55 SECRETS OF THE GEORGIA COAST
1. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island
Hidden down an unassuming palmetto-lined path is the most visually stunning shore on Jekyll Island. At Driftwood Beach, whole trees rest on their sides, creating a cemetery of twisted, distressed wood.
2. Mermaid Cottages, Tybee Island
There is plenty of lodging on Tybee Island, but the colorful Mermaid Cottages have quirky, retro charm. Among the offerings, which rent from $165 to $525 a night, are the beach homes of celebrities like chef Paula Deen and author Mary Kay Andrews.
The vernacular building material known as tabby is particular to the Lowcountry along the South’s Atlantic coast. Made of lime, sand, water, and oyster shells, the rough, grayish cement was used beginning in the colonial era to build houses, fortifications, and slave quarters.
9. Skipper’s Fish Camp, Darien
There’s something satisfying about eating shrimp and grits (make that blackened shrimp with cheese grits and bacon) with a fleet of shrimp boats docked right outside the window.
10. Designer deals on St. Simons Island
Tibi founder Amy Smilovic grew up on St. Simons Island, which is home to one of only two Tibi clothing boutiques worldwide. Nearby is also the discount outpost of local shop Nancy.
12. Stacia Hendricks, Little St. Simons Island
The naturalist manager for pristine Little St. Simons Island views every tiny fern, critter, and artifact as a miracle—responding with wide eyes and drawing out the word amazing for even the most common flora and fauna.
15. Eleanor Torrey West, Ossabaw Island
Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West turned 102 in January, and she still lives in the pink stucco Spanish Revival mansion on 26,000-acre Ossabaw Island, which her parents bought in 1924.
22. Taylor Schoettle’s naturalist guides
Explore the geology and ecology of Georgia’s barrier islands with an informative series of guidebooks produced by former marine education specialist Taylor Schoettle.
29. Southern Soul, St. Simons Island
Since Southern Soul opened in an old St. Simons Island gas station in 2007, barbecue fans have lined out the door for classic staples like pulled pork, brisket, collard greens, mac and cheese, and Brunswick stew.
37. Tugboat wreck, Little St. Simons Island
In the late 1990s, a tugboat got separated from its ship, and its ruins remain partially submerged beneath the sands of Rainbow Beach on the southeast end of Little St. Simons Island.
41. Village Inn & Pub, St. Simons Island
Built around a pre-existing 1930s beach cottage, this inn blends so beautifully with the surrounding live oaks that it won an award from a local environmental group.
45. Cornelia Bailey, Sapelo Island
Cornelia Bailey is a storyteller, activist, author, and business owner, but she’s perhaps best known for being a member of the last generation of African Americans to have been born (in 1945) and raised on Sapelo Island.
55. The Rah Bar, Jekyll Island
Located on a dock, it offers live music (rock to reggae), a big deck, and what qualifies as a deal in these parts: two pitchers of beer and a pound of fresh shrimp for $31.