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 Golden Isles.

Explore the Islands at a Slower Pace

Get off the beaten path and chart your own course by bike or golf cart as you meander throughout the islands. Take in the sights, sounds and smells around the Golden Isles at your own leisurely pace. Experience nature and wildlife up close on a bike ride along paved pathways, or load up your beach gear and head out to one of our public beaches on a golf cart. Get your golf cart rental from Coast to Coast Beach Rentals and cruise the island in style!

If you go: 507 Ocean Boulevard, St. Simons Island, 912-268-2541, Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cheers to Local Spirits at Richland Rum

Nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick, Richland Rum is the newest kid on the block, and it has quickly become one of the most popular. Visit the distillery to see the artisan process and creation of this award-winning single estate rum first-hand. Experience each step of the process, from learning about the Georgia grown sugar cane to the fermentation, distillation, aging and bottling stages. And best of all, enjoy tasting the rum! The knowledgeable and friendly team at Richland Rum are your go-to experts to crafting a menagerie of cocktails with Richland Rum.

If you go: 1406 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, 229-887-3537, Monday – Saturday

Traverse the New Boardwalk at Gould’s Inlet

Easily one of the most beloved beaches on St. Simons Island, Gould’s Inlet now boasts a new and improved boardwalk. Early risers will enjoy peaceful mornings atop the boardwalk while watching birds and other local wildlife as they begin their days along the shoreline. Beachgoers will be able to easily transport their chairs, coolers and other gear safely across the sand to the vast stretches of the beach. Insider tip: this is the perfect spot to watch Sea Island’s fireworks displays at the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, or even witness breathtaking natural phenomena like heat lightning or meteor showers.

If you go: Fifteenth Street and Bruce Drive, St. Simons Island

With new ways to get off the beaten path and explore the Georgia coast, this summer is sure to be the best summer yet in the Golden Isles! Browse sample itineraries, check exclusive deals and specials, and plan your perfect beach getaway.