As visitors set off in pursuit of a vacation spent on St. Simons Island, there are inevitably plenty of travelers with images of pristine beaches in their minds. Those who love to soak up the sun on stretches of beautiful, sandy coastline won’t be disappointed in the many options available for doing exactly that on St. Simons Island. This charming destination off the coats of Georgia has long been loved for its scenic beaches but of all of the choices available to visitors, East Beach on St. Simons stands out as one of the area’s premier places to take to the sand for a day.
A Sandy Haven of Fun
With a convenient access point at 4202 1st Street, East Beach stretches along the ocean side of St. Simons Island, making it a popular and particularly intriguing place to spend an afternoon. It’s not uncommon to hear East Beach referred to as St. Simons Island Beach by locals who recognize their particular area’s wonderful features and have designated it according to its island namesake. This is an extremely family-friendly beach that provides just as many opportunities to lounge as it does to get out on the water and have a thrilling ride on a wind-kite, jet ski or boogie board.
Making the Most of East Beach
The tides that belong to East Beach result in a sandy surface that is tightly packed. For outdoor enthusiasts, this provides the perfect surface for beach biking. The fact that East Beach on St. Simons links up seamlessly with Gould’s Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Station means beach bikers have ample opportunity to hit the sand on two wheels and take in some fun scenery while they’re at it. If you happen to be traveling with pets, it’s good to note that East Beach is a dog-friendly destination. On-site restrooms and showers keep a visit to East beach comfortable and convenient, no matter how you choose to pass the time. Those who love to fish will want to show up at East Beach on days and hours when the tide is at its lowest for some spectacular opportunities to reel in a great catch.
Dining Options Near East Beach
Most visitors fall quickly in love with East Beach and find themselves spending a fair amount of time soaking up the sea, sand, and sun from this picturesque stretch of shoreline. Making it even more convenient, a variety of dining options offer proximity to East Beach, making it easy to pause mid-day to refuel at lunch, or to end the day with a nearby dinner before heading back to your St. Simons vacation rental.
ECHO St. Simons is one of those restaurants that seem to come straight from a movie or magazine, with its picture-perfect location right along the southern end of East Beach. The exquisite dining room offers floor to ceiling windows that look out over the sand and the ocean beyond. With a thoughtfully designed floorplan, ECHO boasts magnificent views from every table. For even more unobstructed views, step out onto the oceanfront patio, where only a few steps separate the umbrella-covered tables from the sand. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ECHO accommodates your hunger at all times of the day. They are known for their seasonal dishes that are composed of fresh products from local farmers, such as shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. And of course, it wouldn’t be an oceanfront restaurant without its share of fresh seafood plates! A comprehensive wine list, along with craft beers and seasonal cocktails, make ECHO St. Simons a top choice for celebrating a special occasion along the beautiful Georgia waterfront.
Along with high-class options like ECHO St. Simons located near East Beach, a handful of additional options are located just a short stroll away from the beachfront. Eateries such as The Crab Trap and Crabdaddy’s Seafood Bar & Grill offer delicious bites in both indoor and outdoor settings. For something significantly more casual, Beachcomber BBQ & Grill is a classic locally owned counter-serve eatery where you can come as you are in your beachwear without getting a second glance. Snag a seat at a picnic table or bring your meal to go back to East Beach, where you can enjoy your burger or pulled pork with a view! Their family size portions are a great option for getting the whole crew fed with a simple order.
Make the most of your St. Simons vacation with long days spent soaking up the sun at East Beach, where proximity to dining options make the days even more worry-free!
Play and Stay on St. Simons Island
Whether you spend your time beach hopping or choose to spend your time soaking up the sun exclusively on East Beach, St. Simons Island promises to bring the sand and surf in a big way! While you’re here, let the team at Lilmar Vacations handle your accommodation bookings so you can make the most of your time on the beach. We’ll help you find and book a beautiful vacation rental property that provides the space, comfort and luxurious quality you deserve like 432 Beach Club or Beachwalk Cottage.