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A Beach Getaway Away from the Crowds

We LOVED Saint Simons.  But what we didn’t expect when we got there is that it seems to be an attraction to the Elderly population more than the family crowd.  This made it even more enjoyable.  It was not crowded.  People were pleasant.  We didn’t have to fight for a spot on the beach.  We pretty much had the pool to ourselves the whole time at the hotel.

We booked a Groupon deal at the Best Western Plus hotel.  It was in a good location to get around the island and newly refinished, so the amenities were very nice.  If we plan another trip to Saint Simons, we will certainly look for a room here again.

Lighthouse & Neptune Park

We spent the afternoon at the Lighthouse and Neptune Park where the kids can run and play on the playground underneath the tall live oaks and Spanish moss.  The path along the water follows the shore to the Peer where we explored the rocks and watched the fishermen.

Sunset Beach Biking

The highlight for all of us was biking on the beach at sunset.  We didn’t plan on biking the beach, but when we set out to go biking we found ourselves near the lighthouse again with beach access and realized the tide had gone down.  The sand was hard enough to allow us to bike.  We didn’t know this was a thing to do at Saint Simons until later… but loved experiencing the beach and breeze on the bikes as we watched the sun go down.  We loved it so much, the following night we planned to get out ahead of sunset and do it all over again.  This time we started at the lighthouse and went the opposite direction up around to East Beach and back.

East Beach

We found a nice place to park with beach access to East Beach at Massengale Park.  We spent the morning at the beach playing in the sand, surfing the waves, collecting sea shells, building sand structures, and watching guppies swim away from us in the tide pool.

Avenue of the Oaks

I can never get enough of the live oaks with Spanish moss.  It’s so beautiful and creepy at the same time.  We heard about the Avenue of the Oaks and decided to find it.  On the road towards The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, the road way is covered by a corridor of live oaks.  They call this Avenue of the Oaks.  We just drove through and got out for a couple photo-ops… but totally worth driving through if you like the live oaks as much as we do.

Christ Church Cemetery

We stopped at the cemetery by Christ Church, which is beautiful.

Best Western Plus

301 Main St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

A Few Things We Wished We Could Do

Kids Fishing Billy Bee Charters

We would really have liked to take the kids on a fishing tour with Billy Bee.  Not that we’ve had any experience with him before, but we found his charter on Trip Advisor and were sold that it was a kid-friendly adventure for the family.  We elected not to do the charter on this trip, but would certainly like to do it the next time we visit Saint Simons Island as a family.  View on TripAdvisor

Fort Frederica National Monument

From TripAdvisor, this looks something like a miniature fort experience like you might have at St. Augustine or  Amelia Island.  We like touring through historic sites like this, and though we didn’t have time to check this one out, we’re saving the info here so next time we come we remember to pay a visit.  View on TripAdvisor.