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Top Choice Seafood in St Simons Island

Halyards

Chef Dave Snyder's classy, sustainable, seasonal seafood consistently hogs best-of-everything awards on St Simons, and for good reason. The menu changes with the seasons, but may include dishes like sautéed black gr…
Barbecue in St Simons Island

Southern Soul BBQ

Housed inside a former gas station at the side of a roundabout, Southern Soul BBQ serves succulent slow oak-smoked pulled pork, burnt-tipped brisket, full slab of sticky ribs, and daily specials like jerk chicken bu…
Bakery in St Simons Island

St Simons Sweets

Every good village needs a confectionery, and St Simons Sweets doesn't disappoint. Step inside for rows of pretzel twists covered in chocolate; milk, dark and white chocolate turtles; homemade pralines; attractively…
Cafe in St Simons Island

Palm Coast

For simple and affordable eats in the village, choose from healthy breakfast plates, wraps, sandwiches and main salads at this tasty coffeehouse set in a cottage on the main drag. Its cozy bar draws a crowd and it h…
Seafood in St Simons Island

Crab Trap

A stripped-down seafood house, with pebbled concrete floors, a dank beamed wooden interior, nautical memorabilia, plus vintage diving and fishing gear on display. Shrimp, oysters, scallops, crab and a single fresh c…
Seafood in St Simons Island

The Half Shell

The seafood at this down-to-earth oyster bar is pretty impressive, especially given the reasonable prices on otherwise-swish St Simons. Shrimp baskets, fish sandwiches and, of course, oysters (from $10 for half doze…
Museum in St Simons Island

Lighthouse Museum

Built in 1807 and standing 85ft tall, the first lighthouse here was destroyed by Confederates when Union troops landed in 1862. The second lighthouse, which you'll be able to tour, was built in 1872. The 104ft tower…
Beach in St Simons Island

Massengale Park

East Beach, the island's best tract of sand, is accessible from Massengale Park, which itself has a playground and some live oak trees. There's a nice pier too, making for a pretty place to watch the sunset.
Books in St Simons Island

Beachview Books

A good selection of secondhand books, records and CDs, plus vintage colonial maps – some more than 100 years old.