Located 15 minutes from Brunswick, GA and just north of Jekyll Island, St. Simons makes a great day trip or a vacation destination all its own. You can explore it by car, bike or on foot. Our favorite approach to a place like this? Grab an awesome coffee at Wake Up Coffee , drive to the beach and take a relaxing walk while waiting for the shops to open. Wake Up is not within walking distance of the beach, but its only about a 10 minute drive and is well worth it. This place has some great coffee choices as well as non-coffee beverages and snack for the little ones, perfect for a hot day at the beach. And the service is definitely what I would equate to Southern hospitality.
Check your tide levels before you head out. In St. Simons Island, at high tide some of the beaches, namely Neptune Park, pictured above, will completely vanish. While you can’t enjoy the sand between your toes the entire time, there is a pier that can sometimes get quite lively at night. The park sits right next to the beach so take advantage of the shade from the beautiful trees during the afternoon when the sun is out. If you need to escape the heat, meander through the quaint little shops and grab a Fro Yo from Yobe on the way out. Yobe is on the street where all the shops are, so we didn’t have to go far for either the dock, shopping or food. Perfect.
|Watching the storm roll in at St. Simons|
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While we were there, the pier in the village at St. Simons Island also got quite lively at night. Which was really beautiful.
|Oak at Neptune Park|
As mentioned earlier, check the tide levels before you go out. The tide can, at times, completely swallow the beach, foiling any sunbathing efforts you may have had. We noticed this mostly at Neptune Park and the access points along the road.
Don’t get stuck on the sandbars. While this may seem like commom sense, we saw many people set up their lounging chairs on the sandbars and then had to drag their stuff back to shore through several feet of water because they did realize the tide was coming in so fast.
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Don’t forget your sunscreen! There is very little shade on the beaches and the sun can get pretty intense, especially in the summer.
The sand gets HOT at St. Simons Island. The sand at these beaches is very soft, fine and light which we made the mistake of equating that to the same beautiful fine white sand of the gulf coast that seems to never get hot. That is not the case here. Keep your sandals close by because once you leave the vicinity of the ocean drenched sand, it could potentially burn your feet which is obviously, well, not fun.
Talk to the locals. Some of the best tips we got about where to eat, which beaches to go to and what to see came from the recommendations of the people that live there.