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Fall in Love with the Golden Isles this Valentine's Day

Whether you’re just embarking on your relationship, planning to pop the question, or celebrating a golden anniversary, the Golden Isles paints the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine's Day.

Top 5 Golf Experiences on St. Simons Island

Although the Golden Isles is commonly known for its miles of beaches and sparkling waters, its beautiful year-round weather conditions make it the ideal golf destination. With 189 holes of golf

Best Ways to Experience the St. Simons Lighthouse

Located near the St. Simons Pier, the St. Simons Lighthouse is a must-visit destination in the Golden Isles. Lighthouse visitors are invited to climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse for

An Insider’s Guide to Exploring the St. Simons Island Pier Village

The St. Simons Island Pier Village is a popular Golden Isles destination to spend time among both locals and visitors. Nestled next to the St. Simons Island Pier, Pier Village is not only packed with

Where to See Dolphins and Sea Turtles

Warm Atlantic waters, miles of winding marshland and magnificent beaches attract more than just visitors to the Golden Isles. We share our shores with plenty of marine life, and while we hate to pick

Best Things to Do this Spring Break

Warm your soul in the Golden Isles for an unforgettable spring break. Relax on pristine beaches, bike through oak-lined trails and explore the best of coastal Georgia. These family-friendly activities

New St. Simons Island Tree Spirits

New faces have joined the St. Simons Island community - but not in the way you might think. Five new Tree Spirits have appeared in the trunks and branches of majestic live oaks, joining many other

Best Places to Get Married on the Georgia Coast

The Golden Isles of Georgia is a magical setting for any coastal wedding. The mild weather and pristine beaches are punctuated by century-old trees draped in Spanish moss. The breathtaking landscape,

Sidney Lanier Bridge: An Iconic Feature of the Golden Isles

Its outstretched arms linking Brunswick to the rest of the Golden Isles, the Sidney Lanier Bridge soars over the Brunswick River. This, the longest-spanning bridge in Georgia, stretches 7,779 feet

Jekyll Island: Where Adventure Meets Luxury

Along the Georgia coast lies the Golden Isles, a magical string of islands and mainland city that are home to captivating sunsets, inviting beaches and untouched wildlife brimming with possibilities.

Best Ways to Get on the Water

Winding marsh rivers, sparkling waters brimming with dolphins, birds and marine wildlife, and open seas begging for exploration call to those wishing to truly become immersed in the wild landscapes of

Festivals & Events to Attend in the Golden Isles

Warm weather and beautiful venues create the perfect setting for exciting festivals and events around the Golden Isles. Delight in coastal lowcountry delicacies at food festivals; Relish in live

Behind the Business: Tinted Tide Pottery & Art Studio

This St. Simons Island creative welcomes Golden Isles visitors with pottery-painting experiences that preserve their travel memories Erica Gillman has called many places home, but few inspire and

4 Top Spots for Stargazing in the Golden Isles

From marshland to ocean, the Golden Isles fills the Georgia coast with wild adventure, but few natural experiences wow visitors like a night chasing the stars. The Golden Isles’ unspoiled coastline is

Six Farm-Fresh Restaurants in the Golden Isles

If pristine beaches and diverse wildlife are the Golden Isles’ perfect vacation recipe, farm-fresh dining is the cherry on top. Locally sourced menus abound across the Golden Isles, whether it’s

Unique Summertime Activities Found Only in the Golden Isles

There are so many reasons why families and couples travel to the Golden Isles each summer. The warm weather, sunny beaches, friendly residents, and endless things to do beckon those who seek a

How to Meet the Golden Isles' Wild Residents

One of the best parts about any vacation is getting to know the locals. Luckily for anyone visiting the beautiful marshlands of the Golden Isles, our wild residents are just as charming as the locals

Behind the Business: Southeast Adventure Outfitters

By Stephanie Vermillion In 1994, Michael Gowen led his first Golden Isles kayaking tour—and between wildlife encounters and endless water escapades, he hasn’t looked back since. Here’s the

A Multigenerational Family Escape to the Golden Isles

The Golden Isles’ impressive roster of places to play, eat and stay make it an ideal destination for trips encompassing multiple generations of family members, such as kids, teens, and grandparents.

