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 sunset. Pack a picnic, grab your loved ones, and head to one of these five sunset spots found around the Golden Isles.
Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island
One of the very best hidden gems on St. Simons Island is Epworth by the Sea. This 100-acre conference and retreat center complex is home to seven lodging options, multiple buildings for group meetings and gatherings, and some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds on the island. Epworth by the Sea is located along the banks of the Mackay River, just on the other side of the F.J. Torras Causeway. Because of its prime waterfront and west-facing location, this is hands down one of the best places to watch the sunset on St. Simons Island!
Settle into one of the wooden benches along the river, or spread a blanket on the lawn. You'll also find a few piers and gazebos that provide excellent vantage points as well. Regardless of which spot you choose, you'll be treated to breathtaking views as the sun dips below the horizon.
Where to find Epworth by the Sea: 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island
The Lodge, Sea Island Golf Club
Guests and members of Sea Island may enjoy one of the resort's properties located on St. Simons Island, The Lodge. On one of the southernmost points on St. Simons, The Lodge's location along the St. Simons Sound provides an idyllic waterfront experience complete with coastal breezes, singing shorebirds and sweeping oak trees. Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of The Lodge's onsite restaurants, the Oak Room or Colt & Allison, before heading out onto the lawn to take in the sunset. Opt for a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of chilled wine as you relax into one of the many classic adirondack chairs.
Each evening, a local bagpiper in traditional attire adds to the special sunset traditions with beloved sounds of Scotland drifting through the air. As the sun continues to set behind the Sidney Lanier Bridge, families of all ages enjoy friendly competition on the new 18-hole Speedway Putting Course designed by Mark and Davis Love. And after the sun has officially kissed the sky goodnight, fire pits add a soft glow to the lawn. Simply ask for a s'mores kit to partake in a classic nighttime treat.
Where to find The Lodge: 100 Retreat Avenue, St. Simons Island
*Access beyond the gate is granted to members and guests of Sea Island.
Little St. Simons Island
Although the smallest of the Golden Isles, Little St. Simons Island boasts acres of untouched wilderness, miles of secluded beaches and scores of beautiful scenery you simply can't find anywhere else. Visit during a guided day trip or revel in the island's world's away feel by staying overnight. Plus, the best way to experience this tiny island's remarkable sunsets is with your favorite beverage in hand, enjoying the company of those also staying on the island, all while feeling time slow down rocking in the rocking chairs on the Hunting Lodge's porch.
The island's naturalists host a happy hour each evening at the Hunting Lodge, complete with adult beverages, hors d'oeuvres and lively discussions about the native flora and fauna on the island. Take the conversations outside to truly take in the sights and sounds of the day's close and evening's arrival. The sun sets just beyond the Hunting Lodge. The best seat in the house? Opt for one of the swings hanging from the ancient oak trees lining the shore.
How to find Little St. Simons Island: 1000 Hampton River Marina Drive, St. Simons Island
*Day and overnight trips must be booked by visiting littlestsimonsisland.com or calling 888-733-5774.
St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island
St. Andrews Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches in the Golden Isles but it has a special secret that none of our other beaches share: It's the only west-facing beach in the Golden Isles! All other beaches face east, making them perfect places to watch the sunrise in the morning. But Jekyll Island's St. Andrews Beach faces west, meaning it's the only beach where you can truly watch the sunset.
Another thing we especially love about St. Andrews Beach is the shady picnic area and the new Wanderer Memory Trail. Pick up dinner to-go from one of the restaurants on Jekyll Island and learn about the history of the area while waiting for the sun to make its journey closer and closer to the horizon.
Where to find St. Andrews Beach: On the south side of Jekyll Island, where S. Riverview Drive meets Beachview Drive
Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown Brunswick
Tucked away at the end of Gloucester Street you'll find Mary Ross Waterfront Park, a public park perfect for couples, young families and four-legged friends alike. With lots of greenspace to run and play, and a new playground to boot, Mary Ross Waterfront Park is a great place for kiddos to use up their last bursts of energy before bedtime. Enjoy a family meal at Tipsy McSway's before enjoying nature's nightcap along the East River in Brunswick.
If you're visiting at the beginning of the month, and especially from April through October, be sure to head into Historic Downtown Brunswick to be a part of First Friday, a neighborhood block party hosted by Newcastle Street's shops, galleries and restaurants. And on the first Sunday of each month, the Rhythm on the River concert series takes the stage at the park. This free community concert features local musicians and opportunities to bump elbows with residents and visitors alike.
Where to find Mary Ross Waterfront Park: 209 Gloucester Street, Brunswick