After driving north, you’ll cross into Georgia. Just before you reach St. Simons Island, about an hour later, make a stop at Jekyll Island, which is home to one of the most picturesque driftwood-filled beaches in the country.
Both islands are part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, just off the mainland and accessible by causeway. Picture moss-covered live oaks arching over roadways, rolling golf courses, charming Southern villages, and of course, long stretches of sand and sea—East Beach is a must—and you’ll have a good idea of SSI. To the east and across another causeway is Sea Island, which is a resort with 5 miles of private beach, a beach club, tennis center, yacht club, three championship golf courses, and multiple accommodation options, making it a great place to spend the night.
Explore the island via bicycle by following the St. Simons Island Trail System, and rent a kayak to discover the rest of the Golden Isles. If you’re a history buff check out the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, the circa 1872 St. Simons Island Lighthouse, and arrange for a historical tour of the Gullah and Geechee communities through the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.