7 Must-Eat Dishes in the Golden Isles

From Nashville hot chicken and fried green tomatoes to fresh-caught wild shrimp, the Golden Isles brims with must-eat dishes. Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island have tons of delicious

Best Places to Eat Outdoors

The Golden Isles is undoubtedly known for incredible landscapes, scenic vistas, and breathtaking beaches. With such beautiful scenery, it's no wonder visitors and locals alike enjoy spending time

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon on the Georgia Coast

There's no place like the Golden Isles if you're looking for a picture-perfect vacation destination. Named to U.S. News' Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S., the natural beauty and serenity of the

6 Ways to Experience an Endless Summer in the Golden Isles

You don't have to visit the Golden Isles of Georgia during the summer months to experience the true magic of summertime! Year-round warm temperatures, sunny skies, and friendly locals will gladly

Guide to the Shops at Sea Island

When visiting the Golden Isles, finding the perfect memento to commemorate your trip is just as necessary as spending long, sunny days relaxing on the beach. Whether it's a cloudy day or you've soaked

Coastal Holiday Traditions Found Only in the Golden Isles

You truly can't beat Christmas on the coast here in the Golden Isles. Between the mild, sunny weather and unique, festive events, spending the holiday season in the Golden Isles will quickly become

The Ultimate Sea Island Bucket List

Visiting Sea Island is truly an experience unlike any other. From the moment you arrive on this Georgia private island, you're greeted by awe-inspiring architecture, impeccable landscaping, and an

Georgia Coast Field Trip Ideas

With a place as beautiful as the Golden Isles of Georgia, it seems a near crime to be cooped up inside for too long. From historic sites to marine ecosystems, the magic of learning can be found

Best Nature Trails to Get Lost

We don't blame you if your mind immediately thinks of beaches when visiting the Golden Isles. But did you know there's another big part of our islands and mainland that are perfect for a day of

A Dog's Guide to Visiting the Golden Isles

Hi! We’re Ruby and Lola, two adorable yellow Labrador retrievers, if we do say so ourselves. Our moms both work at the Golden Isles Welcome Center, which means we are always in-the-know about what’s

18 Best Restaurants on St. Simons Island

The largest island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island, is known for its beautiful beaches, quaint shops, and picturesque scenery. But it's also extremely well known for its abundance of delicious

2022 World's Best Islands in the Continental US

The Golden Isles has been named to the list of Top Islands in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure's 2022 World's Best Awards readers survey for the 8th consecutive year in a row! With our miles

Best Places to Watch the Sunset

After a full day of soaking up the sun on our beaches, exploring historical landmarks and dining around town, there's truly no better way to sign off a perfect Golden Isles day than with a spectacular

Best Places to Stay: 5 Rooms With A View

Did you know there are more than 100 places to stay in the Golden Isles? With so many options, it may be daunting to pick the one you think you'll enjoy most. If you're looking for a luxurious room

Explore the Golden Isles Piers

With four wonderful public piers to choose from, there are many ways to spend your days in the sun while visiting the Golden Isles of Georgia. Rent a rod and reel and grab some bait from a local

Guide to Self-Care in the Golden Isles

If there's one thing the Golden Isles can promise, it's gorgeous surroundings that seem like they were made to calm the mind. Find Southern hospitality and coastal charm around every corner, rich

Top Budget-Friendly Family Experiences in the Golden Isles

Plan your next timeless adventure for the whole family, without breaking the bank! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the Golden Isles on a budget: 1. Go on a treasure hunt St. Simons Island

Books & Movies to Experience the Golden Isles from Afar

Just because the Golden Isles may feel far away, it doesn't have to be! Bring the historical figures, beloved characters and beautiful scenery of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons

6 Vacation Rentals You Should Book Immediately in the Golden Isles of Georgia

Whether you're planning to visit the Golden Isles with a group of friends, on a bachelorette trip or with your entire extended family (plus some!), you'll be glad to know there are literally hundreds

7 Sites to Honor the Golden Isles' African-American History

African-Americans who have lived in the Golden Isles have left an indelible mark on the area for centuries. From passed-down folklore, food and music traditions, significant contributions have been

Top Off-the-Course Experiences

Playing golf in the Golden Isles is certainly an experience in and of itself. Whether you're playing a round at Sea Island Golf Club or you're putting your skills to the test at Sea Palms' new course,

48 Splurge-Worthy Romantic Hours in the Golden Isles

Whether you're celebrating your anniversary or simply looking to spend quality time together, the Golden Isles provides seemingly endless ways to soak up a romantic weekend getaway with one another.

