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With a fantastic year-round climate and the famous Marshes of Glynn, St. Simons Island vacation rentals have long been a destination for discerning Southerners looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Beautiful beaches, multiple golf courses, places to fish and canoe, and great restaurants and spas make this Georgia island a popular vacation spot.
Like its fellow tranquil Golden Isles - Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island - St. Simons is camera-ready, with streets full off moss-laden oaks and sailboats drifting through the harbor. First settled by Native Americans and then Spanish colonists, St. Simons has managed to retain a rich cultural heritage. Summer barbecues are the norm, as are lazy days spent swimming and kayaking on the water.
St. Simons packs a lot in 18 square miles. The beaches are the most popular attraction, and East Beach is the best of the bunch. It offers a wide stretch of sand, concessions, and a Coast Guard Station. Neptune Park is especially popular with kids. Relax at one of the picnic tables, take a dip in the public pool, or try your hand at miniature golf. Visitors can also fish on the pier or enjoy events during the summer at the bandstand.
The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum was constructed in 1807 and features a restored lighthouse and keeper's home, both built in 1872 after the originals were destroyed in the Civil War. Climb to the top and admire an Instagram-worthy view of the Golden Isles.
Colonial and Civil War buffs will enjoy the trolley tour through the island's historic sites. Fort Frederica National Monument is the site of a bloody but deciding battle between colonists and the Spanish in the 1600s. Admire the Spanish moss and pecan trees as you meander through the prison barracks and other remnants of the fort. Don't forget to pay your respects at the Bloody Marsh Battle site.
The two-story First African Baptist Church was built in 1869 by former slaves, and it still serves as the spiritual center for the island's African-American community. The lovely and amazing Avenue of the Oaks beckons visitors to the grounds of the Sea Island resort and its world-class golf.
The picture-perfect Marshes of the Glynn are first visible as you cross the F. J. Torras Causeway from the mainland. Made famous by poet Sidney Lanier, you'll spy salt marshes as well as fishermen harvesting shrimp, blue crab, and oysters.
Day trips from St. Simons Island are easy, and well worth a detour. The historic squares and excellent restaurants of Savannah is just an hour and a half away, offering a rich heritage and world-famous architecture. If you can't get enough of the coast, Tybee Island is also interesting, boasting a marine science center, a national monument, and two lighthouses.
With lovely beaches, quaint shops and well-preserved historic sites, St. Simons beguiles and beckons...and our St. Simons Island rentals will help you enjoy all it has to offer.
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