Golden Isles

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Frequently Asked Questions

We've tried to assemble the most commonly asked questions and provide them here to assist you in your travel planning to the Golden Isles. If you're looking for an answer to a question that isn't listed, please contact us and we'll do our very best to answer you promptly, and we'll add your question to this list!

Where are the Golden Isles of Georgia?

The Golden Isles of Georgia include the port city of Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island. The area is situated on Georgia’s southeast Atlantic coast, approximately 75 miles south of Savannah, GA, 65 miles north of Jacksonville, FL and 280 miles southeast of Atlanta, GA. View area maps, island access information, and our tips for getting here to help you plan your escape.

What airlines fly into the Golden Isles?

ExpressJet/The Delta Connection, offers daily round-trip regional jet service to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (BQK).  Click here for more information on flying to the Golden Isles.

Is there a toll to get onto any of the islands?

Jekyll Island charges a fee per vehicle, per entry, per day. However, multi-day passes and an annual park decal are also available for your convenience. Bicycles and pedestrians can enter at NO charge.
Sea Island is only for guests, residents, members, and those with reservations to the Georgian Room restaurant at the Cloister.
Little St. Simons Island is only accessible by overnight and day-trip excursion guests.
St. Simons Island has no toll and is open to the public.

View additional parking and island access information.

Do you have to take a ferry or boat to get onto the islands?

No, you do not have to take a ferry or boat to St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island. You can drive onto each of the islands in the Golden Isles except Little St. Simons Island, which is accessible by their private boat from the Hampton River Marina for overnight and day-trip guests. Click here to read more about access to each of our islands.

Are there beaches in Georgia's Golden Isles?

Yes, there are many beaches in Georgia's Golden Isles. Each of our four barrier islands have long stretches of beach to enjoy. Click here to find out more about Golden Isles' beaches.

Can dogs go on the beach, and do they have to be on a leash?

The short answer is yes.  But each beach is different; therefore it is recommended that you read the signage at each beach access point to confirm.  Some beaches only allow pets during certain seasons and specific hours during the day.

St. Simons Island: East Beach on St. Simons Island states: "Animals are prohibited on this beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  From 6pm to 9am, dogs are allowed on the beach and do not need to be leashed, but must be in the owner's immediate control. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, from 9am to 6pm, dogs are no longer allowed on the beach--with or without a leash.

Jekyll Island: Pets must be under immediate control of their owners and on a leash no longer than 16' at all times. No pets allowed on South Beach between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2,000' northeast of St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area. Pet owners are to remove and dispose of pet fecal material.

Most importantly, when your animal is allowed on the beach, if it leaves more than prints in the sand... please pick it up!  There are dog bag receptacles located at each beach access point that allows pets.  It is always a good idea to bring your own bags as well, just in case the receptacle is empty.
 

Are there many pet-friendly businesses, places to stay and activities?

Yes, there are many pet-friendly businesses, places to stay and activities in the Golden Isles. You can search any pet-friendly business, attraction, place to stay, and restaurant listed on this website by filtering you search results to show only "pet-friendly" options.

What should I pack or take on my vacation?

The Golden Isles is a coastal destination located along the Atlantic Ocean, so expect evening breezes and the occasional rain shower. Temperature ranges in the winter can be 42°F to 62°F and in the summer 74°F to 89°F, so dress for the season you are traveling. It is always recommended that you bring sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses and a hat or visor for the beach and outdoors. Click here to learn more about our local temperatures and weather.

What is the average water temperature in the ocean?

The water temperature along coastal Georgia ranges from 55°F (12.8°C) in the winter months to 85°F (29.4°C) in the summer months according to the National Oceanographic Data Center.

What is the weather like in the Golden Isles?

The Golden Isles enjoy a climate typical of a semi-tropical location. Click here to read more about our local climate.