Last weekend T and I made the trip down to St. Simons Island to visit T’s aunt and uncle/godparents. T’s godparents used to live in Atlanta and we have really missed spending time with them. This was our first time visiting St. Simons Island and we had the most wonderful weekend soaking up the sun and the beauty of the island. Here is a list of recommendations if you’re planning a trip to St. Simons!
Where to Stay –
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort – We stayed at T’s godparents house but they recommended The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. They have stayed here before and loved their experience. The resort is right on the beach with beautiful views. There are also a variety of VRBO and Air BnB options on the island.
What to Do –
Go to the Beach – We went to the beach everyday during our weekend. We are pretty picky about our beaches but the sand was soft, the water was warm enough to swim comfortably in, and there was plenty of parking (we parked at the Massingale Beach entrance – our hosts told us that this is the least crowded entrance and you can always find parking there). The afternoons are crowded at the beach so I would recommend going in the morning when you can enjoy the beach without the crowds.
Visit the Pier and Neptune Park – The Pier and Neptune Park is a beautiful place to people watch. I loved walking the path along the water. If you start at the pier and walk along the path you will end up at the St. Simons Lighthouse.
Shop at St. Simons Village – As you return from your walk in Neptune Park you can continue your walk through St. Simons Village. There are a variety of quaint beach shops and interesting restaurants in the village.
Bike Riding – One of my favorite things about St. Simons is that there are bike paths EVERYWHERE. You could virtually ride your bike anywhere on the island. T and I rode our bikes on Saturday to take in the beauty of the island. Make sure you bring a water bottle with you because it can get very hot!
Christ Church – Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in Georgia (built in 1820) and is a must see on the island. Stop by to take in the beauty of the church and it’s stained glass windows. Afterward you can walk through the cemetery next to the church that holds the graves of early settlers.
Where to Eat –
Cafe Frederica – We ate here for breakfast on Saturday morning and had a great experience. There was a small wait but the food was worth it. The menu is a la carte style where you can create your own breakfast. We enjoyed eggs, fruit, toast, and more at this wonderful little cafe!
Southern Soul – This restaurant was awarded The South’s Best BBQ for 2017 by Southern Living Magazine. We didn’t have time to try it out but every time we drove by it was packed so I would definitely say to check it out!
The Half Shell – We had lunch here and loved it. The Half Shell is located in St. Simons Village and has fresh fish, burgers, and salads. I had a house salad with shrimp on top and T had fried grouper with french fries. We both loved our meals!
St. Simons Sweets – Of course we had to stop by here. All of their ice cream is homemade and they have unique flavors like a Samoa’s Girl Scout Cookie flavor (you know I had to test that one). We settled on the salted caramel cone to split and it was the perfect treat after a day at the beach!
Del Sur – This is one of T’s aunt and uncle’s favorite restaurants and they have great taste so I trust them 100%. Del Sur is an Argentinian and Italian restaurant located in St. Simons village. I can’t wait to try it out next time we are in St. Simons!
I hope you have enjoyed this travel guide! If you have any additional St. Simons recommendations, leave them in the comments below!
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