Coastal cities usually get a fame for being locations for rest. Assume: lounge chair within the golden sand and a seaside learn in hand. Whereas we do love an excellent restoration day within the solar, the Golden Isles of Georgia presents a lot out of doors recreation that we’d by no means be capable to sit nonetheless there for lengthy. And also you gained’t both. In actual fact, you might even discover it arduous to suit all the things you need to do into simply three days. So think about the 72-hour information a suggestion—possibly extra of a problem—and preserve studying to see what must-do adventures you’ll discover within the Golden Isles.
Get the Lay of the Land
The Golden Isles is made up of 4 barrier islands—St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island—and mainland Brunswick. St. Simons Island is the most important of the barrier islands and a hub for actions and occasions, with loads of eating choices and villages to discover. Simply over a brief causeway, Sea Island’s two luxurious resorts supply personal seashores, championship golf programs, and high-end eating. Jekyll Island is thought for its quiet seashores, historic properties, and quintessential Low Nation trip vibes. Accessible solely by boat, the privately-owned Little St. Simons Island welcomes guests for day excursions or stays at any of six small cottages for unique entry to the island. On the mainland in Brunswick, you’ll discover a historic port-city environment paying homage to close by Savannah’s.
A GPS app in your telephone is nice for navigating among the many islands, however to actually recognize how these coastal havens and intertwining waterways join, it’s a must to see them from above. Excessive Tide Aviation presents scenic flights from St. Simons Island that offer you a hen’s-eye view of the Golden Isles in all their glory. The Jekyll Island Tour flies over neighboring Jekyll Island. Or select the Golden Isles Passport flight, which covers all 4 barrier islands and coastal Brunswick.
Discover on the Water
When you’ve seen the Golden Isles from above, you’ll be dying to get out to discover all of the interconnected waterways. From boating on the Altamaha and Satilla Rivers to paddling within the nooks and crannies of marshland that come and go together with the tides, there are seemingly countless methods to spend a day on the water. When you aren’t certain the place to go, Southeast Journey Outfitters may help. The clothing store presents guided kayak and boat excursions out of each St. Simons Island and Brunswick.
Tip: Sammies, The Market, and Three Little Birds on St. Simons Island all supply grab-and-go lunches to stash in a cooler. Or if you happen to launch out of Brunswick, attempt Indigo Coastal Shanty for a laidback lunch or dinner.
Or Catch Your Personal Dinner
If a extra hands-on method to a day on the water sounds extra up your alley, head out on a guided fishing journey with Hook & Knife Fishing Charters. Captain Dave presents half- and full-day inshore excursions to land speckled trout and purple snapper year-round and flounder, triple tail, and tarpon seasonally. One of the best half: after you get again to the Hampton River Marina, Captain Dave (additionally a chef) will cook dinner your catch for you at one in all his three eating places within the space.
Following a full day of fishing and a gourmand meal, you’ll be completely happy to settle in at your cozy seaside bungalow. Take a look at Lilmar Properties for trip leases on St. Simons Island or keep by the retailers and pier on the Village Inn & Pub.
Cruise on Two Wheels
With miles of motorbike paths all through, the Golden Isles are straightforward to discover by bike. On Jekyll Island, lease bikes at Jekyll Island Bike Barn and pedal underneath the branches of reside oaks down the paved paths and boardwalks that make up the greater than 22-mile Jekyll Island Path System. The bike trails take you to seashores across the island, together with the well-known Driftwood Seashore, the place weathered bushes and branches beautify the shore. Once you get hungry, The Wharf is the final word spot for a waterfront chew. Loving the laid again vibe on Jekyll Island? Plan to remain the evening at Villas by the Sea (proper subsequent to Driftwood Seashore) or the brand new beachfront Courtyard by Marriott.
Or Ramp Up the Velocity on an E-Bike
Whereas Jekyll Island is the picture-perfect place for a low-key pedal, Pedego on St. Simons Island turns it up a notch on e-bikes. Take a guided tour of the north or south facet of the island midweek (accessible Tuesdays and Thursdays). Or lease a motorbike for a day to discover by yourself. Don’t overlook to cease by to say hello to the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits, an set up, by an area artist and his son, of arborist-approved tree carvings scattered across the island.
Dangle with the Locals
When you go for biking on Jekyll Island, don’t miss an opportunity to befriend coastal natives on the Georgia Sea Turtle Middle, the place conservation consultants assist to analysis, shield, and rehabilitate sea turtles from the southeastern Atlantic. Guests are welcome day by day from 9 a.m to five p.m. to find out about sea turtles and the middle’s work. Friends can get a extra hands-on conservation expertise by serving to employees find and shield nests through the time of yr when sea turtles are laying eggs. You could even get fortunate sufficient to begin your day watching the little reptiles hatch and crawl to the ocean on a summertime dawn stroll with middle employees.
Tip: Little St. Simons Island and Sea Island additionally supply sea turtle experiences to visitors of both The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island and The Cloister or The Lodge at Sea Island.
Downward Canine on the Seashore
Earlier than one other lively day within the Golden Isles, begin your morning with a bit of oceanside solar salutation at an East Seashore Yoga class on St. Simons Island. The studio presents Tuesday- and Thursday-morning classes on the seaside throughout hotter months and has a full lineup of courses within the studio all through the week. After class—or earlier than if you happen to like a espresso to begin your day—get your caffeine repair at Wake Up Espresso. This hip espresso store is an area favourite and likewise has a location on the mainland in Brunswick. Or attempt Dulce Dough Bakery for home made donuts and different breakfast goodies.
Day Journey to Little St. Simons Island
Though Little St. Simons Island is simply throughout the river from St. Simons Island, the privately owned landmass is reachable solely by boat. E book a day journey to discover the personal seashores and spend time on a guided tour with a naturalist, who’ll have a wealth of data concerning the pure historical past of the island. All day-trip visitors are handled to a Low Nation lunch and loads of time to chill out with nearly nobody else round.
Positioned alongside the 100-mile Georgia coast, the Golden Isles is made up of 4 barrier islands—St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island—and the historic port metropolis of Brunswick. The Golden Isles is a spot to flee, settle into the rhythm of the tides and go at your personal tempo.