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Amelia Island & St. Simons

July 12, 2011

In the past year, I have been fortunate enough to visit 2 cities near northern Florida.  The first was to Amelia Island last September for a ‘girls only’ trip to celebrate my cousins 40th birthday.  The second was to St Simon’s Island this past June to celebrate a friend’s wedding.  Both required a flight into Jacksonville & then a little drive.  Both had beaches & lots of sunshine, & they were equally enjoyable.  Mind you, they were different types of trips (i.e. bed & breakfast vs beach house with 4 other couples), but the similarities of the cities (& mere 45 min between them) leads me to group them together into this one post.

Both cities had a nice southern feel to them…nice big homes with the wrap-around porches (a personal favorite), quaint cobblestone streets, weeping Spanish moss & all the seafood a land-locked midwesterner could ask for.  They were family-friendly, each hosting historic walking ghost tours & beachside water games.

As I mentioned, the trips were quite different, leading to a skewed experience of the cities.  With that disclaimer thrown out there, I can say that Amelia Island seemed like a little bit older city whereas St. Simons seemed a little younger & more modern.

The beach was within walking distance of our house in St. Simons (a great feature), but that was the only beach view we visited.  We visited a few more in Amelia Island, none were too crowded & the sand was soft.  Both had piers, but the one in Amelia Island went out at least a quarter of a mile, which provided some really nice views.

The restaurant & food during both trips was delicious…lots of fresh seafood & sweet tea.  The stroll through the weekend farmer’s market gave me a little more of Amelia Island’s local flavor.  I wish I would have found one in St. Simons  as I feel like you can feel the vibe of a community after a stroll through the farmer’s market…it’s a relaxing & revitalizing experience.


So, both vacations were memorable.  Although we would all prefer to lengthen our vacation another day or 2, a long weekend was probably sufficient for these cities.  I would recommend them for that; go with some good company &  you’re guaranteed to have a good time:-)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2011 3:28 pm


    I have visited both cities and I love them both. There is a farmers market on St. Simons as well but only one day in the week that I can recall.

    Did you have any issues with the smoke from the Okefenokee fire while you were on Amelia Island? Reports say that smaoke flows in making the sky hazy and the smell is pretty acidy. What are your thoughts on that?

    • July 18, 2011 8:41 pm

      Hi there. Thanks for the comments. We did not notice this at all…but maybe that was due to our location though.

      • July 25, 2011 1:35 pm

        Thanks for your reply! Looks like you had a wonderful time.


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