We went to St. Simons Island this week for a quick getaway! I had a few days off in February, and it was great to get out of chilly Atlanta and head to the beach for a few days. In this post, I’m sharing St. Simons Island Travel Guide where to eat in St. Simons, what to do and where to stay. Plus I’m sharing public beach access in St. Simons. This is a kid-friendly guide to St. Simons too because we brought our 10-month old!
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Baby-Friendly St. Simons Island Travel Guide
St. Simons is a great little getaway! It’s about a 5 and a half hour drive from Atlanta so pretty easy for a long weekend.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at The Park SSI on Mallery Street. It was right across the street in Mallery Park and within walking distance to the Pier Village.
It was the cutest little property. You can find it on AirBnB but they also have a website. It’s five little houses around a great pool area. Each house has a lot of personality and the pool area is decorated with white and black umbrellas and pink pool chairs. There is also a super cute “Park It Here” neon sign. If you are looking for Instagram photos, this spot is perfect.
We stayed in the Ivy House which sleeps 5. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom. Every house is steps away from the pool. The pool is also heated so we could swim in February. You can either rent a house or the whole property if you are hosting a bachelorette party or a micro wedding.
I HIGHLY recommend staying here based on location and cuteness alone. We walked to dinner every night under the mossy trees and I have so many cute outfit photos from the trip. Plus we all loved the charm of our rooms and the pool area.
Where to Eat
A huge priority on this trip was seafood. We were on the hunt for crabcakes, oysters and shrimp. I love seafood and I love it even more when I’m next to the beach. We were only there two nights but we were still able to get a decent amount of seafood.
The first night we ate at Iguanas at the Pier Village. We walked here because we were so conveniently located. Also, we just put Ben in the stroller and it was about a three-minute walk. We had parmesan oysters for an appetizer that were delicious! Mom and I both ordered the crab cake sandwich and Stephen had the fried oyster po boy. This is a great spot with a dive bar kind of atmosphere with really good food. It was very kid-friendly and dog-friendly on the patio. Ben sat in a high chair and we gave him pieces of our dinner. Also, the drinks are excellent here! I had a margarita and was a big fan.
The second night we ate at Mullet Bay and it was an even easier walk from our hotel to the restaurant. The food here was SO good. I had coconut shrimp tacos and I could have had 10 of them. Mom had a shrimp quesadilla that was also very delicious! We shared our meals. Stephen had the fried shrimp platter. We all had some very delicious drinks here too. Again, it was super kid-friendly for Ben.
For lunch one day we went to Frosty’s. We had burgers and fries and chicken tenders. Then we went back later at night for shakes and root beer floats.
What to Do
Obviously, go to the beach! I highly recommend The Tent Guys. Using them was one of the best decisions I have ever made. We were able to just walk onto the beach with our baby and our beach bag and everything had been set up for us already. We got a tent, four beach chairs and four towels for the day. If you aren’t sure of a location, they will help you too.
I said we wanted to be kind of secluded in a non-crowded area with parking. I also wanted to be on a beach where high-tide wouldn’t completely cover the beach. Bryan from The Tent Guys gave me the advice to go to 5th Street Beach access and it was perfect. A quick three-minute drive from our hotel and we could just park and walk straight onto the beach. Then they texted us when our tent was set up. I’m not kidding when I say this was the easiest beach day of my life.
The nice thing about St. Simons is there are lots of areas to go to the beach. So no matter where you stay, you can find a beach access point nearby.
Other things to do are to rent bikes and ride around the island. We didn’t do that this time, but I have been to St. Simons so many times and we used to do this a lot.
You can shop around in the Pier Village, spend time on the pier itself and eat at the local restaurants in the Pier Village.
Then you could also visit the lighthouse museum. You can climb up and take in all the views!
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