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Old 08-30-2004, 04:32 PM
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The wife and I will be exploring the Georgia Coast in late Sept. & early Oct. (our young son will be staying home the Grandparents). We have never been to the Georgia coast and we're looking to explore the coast between Iybee Island alway south to St. Simmons Island. Our plan is to fly in from Texas and rent a car. We’re looking for recommendations regarding the following:

1) Places to stay at Iybee Island and St. Simmons Island or in between
2) Places and sites to see and visit (historical, marina's and communities)
3) I'd like to know of a good offshore guide to fish one day. Of coarse I’d prefer to split the gas with a local THTer if they want to take me out for a day.
4) Do you think this is too much territory to cover in 7 days? Should we narrow the area we'd like to explore?

Our intent is to visit as many coastal areas we can over the next 10-15 years. As we plan to move in the next 10-15yrs to a coastal community outside of the state of Texas. We're currently interested in NC, SC, Georgia and Eastern Floridia.


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I know I'll get flamed by the Georgia members here but 7 days should be plenty. Look on the map. Gerogia got screwed when they drew the lines compared to NC and SC. Its a beautiful area though. I'd think about flying into Jacksonville FL and work your way up the coast and do a one day drive back or vice versa. I'd definitely plan a day in Savannah. Depending on how much you want to spend the Cloisters at Sea Island is nice but very pricey.
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After checking with the boss (wife) Our trip will actually only be 4-5 days.

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The wife and I will be exploring the Georgia Coast in late Sept. and/or early
Oct. (our young son will be staying home with the Grandparents). We have
never been to the Georgia coast and we're looking to explore the coast
between Tybee Island all the way south to St. Simons Island. Our plan is to fly in
from Texas and rent a car. We’re looking for recommendations regarding the
following:

1) Places to stay at Tybee Island and St. Simons Island or inbetween
2) Places and sites to see and visit (historical, marina's and communities)
3) I'd like to know of a good offshore guide to fish with one day. Of course I’d
prefer to split the gas with a local THTer if they want to take me out for a
day.
4) Do you think this is too much territory to cover in 4-5 days? Should we
narrow the area we'd like to explore?

Our intent is to visit as many coastal areas we can over the next 10-15
years. As we plan to move in the next 10-15 yrs to a coastal community outside
of the state of Texas. We're currently interested in NC, SC, Georgia and
Northeastern Florida and Northwestern Florida.
John
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Old 09-01-2004, 11:06 PM
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Default RE: Exploring the Georgia Coast

Ouch. Georgia isn't that lame.

Tybee Island is a day's worth of seeing....assuming you walk slow and include the lighthouse and confederate forts in the tour. Try a short but sweet Dolphin Tour. Walk the southern end of the beach, enjoy the restaurants (Crab Shack, Breakfast Club, Sugar Shack, Cafe Loco, etc.)

From Tybee you can get to downtown historic Sav in 15 miles. You can spend at least 2 days seeing this city while experiencing one of the last great southern cultures. See the squares, historical landmarks, guided tours, restaurants, River Street, etc.

I also agree with the comments about your endless options of places to visit on the SE coast. Brunswick, Cumberland Island, Sapelo Sound, SC low country, Charleston, Cape Fear, Emerald Island, Outer Banks, Hatteras, etc. All are steeped in history and very unique.
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Make sure you visit the town of St. Mary's. There is (or at least was about 20 years ago) a quaint local hotel. While there make sure you book a trip on the ferry to Cumberland Island. Most of the island is either a state or national park, and it would pay to make reservations on the ferry well in advance. The island has several campgrounds, one about 1/2 miles walk from the landing, with running water/bathhouses, and several wilderness sites.
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John, when you firm up your dates send me a PM. Tybee Island is my home port although I live near Atlanta. If I'm down that way I'l gladly take you fishing, but Sept.-Oct is prime deer and gator hunting so I'm not sure how often I'll be down.

Here's a good site dedicated to the Coastal GA area

http://www.coastaloutdoors.com/phpwebsite/

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Thanks for all your help.
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Tireless, I tried my best to word my previous post so it wasn't taken as a dig on Georgia. Its a beautiful area. You do have to admit that when you look at a map it seems that NC and SC got a better shake as far as coastline goes.
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For the Tybee Island leg of your vacation, I would recommend staying in Savannah (on Bay Street) and driving out to Tybee for a day trip. We like staying at the Mulberry but there are lots of other good places.
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Fishon,

When in Savannah do have dinner at 45 South on Broad Street. Excellent service, atmosphere and menu. In addition to more normal fare they also serve pheasant, Buffalo, Wild Boar and I think Elk on occaision. Very nice!!!
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Fishon2,

My wife and I had our honeymoon in Savannah last year. A few tips are: 1-Stay on the river front if possible. We stayed at the River Street Inn, very beautiful and historic (http://www.riverstreetinn.com). 2- Take a tour of the town. 3-Spend an evening on the riverfront.

As for Tybee Island, I would not waste one of my nights there. We stayed out there one night and I would have been better off staying on in Savannah and taking a day trip. The dolphin cruise is cool, but we had better luck with the dolphins by renting Kayak's and paddling the small river to the south of the island. They were in there wearing out the pogies.

All in all, Savannah is a great place to spend a few days.
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