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The Islands of Savannah

The islands and beaches of Savannah, Georgia attract thousands of people every year. Sea grass and breezes beckon on sunny days to slow down, relax and bask in the beauty of the Southern coastland. Tybee Island is less than a half hour east from downtown. Here you can walk along over five miles of public beaches, book a deep sea fishing tour, or take a cruise to photograph bottle-nosed dolphins romping in the waves. There are hike and bike trails to explore, or just dig you toes in the warm sand and sun bathe. Tour the historic Tybee Lighthouse.

Wilmington Island, Whitemarsh Island and Skidaway Island are sections south and east of the city. Skidaway has a state park and shopping village to explore where residents buy groceries and gas, bank, and conduct their daily business. No gigantic malls or mega stores here. You will find Arnold Palmer designed golf courses and more at the Landing. Wilmington and Whitemarsh are surrounded by coastal marshlands, neighborhoods and cafes in a pedestrian friendly downtowns as well as beach homes and condos.

St Simon's Island is the largest in a chain called the Golden Isles which skirt the Georgia coastline. You can visit by car via the F.L. Torras Causeway. What awaits is not just pristine sandy beaches, but excellent golf courses and links, an active restaurant scene, and plenty of history. Head for Couper's Point and see the lighthouse. Bike or horseback ride amongst the dunes. Wander through gardens and parks with serene ancient oaks full of cascading Spanish moss or tour Fort Frederica.

Daufuskie Island has wonderful historic sites. Populated by freed slaves, it is rich in culture and charm. You can only reach the island by ferry. See the remnants of tabby, buildings constructed out of ground-up oyster shells. Visit a two room school house, cemeteries, and Haig Point where one of eleven island plantations and lighthouse stand. Stand under the Council Tree and hear how men would gather there to discuss important community issues.

Most famous of all is the resort atmosphere of Hilton Head Island to the northeast of Savannah. Golf, browse quaint one of a kind beachfront shops, or kayak the streams. You will find Southern hospitality as warm as the noonday sun on the beach, and scrumptious seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day.

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