St. Simons Island Vacations
St. Simons Island offers a peaceful atmosphere and laid-back charm. It has a land area of 18 square miles (46 square kilometers) and a population just under 15,000. The island’s main attractions are its beaches, golfing, fishing and unspoiled nature, all of which can be enjoyed in a perpetually temperate climate.
St. Simons is the largest of the Golden Isles, a band of four barrier islands off the east coast of central Georgia. Get around the island by bicycle, the preferred mode of transport for locals. There are plenty of cycling trails and bicycle rental shops are dotted throughout the town. Alternatively, explore the area by foot or take the St. Simons Trolley Tour, which offers insight into the island’s history while pointing out landmarks and attractions.
The island has a rich military past and figured prominently in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The major landmark is St. Simons Lighthouse. The original structure was destroyed by the Confederate Army in 1862. Tour the building that stands today, including the lighthouse keeper’s quarters and a museum about St. Simon’s coastal history.
Swim or sunbathe on the island’s beaches. There are lifeguards from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For something more energetic, try surfing, sailing or sea kayaking. Charter a fishing boat or join a tour and spend a day out on the water. Even if you come back empty-handed, you can still enjoy fresh seafood at the many restaurants on the island.
St. Simons is a favored golf destination and many professional golfers have made a permanent home on the island. You don’t have to be an elite player, however, to enjoy a game at one of the island’s many courses. There are a range of holes catering to all skill levels.
Reach St. Simons Island via Ocean Highway 17, which connects directly to the Interstate 95. Both Savannah/Hilton Head and Jacksonville International Airports are a 1.5-hour drive away.