Golden Isles, Georgia
Discover the World's Best-Kept Secret
Along the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL, lies a stretch of land that is like no other. Here you will find centuries-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that line the streets and meet miles of sun-drenched beaches. Vast marshlands, winding rivers, and plentiful natural and outdoor diversions beckon visitors who return for generations. The destination is reminiscent of a bygone era as historic landmarks can be found around every bend.
Pristine stretches of marshes, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape and create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. Each of the five unique locations offers a memorable setting, a variety of activities, and an inherent tranquility.
This is perhaps the best-kept secret on the East Coast; This is the Golden Isles of Georgia.
Comprised of four natural barrier islands, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, each of the Golden Isles has its own charisma and personality for you to discover, and all are complemented by the mainland historic city of Brunswick.
Recognized as the 2020 “World’s Best Islands in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure, Georgia’s Golden Isles has a glowing list of accolades. On top of winning other coveted awards such as Lonely Planet’s “Top Ten Regions to Visit” and Family Travel’s “Best U.S. Islands for Families,” the Golden Isles has also won some unique accolades including Travel Channel’s “10 Best Dolphin Sighting Destinations” and MSN’s “Spring Break Destinations to Escape the Crowds.” Discover more awards and accolades.
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How to Get Here
Traveling to the Golden Isles has never been more convenient. Whether you choose to arrive by car or by plane or even by boat, you won't feel as though you've left home; you'll feel as though you're coming home.
If you're planning a Georgia coast road trip, Interstate 95 provides easy access to the Golden Isles, as do U.S. highways 341 and 17. Take advantage of direct daily flights from Atlanta into the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport, where you can leave the bustle of city life and have your toes in the sand in just under an hour. Private flights can be accommodated at both the St. Simons Island Airport and the Jekyll Island Airport.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, just about an hour to our north, provides ample opportunities for additional commercial flights arriving along the Georgia coast. Jacksonville International Airport, an hour to our south, is another popular option.
With the ease of traveling to the Golden Isles, you can spend more time being here and less time getting here.