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Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL, lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Spanish explorers seeking gold originally descended upon the territory more than 400 years ago, only to find astonishing beauty, mild weather and a natural radiance that inspired the area’s name, the Golden Isles.

Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape and create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. Sparkling rivers teeming with birds, fish and other marine life flow calmly around the islands on their way to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Golden Isles are also heralded as a destination where the gentleman’s game of golf meets genuine Southern hospitality in a seaside setting with a rich and storied history. The area’s beauty and world-class golf courses, facilities and instructors have earned the Golden Isles its reputation as a golfer’s paradise. Not only do the Golden Isles provide a rich golf experience, but they also come alive as nature’s playground, with acres of undeveloped land, marshes and rivers—along with the vast expanse of ocean—begging to be explored and enjoyed.

 

Newcastle Street in Downtown Brunswick

Historic Brunswick

The mainland, port city of Brunswick is laid out in a formal grid similar to Savannah's, with city streets and squares still bearing their colonial names. Docked at the wharf, the array of shrimp boats are ready to trawl the local waters—evidence of the area’s rich seafood industry. Watch the ocean vessels come into port, see the shrimpers unload at the docks along Bay Street and then sample the catch of the day at one of the fine restaurants.
St. Simons Island Lighthouse at sunset

St. Simons Island

The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops, plus a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual outdoor fare.
Sea Island Resort entrance

Sea Island

Reached by causeway from St. Simons Island, Sea Island is an internationally acclaimed resort. The Sea Island Company features two of the world’s most-exceptional destinations: the Forbes Five-Star Cloister on Sea Island and The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond property located on the southern end of St. Simons Island.
Little St. Simons Island Naturalist with guests

Little St. Simons Island

Accessible only by boat from Hampton River Marina on St. Simons Island’s north end, Little St. Simons Island is a privately owned, 10,000-acre barrier island resort. Known for its privacy, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island features six charming cottages, several of which date back to the early 1900s, that can host a total of 32 guests at one time.
Driftwood Beach at sunset (Jekyll Island, GA)

Jekyll Island

The southernmost island of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island was purchased in 1886 by a group of wealthy families as a private retreat. By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. The Club closed in 1942 and Jekyll Island was purchased by the State of Georgia in 1947.
Interstate 95 at Exit 38 - Golden Isles, GA

Interstate 95 & Surrounding Areas

Interstate 95, the main Interstate highway on the east coast of the United States, also serves the coast of Georgia. Within Georgia, it begins from the south at the St. Marys River and the Florida state line and continues north past the border of South Carolina at the Savannah River. Exits 29, 36, 38 and 42 serve the Golden Isles of Georgia.
Blue Heron along the Marshes of Glynn

Wildlife & Nature

There is something you will notice upon your arrival to the Golden Isles, the vast marshland that surrounds the area as well as the old growth maritime forests that are still intact. The state of Georgia has only about 90 miles of coastline yet holds approximately one-third of the entire marshland of the Atlantic seaboard.
Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island

Our Community

The Golden Isles community is a vibrant, thriving coastal destination rich in history and full of traditions. Located in southeast Georgia, the legacies of our four barrier islands and port city run deep here. Immortalized by poet Sidney Lanier in the poem, Marshes of Glynn, the marshlands that surround us are abundant with wildlife that inspires us each day to slow down and live for each moment.

Visitor Guide

The Golden Isles Visitor Guide is your only OFFICIAL resource for visitor information: accommodations, activities, events, dining, shopping and much more. Please expect your guide to arrive in approximately two weeks.

Webcams

Imagine yourself right here in the Golden Isles! The webcam above, provided courtesy of the Golden Isles CVB, allows you to see high definition, panoramic views of St. Simons Island from anywhere and at any time. The locations that you are able to see include the Pier, Mallery Street and the St.