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.
The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops, breathtaking beaches, fascinating museums, and challenging golf courses. St. Simons Island also hosts unforgettable events and is home to a variety of arenas for outdoor adventure, with plenty of things to do like kayaking, fishing, biking, and tours.
You'll also find exceptional restaurants throughout the island that will give you a true taste of St. Simons. A variety of accommodations—from friendly inns to luxurious resorts—round out the island’s warm welcome, giving it the claims to fame that have attracted vacationers and groups for generations.
St. Simons Island Pier
A visit to St. Simons Island would not be complete without a stroll along the beloved St. Simons Pier. Nestled in the heart of the Pier Village, this historic fishing pier continues to be a popular place to watch fishermen reel in their catch of the day, watch ships coming and going from the local waterways, and see spectacular sunsets. Just a quick walk along the shoreline and you'll come across another iconic St. Simons Island activity - the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.
St. Simons Island Lighthouse
Come for the history and stay for the views. Climb 129 steps to the top of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse for stunning views of the St. Simons Sound. Discover little-known pieces of the island's history, and maybe even a ghost story or two.
Learn more about St. Simons Island's rich history.
Where to Eat on St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island offers a variety of dining options from fine dining to casual outdoor fare. Some of our favorite things to eat on the island? Fresh oysters, handmade pizza, award-winning barbecue, and locally-caught seafood—just to name a few. Stop by Barbara Jean's for signature crab cakes, grab a glass of vino at Georgia Sea Grill's wine bar, or bring the kids to enjoy some live music and casual fare at Porch.
No matter what type of food you are looking for, St. Simons Island has a restaurant for it! Find your favorite restaurant on St. Simons Island.
Beaches on St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island is known for its magical beaches, perfect for both relaxation and adventure. A popular St. Simons Island beach with many access points and amenities like playgrounds, public restrooms, and shaded picnic areas is East Beach. When planning an upcoming beach day, make sure to take note of our tide chart for the best times to enjoy the ocean waves. For a real-time look at the shores, check out our beach webcams!
Dog-Friendly Beaches and Parks
Bring your four-legged friends along on your trip to St. Simons Island. The area is home to a variety of pet-friendly activities. Fido will love to play frisbee at Frederica Park's dog park, jump in the gentle waves at East Beach or explore the area's hiking trails. Other outdoor attractions, like Gould's Inlet, are also dog-friendly. Plus, the Golden Isles is packed with restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your pet in between adventures. With so many dog-friendly places to go, there's no need to part ways with your furry best friend!
Shopping on St. Simons Island
Find special trinkets and treasures at hundreds of boutiques, galleries, and shops on St. Simons Island. Meander along oak-lined sidewalks in Redfern Village, or pick out a new outfit at the Shops at Sea Island. Plan your visit around Crafts in the Village and bring home a handmade item from a local artisan.
Events on St. Simons Island
Many festivals and events are held on St. Simons Island throughout the year. Indulge in St. Simons Island food festivals like Firebox and the Red Hot Chili Cookoff. Honor St. Simons Island's history at the Georgia Sea Islands Festival and living history events at Fort Frederica. Visit during the summertime to experience Taps at Twilight and the Annual 4th of July Sunshine Festival on St. Simons Island. Find events happening on St. Simons Island.
St. Simons Island FAQ
Where is St. Simons Island?
St. Simons Island is the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, located along the coast of Georgia across from the Marshes of Glynn. St. Simons Island is located between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL.
How big is St. Simons Island?
St. Simons Island is around 18 square miles in size.
How far is St. Simons Island from Savannah?
St. Simons Island is around 85 miles south of Savannah, only an hour to an hour-and-a-half by car. Visitors may choose to travel via I-95 or US-17. St. Simons Island is a perfect day trip to or from Savannah.
What should I do on St. Simons Island?
Where can I kayak on St. Simons Island?
Where do the locals eat on St. Simons Island?
Is St. Simons Island pet-friendly?
Yes! There are plenty of pet friendly beaches, restaurants, and activities for you and your furry friend to enjoy!
Where should I stay on St. Simons Island?
Whether you're looking for a beachfront hotel, a vacation rental, or a bed and breakfast, St. Simons Island has many hotel options for you to choose from!
How far is St. Simons Island from Jekyll Island?
St. Simons Island is around 14 miles from Jekyll Island, just about a 20-30 minute drive. Read more about accessing Jekyll Island.
How far is St. Simons Island from Atlanta?
St. Simons Island is around 312 miles from Atlanta. By car, St. Simons Island is roughly four and a half hours away from Atlanta. Direct daily flights (less than 40 minutes long!) are also available from ATL to BQK. Learn more.