Here in the Golden Isles, our mild climate means we can have lots of outdoor activities well beyond summer. But summertime is still special, and the longer days give us more time to enjoy everything. Here’s to a season of summer fun.
Bring your lawn chairs and some munchables to the St. Simons Lighthouse or Mary Ross Waterfront Park on a Sunday evening and hang out with your music-loving neighbors. Local and out-of-town bands, some with Top 40 credentials, will tickle your eardrums.
There are two concert series on St. Simons Island. The Coastal Georgia Historical Society offers A Little Light Music, on the lighthouse lawn. Around the bend at Neptune Park, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities brings us Sounds by the Sea. In Brunswick, the Downtown Development Authority hosts Rhythm on the River, a free monthly concert at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick
Search for a Sea Breeze
Wherever you choose to live in the Golden Isles, you won’t be far from a beach. The best spots on St. Simons for parking and facilities are the Coast Guard Beach and Massengale Park. Both have picnic areas, restrooms and showers. Massengale has shade trees and a children’s playground. Coast Guard Beach has a concession stand open in summer. Gould’s Inlet has a nice beach, but limited parking and strong currents because it’s an inlet. Swimmers should stay close to shore.
Jekyll Island has seven public beach parks from Driftwood Beach in the north to St. Andrew’s Beach Park in the south. Also at the very northern tip of the island, east of the Clam Creek Picnic Area and Fishing Pier, is another picturesque beach with a view of St. Simons Island across the inlet. It’s fun to walk, but again dangerous to swim because of the very strong currents.
Strong currents at the inlets and occasional rip currents off the beaches occur because of our unusually wide tidal swings of 6 to 9 feet. As a result, there’s a lot more beach at low tide. So if you sit near the water’s edge, be aware of the incoming tide or you’ll have a wet blanket.
If relaxing poolside is your thing, Neptune Park on St. Simons Island offers that plus a fun children’s water gym and wading pool. There’s also a lap pool for your daily exercise. The Brunswick Aquatics Center has a water slide and kiddie pool. The Selden Park Pool has lap lanes. All pools have lifeguards, and all offer swim lessons.
For thrill-seekers, the Summer Waves Water Park on Jekyll Island has more action than you can shake a pool noodle at. New this season is the Man o’ War, a four-slide concoction that’s sure to boost your adrenalin. At the opposite extreme is Turtle Creek, a slow-moving stream that’s great for floaters.
Sea Turtle Walks
Whether you’re an early-riser or a night owl, there’s a turtle walk for you. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island conducts guided nighttime walks during nesting season in June and July. In August, walks are scheduled in the early morning to look for recently hatched nests. Either way, you will learn a lot about the life of a sea turtle, threats to its environment, and what you can do to help. Group sizes are very limited, and reservations are a must.
One of the reasons we love our work at DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty is that we get to talk about this beautiful and vibrant area all the time…and share our knowledge with people who want to live in the Golden Isles. So if you have any questions about anything here or need any advice from a local, please give us a call at (912) 638-0406 or email Frank.DeLoach@SIR.com.
And when you’re ready to talk about real estate options, here’s the plan. First of all, we’ll listen. We’ll ask questions. We’ll learn everything we can about what will make you happy. Then we’ll show you around. We’ll use both our real estate expertise and local knowledge to help you find what’s right for you. And after you close and move in, we’ll continue to have your back. Thank you for considering us.