SENIORS FLOCK TO ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA



Seniors Discover America’s Favorite

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St Simons in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 2014, was voted America’s #1 Favorite Romantic Town as well as America’s #1 Favorite Beach Town by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Seniors are welcomed to an Island lifestyle the locals and visitors adore. 

The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier, is a nearly 18 square mile island, once dominated by rice and cotton plantations.

Today moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner epic. Senior visitors to the island’s villages will discover a wide selection of shops, plus a variety of fine dining that ranges from haute-cuisine to casual outdoor fare.

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Visitors and residents alike enjoy cooling down and engaging in a little outdoor recreation at Neptune Park and its Fun Zone, which includes a public pool, miniature golf and the Fishing Pier.

 Senior Visitors Enjoy The Warm Weather

Year round warm weather in the Golden Isles allows senior visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, biking, or relaxing on East Beach. Senior visitors also enjoy the championship golf courses, miles of bicycle paths, great fishing, historic sites, and excellent restaurants.

Senior golfers, you’ll find Saint Simons Island to be the home of the 18-hole King and Prince Golf Course and 27-hole Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort. Sounds like a vacation haven.

St. Simons - Christ Church History abounds! Christ Episcopal Church is a classic white church on a quiet country road,  surrounded by awesome oaks full of hanging Spanish Moss. Originally built back in 1820 and later destroyed in the Civil War, the Church was rebuilt in 1886. It is the second oldest Episcopal Church in Georgia and the third oldest in the country and well worth a visit.

 Light House, Fishing Pier and A Fort

St. Simons Lighthouse draws in visitors with its superb tower and nearby park. It is one of only five surviving light houses in Georgia and today remains a navigational aid for boat traffic entering St. Simons Sound.

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The Fishing Pier is another fun place to spend some quality time. Fort Frederica National Monument  in a beautiful park was the site of one of the first British colonies. The fort is in ruins but remains an archaeological site  maintained by the National Park Service.

You will not want to miss the Avenue of the Oaks. The double row of giant oaks was planted in 1826 to provide an entrance to what was then Retreat Plantation, a prosperous cotton plantation. It’s the “old South” personified.

Bring along a thick wallet as St. Simons offers some of the best shopping and dining options on the Southern Coast. The natural beauty is free:)  And get this, nearly 500 vacation rentals are available.   -jeb

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