Saint Simons Island Travel Guide

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Saint Simons Island Things to Do

  • King & Prince Golf Course - Great Course

    Enjoyed this well maintained golf course. Recently renovated when we played it. Warm friendly staff, beautiful course through the oaks and several holes over the marsh to add extra challenge.It’s golf at the newly restored and renamed King and Prince Golf Course, Home of the Hampton Club. The course is in excellent condition with challenges for...

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  • Beach relaxing is the thing to do

    Besides some other events on the island, most people come to the beach to get into the sand. The beaches are not as crowded as other places and Brunswick is close by for other activities. Find a home to rent, or a condo. It is what most people do. The current is slow and peaceful and the water clean

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  • Maps of the area-Layout

    I always find that maps for initial searching of things to see/do on VT are helpful, so a person can get the "layout" of the terrain and know where to look for items described. So here is one and a description of what is on the island from the St. Simons CAuseway, called F. J. Torras bridge coming off of Hwy 17.

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  • Shopping at boutique stores

    There are a few places that have old time setting of row shops as compared to the new retail strip centers on the island. We went to the Mallery St. shops and enjoyed a stroll along there to the water's edge. It is at the south end of the island, just of Kings Way. Signs are good to direct you there

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  • Cloister on Sea Island

    NOTE-access is only available to members and guests, and need confirmation at the guard gate. We have a former brother in law who has a home for the last 30 years, and his sons have three homes. No we were not invited to stay in any.The Cloister was built in 1928 for discerning guests who came south to enjoy the winter months, and could afford the...

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  • Sea Island

    This is by far the exclusive island on the southeastern coast. Average home prices are $2 million, and there are about 350 total homes besides the Cloister complex that has motel room rates of $500-1,500 a nite. Not for the moderate majority. It is a nice place to drive through and see the homes, while visiting the Cloister, and maybe taking in a...

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Saint Simons Island Restaurants

  • Brunswick BBQ Special

    It was some of the best tasting BBQ I have had in a while, and that includes KC, famed for its BBQ. The pork sandwich and beef I ordered were both very good and in depth taste of smoked meats. The sauces compliment the meat well. A rack of ribs was $20, and Micky had that. The atmosphere was nothing special, but that was okay because the good food...

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  • Brunswick Seafood Joint

    The food was basically okay, but not that good. It was apparently prepared ahead of time for the fried items, and the catfish were cool and that makes it more greasy than normal. YOu have to maneuver around picking out the bones because they come whole, and each may be about 1/3 pound. It was a recommended place by a local, but I think its day has...

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  • Brunswick Hot Dog Haven

    Hot dogs is the main feature-but a apparently lot of local people like the porkchop sandwich. All I read had rave reviews for this fast food (of sorts) place. People come from miles around and many out of state people have heard of the place and stop while driving along US 95. The cheese dog was very tasty and could eat a few

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  • In Brunswick, the local hangout

    This is the place where locals come and drink beer and get a meal. A lot of them are families, so it is not just a youth hangout. The burgers must be the more popular, but they also have chicken, pasta, and seafood array to select from. Prices are reasonable, and the burgers run about $7.75.8.95, and Micky had the blacked grouper for $8.95. The...

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  • Best BBQ in Georgia!!

    Beachcomber is more like a local hot spot than the regular tourist restaurant. It has a rustic atmosphere and the food is awesome!!Prices are good. My husband and I together spent about $21 and boy were we stuffed!I love this place so much my friend and I are driving (1 1/2 hours) down their Saturday so she can taste this piece of heaven.I give it...

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  • seafood

    the crab trap is located in the st. simons village area on the south end of the island. they specialize in local seafood. they also offer steak and chicken dishes. the crab trap has a nice casual atmosphere and offers good food moderately priced.

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Saint Simons Island Nightlife

  • eating & drinking

    teazer's is a combination restrauant and bar located in the st. simons village area. causal atmosphere with televisions for sports watching and pool tables. at night they offer live music. a fun place to drink in st. simons. casual.

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  • great music on the strand

    they pull in the only real alternative music on the island. Original artists from all over.. Thursday night is best for raw talent and DJGriffin is the best! Whatever feels fun to you!It is hot in Georgia!

