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St. Simons Island Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Beaches

Biking

Ocean Motion Surf Co.. St. Simons has an extensive network of bicycle trails, and you can ride on the beach as well. Ocean Motion rents bikes for the entire family, from trail bikes to beach bikes to seats for infants. Rates start at $16 per day. 1300 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–5225. www.stsimonskayaking.com. Daily 9–8.

Crabbing and Fishing

St. Simons Island Bait and Tackle. There's no simpler fun for the kids than to grab a crab basket or fishing pole and head to St. Simons Island Pier next to Neptune Park. This bait shop is near the foot of the pier and is open 364½ days a year. Owners Mike and Trish Wooten have everything from crabbing and fishing gear to snacks and cold drinks. They also sell one-day, three-day, and yearly licenses. 121 Mallory St., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/634–1888. www.ssibaitshop.webs.com. Daily 7–9.

Golf

The top-flight golf facilities at the Lodge at Sea Island are available only to members and guests, but St. Simons has two other high-quality courses open to the general public.

The King and Prince Golf Course. At the north end of St. Simons, on the site of the Hampton Plantation—an 18th-century cotton, rice, and indigo plantation—is a Golf Digest "Places to Play" four-star winner. The course, orginally designed by Joe Lee, was restored in 2009, and it lies amid towering oaks, salt marshes, and lagoons. 100 Tabbystone, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/634–0255; 800/342-0212 toll free. www.kingandprince.com. 18 holes. 6,462 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $79 King and Prince Resort guests, $115 non-guests. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center. On a former cotton and indigo plantation, this resort offers 27 holes of golf on a standard 18-hole course and a 9-hole executive course, plus a driving range. 5445 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–9041 or 800/841–6268. www.seapalmsgolf.com. 27 holes. 18-hole course: 6,477 yds. Par 71. 9-hole course: 2,460 yds. Par 34. Green Fee: $79/$29. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Kayaking and Sailing

Ocean Motion. After an instructional clinic, head off to explore the marsh creeks, coastal waters, and beaches with Ocean Motion, which has been giving kayaking tours of St. Simons for more than 30 years. The shop also does bike rentals. 1300 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–5225. www.stsimonskayaking.com/ocean-motion.html. Daily 9–8.

Barry's Beach Service. If sailing is your thing, check out this shop in front of the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on Arnold Road for its Hobie Cat rentals and sailing lessons. Barry's also rents kayaks, boogie boards, stand-up paddle boards, beach chairs and umbrellas, and beach funcycles (low, reclining bikes), and conducts guided kayak tours. Locally owned and operated, Barry's has served the Golden Isles since 1977. 420 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–8053. www.stsimonskayaking.com. Daily 9–5.

Scuba Diving

Island Dive Center. Gray's Reef, off Sapelo island, is one of only 14 National Marine Sanctuaries. It's home to loggerhead turtles and part of the northern right whale breeding grounds, all of which makes it an attractive place for diving. Island Dive Center, a 5 Star PADI center, is the place to go for scuba and snorkeling instruction, equipment rental, and charter trips. 101 Marina Dr., in Morningstar Marina on F.J. Torras Causeway, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522. 912/638–6590. Tues.–Fri. noon–5, Sat. noon–4, Sun. and Mon. by appointment.

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