Near the southern coast of Georgia lie four barrier islands collectively known as the Golden Isles. These little pieces of paradise were first called “The Golden Isles” by Sir Robert Montgomery who was trying to encourage wealthy Englishmen to support the establishment of the colony. There may not have been any gold here unless you stop to consider the morning sun peeking over the Atlantic. The afternoon sun is just as spectacular. Of course, the sand also has a glorious golden hue. You won’t find any gold buried here, but visitors will leave with the certainty that they have found a real treasure in the Golden Isles.
St. Simons is the largest of the islands, and it is one steeped in history. Visitors will want to visit both Fort Frederica and Christ Church.
Sea Island offers golf, tennis, and award-winning accommodations. The distinctive Sea Island Resorts has offered unrivaled luxury for over 80 years.
Little St. Simons Island is privately owned and accessible only by watercraft. The shell-strewn beach offers miles of sandy shoreline. Visitors looking for privacy will definitely find it at Little St. Simons Island.
The southern-most island, Jekyll Island, was once the winter retreat of the rich and famous. Notables such as William Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan each built magnificent homes here. Many of these former residences are open for tours. In 1947, the state of Georgia purchased the island and it has since become one of the premier family vacation spots in North America. Visitors can enjoy over 20 miles of bicycle trails, tennis, golf, nature tours, a first-class water park, and glorious beaches. Even though this is a popular vacation spot, it is still easy to find yourself plenty of privacy and seclusion.
Before you get to the islands, you will pass through the charming town of Brunswick, GA. Spend some time on the waterfront visiting the farmers’ market and numerous antique and specialty shops. Dine in one of many fine seafood restaurants where fresh shrimp are always on the menu. The locals are friendly and gracious.
Lodging in Brunswick and the Golden Isles runs from the simple to the sublime. Accommodations can be found in a number of locally owned establishments. Most major hotel/motel chains are represented as well. A large number of guests prefer to rent one of the private homes on the islands. Whatever your choice of accommodations, a Brunswick and Golden Isles vacation will help you create a vacation you will treasure for a lifetime.