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Saint Simons Island Transportation

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    by tpangelinan Written Feb 25, 2004

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    649 Dellwood Ave
    St. Simons Island, GA 31522

    Tours are an hour and a half long, they suggest you get there early

    Summer Hours
    March 16 - September 30
    11:00am & 1:00pm Daily

    Winter Hours
    October 1 - March 15
    11:00am Daily

    Rates
    Adults: $15.00
    Children (under 10): $8.00

    St Simons Trolley
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Saint Simons Island Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Mar 25, 2009

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    This museum is run by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society which also runs the lighthouse. It has a large selection of collectibles, keepsakes and gifts including works by local artists and writers. If you wanted to buy something and did not buy it at the time you can call and order the item and, they will pack and ship it to you. They also run the Maritime Museum Store at the Coast Guard Station.

    Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Admission to the Museum Stores is free.

    What to buy: They have the "hand-cast, hand-painted" replica of the Sapelo Island Front Range Georgia Light made by Harbor Lights.

    But they also have much less expensive items. Unfortunately they do not appear to have an on-line catalog and they did not want pictures taken in the museum

    Display case in the hall Picture from the museum page photo from the museum page One of the displays in the hall Museum
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Saint Simons Island Local Customs

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    by rexvaughan Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    Brunswick stew evidently originated in this area. At least the pot in the photo purports to be the vessel in which it was first cooked over 100 years ago. Good Brunswick Stew is hard to find, but there are a few places here that make a decent attempt. It is a hearty soup/stew with pork, chicken, maybe some beef and/or rabbit, tomatoes, corn, onions, green pepper and lima beans. Like many traditional recipes there are many variations but it is a delicious accompaniment to Bar B Que.and is really best with southern cornbread. The best on earth comes from Harold's Barbeque in Atlanta or from my wife.

    Original pot?

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Saint Simons Island Warnings and Dangers

  • East Beach Causeway Cause Crowds

    The traffic is bad on off season when we were there, and I can only imagine during summer months parking is next to impossible. There are maybe 200 spaces, but it all bottlenecks right next to the beach access, so all congestion is bad.

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  • Storm surges!

    A hurricane category 3 can produce water surges up to this sign, so check the weather before you go and make sure no storms are expected during your visit. weather.com is good information on any location. So be careful and have fun!

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  • Be very careful!

    Be very careful swimming here, the currents here are very dangerous and there are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty. The only thing you get here is a prayer and instructions to call 911! So they don't suggest you swim near the channel.

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Saint Simons Island Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Mary's

    This is a quaint little place south and off US 95 and onto Hwy 40, about 30 miles. It has a nice downtown area, and some old antibellum homes along the main street into town. We enjoyed a 1/2 day stay there and took in the Naval Museum at the water front, as well as toured Orange Hall home.

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  • Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

    This is a nice visit to an old plantation that grew rice. At the peak it was 7300 acres and had 357 slaves to handle the fields. The plantation started in early 1800s, and the plantation home was built in 1850's. The Civil War aftermath was bad for the plantation and they sold off a lot of land to pay taxes. It was farmed as a rice plantation until...

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  • Brunswick

    Close by; at 12 miles away over the bridge is the place to shop for retail items and food, and maybe take in a restaurant that may be less expensive than on the island.

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Saint Simons Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by tpangelinan Written Feb 26, 2004

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    Go to THE VILLAGE as they call it on King's way to the end and park. There is are really nice mini golf course with wonderful views to play, it is also shady there too.

    Mini golf
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Saint Simons Island Favorites

  • St. Simon's Visitor Center

    You can pick up some info on the island at the attractive "tabby" visitor center which is on hwy 17 in Brunswick where the causeway leads to the island. I was a bit disappointed in the kind of material they have as most of it seems geared toward commercial enterprises and there is not much on the history of the island - or even a really decent map....

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  • For the kids

    Go down king's way to the end and park, and right there is a huge playground for the kids. They were nice enough to put ALOT of park benches under the huge tree for the parents sit and watch the children as they play, so the parents get the shade!

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  • The fishing pier

    The local fishing pier at the end of King's Way. This is a nice pier, large, clean, and has cleaning stations for you to clean you catch. Great views. Really nice people make this island fun. This pier has been here near a hundred years.

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