Discovering the Georgia Barrier Islands
The Georgia barrier islands are known for their beauty, elegant homes, and resorts offering seclusion and escape from everyday challenges.
If one is looking to combine elegant historic homes, beautiful beaches, sensational seafood, and fantastic fun, then book the next vacation to the Golden Isle of Georgia. As one of the gems in the treasure trove of Georgia Tourism locations, the islands that make up this part of Georgia are sure to tantalize and delight even the weariest world traveler.
Golden Isle of Jekyll Island
Gaining fame in the 1880s as “the place” for anyone who was anyone, Jekyll Island was the site of hunting lodges and beach getaways for the rich and famous. During that time renowned citizens Frank Henry Goodyear, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller, and a few other of America’s elite purchased the island and named their group the Jekyll Island Club. Today, some of the scenery has changed, but the 10-mile beach still offers a variety of activities. In addition to the water fun, there is golfing, nature trails, tennis, bicycle trails, sightseeing cruises, and a water park.
Golden Isle of St. Simons Island
Established during Georgia’s Colonial period, St. Simons was the sight of much early conflict. Today, there are several memorials to commemorate the island’s history. These locations include the Fort Frederica National Monument, the Christ Church where the Wesley brothers preached, and the historic pier and 1872 lighthouse, which still used today.
While on St. Simons Island, be sure to visit the Author J. Moore Methodist Museum, the Maritime Museum at the Historic Guard Station and the A.W. Jones Heritage Center for a better understanding of the island’s past. For family-friendly activities of a different sort, the island proffers the Trolley tour through the island’s historic district, assorted bicycle trails, golfing, tennis, fishing, and boating.
Golden Isles of Sapelo, Cumberland, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons
These four islands are best known for their many acres of undeveloped land. On Cumberland Island, there are herds of wild horses that roam much of the land. Guest are welcome to visit, but must first reserve a spot as the land is well protected for the benefit of these and other animals.
On Little St. Simons Island there are acres of secluded marshlands, forest, tidal creeks, and shell-covered beaches which are only open to a limited number of visitors each year. On Sapelo Island, there is the Estuarine Research Reserve, the Sapelo Lighthouse, and the R.J. Reynolds mansion. Be sure to take a ferry reservation to see more of the island and to learn the history behind many key locations.