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The Golden Isles

Historic Towns and Beaches of The Golden Isles

Part of the 100 Mile Coast, Brunswick and The Golden Isles are nestled along the Georgia coast halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. The Golden Isles is composed of the mainland city of Brunswick and it’s four beautiful barrier islands: Jekyll Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island and Little St. Simons Island. The Golden Isles received its name from Spanish explorers who were seeking gold over 400 years ago. Instead of gold, these explorers found a land of natural radiance, mild weather and astonishing beauty.

The breathtaking landscape is defined by pristine stretches of marshland punctuated by small islands. These small islands are known as hammocks. The effect is the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. The Golden Isles is known for its rich wildlife. Fish, birds and other forms of marine life fill the rivers that lazily wind their way around these islands to the Atlantic Ocean. 

In addition to natural tours and historic attractions, Brunswick and The Golden Isles are also known as a highly popular golf destination. Here, the classic gentleman’s game meets Southern hospitality in a seaside setting. This setting, along with world-class golf course and instructors, have earned The Golden Isles its reputation as a golfer’s paradise. 

Brunswick

The Golden IslesThere are a variety of types Brunswick homes. Like Savannah, Brunswick is laid out in a formal grid, with city streets and squares still bearing their colonial names. Historic Downtown Brunswick, also known as Old Town Brunswick, is enjoying a renaissance. Many of the squares  and historic buildings in Old Town Brunswick are undergoing renovation and restoration.

Homes in Old Town reflect a variety of styles dating from 1819, including Jacobean, Gothic and Queen Anne. The downtown district of Brunswick features a growing mix of specialty shops, antique shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters. Brunswick has many trails that are perfect for walking and jogging. Brunswick is also home to the Lady Jane, the only shrimping vessel on the east coast that has been certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 49 passengers offshore. Tours on the Lady Jane are available, but be warned — you might be asked to do some shrimpin’!

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island homes are on the southernmost island of The Golden Isles. This 5,700 acre island is beautiful year-round, but it is a particularly special place to visit in the spring or the fall. Jekyll Island was originally owned by some of the richest families in America as a private retreat, but in 1947 it was purchased by the state of Georgia.The wide variety of family-friendly activities offered on Jekyll Island makes it on of the most popular islands in The Golden Isles. Ten miles of white sand beaches, a fishing pier, dolphin tours, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are great for ocean lovers. For those looking for a little sport, Jekyll Island also has 63 holes of golf, an outdoor tennis complex, 20 miles of bike trails and the Summer Waves Water Park. Jekyll Island also offers a variety of dining and shopping options.

Sea Island

Sea Island is an internationally acclaimed resort. Sea Island Homes are reached by causeway from St. Simons Island, Sea Island features The Cloister on Sea Island and The Lodge at the Sea Island Golf Club. The Sea Island Golf Club is home to 3 championship golf courses, as well as the Golf Learning Center. In addition to golf, guests at Sea Island can enjoy the Sea Island Beach Club, the Yacht Club, the Tennis Center and the Shooting Club. Tours of the marshes by kayak or by sailboat are also available. For a truly memorable experience, try horseback riding on the beach. Delicious dining options for any and every palate are available on Sea Island. 

St. Simons Island

The Golden IslesSt. Simons is the largest of the four barrier islands. St. Simons homes lie draped across the Marshes of Glynn, which have been immortalized by the great Southern poet Sydney Lanier. The island is dotted with historical sites and attractions, such as the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, which is a working lighthouse built in 1872.

Another famous historical site is Christ Church, Frederica, which is one of the oldest churches in Georgia and has had worship held continuously since 1736. Visitors to St. Simons can partake in a number of outdoor activities, such as golfing, kayaking, fishing, or biking. The dining options in St. Simons are endless, but whichever place you choose, whether its Ember, Halyards, or Delaneys, is guaranteed to be a delicious meal with the freshest local ingredients. 

Little St. Simons Island

Little St. Simons Island is a privately owned, 10,000 acre private resort. It is accessible by boat only from Hampton River Marina, located on St. Simons Island’s north end. A seven-mile stretch of undeveloped beach borders an ancient maritime forest. The rugged and tranquil beauty of this island make it an ideal place to go birding, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, or canoeing. 

 

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