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8 Reasons to Visit the Golden Isles this Winter

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Sure, a beach vacation to the Georgia coast might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of planning a getaway this winter. But with this list of reasons to travel to the Golden Isles this season, you’ll soon wonder why you haven’t done this all along.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse decorated at Christmas1.  There’s no shortage of holiday cheer 

From small town parades to live performances and everything in between, the Golden Isles is the perfect place to spend a coastal Christmas or to ring in the New Year. View a complete calendar of holiday events to make sure your trip includes a festive event or two!

2.  You don’t need to pack your winter coat 

So how cold does Georgia get in the Winter? On the Georgia Coast, temperatures average in the mid-60s during our winter months, meaning you can leave those bulky coats, hats and gloves behind. It’s always beach time in the Golden Isles!

Participate in "Island Treasures," a hunt for glass floats on Jekyll Island in the wintertime

3.  There’s a two-month-long treasure hunt

Each year, highly-coveted Island Treasures are hidden throughout Jekyll Island. From January through February, these beautiful handmade glass orbs are meticulously concealed in the nooks and crannies on the island and are waiting for you to find them. Finders, keepers!

4. You can go ice skating... at the beach 

Jekyll Island recently opened their newest addition to the state park, a beachfront Skating Village. Open seasonally, this latest attraction will only be accessible November to January. Enjoy hot chocolate and beautiful beach views as you skate on synthetic “ice” to experience a true Georgia coast winter vacation.

5. Keep more money in your wallet 

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to save more money? Since our peak season is the summertime, there are plenty of lodging deals to be had in the winter months. Find rates from $59 at beachfront hotels and other seasonal specials and packages.

Dog-friendly activities in the Golden Isles - Saint Simons Photography6. Bring Fido along 

It’s the dog days of winter in the Golden Isles! Although dogs are restricted on the beaches during certain hours of the summer, all are welcome to play, dig and swim to their hearts’ desire this winter. Just be mindful of other beachgoers and don’t let your dog leave behind anything other than their paw prints!

7. Explore Sea Island during December Dining

During the month of December, Sea Island’s award-winning spa and restaurants are open to the public. What’s more, the elaborate, hand-crafted gingerbread house is on display in the Solarium. This year's gingerbread house commemorates the 90th anniversary of Sea Island. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 855-249-9801.

Image of a bald eagle in the wild in the Golden Isles - Raleigh Nyenhuis

8. Discover rare wildlife

More than just birds fly south for the winter. North Atlantic right whales, bald eagles and merganser ducks are a few of the migratory animals that journey through the Golden Isles on their search for warmer weather. 

A special thank you to Saint Simons Photography and Raleigh Nyenhuis for providing photos for this post.