Welcome to the midway point between Savannah and Jacksonville – big-city residents have been flocking to the Golden Isles, and St Simons Island in particular, for decades. Known for its miles of flat beaches, stretching marshlands and only-in-St-Simons wildlife, the island is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to hole up for a long weekend or if you’re one of the snowbirds escaping harsher winters up north. In fact, up to one-third of the island’s housing is seasonal, including vacation rentals. With such a saturated market, it can be hard to cut through the noise – read on for our carefully curated list of the best villas and vacation rentals to book in St Simons Island, Georgia – through Culture Trip, it’s a cinch.
Rocking chairs and a tangerine-jazzy front door welcome you into this four-bed, three-bath cottage, a leisurely two-block amble from the beach. With carefully made queen beds and rust-red rugs, the bedrooms are cozy cocoons, with room for up to 10 guests. There’s also plenty of space to spread out, inside and out – the living room, covered in tongue-and-groove paneling, has masses of seating and leads to the outdoor patio. In the backyard, you can drift away as you float in the swimming pool, hidden among the greenery.
Pops of color abound in this unit a few blocks from the Village – a rainbow rug, a barn-red desk and a pale-green bathtub lend cheer to the two-bed, one-and-a-half-bath townhome. Start the day with breakfast at Mallery Street Cafe a block away – the Eggs McIntosh, served with crab meat and hollandaise, are a favorite – or head to the park for a round of tennis. You’ll also be close to one of the island’s most well-known landmarks, the picturesque St Simons Island Pier. Head down at sunset to see the orange hues glimmering off the water.
This place is the whole package – or rather, the whole ship. The boat-shaped property – three condos in total – is just the ticket for large groups fancying a holiday house party, with a total of 12 bedrooms that can sleep up to 30 guests. You can move with ease between floors as there’s an elevator. Living areas have 180-degree access to the Atlantic Ocean, and the open rooftop patio delivers 360-degree views. As premier guests, you can consult the Shiphouse management on matters such as pre-trip planning, restaurant reservations and even tee times.
Up to 10 can fit into this four-bedroom beach cottage, which also comes handily with two single-car garages as well as covered parking. Welcome touches include an open-concept kitchen, a games room on the ground floor and a large screened porch for relaxed communal evenings. And when you want to be alone? Try the soaking tub or head to the loft or the reading nook. You’re also not far from two beach access points – and just to make things really straightforward, a beach cart is included in the cost of your stay.
This three-bed, second-story townhouse is coveted for its unbeatable ocean views and beach access, not to mention its amenities: take a leisurely dip in the shared pool, hang out on the deck or take the elevator right up to your condo, with its broad open living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows and stylish cornicing. Each of the rooms – these sleep up to six in total – have an en-suite bathroom, including the galley-style bath with soaking tub in the main suite. Walking out of the condo, you’ll have beach entries on either side of you, while the St Simons Island Lighthouse Museum and pier are just a few minutes’ stroll away.