Introduction to The Golden Isles
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- Synonymous with St. Simons Island
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, on St. Simons Island, is a great family-friendly beachfront resort.The luxurious five-star Cloister on Sea Island, just a short distance away, is an attractive resort, but their prices are ridiculously high.
Our accommodations at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort included a spacious two-bedroom oceanfront condo in the north villas. We had two bathrooms, a huge balcony, living room, dining area, full kitchen and washer/dryer. The complex had a big swimming pool only steps from the beach. The main hotel featured 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 the maid service was impeccable. King and Prince was very laid back and offered umbrellas, chairs, and bikes on the beachfront for rent.
St. Simons Island 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 also drive to Brunswick, the mainland, for something to do or visit Jekyll Island for a short day trip.
Visiting Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island was once a scene for the elite wealthy class, with club memberships held by the Morgans, Cranes, and Rockefellers. It is said that at one time, Jekyll’s membership represented one sixth of the world’s wealth. Other things to do include taking a tram tour to hear the history of the Jekyll Island, visiting one of their prestigious golf clubs, bike riding, or visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
The Golden Isles is a place for the simple life, which is so important for de-stressing from our every day lives. Be sure to marvel at their beautiful oak trees and serene marshes. History buffs should check out Fort Frederica, built by James Oglethorpe, in 1736. St. Simons 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 Resort offered a scrumptious seafood buffet, which we enjoyed. Mullet Bay was the busiest restaurant on the island, with a kickin’ crowd; but the food was only average. My favorite was Barbara Jean’s, where I had an amazing vegetable plate. You could pick either three or four classic Southern vegetable specialities such as red beans & rice, stewed tomatoes, squash casserole, fresh green beans, coleslaw, and glazed carrots. The sweet tea was awesome everywhere we went on the island.
Tip: You can easily sleep four to six in the villas at The King & Prince Resort. 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. Simons has a lighthouse. Though it is really old (1872), and you can climb to the top of it, it is tiny compared to others I have visited.
Check out our other Georgia vacation destinations:
Reynold’s Plantation at Lake Oconee