"Splendid St. Simon's Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Simons Island by rexvaughan

Saint Simons Island Travel Guide: 73 reviews and 158 photos

St. Simon's Island is one of the "Golden Isles" off the coast of Georgia and a truly lovely and interesting spot in many ways. It has beautiful wooded areas populated with these incredible live oak trees festooned with Spanish moss which give them a nice but, in the night, a spooky look. There are a couple of good historic sites (Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh, Christ Church), nice beaches, outstanding golf courses, a wonderful old oceanside hotel and some really great restaurants. At its core it is a peaceful and serene place, but there are tons of people coming to live or visit. I hope it doesn't get overpopulated and over developed.

Among the upper crust

Almost adjacent to St. Simon's is Sea Island. It is not for the financially faint hearted as the lots here are priced in the $ millions before you even think about building a house on it. It is lovely just to drive through and admire the expensive (and sometimes beautiful homes). The Cloister Resort is here and is the location where the G-8 Conference was held in 2004.

Semi-tropical flora

One of the beauties of the island is the wonderful trees, shrubs and flowers that grow here, many of which you will not see further inland or north. This is a bottlebrush bush in the middle median of the main street in the village. There are of course great palm trees, live oaks, oleander as well as more common varieties.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Both lovely and historic
  • Cons:Too many people
  • In a nutshell:Something for everyone
  • Last visit to Saint Simons Island: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2005
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2008 at 4:34 AM

    Every tip here brings back pleasant memories - Staying at the King and Prince Resort, tabby constuuction , the Wesley Oak, and my Georga Grandmother's wonderful Brunswick Stew.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    I always look forward to reading your pages, Rex. They are honest, quite interesting, entertaining, and most helpful I've always wanted to visit Saint Simons Island...your tips add to the allure.

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2006 at 11:33 AM

    Brunswick Maine also claims to have invented Brunswick Stew.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 8:59 PM

    Nice tips. St Simons is such a study in contrasts - from the yuppy at one end to remote BBQ shacks at the other.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2005 at 4:25 PM

    Very nice page, we loved it here, it's so pretty. Plenty to do for all and yes there does seem to be to many people here! You should stop over on Jekyll Island and see Driftwood Beach! :o)

  • bluevegas's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2005 at 7:44 PM

    Too bad you could not dine with a local in their home because almost everyone from here makes amazing Brunswick Stew. You should have tried Mack's BBQ in Brunswick...amazing!

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