There are many miles of cycling paths on both St Simons Island. They providing easy and safe access to many historic sites, restaurants, beaches, and shops without the use of a car. It’s a short bike ride from arli cottage to the Village with its many restaurants, bars, and stores. You can also bike from the cottage to the beach and then ride the beach at mid to low tide on the hard packed sand. If you’re an avid cyclist, you can ride your bikes from the cottage to the north end of the island and back. It’s a 25-mile round trip from the cottage and a great way to see the island. If you prefer, you can put your bikes on the car, drive them up to the northern part of the island and park at Frederica Park. The park is located north of the island’s northern round-a-bout on Lawrence Rd. From there just get on your bikes to explore the quieter north end of the island. There are several shops on St Simons Island where bicycle rentals are available.
With the wind at your back…no need to pedal! The beach is perfect at low tide!
Jekyll Island also has great bike riding and features about 25 miles of paved biking trails that allow for exploration of a broad range of scenery, from beaches to forests to Jekyll Island’s own Historic Landmark District and campgrounds. The perimeter loop of the island is about a 20 mile ride, however, there are many shorter loop options. Jekyll Bike maps are available at the Jekyll Island Visitor Center.
Jekyll Island Bike Rentals are available adjacent to the island’s miniature golf course and on location at many of island’s hotels.
Cycling on Jekyll Island or St Simons Island is a lovely way to spend your day.
We have also enjoyed a little kayaking. We have been on two kayak trips and loved the quiet beauty gliding through the marsh and into the ocean. It is a great activity for all ages and abilities. We went with a tour from Southeast Adventures Outfitters http://southeastadventure.com, but if you have your own kayak, you should consider bringing it on your trip to the Golden Islands.
Art loves to golf and he plays two to three times a week when we are here in the winter. There are 2 great courses on the island that are open to the public, Sea Palms and the King and Prince Golf Club (a.k.a Hampton Club). Other courses within a 35 minute drive include Heritage Oaks in Brunswick, Sanctuary Golf Club just off Exit 26 of I-95, and the courses at Jekyll Island (three 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course). All are great courses. The greens fees vary by season and time of day but they are generally reasonable.
Breakfast at Palm Coast
We love Palm Coast Coffee, Cafe, & Pub for their food and friendly atmosphere. Besides breakfast, lunches are also a feast! Their coffee is great and the bar is our favorite place to hang out, have a drink, and talk with friends. Check their schedule for local or regional music groups playing outside.
St Simons Island Pier Village
There is always something to do in the Village. The Pier is great for a view of Jekyll Island, across the St Simons Sound, or just for watching the ships go by. Many also fish from the pier and it’s a great place to go to watch the sunset. Also in the Village are the Lighthouse and museum, Neptune Park (with pool, playground and mini golf), picnic areas in front of the public library and theater. Of course there are also many restaurants and bars, beach shops, ice cream shops, and clothing shops. Also watch for notices of outdoor summer concerts and craft fairs.