If you’re visiting St. Simons Island for the first time, and you’re new to the Golden Isles of South Georgia, congratulations, you’ve made a fantastic choice for a vacation spot.

There’s an amazing amount to do on this island, including enjoying the antique shops and family restaurants in the Pier Village, the main downtown hub for the island, and from there you can walk along the pier and take in a breathtaking view of the ocean.

Neptune Park is a popular place for enjoying an outdoor lunch at one of the picnic tables located under a nicely shaded Live Oak tree. And there’s a lot of rich history to explore on the island, all of it beautifully preserved, including the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Museum at the park, which pre-dates the Civil War.

One thing you’ll want to keep in mind, though, is that St. Simons Island is a paradise for booking a charter boat and going out exploring the ocean. Yes, you can have a great time watching the ocean from the pier at the village, or by settling into a fine restaurant there and enjoying the ocean view from the window.

But if you love being out on the water, boating off St. Simons Island is going to provide you and your family with a lifetime of terrific memories.

Where Can You Go Boating on St. Simons Island?

The 18 miles of St. Simons Island are surrounded by the ocean, so if you’ve got a passion for fishing and boating, this is the place for you. For decades, boating has been one of the most popular pastimes on the island.

A lot of families and individuals come here, particularly in the summer months, to explore the enchanting waters off Coastal Georgia, where the Atlantic Ocean is constantly enticing new visitors to come by.

Not surprisingly, St. Simons Island is home to a lot of marinas, boat ramps and docks, some of them privately owned, and some open to the public.

For tourists coming to the island, there are fishing outfitters, charters, and dry storage facilities on the island and the surrounding coastal areas like Brunswick, and even Scuba diving and snorkeling equipment, kayaks and boogie boards are available as well.

Do you want to enjoy a relaxing sail on the island? Not a problem.

Do you want to explore the waters of the Atlantic? You can do that, too.

On St. Simons, it’s easy to charter a boat for off shore fishing or rent a sailboat.

The island, after all, is a place where the local restaurants offer some of the most amazing fresh seafood, which is brought in right off the coast. Shrimp and Grits is a popular southern dish here, offering big, juicy, straight-off-the-boat shrimp atop a plate of grits. Shrimp truly is king around here, and the local fishermen know exactly where to find it. Fish has been a mainstay of the island since its earliest days.

Georgia’s Golden Isles has been attracting tourists for decades because of the natural beauty of the coast. Depending on where you’re staying, you can watch beach strollers as they walk past the waves or see the seagulls swoop down and grab some fish for dinner before the fishermen get it.

And while St. Simons Island has a lot of gorgeous interior locations — including acres of maritime forests and marshlands, miles of beaches filled with sea shells, and even walking and bike trails to explore – the island is also well loved for those who cherish the ability to get out onto the waters.

How Can You Explore the Oceans Off St. Simons Island?

St. Simons Island Boat Tours

There are a multitude of charter companies available on the island, many of them being operated by captains who have been fishing off these waters for years and know exactly what visitors are going to want to see.

Sailing off St. Simons Island is an experience like no other, with the sails snapping in the wind while you cruise along across the waters. You can also rent a sailboat for the day from a company like Island Lure Tours, and if you’ve never sailed before, you can sign up for lessons with licensed captains and start educating yourself about this popular pastime.

Barry’s Beach Service has plenty of rental options, including beach chairs, sailboats, paddleboats and kayaks. They also offer lessons for everything they rent out.

If you want to rent something that’s motorized, Morningstar Marinas offers Hurricane Deck Boats for rentals. These deck boat are ideal for family outings, providing you with room to roam around and play, and are known for their quality, comfort, and strong performance.

Another pastime that keeps attracting visitors is scuba diving in the coastal waters around St. Simons Island, and reef diving. Stop by Island Dive Center, where instructors can teach you how to dive so you can start exploring those inner reefs in those crystal blue waters.


St. Simons Island is truly a tranquil, luminous place, where the Spanish moss draping from the trees is beautiful to see. For decades, visitors have been lured to St. Simons by its natural beauty – and by the opportunity to go boating and fishing in its tranquil waters.

And fortunately, there are plenty of great opportunities while you’re here to hire an experienced charter boat captain to take you out on the waters, or to get your own sail boat and go off exploring on your own.

The beauty of this island, where the locals move at a relaxed pace and nobody seem to be in a hurry, also helps attract people who love fishing, scuba diving, deep sea diving, and watching dolphins swim by, occasionally enjoying the opportunity to perform for their audience.

This unbeatable combination keeps attracting people, not only to visit but also to settle down on St. Simons Island. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.

We have new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available. In many instances, we offer homes with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.

And if you’re a boat lover, you’ve come to the right place. Palmetto Building Group’s Hidden Harbor Residences and Yacht Club offer a secluded, gated riverfront community where the clubhouse overlooks scenic Troupe Creek. And keep in mind that the deep water of Troupe Creek are ideal for large yachts and for exploring the intracoastal waterway.

You can also find homes that allow you to enjoy stunning views of expansive salt marshes and meandering waterways. Dock slip owners enjoy full use of private clubhouse, including laundry and kitchen facilities along with private swimming pool and dock.

Whatever it is that draws you to life on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.

Contact Palmetto Building Group today at 912-266-8401 or email us at Palmettoleads@gmail.com to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.