St. Simons Island, Georgia
St. Simons Island is one of the four islands that, along with the city of Brunswick, make up the Golden Isles region of Georgia. St. Simons Island is the most populated of the Golden Isles and also home to the St. Simons Pier Village. Although St. Simons Island itself is not an actual city, the Pier Village would come pretty close to serving as its downtown. Mallery Street is the Main Street for the village and features shops, restaurants, attractions and other businesses. Many of the stores sell the products you would most associate with a beach town, including swimwear, books, gift shops, and ice cream.
St. Simons Island is located on Georgia's southeast coast in Glynn County. The island is located off of Interstate 95. At one time only accessible by boat, St. Simons Island is now connected to the mainland by way of the F. J. Torras Causeway. To find your way to the Pier Village, set your GPS for the intersection of Mallery Street and Beachview Drive. St. Simons Island is about 75 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida and about 83 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. Other Main Street areas on Georgia's coast include Savannah and nearby historic Brunswick.
St. Simons' Pier Village is the unofficial downtown of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Boutiques and sidewalk cafes can be found along Mallery Street on St. Simons Island.
Rows of cottages containing small businesses make up Pier Village Market on St. Simons Island.
We begin our tour on the north end of St. Simons Island and will work our way south. Here are some shops and cafe's along the 400 block of Mallery Street.
Thick oak trees covered with Spanish moss, along with a few palm trees, tower over beach shops and restaurants at the intersection of Mallery Street and Ocean Boulevard.
An historic house has been repurposed into a restaurant with outdoor seating along Ocean Boulevard. It's a short bike ride from many points on south St. Simons Island.
Another house on Ocean Boulevard. This one has been split up between a gift shop selling New Age goods and a salon.
Back at the intersection of Mallery Street and Ocean Boulevard, a sign welcomes visitors to St. Simons Pier Village. The 300 block of Mallery Street features a wide median with lush landscaping.
Here's another view of the 300 block of Mallery Street and its well-kempt median.
Shops and cafes occupy the bottom floor of this building while residences occupy the upper floors. Notice the wrought-iron balconies.
Another way to get around St. Simons Island. Let someone else do the bike riding for you.
More boutiques and cafes, this time along the 200 block of Mallery Street. The median disappears and is replaced by the double yellow lines in the middle of the road.
Here's another view of the 200 block of Mallery Street. There are fewer oak trees here, and therefore less shade. You still have the palm trees though.
Pier Village Market is a collection of cottages, featuring small businesses selling everything, including crafts, snacks, haircuts, real estate, golf cart rentals, and bike rentals.
A closer view of the entrance to the Pier Village Market. What a great way for small businesses to get their start.
You can rent everything from golf carts to bikes in St. Simons Island. Don't know if that vintage automobile can be rented though.
More shops along the 200 block of Mallery Street. Across the street, Beachview Drive forms a T intersection with Mallery Street.
From this view of the shops on Mallery Street, you can see a lot of the merchandise you would expect in a beach town from gifts, T-shirts, fudge, kites, and even a book to read on the beach. Or just stroll while eating an ice cream.
Across the street on the 200 block of Mallery Street, there's a diner and a sporting goods store. Notice that there is plenty of on-street parking here.
Clothing boutiques along Mallery Street. A few larger trees provide some shade from the hot sun.
Visitors window shop along the 200 block of Mallery Street.
A view of the 100 block of Mallery Street. Across the street is a parking lot for people who want to go to the beach or walk around the Pier Village.
A pub on Pier Alley looks out across the parking lot all the way to the beach. They're clearly rooting for Georgia's home team!
Pick up the trolley for another way to get around St. Simons Island. You might as well do some sight-seeing while you're at it.
Another view of the 100 block of Mallery Street. Businesses here offer beachwear, frozen yogurt, and even ghost tours. We're getting closer to the beach now.
The last few shops and restaurants at the southern end of Mallery Street. This shot was taken while standing in the parking lot at the end of town.
Next to the parking lot are public bathrooms inside the town's Casino. It's not what you're thinking though. Casino was a 19th century term used to refer to any public building. This one contains a public library, visitor center, and event space.
On the southern end of the village is a promenade which leads to the beach and the pier.
And here's the pier where St. Simons Pier Village gets its name.
A long promenade leads east towards Neptune Park. On the left, behind the trees, the brick building is St. Simons Casino.
A playground in Neptune Park. The people of St. Simons Island have gone a long way to provide amenities and pleasant public spaces for visitors and residents alike.
We had back north and inland. More public restrooms are located in this building in Neptune Park.
Neptune Park Fun Zone features a miniature golf course, and public pool with slides. In the distance is the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.
We circle back and head west again towards Mallery Street. Postell Market is a part of Postell Park that regularly holds various arts and crafts fairs.
Across the street from Postell Park on Beachview Drive is the Glynn Visual Arts Center, which is home to an art museum, a gift shop, and various art shows.
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