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Sample Itineraries

Whether you are visiting St. Simons Island for the first time or have been many times, there’s always something new to discover. We’ve put together a few sample itineraries to jump-start your vacation planning. From visiting historical sites to exploring the island on paved bike paths to special meals with family and friends, we have loads of ideas.

And we’ve included plenty of quiet time, giving you ample opportunity to soak up the sunshine and feel the ocean breezes. Families, couples and groups traveling together can all find something special to do and discover on St. Simons Island.

Start your day with coffee on the porch, breakfast in the village or a sunrise stroll on the beach. Then walk, bike or drive to interesting historic destinations, water excursions or waterfront Neptune Park. By day’s end, you’ll be ready to wind down with a stroll along the beach, a glass of wine on the veranda or fresh seafood for dinner. Of course, there’s no hurry, you’re on Island time now! Plan a lot or a little, and mix and match activities from our sample itineraries. Contact an experienced Hodnett Cooper vacation planner by dialing the toll-free number in the top right.


Morning coffee and pastries at Palm Coast Coffee in the village

Located at 318 Mallery Street in the heart of the St. Simons Island village is the iconic Palm Coast Coffee. A beach cottage nestled among the business district storefronts, Palm Coast is as cozy as your grandmother’s front porch, and is complete with rocking chairs. In the morning, enjoy coffee and pastries inside, on the front porch, or under the oak trees on the side patio.

If you like Palm Coast for breakfast, return for lunch, dinner or a cocktail through the night. Live music and open mic nights provide open-air entertainment. It’s one of the most relaxing spots on the island—day and night.

Visit Fort Frederica and Christ Church

After a leisurely morning, drive north on Frederica Road to two of the Island’s most interesting and picturesque historic sites.

Christ Church
Located mid-island, Christ Church was first built in 1820, destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War and was rebuilt in 1884. The cemetery on the church grounds is home to several famous Georgians and Civil War veterans. This beautiful church in a picturesque setting is a popular historic destination.

Fort Frederica National Monument

Just 300 yards north of Christ Church is Fort Frederica. Established by James Oglethorpe in 1736, Fort Frederica was home to colonists from England, Scotland and Germany. The fort controlled ship travel on the Frederica River during the conflict between Spain and Britain. The remains of the Fort are protected by the National Park Service. Visitors can explore the grounds with riverfront vistas and the museum featuring artifacts found at the site.

Lunch break in Redfern Village
After historic sightseeing, head south on Frederica Road back toward the south end of the island. Stop in Redfern Village for a casual lunch at one of our unique local restaurants that provide both indoor and outdoor seating.

Bubba Garcia’s for fresh Mexican fare.
Gnat’s Landing for fresh seafood and local favorites
Fancy Q Sushi for traditional sushi and unique rolls

Lady Jane Shrimping Excursion
Climb aboard the Lady Jane for an afternoon of shrimping on the St. Simons Sound. With nets in the water, the Lady Jane brings in a catch of Bonnethead , Blacktip, Sand shark, Horseshoe Crab, Puffer Fish, Amberjack, Crocker, Spot, Whiting, Bluecrab, Skate and of course, shrimp. Children and adults alike watch and help as marine biologists identify the catch.

Check online for sailing times and to make reservations.

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Morning coffee and pastries at Palm Coast Coffee in the village

Located at 318 Mallery Street in the heart of the St. Simons Island village is the iconic Palm Coast Coffee. A beach cottage nestled among the business district storefronts, Palm Coast is as cozy as your grandmother’s front porch, and is complete with rocking chairs. In the morning, enjoy coffee and pastries inside, on the front porch, or under the oak trees on the side patio.

If you like Palm Coast for breakfast, return for lunch, dinner or a cocktail through the night. Live music and open mic nights provide open-air entertainment. It’s one of the most relaxing spots on the island—day and night.

Visit Fort Frederica and Christ Church

After a leisurely morning, drive north on Frederica Road to two of the Island’s most interesting and picturesque historic sites.

Christ Church
Located mid-island, Christ Church was first built in 1820, destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War and was rebuilt in 1884. The cemetery on the church grounds is home to several famous Georgians and Civil War veterans. This beautiful church in a picturesque setting is a popular historic destination.

Fort Frederica National Monument – http://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm

Just 300 yards north of Christ Church is Fort Frederica. Established by James Oglethorpe in 1736, Fort Frederica was home to colonists from England, Scotland and Germany. The fort controlled ship travel on the Frederica River during the conflict between Spain and Britain. The remains of the Fort are protected by the National Park Service. Visitors can explore the grounds with riverfront vistas and the museum featuring artifacts found at the site.

Lunch break in Redfern Village
After historic sightseeing, head south on Frederica Road back toward the south end of the island. Stop in Redfern Village for a casual lunch at one of our unique local restaurants that provide both indoor and outdoor seating.

Bubba Garcia’s for fresh Mexican fare.
Gnat’s Landing for fresh seafood and local favorites
Fancy Q Sushi for traditional sushi and unique rolls

Lady Jane Shrimping Excursion
Climb aboard the Lady Jane for an afternoon of shrimping on the St. Simons Sound. With nets in the water, the Lady Jane brings in a catch of Bonnethead , Blacktip, Sand shark, Horseshoe Crab, Puffer Fish, Amberjack, Crocker, Spot, Whiting, Bluecrab, Skate and of course, shrimp. Children and adults alike watch and help as marine biologists identify the catch and keep the shrimp. A meal is cooked on board and there is nothing finer than fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp.

Check online for sailing times and to make reservations.