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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

The Best Places to Eat, Drink & Be Merry in the Golden Isles this Holiday Season

There are so many reasons why it’s called the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time of year where thanks are given, people are merry, and special days are celebrated with family, fun and most

Delta Air Lines Expands Service to Golden Isles

Visitors and residents will soon have more opportunity to come and go from the Golden Isles with expanded flight service and additional seating as announced by Delta Air Lines this week. Delta will be

Everything You Need to Know about the 10th Annual RSM Classic

The 10 th Annual 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 golfer Davis Love III, this week is

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,

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

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,

Travel + Leisure Names Golden Isles on World's Best List

For the fifth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure Magazine has named the Golden Isles amongst the Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S. Because our fun-filled activities, historical attractions,

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 in the Golden Isles 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 water that offer a

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 2019

With the new year upon us, it’s time to start planning the best festivals to attend in 2019. The Golden Isles is abundant in 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

What's New in the Golden Isles this Spring

2018 is already off to a strong start here in the Golden Isles! We’re excited to share with you some of the newest additions to our stretch of the Georgia coast. Plan your perfect getaway and discover

15 Things to Do in the Golden Isles in 2019

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

What's New in the Golden Isles this Winter

2017 brought many wonderful new additions to the Golden Isles. From quaint bed and breakfasts to locally-owned boutiques to a weekend-long airshow featuring the Blue Angels and everything in between,

What's New in the Golden Isles this Fall

Known by many as the U.S. Capital for Golf, more than two dozen PGA pros train and live in the Golden Isles, including World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, and Zach Johnson,

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

Golden Isles Wins Big with Southern Living

Southern Living Magazine, a staple in most southern homes and revered almost as much as The Bible

What's New in the Golden Isles this Spring

Now is a great time to discover the newest hotels and events found only in the Golden Isles. Maybe

7 Things to Do in 2017 in the Golden Isles

Rethink your traditional New Year’s resolutions and add a couple unique must-do’s to your list. From

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

5 Romantic Date Ideas Unique to the Golden Isles

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

What's New in the Golden Isles this Fall

Planning a visit to the Golden Isles this fall? Discover the latest attractions, newest restaurants

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 10,000-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

What's New in the Golden Isles

Now is a great time to discover the newest restaurants, attractions and tours in the Golden Isles.

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

African-American Heritage in the Golden Isles

Following the Revolutionary War, fourteen working plantations were established on St. Simons Island. Additionally, several plantations along the tidal marshes of the Altamaha River and on the mainland

A Guide to Coastal Georgian Cuisine

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

Jekyll Island Welcomes New Skating Village

A new wintertime activity has made its way to the Golden Isles! Jekyll Island opened its new Skating

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

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

Holiday Season in the Golden Isles

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and while snow is most likely not in the forecast for the Golden Isles, there are still many activities that will put you in the Christmas spirit this

Spectator's Guide to the 2015 McGladrey Classic

If you are planning on being a spectator at this year’s PGA TOUR McGladrey Classic, we have gathered

Fall Fun in the Golden Isles

There are four seasons in the Golden Isles, but ours are a little different than the traditional

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

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

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 5:00am wakeup 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 alarm

13 Family Friendly Summertime Activities

Ella Fitzgerald sure knew what she was talking about when she coined the lyrics “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” The days are longer, the sun warms the soft golden sand, and the sounds of fun and

Ultimate Guide to Summer

School’s out, the weather is beautiful and the sweet sounds of summer fill the air. Summer is,

Announcing the Taste of the Golden Isles Getaway

*Update - This contest has ended as of 4/30/2016. Please check here for current contests.* We are

Smithsonian Magazine names St. Simons Island one of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015

When it comes to places to take a vacation, it’s easy to think of America’s big cities: Chicago, New

Summer Festivals in the Golden Isles

2015 is already off to a great start in the Golden Isles. We are welcoming several new hotels,

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

Spring into Fun in the Golden Isles

Any time is a good time to be in the Golden Isles, but spring is even a little more wonderful, in my opinion. In the cooler months, our vast marsh grass becomes dormant and turns a rich amber color;

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

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

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

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

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

The Complete Guide to Beaches

Georgia Beaches for Every Mood Why do you go to the beach? Is it to soak in the sun and feel the sand between your toes? Is it to play in the surf and feel like a kid again? Or are you more of a

Journey of the Loggerhead Turtles

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, there is no other sea turtle more widely distributed than the loggerhead sea turtle. But don’t let this fact fool you into

A Guide to Sea Island

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the marshlands that Sidney Lanier praised in his famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn,” Sea Island is a world apart. And by that, we don’t mean just scenic beauty.

