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Golden Isles
Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway
between Savannah (Georgia) and
Jacksonville (Florida) lays the mainland
city of Brunswick and a series of barrier
The most visited of the barrier islands
are Sapelo, Jekyll, Cumberland and St.
Simons. Sea Island and Little St. Simons
Island are exclusive. Little St. Simons,
Sapelo and Cumberland must be
reached by boat, while St. Simons, Sea
Island and Jekyll have causeways con-
necting them to the mainland.
St. Simons and Jekyll islands straddle
the Marshes of Glynn. The 9.6-km
causeway that leads to Jekyll is flanked
by tidal marshes, home to waterfowl
and migrating birds.
Four of the beautiful isles – St. Simons,
Little St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea – and
a nearby coastal town are known col-
lectively as Brunswick and the Golden
Isles of Georgia.
These coastal isles have long served as
refuges for wildlife, havens for million-
aires, and bastions of history. Voodoo,
alligators, wild horses, African culture
and the wealthiest families in the
United States are all part of the history
of the Golden Isles.
Rich inHistory&Beauty
Georgia’s Atlantic coastline is only about 160 km long but, along this green
corridor, you’ll see some of America’s most breathtaking natural landscapes.
This is a region woven with many cultures, notably the coastal Gullah with
origins inWest Africa. Their traditions include sweetgrass baskets, quilting,
and knitting fishing nets.
Folklore, stories and songs have also been handed down over the years.
Traditional recipes include seafood dishes and Low Country favourites such
as hoppin’ john (brown fried peas cooked with rice; eaten for good luck),
sweet potato pie, and benne wafers (cookies made with sesame seeds and
eaten for good luck).