St. Simons Island is as rich in history as it is in beauty. Spanish explorers originally set out to the New World in search of gold more than four centuries ago. What they stumbled upon was its astonishing beauty, mild weather and abundant wildlife and, because of this, they christened the lands the Golden Isles.
Situated between Savannah and Jacksonville, the Golden Isles are comprised of four barrier islands − St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island just off the mainland city of Brunswick.
The St. Simons Island pier overlooks St. Simons Sound, visited annually by the North Atlantic whale, usually seen during the winter months as they migrate south from the northeastern U.S. Most months of the year you can spot dolphins all along the coast.
There are benches all along each side of the pier, providing visitors a place to watch the fishermen and crabbers reel in their day’s catch or simply enjoy the views. St. Simon’s Islands is filled with prime fishing locations. Just off of the Golden Isles beaches, the natural and manmade reefs are filled with kingfish, mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cobia, bonita and amberjack. Pier Village serves as the downtown social hub and offers a charming and unique selection of shops, a variety of restaurants including Iguana’s.
Most visitors are eager to climb the 129 circular steps of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island. Built in 1872, the operational lighthouse still casts a beam 23 miles out to sea, guiding ships and freighters into the St. Simons Sound.
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Take one of the walking, carriage, or tram tours to experience life here. Don’t miss the nearby bookstore, croquet on the hotel lawn, and cocktails at the opulent hotel bar.
Sit on the balcony of an ocean view condo and listen to the waves crash as you enjoy a glass of wine on the deck of some of the most beautiful beach houses on the island. While it a great spot for a romantic getaway, it is family friendly with plenty of fun activities. St. Simons is the perfect destination to take your next vacation. It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind experience that you do not want to pass up.