5 Things to Do on St. Simons Island

The Golden Isles' largest barrier island, St. Simons Island, has a knack for captivating travellers with a variety of things to do while on vacation, including golf, fishing, beaches, history and

Seasons of Sea Turtles

Salty sea waters meet beautiful sandy shores along the coast of Georgia. Here, you will find many unique species of animals living in and around our marsh and ocean waters. One animal that is truly

5 Things to Do on Jekyll Island

Spending a few days in the Golden Isles? Use this list of things to do on Jekyll Island to guide your stay on the southernmost island of the Golden Isles. Jekyll Island is defined by its abundance of

Experience St. Simons Island, Georgia

Written by Allison Entrekin, Special for USA TODAY Published January 14, 2014 Pack your pastels and

6 Ways to Have Fun Indoors in the Golden Isles

A trip to the Golden Isles may include several of the area’s popular outdoor activities, such as golfing, kayaking, boating, camping, fishing, sailing, and swimming. But sometimes visitors and locals

How to Witness Coastal Georgia’s Natural Wildlife

The Golden Isles is an area known for its natural and picturesque beauty. This includes the area’s maritime forests, sandy beaches, and untouched marshlands, as well as its array of native wildlife. A

Haunted Happenings in the Golden Isles

Known for its abundance of history and culture, along with folklore, legends and tales of ghosts, there is no better place to be in the month of October than the Golden Isles. From ghost walks,

Small Town Theatre in the Golden Isles

While the Golden Isles is known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery, when the cooler months of autumn and winter approach, visitors and locals alike search for quality indoor

Visual Arts Portray Beauty of the Golden Isles

With the beauty of the vast marshlands, pristine beaches, and historical attractions of the Golden

Golden Isles Museums Offer a Break from the Beaches

The Golden Isles of Georgia is a popular destination for summer beach getaways and outdoor activities. However, there are times when you need a break from the beach and may be seeking other activities

Summer Time is Kid Time in the Golden Isles

The long lazy days of summer allow for countless hours of sun-drenched fun, water-filled activities, and quiet evenings perfect for strolling along a pier, seeking sea turtles or just hanging out.

Putt, Plunge and Play!

Visit the Neptune Park Fun Zone on St. Simons Island to enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf, a wading pool and water gym for kids, and a state-of-the-art playground including swings and slides. This is

The St. Simons Island Tree Spirit Legend

The Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island serve as a local attraction to the Golden Isles, and also seem to connect us to the rich history of our coastal area. These Tree Spirits have been skillfully

10 Free Activities To Do with Kids in the Golden Isles

The Golden Isles has something for everyone and is full of timeless adventures. For those families with young children, rest assured there are many kid-friendly activities to enjoy during your stay in

Explore the Unspoiled Nature of the Golden Isles

There is no better proof of the unspoiled natural beauty of the Golden Isles than the abundance and variety of wildlife found along this coastal low country. The diverse mix of vast marshland, winding

Unspoiled Little St. Simons Island is a Wildlife Haven

By: Charles Seabrook, The Atlanta Journal Constitution Published: February 5, 2013 Little St. Simons

Golden Isles African-American History

The African-American heritage of the Golden Isles and its influence is significant to the rich history and southern culture of our coastal communities. Many local historical landmarks and

Sea Island Resort, Coastal Living Magazine Readers' Favorite Beach Hotel

By: Jacquelyne Froeber, Coastal Living Magazine Published: February 2013 - Travel Issue On the

The Frugal Traveler: Jekyll Island Provides Affordable Opulence, Activities

By Myscha Theriault, McClatchy-Tribune News Service Published: January 8, 2013 Travelers searching for

Get Fit with these 5 Golden Isles Activities

Physical activity increases your chances of living longer. Even if you feel out-of-shape or haven’t been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you. Boost your health and