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USA Radio
July 6, 2014

Turtles and boat tours in Georgia’s Golden Isles

Day six started bright and early! We were excited to make it to our next adventure, so we were on the road as soon as the sun rose. After a 1.5-hour drive from Savannah, we arrived at Jekyll Island ready to tour The Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This wonderful place focuses on turtle education and research. They also help rehabilitate wounded or injured sea turtles to get them ready to be released back into the wild. We even got to visit their hospital, and met a sea turtle named Mahi who’ll be making his way back home in a couple of weeks. We all got teary-eyed!

After bonding with Mahi and the other turtles, we took a quick drive to St. Simons Village Creek Landing for a boat tour with SouthEast Adventure Outfitters. And this truly was an adventure! We toured around the peninsula for two hours, and saw everything from dolphins to people sailing, kayaking and fishing. We also visited two well-known properties: Musgrove Plantation, a popular hotel and event center, and The Cloister at Sea Island 5-Star Resort, a popular spot for the rich and famous.

Once our tour was over, it was time to check into our home for the night, The Village Inn & Pub. This charming little hotel had the most amazing architecture that reminded all of us of a Spanish village. Stepping inside the renovated 1930s cottage felt like traveling back in time, and we all loved the little details like journals for guests to share their travel stories.

Ready for dinner after checking in, we headed to Catch 228. Known for having the area’s longest oyster bar, this 10-year-old restaurant had the freshest seafood we’ve ever tried. Along with locals and fellow tourists, we enjoyed the atmosphere and sang along to live music as we dined. Even though the food was amazing and the oysters infinite, we saved room for dessert, so we walked to St. Simons Sweets for ice cream. We loved the colorful store full of excited kids picking out their favorite flavors. We each picked one (like their blue, red and yellow Superman flavor) and were amazed at the enormous size of their cones.

With giant ice cream cones in hand, we walked over to St. Simons Pier to enjoy the sun setting over our sixth day on the road. We shared our favorite stories of the trip and took pictures of the beautiful lighthouse in the distance.

Tomorrow we say hello to Florida! Can’t wait to see what the Southern Atlantic Coast Highway has in store for our seventh day.

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