Jekyll Island's Driftwood Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Georgia.

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Golden Isles

Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL, lie four beautiful barrier islands named Best U.S. Islands By Travel + Leisure ®-St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island--and the mainland city of Historic Brunswick. 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.


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    Travel + Leisure ® has named the Golden Isles as the #1 Best U.S. Islands for the second year in a row in the 2024 World's Best Awards! This is the tenth consecutive year the Golden Isles has made the list of World's Best Islands, also taking first place in 2023 and 2020. The Golden…

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    In the Golden Isles, we don’t just eat to live, we live to eat. Any true Southerner will wholeheartedly agree that food is more…

    Historic Brunswick

    Best New Things To Do in Downtown Brunswick

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    Historic Downtown Brunswick shines as a mainland port city with beautiful historic buildings, city streets and squares still bearing…

    Golden Isles


    One of the famous and mysterious St. Simons Island Tree Spirits

    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.

    Horseback riding on the beach at sunset

    Sea Island

    Reached by a causeway from St. Simons Island, Sea Island is an internationally acclaimed resort.

    Couple relaxing on Little St. Simons Island

    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, 11,000-acre barrier island resort.

    Biking on Jekyll Island

    Jekyll Island

    The southernmost island of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is one of the most popular islands for those who visit coastal Georgia.

    Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick


    The mainland port city of Historic Downtown Brunswick is laid out in a formal grid similar to Savannah's, with city streets and squares still bearing their colonial names.


    Around the Golden Isles

    Imagine yourself right here in the Golden Isles! Take in the sweeping views of Great Dunes Beach and pan your way northwards towards St. Simons Island. Experience the coast of Golden Isles and embark on a visit one step closer to reality.

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    Annual Events

    With festivals and events unique to the Golden Isles occurring every year, many loyal travelers keep coming back to this beautiful coastal setting.

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    World's Best Islands

    The Golden Isles has been named #1 World's Best Islands in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Discover what makes the Golden Isles the best of the best.

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