This East Coast Island Has Undeveloped Beaches, Nature Trails — and Mansions Left By Rockefellers

Georgia’s Jekyll Island, a speck of land midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, may revel in its Gilded Age glory, but don’t be fooled. On a weekend jaunt to an impeccably revamped resort, one

Getting Married on Sea Island: The Tulchin-Bailey Wedding

New Yorkers Rachel Tulchin and Kevin Bailey were married on a beautiful late September day under the sprawling live oak trees on Sea Island. With the iconic Cloister Garden as their background, guests

Island Treasures: The Ultimate Hide & Seek Quest

Uncover rare beauty during Jekyll Island’s annual treasure hunt, Island Treasures. The History This island-wide search is based on the antique glass balls and floats fisherman on the east coast would

Stranded Manatee Mom and Calf Rescued from Sea Palms Pond

By Larry Hobbs November 26, 2019 A manatee mother and her calf spent a dangerously chilly weekend stranded in a water hazard at Sea Palms on St. Simons Island, but the pair were hopefully on the road

Where to See Holiday Light Displays

The holidays are a magical time in the Golden Isles. Across the area you’ll find festive holiday events as well as beautiful holiday decor to complement picturesque coastal towns and scenery. Beyond

Holiday Dining in the Golden Isles

There are so many reasons why it’s called the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time of year when special days are celebrated in special places with family, fun and most importantly food! And

Everything You Need to Know about Attending the RSM Classic

The RSM Classic is just around the corner! Since 2010, this tournament has been the most anticipated Golden Isles event of the season. Hosted by local pro golfer Davis Love III, this week is more than

10 Must-See Places in the Golden Isles

1. Light up your day at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Immerse yourself in history when you visit the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum. Interactive exhibits and era-themed rooms allow you to

4 Reasons Why Little Raccoon Key Should Be Your Next Getaway!

Tucked away in the Golden Isles is a private island where camping becomes a luxury. Hop on board the complimentary, private boat ride at the Jekyll Island Marina, and head over to Little Raccoon Key,

New Hotels in the Golden Isles

Although summer is coming to a close, we have new hotels that are opening their doors! The Golden Isles has a several new hotels that are the perfect spot for your upcoming fall getaway. Drinks on

Pilot Whales Surface on St. Simons Island

Pilot Whales in Georgia Are Saved From Being Beached After a pod of whales washed up on the shores of St. Simons Island, dozens of beachgoers raced to push them out to sea. By Emily S. Rueb July 17,

Why the Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Should Be at the Top of your List

Making the decision to visit the Golden Isles’ sandy beaches, historic attractions and scenic beauty isn’t difficult. But it can be difficult to decide where to stay while you’re here! The Holiday Inn

Camping Near the Beach in Georgia

Planning a trip to the coast of Georgia? Camping near the beach in the Golden Isles is a great way to take advantage of beautiful coastal views day and night! Filled with vast marshlands, beautiful

Dining Near the Ocean

5 Waterfront Restaurants on St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island What’s a trip to the Golden Isles without some ocean views? St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are all home to restaurants on or by the

Sea Turtle Conservation Information and FAQs

Each year, the Golden Isles welcomes bales of sea turtles to its shores for nesting season. While nesting season is an exciting time for visitors who want to get a peek of these majestic creatures,

5 Dreamiest Coastal Wedding & Engagement Photo Locations in the Golden Isles

Tucked away on the Georgia coast, the Golden Isles is home to some of the most beautiful and Insta-worthy spots on the Atlantic. Visitors and romantics alike have been traveling to the area for

What's New: World War II Home Front Museum

Sure, the Golden Isles is known for our sunny beaches, natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. So many things here reflect today’s modern conveniences, and from the outside, you’d think this is a

