The largest of the Golden Isles at 18 square miles, St. Simons Island lies on Georgia’s south Atlantic coast. Considered one of the country’s best beach towns, St. Simons has it all with its white sand beaches and ocean access to historic buildings and a thriving downtown. Find a St. Simons vacation rental within walking distance of the beach and all the sites and relax knowing you are getting the best deal. Whether you want to get away for a weekend or explore during your summer months, start your vacation by looking at these top St. Simons Island vacation rental locations.

1. Ocean Boulevard, St. Simons

If you want easy beach access, stay along Ocean Boulevard. Those rentals that don’t boast a private beach are within walking distance of a public one like the East Beach or St. Simons Public Beach where you can go kiteboarding, swimming or shelling. The Boulevard also boasts a walking and biking path o you can explore the island on foot or get in an invigorating run before relaxing on the beach. Stop for dinner at The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge or ECHO and bit of education to your family vacay at the nearby Maritime Center, which has interactive exhibits perfect for getting kids interested in coastal marine life and Georgia history.

2. Pier Village, St. Simons

Head down to the point of the island at Pier Village for access to the Saint Simons Pier, some quaint eateries and Neptune Park. Conveniently close, St. Simons Bait and Tackle enables you to stock up on all the supplies before you head out to throw out the line. Take a break at Barbara Jean’s and Blue Water Cafe for a quick bite, or head over the Fuze Frozen Yogurt for a cold cone on a hot day then stroll around Neptune Park and to St. Simons Lighthouse Museum.

3. King City, St. Simons

Just west of Pier Village lies King City, which is perched between Mallery Street to the east and Sea Island Golf Course to the west. Stroll down quaint Mallery Street and do some shopping and eating—Mellow Mushroom and Iguanas Seafood Restaurant is great restaurants—or play a relaxing game of golf. On the other hand, you can just stay in and enjoy your rental and beach access. Another option is to take a boat across Saint Simons Sound to Jekyll Island. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located here where you can see the turtles in the process of rehabilitation for return to the sea.

4. Kings Terrace, St. Simons

Just north of Pier Village and south of the airport is Kings Terrace, one of the islands bigger neighborhoods. Plenty of vacation rentals and parks make it a great place to bring a family while it’s still within a few minutes of the pier or downtown area.

5. Downtown, St. Simons

Just north of the airport where the Demere and Frederica roads meet is the downtown area. This place has all the shopping and eateries you could want from the chain restaurants to sweet local eateries like Ember and Locos. Plus, you’re within a jaunt of Retreat Golf Course. Opt for a rental on Dunbar Creek for a nice nature view or head over to Creekside Charters for a tour of the island or a fun afternoon fishing.

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6. Redfern Village, St. Simons

If you’re looking for some relaxing days interspersed with shopping you should stay at Redfern Village, a neighborhood north of downtown. This area boasts Uncle Don’s, Golden Isles Olive Oil, Planters Exchange, Viola’s Market and more offering a range of food and specialty items. Take a break from shopping to grab a bite at Catch 228, Tara Thai & Sushi or Gnat’s Landing.

7. Wesley Oaks, St. Simons

To the east of Redfern Village is Wesley Oaks, another large neighborhood on the island. This one fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a scenic view over Goulds Inlet and the coastal wetlands. Spend a morning on your back deck view the local birds, or take an afternoon trip to the pier and beach. Better yet, rent a bike and follow the Sea Island Road through the marshes.

8. Wymberly-on-the-Marsh, St. Simons

If you want a more private experience, get a vacation rental at Wymberly-on-the-Marsh, a neighborhood nestled between wetlands on both the east and the west. Explore nature with the kids at the John Gilbert Nature Trail, touching on the importance of the wetland habitat. Although you might be a few miles north of the happening downtown, there are still plenty of local eateries like Tramici and Halyards.

9. Glynn Haven, St. Simons

North of Wymberly-on-the-Marsh is Glynn Haven. With fly fishing on one side and golfing on the other, this little community has it all. Plus, there’s plenty of shopping to do along Frederica Road. Take an afternoon to visit Harrington school, a historic building featuring Gullah Geechee culture. Continue your history tour at Christ Church, an 1820-era building that found itself in the middle of the Civil War, and Fort Frederica National Monument. This monument and what’s left of the fort commemorates the Spanish and British conflict during 1742.

10. East Beach, St. Simons

Although East Beach is just northeast of Ocean Boulevard and not far from downtown, the marshes separate it from the rest of the island, giving it a cozy, rural feel. Spend long days on the large sandy beaches with several public access points. A few vacation rentals boast water access, so you can kayak Goulds Inlet for a closer look at the marsh or around to the Atlantic Ocean by the shore.

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