St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and the port city of Brunswick.
Since being settled in the early 1700s, the 100-mile Georgia coastline was some of the most fought after, sought after real estate in the infancy of the United States.
By the time the Civil War was winding down, the Golden Isles -- St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and the port city of Brunswick – emerged as the coastal playground for wealthy industrialists and New World elite, as well as families who appreciated the barrier islands’ natural beauty.
Today the Golden Isles remains a popular destination for visitors and new residents who are attracted by the region’s temperate weather, year-round access to outdoor activities and the same relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by the earliest residents.
Annual average temperatures are just less than 70 degrees.
The weather makes living in the area's exclusive communities a paradise. Venture out of that paradise and you will discover a world of other activities custom-made for loving life in the Golden Isles.
St. Simons Island is connected by a well-planned and maintained bike trail for those that want to tour the island by bicycle. For avid road cyclists or adventurers, the 450-mile Coastal Georgia Greenway is envisioned to connect Florida to South Carolina. Many parts of this trail are already accessible – including its route that follows US 17. Many parts of this highway have already been modified to include well-marked bicycle paths.
More than 300 species of birds call the Golden Isles home and makes the beaches, marshes and waterways prime sites for eagle-eyed birders. In fact, more than 75 percent of the state’s bird species make an appearance in the Golden Isles. From Wood Storks that reside in Frederica’s Rookery to graceful and powerful bald eagles to the daintiest of songbirds, there’s always a feathered friend waiting to be seen!
To experience the Golden Isles first discovered by its settlers, book a day trip to nearby Little St. Simons Island. This 10,000-acre island is home to pristine maritime forests, deserted beaches and a veritable ark of native wildlife. The site has been identified by the Georgia Audubon Society as one of area’s “must see” sites for spotting birds and waterfowl. Explore the island on your own or join a guided tour.
There is always something to do in the Golden Isles! The area is rich with the arts – visual and performing arts are showcased with festivals and exhibitions year round. The region’s well-seasoned culinary heritage is celebrated with the annual St. Simons Food and Spirits Festival. Taste the region’s best dishes – and meet local and nationally-known culinary professionals at this festival held in October. Music, art, theatre and the culinary arts are the cultural jewels of the Golden Isles.
Whether you enjoy the camaraderie of fishing with a group of like-minded enthusiasts or scanning the horizon for a glimpse of feeding dolphins or North Atlantic Right Whales, the St. Simons Island Fishing Pier is always alive with activity. One of only three Atlantic Ocean fishing piers on the Georgia coast, the St. Simons Island pier is convenient to parking, supplies, bait and tackle – and is lighted for evening strolls.
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