The Golden Isles of Georgia is made up of Brunswick, and four barrier islands: St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Islands. They lie halfway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia. The streets of these ecofriendly islands on the Atlantic seaboard are lined with moss draped oaks that exude charm and warmth. Coastal marshlands, vibrant beaches, unique shops, and historic tours set the stage for a memorable vacation or visit.
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island is a great family-friendly beachfront resort. I would prefer the luxurious five-star Cloister on Sea Island, just a short distance away, but their prices are ridiculously high and K&P worked out perfectly. Our accommodations at King and Prince included a spacious two-bedroom oceanfront condo in the north villas with two bathrooms, a huge balcony, living room, dining area, full kitchen and washer/dryer. The complex has a nice swimming pool only steps from the beach. The main hotel features a restaurant, tennis courts, a larger outside pool/hot tub as well as an indoor heated pool, and a poolside bar. The staff was attentive and maid service was impeccable. King and Prince is very laid back and they have umbrellas, chairs, and bikes on the beachfront for rent.
St. Simon’s has many quaint restaurants and a few shopping centers, but it is primarily a relaxation spot. We found luxury shopping at Shops at Sea Island and at North Frederica Walk, where Indigo & Cotton and Mimi’s Stationery made the top of my list. You can drive to Brunswick, the mainland, for something to do or visit Jekyll Island for a short day trip. Jekyll Island was once the scene for the elite wealthy class, with club memberships held by the Morgans, Cranes, and Rockefeller’s. It is said that Jekyll’s membership represented one sixth of the world’s wealth. Take a tram tour and hear the history of the island, visit one of their golf clubs, go bike riding, or visit Georgia Sea Turtle center.
St. Simon’s is a place for the simple life, which is so important to destress from our every day lives. Be sure to marvel at the beautiful oak trees and serene marshes. For history buffs, check out Fort Frederica, built by James Oglethorpe, in 1736. St. Simon’s is also home of Christ Church, built by John and Charles Wesley, who later returned to England to help create the Methodist Movement.
The King and Prince offers a scrumptious seafood buffet on Friday nights. Mullet Bay is certainly the busiest restaurant on the island, and has a kickin’ atmosphere; but the food is only average. I preferred Barbara Jean’s for an amazing veggie plate, with classic Southern specialties such as red beans & rice, stewed tomatoes, squash casserole, fresh green beans, coleslaw, and glazed carrots. Sweet tea is awesome anywhere you go on this island.
I hope to return to the beautiful Golden Isles of Georgia
Tip: You can easily sleep four to six in the villas at King & Prince. Ask the front desk for detergent and other laundry supplies as they are complimentary.
FYI: Do not get too excited about the fact that St. Simon has a lighthouse. Though it is really old (it was built in 1872), other than the fact you can walk to the top of it, it is tiny compared to some others I have seen.
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