Boating on the Georgia Coast
For sheer variety of water-borne experiences, it’s hard to imagine a setting that offers more than the Golden Isles of Georgia. Surrounded by salt marshes, tidal creeks, gently winding rivers, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the area offers almost every possible way to enjoy a day on the water.
The Golden Isles has many local marinas that offer a range of services from dockage and fueling to complex repair. Public boat ramps and water access are available throughout the Golden Isles. Here are some Golden Isles marinas and launching piers to get you started:
St. Simons Island
- St. Simons Marina (Morningstar Marinas)
- Hampton River Marina
- Mackay River Fishing Pier & Launch
For Georgia boating rules and regulations, review these important local safety notes for boaters. Check local tide charts and weather information before heading out on the water for the day.
Sailing & Kayaking
Combine the unique delights of sailing with the beauty and natural wonders of the Golden Isles. Rent a Hobie Cat, embark on a charter trip, or bring your own sailboat. Cruisers are welcome at our full-service Golden Isles marinas to dock for the weekend, week, or month.
Kayaking is another great option to discover the Golden Isles. Choose from kayak rentals, guided tours, or bring your own. Kayak in Brunswick by taking a tour with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters, and explore different rivers and barrier islands. Or, paddle the Atlantic Ocean with Turtle Tides Jekyll Island's guided tours and rentals.
Georgia’s only gambling casino, the Emerald Princess II Casino, departs from the southern end of the Sidney Lanier Bridge. Casino cruises sail three miles into International waters where casino gambling is legal. You can board for a day cruise, an evening cruise, or a late-night celebration cruise. Put your luck to the test on the two full gambling decks, complete with Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Slots, Roulette, and more. Enjoy dining on board, or head to the open-air observation deck to appreciate the ocean views and light breezes.
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