Moving to a new city can be a nerve-wracking experience, however, you won’t have that problem living in St. Simons Island. The island offers a variety of ways for you to get involved in your new city and to meet new people while having fun.

There are numerous local groups that help newcomers feel more at home. At St. Simons Island, you can meet people with shared interests or get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Things to Do On St. Simons Island

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Island Newcomers Club

St. Simon’s Island offers many options to fitting in, including the Island Newcomers Club. The name of this club says it all. This is a club exclusively for island newcomers. If you’ve lived in St. Simons Island for less than 2 years and sign up for the club you are eligible to receive a club membership and maintain it for 3 years.

According to the Island Newcomers Club website, their goal is to acquaint new residents with new people, places and activities in the area. The Club is open to all new residents living in St. Simons Island and Sea Island.

Their activities include:

  • Monthly Gatherings
  • Excursions
  • Dining In and Dining Out
  • Golf, Tennis and Bowling
  • Bridge and Book Clubs  

Meet on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May for a cocktail party, holiday lunch or dinner with speakers who are experts on local topics of interest.


Visit nearby historical islands and plantations or explore Cumberland, Sapelo, and Jekyll Islands, among other things.

Dining In and Dining Out

Meet new club members by hosting or going to a dinner party. If you want to skip the cooking you can join a group to explore one of the many restaurants the island boasts.

Golf, Tennis, and Bowling

The group gets together regularly for a game of tennis, golf, or bowling. When signing up for tennis or bowling you may sign up as a single or as a couple.

Bridge and Book Clubs

No matter what your skill level is you can join a Bridge club to play a competitive round of Bridge with other members. If you enjoy reading members of the club can participate in monthly book club meetings to discuss their book club selection.

To see what else the Island Newcomers Club offers to check out their website.

More Things To Do Around Town

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If joining a club isn’t your thing, then here are a few places you can visit on your own.

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is one of only five surviving lighthouses in Georgia. It is still fully functioning and continues to be a navigational aid to incoming ships.

Visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the tower and explore the museum located in the Keeper’s Quarters.

Cannon’s Point Preserve

Cannon’s Point Preserve is on the north end of St. Simons Island. It features a maritime forest and miles of marsh linked back to the Altamaha River Delta.

Artifacts have been found dating all the way back to 2500 BCE! It is suggested that visitors wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes.

Historical Landmarks

St. Simons Island has a rich history going back centuries. One of the perks of living in St. Simons Island is being able to visit these landmarks whenever you want.

There’s the World War II Home Front Museum which explores the island’s history as the site of a Coast Guard Station during the war.

You can also visit the Christ Church Frederica which is said to be where John Wesley of England helped establish the Methodist church.

The original church was built in 1820 however it was damaged during the Civil War. You can take a tour in the current building which was built back in 1884.

Lastly, you can explore the Fort Frederica National Monument. Fort Frederica is a colonial site that dates back to the 18th century when a boundary was created between the British in South Carolina and the Spanish in Florida.

To this day it remains protected by the National Park Service and is an archaeological site.


Of course, the ultimate perk of living in St. Simons Island is being so close to pristine beaches.

Whether you’re in the mood for a breathtaking sunrise walk or spending a sunny afternoon lounging in the sand, St. Simons’ beaches have to be seen to be believed.

East Beach is one of St. Simons Island’s most popular beaches with one of the widest beach areas, plus lots of parking available.

Palmetto Building Group

If you’re looking at becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, Palmetto Building Group has new, move-in ready single-family homes, cottages, condominiums and townhouses available today.

Whatever it is that draws you to live on St. Simon’s Island, we have a home available to meet your every need.

Contact us today at 912-266-8401 or email us at to learn more.