Things to Do this Winter in the Golden Isles

Temperate weather, quiet beaches and year-round activities make winter one of the best seasons to visit the Golden Isles. December and January may be the coolest months on the Georgia coast, but with

Festivals and Events You Won't Want to Miss in 2023

With the new year upon us, it’s time to start planning the best festivals to attend in 2023. The Golden Isles is home to annual festivals and joyous celebrations that take place every month in

Craft Your Ideal Golden Isles Experience

The Golden Isles craft scene is growing – from literal craft breweries to choose-your-own-adventure escapes, you won’t want to miss our growing scene! Here are a few ways you can craft your ideal

Discover the Golden Isles Culinary Trail

If you’re anything like us, you travel to eat! Known for some of the best Southern coastal cuisine, the Golden Isles is the perfect place to truly get a taste of the South. So, grab a bike (to help

The Ultimate Guide to Fall in the Golden Isles

Here, fall comes with gorgeous sunshine by day and cool breezes by night – and we couldn’t ask for a more perfect balance to enjoy some of our favorite seasonal activities! Explore the ultimate guide

Where to Bike in the Golden Isles

The Golden Isles offers some of the most bike-able towns on the Georgia coast. The family-friendly Jekyll Island Trail System takes visitors between the National Historic Landmark District, beaches,

Experience Our Nightlife

Here, while “nightlife” might include quite a few happy hours and late-night bites, it’s well rounded to include live music, ocean breezes, and even unique events – not quite what you’d expect from a

What Not to Miss in Each Town

From the family-friendly fun on Jekyll Island to the all-inclusive adventures of Little St. Simons Island, all the way to Brunswick’s mainland historic experiences and everything in between, there’s

10 Reasons Why Kids Love the Golden Isles

10 Reasons Why Kids Love the Golden Isles (And Why Parents Will, Too!) When you find a place with sunshine, sand and plenty of natural landscapes to explore, it’s easy to enjoy the destination. So

Top 4 Things to Do on Your Bachelorette Getaway to the Golden Isles

Congratulations – You’re getting married! The venue has been chosen, the cake has been tasted, and your vows have been written. But what are you doing for your final fling before the ring? Located on

What's New in the Golden Isles this Summer

Summer is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited! With longer and warmer days upon us, we have several recommendations of new ways to fill your summer days on your next visit to Georgia’s

Discover Hidden Gems in the Golden Isles

With all the awe-inspiring landscapes and unique adventures available in the Golden Isles, it’s hard to know where to start. The locals have weighed in to help create a list of the top must-see

15 Things to Do in the Golden Isles in 2023

The Golden Isles is more than just beautiful sandy beaches; it’s a magical seaside retreat with new adventures around every bend, with another waiting each time you return. Explore our top 15 things

Golden Isles Adds New Webcam on Jekyll Island

Just in time for the exciting summer months, the Golden Isles is thrilled to announce a new webcam has been added to Viewers will now be able to enjoy a live feed of Jekyll Island, in

HGTV Dream Home on St. Simons Island

2017 promises to bring great things to the Golden Isles! In case you haven’t heard already, our very

Romantic Things TO Do in the Golden Isles this Valentines Day

Whether you’re just embarking on a relationship, planning to pop the question or celebrating a golden anniversary, the Golden Isles paints the perfect backdrop for romance. Couples have been flocking

8 Reasons to Visit the Golden Isles this Winter

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

Guide to Historic Downtown Brunswick

It doesn’t get more picturesque than Historic Downtown Brunswick. Much of the original Victorian architecture still stands today, and beautiful pocket parks and squares line the streets. On any given

Things to Do on Little St. Simons Island

Little St. Simons Island is one of the wildest places on the Eastern Seaboard. Accessible only by boat from Hampton River Marina on St. Simons Island’s north end, the 11,000-acre barrier island is a

Guide to the Best Spring Ever

Winter is coming to a close and signs of spring are starting to pop up around the Golden Isles. Vibrant purple and fuchsia hues are beginning to overtake the azalea bushes that have remained green for

4 Pet-Friendly Activities in the Golden Isles

When planning a trip to the Golden Isles, there is no reason why four-legged friends have to stay behind. With a variety of pet-friendly accommodations available and an array of activities and

A Guide to Coastal Georgian Cuisine

The Golden Isles is beloved for its sunny beaches, year-round gorgeous weather, and laid-back Southern hospitality. But anyone who visits will tell you that the food can’t be beaten either. When

Unearthed Artifacts Likely from Plantation-Era Smokehouse

One entire wall of the plantation-era tabby structure was splotched in grease, but archaeologist

What's Filming in the Golden Isles?

