If you’re looking to escape the northern winters, then you’re probably ready to flock to the East Coast for beach walks, fantastic seafood, great golf or relaxing ocean view.

Snowbirds Enjoy Georgia and South Carolina Coastal - Resorts for Culinary, Scenic & Active Lifestyles

If you’re looking to escape the northern winters, then you’re probably ready to flock to the East Coast for beach walks, fantastic seafood, great golf or relaxing ocean view. If you’re thinking about avoiding snow and ice, then consider taking advantage of these great locations geared for snowbird all within an hours’ drive of one another. Some of the most sought-after East Coast destinations include Hilton Head Island, Tybee Island, St. Simmons Island and Savannah.

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Hilton Head Island is located in South Carolina and has everything you could possibly need including 12 miles of beaches, 24 golf courses, 300 tennis courts and plenty of outdoor activities, such as charter fishing, bike trails, dolphin and whale watching tours.This barrier isle hugs the South Carolina Coast which is often referred to as the Lowcountry. Discover great museums including the Gullah museum. Also the Heritage Library where they host historic bike tours each Wednesday through the Hilton Head waterfront corridor and learn more about the fascinating past on a self-guided tour or take a group of friends for a guided tour.

With more than 250 restaurants, snowbirds are sure to find a meal to satisfy every palate. From fresh seafood to elegant dining and from bakeries to farmers’ markets and everything in between, the taste of the Lowcountry is will satisfy every culinary preference. Add Red Fish Hilton Head and the Old Oyster Factory to your list of must-visit restaurants for their unique atmospheres and the freshest cuisine.

Even though all the beaches surrounding Hilton Head are public, most of the beach accesses are private. There are plenty of public beaches and parks, but the only ones offering free parking are Coligny Park and Mitchelville Park. Coligny Beach Park also offers mats for wheelchair accessibility. Search listings of Snowbird winter vacation rentals that are available in Hilton Head Island for the best rates and that are suitable for all snowbird lifestyles. 

Tybee Island is often referred to as “Georgia’s Playground” and is an ideal destination for snowbirds looking to retreat to a quiet beach during the winter months. This small town has a total area of 5.2 miles and 3 miles of beautiful beaches. Historians believe “Tybee” is derived from the Native American word for “salt” which plays a huge role in the island’s rich beach history. A few of Tybee Island’s historical landmarks include Fort Pulaski, Crockspur Lighthouse, Tybee Museum & Light Station and Fort Screven. Early French settlers were drawn to Tybee Island because of the miracle cure at the time, Sassafras root.

Tybee Island restaurants offer everything from fresh Georgia shrimp to gourmet pizza and everything in between. North Beach Bar and Grill is located between the beach and the lighthouse so the location is perfect for an early dinner and nice winter stroll on the beach. If you’re looking for heated dock seating, dine at A-J’s Dockside Restaurant where you can find casual dining and an incredible view.

The unspoiled coastal community of Tybee Island offers many outdoor and animal attractions such as nature trails, bird watching, fishing and dolphin tours. There are a variety of winter vacation rentals in Tybee Island that are tailored for the snowbird lifestyle including beach houses, water-front accommodations and resorts. The nature and ecology of Tybee Island combined with the relaxing atmosphere make for a picture perfect winter paradise. 

St. Simons Island is the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles. The charming island provides a unique winter escape and the year round warm weather is ideal for snowbirds. The moss draped trees and picturesque setting draws visitors from across the country to enjoy the outdoors. Home of one of the oldest churches in Georgia, St. Simmons Island sets itself apart with historical sites and popular guided trolley tours.

With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, dining on St. Simons Island is most popular for fresh caught seafood and barbeque. ECHO Oceanfront Restaurant is the island’s only oceanfront restaurant and offers indoor and outdoor dining with incredible views and a relaxed atmosphere. Blackwater Grill in Redfern Village offers menu items like Low Country Boil and an early dining menu from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

St. Simons Island is a quaint escape from the harsh winter months. The great rates for winter vacation rentals makes St. Simons Island a top destination for snowbirds. Golfing and fishing are one of many reasons St. Simons Island was voted America’s #1 Beach Favorite Beach Town by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2014.

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Savannah, Georgia is known for its southern charm, hospitality and Victorian-era homes. The river views and friendly natives make Savannah appealing to winter guests looking to make this their temporary home away from home.. Named one of The South’s Prettiest Cities in 2018 by Southern Living, Savannah has undisturbed beauty and is the home of 22 beautiful park-like squares that are perfect for morning walks.

Savannah is rich in history and was the only town left standing after the “March to the Sea,” during the Civil War and was given as a Christmas gift to Abraham Lincoln in 1864. The Savannah Riverboat Civil War Dinner Cruise is highly recommended and is an adventure you don’t want to miss. It includes a traditional Southern Buffet and a cannon firing at Fort Jackson. Even though gambling is not permitted in Georgia, legal gambling is allowed in international waters on certain vessels that set sail from Savannah ports.

Winter events are a huge reason why Savannah is a popular snowbird destination. Christmas on the River Celebration includes a Boat Parade of Lights in December and vendors line the streets for a unique holiday shopping experience. There is no shortage of accommodations in Savannah and snowbirds can find great winter beach rentals with ease.

Whether you are looking for a winter retreat in Georgia or South Carolina, there is something for all snowbird lifestyles. Enjoy the scenery and relax this winter on the east coast with comfort.

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