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St Simons vs Amelia island

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St Simons vs Amelia island

Taking a weekend trip three nights in October trying to decide between savannah, st Simons and Amelia island. Or a mixture of both. Want to do some sightseeing, beach, bike, tennis, nice dinners, photo opportunities.. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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1. Re: St Simons vs Amelia island

If you are doing three nights, I would choose one location and stay there. I would say any would be very nice. Amelia Island has better beaches. I would ordinarily say St. Simons but October is a busy month, with the McGladrey Golf Tournament mid-month and Georgia/Florida week at the end of the month. Prices go up for that and lots of crowds. I would pick either Savannah/Tybee Island or Amelia Island.

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Thank you we will be traveling early in month

Edited: 07 August 2012, 03:20
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I would vote for Amelia Island. We like St. Simons but not for the beach. Amelia Island has historic downtown area, Fort Clinch SP, nice beaches and good food. Should find affordable places to stay- we usually stay at the Residence Inn.

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I second Peach Belle. Amelia Island is a great place to visit. The weather should be very nice in October. Enjoy your visit.

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I vote for Amelia Island but then am biased living there now, but lived on SSI for a number of years and spent many summers there growing up as grandparents had a house there. Lots of similarity between SSI and AI although the historic district, dining and shopping options a bit more plentiful in Fernandina Beach / AI due to its larger size and population. SSI Village area is about a 60 minute drive from AI so that might be a nice day trip as Christ Church, Fort Frederica, Lighthouse on SSI all provide great photo opportunities. But then similar opportunities on AI with Fort Clinch, AI Lighthouse, several historic churches, Greenway, historic district. Lots of nice bike lanes and trails, dining options ranging from casual to fine dining. Enjoy your trip.

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I prefer St Simons for biking, tennis, photo shoots. with beautiful scenery and riding trails for miles. all level and shaded with massive weeping live oaks The dunes on East Beach to Goulds inlet are so pretty.

If visiting early October you are safe, as the Island packs out... with tour buses and hundreds of people for the Mc Gladrey.

Consider a Stay on Jekyll Island also The Jekyll island Club Hotel is lovely with an historic district & biking trails..

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I vote for Amelia Island. It has great bike trails all over the island, especially if you stay in the Plantation.

To me, Amelia is a bit more upscale than St. Simons, but St. Simons is appealing in that it is very residential. People actually live in St. Simons Island year-round, instead of vacationing there at their second homes. In that regard, it is much more approachable.

I like that nearby Fernandina Beach and "downtown" Fernandina have plenty of casual dining.

Amelia isn't a mecca for nightlife and shopping - there is a little bit, but if you like to "go out" during your vacation, you might find yourself desperate for something to do. Amelia is very family oriented and quiet.

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