you can explore the island with its taxi and trolley services. Bike rentals are also a great idea, with bike paths stretched all across the island. Other popular tourist activities include one of the many cruises and inshore fishing with Captain Fendig.
When looking for a place to stay, check out the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort for oceanside views and luxurious amenities. This former dance club was converted into an upscale resort following World War II and provides a classical feel to a historic building in town. St Simons provides a year-round climate that is perfect for visiting at any time. Senior travel packages are offered travelers 50 years and older. Book your next vacation getaway to St. Simons Island and stay in one of our cozy vacation rentals to see one of the many spectacles of Georgia!