For decades, the Golden Isles has captured the hearts of families, friends and visitors. With our spectacular sunrises and sunsets, endless beaches and majestic live oak trees, the Golden Isles is the

Historical Cemeteries of the Golden Isles

It’s October, the time of year when ghosts and goblins come out to play. But in the Golden Isles, we have far more treats than tricks. Tucked away in our centuries-old neighborhoods are two historical

Fall Fun in the Golden Isles

There are four seasons in the Golden Isles, but ours are a little different than the traditional quartet you’re familiar with. Here we have Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer and Winter. Our mild

Guide to the Golden Isles' Private Islands

Two of the four islands in the Golden Isles are privately owned, but they’re more accessible than you may think. Although Little St. Simons Island and Sea Island are the smallest of the Golden Isles,

St. Simons Island's Tree Spirits: A Treasure Hunt

Once upon a time (the early 1980s to be exact), a skilled craftsman set out on a mission to leave his mark on St. Simons Island. With woodworking tools in hand, he meticulously carved intricate faces

Can't-Miss Fall Food Festivals

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 than just a meal; it’s a way of life. And with our prime location on the

Greatest Way to Spend the Summer in the Golden Isles

Expedia Viewfinder collaborated with the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to reveal some of the best summer activities along the Georgia coast. This summer vacation, experience the

Enjoy the Ride! Biking in the Golden Isles

Get off the beaten path and discover the Golden Isles of Georgia in a whole new way. Meander through winding trails deep inside maritime forests covered with idyllic tree canopies. Ride over the

A Morning of Sea Turtle Patrol

To most, a 5:00 am wake-up call sounds less than appealing. But when you get to accompany Sea Island’s Naturalist Raleigh Nyenhuis on her morning patrol, you practically jump out of bed when your

Historical Guide to the Golden Isles

Centuries of History in 72 Hours in the Golden Isles With all of the rich history that is still

Discover the Award Winning Golden Isles

Visitors have been flocking to the Golden Isles since General James Oglethorpe brought the first settlers to St. Simons Island in 1736. For years, people have been mesmerized by the sweeping oak trees

Coastal Georgia Historical Society Lecture Series, Part 2

In the first part of this blog, we discussed the Golden Isles’ ecological characteristics, the colonial era, and the rise of agriculture and plantations. To recap: the lay of our land has intricately

Coastal Georgia Historical Society Lecture Series, Part 1

It’s no secret that the Golden Isles is steeped in a rich history, including but not limited to, an ice age, Native Americans, military fanfare, plantations, millionaires, Presidents and more. Each

Where to Shop for the Holidays in the Golden Isles

With the holidays around the corner, you might look at your shopping list and wonder “where can I find something unique and personal?” Our advice? Make a quick trip to the Golden Isles, and in

Spectator Guide to Attending the McGladrey Classic

If you are planning on being a spectator at this year’s PGA TOUR McGladrey Classic, we have gathered all the essential details right here. What is the McGladrey Classic? This annual golf tournament —

Top Fishing Experiences of the Golden Isles

Why Fish in the Golden Isles? There Are Plenty of Reasons, Starting With These Three While the Florida shores and both Carolina coasts garner a great deal of attention from the fishing world, the

Uncover Antiques in the Golden Isles

When it comes to a historical past, the Golden Isles is not short on stories. Home to the Bloody Marsh battle site, a National Historic Landmark District and an iconic working lighthouse, people from

4 Quintessential Golf Experiences in the Golden Isles

Our Quintessential Golf Experiences: Why Golfing in the Golden Isles is So Magical With the warm sun on your back, you crouch down to read your putt. Left to right? Uphill slightly? Then it hits you

View the Golden Isles Live With Our Webcams!

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Golden Isles website, a live webcam feed in the Pier Village on St. Simons Island! You can see the sun set daily, cargo ships passing by the pier and