Tidal seclusion on Little St. Simons
The only way to get to private Little St. Simons Island is on a boat from the north end of its namesake. The 10,000-acre isle is a family-owned retreat with limited accommodations in four cottages. Thirty is the magic number on this most northern of the Golden Isles -- it's the maximum number of guests allowed. The restriction is intended to reduce the potential harm to the natural habitat.
The land has remained in private hands since its purchase in 1908 by a businessman who needed its red cedar trees for the manufacturing of pencils. The exclusive locale offers the privacy of an untouched wilderness and the beauty of seven miles of ribbon-smooth beaches, all complimented by the retreat's effusive Southern hospitality.
The owners of Little St. Simons have shared their private oasis with family, friends and guests since the early 1900s. Angling excursions, horseback riding, natural history tours and expert-guided saltwater fly fishing are among the activities offered.