SENIORS TRAVEL TO GEORGIA’S COAST



Seniors Drawn To St. Simons Island

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St. Simons Island was recently named one of the “Most Romantic” places to visit in the country.  St. Simons Island, the seat of Glynn County, is the largest of the four barrier islands in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The Island offers senior visitors a variety of outdoor activities and historic sites.

St.Simons, with a population of 13,000+, is home to a variety of fun with beaches, golf, charter fishing boats, spas and salons as well as some great dining spots, year round events and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Since 1980 St. Simons’s population has doubled and today many of the residents are retired seniors.

The unspoiled beauty of St. Simons and its distinctively charming beach lifestyle that is unhurried and under-developed are part of what make it so special. Many call it Little St. Simons Island. St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast with about 18 square miles to keep romantics occupied. Today the landscape looks much the same as back in 1733 when Georgia was settled.

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Senior visitors will discover moss-draped oaks, shady lanes and creek-fed pockets of marsh, a thriving habitat for birds and a diverse range of other wildlife, from turtles to armadillo and deer.

A beautifully restored lighthouse constructed in 1872 is well known and is one of only five surviving light towers in the state with Fresnel lens that cast a beam 18 miles out to sea.

Seniors Love the Light House, Giant Oaks and Historical Sites

St. Simons offers some of the best shopping and dining options on the Southern Coast as well as a natural beauty that encourages quiet reflection for a romantic visit. Beneath the draping moss and arms of the giant live oaks that line the roads and pathways, the island of residents, part-timers and senior visitors are happy to be spending their time in this quiet place.

The Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Exceptional historic sites take senior travelers back to colonial days, the plantation era, the Civil War and beyond.

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Neptune Park is a favorite place to hangout with inviting benches for relaxing by the sea, picnic tables under the oaks, and the bandstand where events are held throughout the year.

Many take a tour of the island with the St. Simons Trolley. Take a leisurely kayak trip through the marshes, explore miles of walking and bike paths or head out for a day at the beach.

Historic remnants of bygone eras, include the St. Simons Island Lighthouse (a working lighthouse in operation since 1872) the Bloody Marsh, Fort Frederica National Monument, historic Christ Church, and the sites of antebellum plantations that occupy the Island. Looks like fun to me. jeb

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