Welcome to St. Simons Island
Charming coastal town known for its rich history and beautiful, sunny beaches
St. Simons Island is the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles and a top coastal town known for its rich history and charming beach lifestyle. With a mixture of traditional Southern charm and unspoiled beauty, St. Simons boasts the best of island living. From the picturesque village, you can glimpse sweeping views of the St. Simons Sound, the famous lighthouse, and other stunning historical sites.
Beautiful southern oaks draped in Spanish moss give the island a romantic, timeless quality. You'll never run out of things to do with plentiful sunny beaches, challenging golf courses, spas, unique restaurants, and entertainment options. There are plenty of outdoor offerings for adventurers seeking their next adrenaline fix and captivating scenery, giving glimpses into the island's storied past near St. Simons Island Real Estate.
What to Love
- Beautiful sunny beaches
- Historical attractions
- Unhurried coastal lifestyle
- Sweeping scenic views
- Exceptional seafood
- Classic Southern charm
People & Lifestyle
Considered a popular place to retire or raise a family, St. Simons Island offers a variety of housing options, from affordable villas to lavish oceanfront estates. There are also several upscale retirement communities, independent living, and senior apartments to choose from for those seeking the perfect retirement experience.
Purchase a vacation home and spend your days by the beach, on the greens or ride your bike to the Village to visit the local shops. The island is at its busiest in the spring and summer but becomes quite peaceful in the fall and winter months. There is an abundance of activities available all year, particularly for those who like being outside.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Delaney's is a neighborhood bistro and bar featuring local seafood, prime steaks, and a tapas menu. They have daily specials and offer a fresh variety of seafood, steak, and specialty game served alongside innovative cocktails and wines. Halyards, another island staple, offers creative twists on classic American cuisine and a lively bar setting as well as outdoor seating.
For seafood, you can't go wrong with The Crab Trap, one of the longest-standing restaurants on St. Simons Island. An island tradition for more than four decades, The Crab Trap has been owned and operated by the same family who opened the doors in 1975. This low-key seafood restaurant and bar serves some of the island's freshest seafood in a fun, nautical setting.
Apart from The Crab Trap, Crabdaddy's is an island staple that’s been serving coastal favorites for over 20 years. House specialties include fresh grilled, blackened, fried, and steamed seafood, plus excellent desserts and hand-selected steaks. And don’t leave without trying the bread pudding!
Things to Do
There are a variety of entertainment venues, fun events, and family-friendly attractions to keep residents busy in St. Simons Island. Each year on July 4th, the annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival is held in the Pier Park Village. This 60-year island tradition features a dazzling fireworks display, a 5k, a 1-mile fun run, and much more. It's considered the family-friendly event of the summer season.
Creatives flock to the annual Fall Arts Festival, also held in the Pier Village, each September. For more than 50 years, this beautiful fall tradition is an open and free community event hosting artists from around the region. Seventy artists and craftspeople are invited to present original two and three-dimensional art, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more. Apart from the showcase, the event also features food, music, a parade, and a "Kid's Creation Station."
Music lovers look forward to the A Little Light Music festival each year, taking place on the oceanfront lawn beneath the historic Lighthouse. It's an extraordinary summer concert series that also doubles as a fundraising event.
St. Simons Island is also the birthplace of the RSM Classic, a golf tournament on the PGA Tour played each autumn in Georgia. It first debuted in 2010 at the Sea Island Golf Club and has continued to occur here year after year. The tournament has significantly expanded over the past decade.
St. Simons Island is part of the Glynn County School district. There are two public elementary schools on the island as well as two private schools. For middle school and high school, most students attend school on the mainland in historic downtown Brunswick.
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