Sapelo Island is located north of St. Simons Island and Jekkyl Island on the Georgia coast. Most of the island (~95%) is owned by the state of Georgia while the rest (around 490 acres) is privately held. We have a friend who owns a home on the island and offered it to us. It took a few offers, but we eventually gave in and I'm so glad we did. It was a nice getaway and first anniversary trip.
To get to the island, you either have to ride a ferry, take your own boat or use a private plane. Since we don't have a plane, we opted for the boat. We put in at a private hunting and fishing club in Darien, GA, and made the trek through several creeks and rivers to our location on Sapelo. The trip was about twenty minutes, which wasn't bad at all. When Chris and Barbara, the couple who was kind of looking after us during the week met us at the dock, they were shocked we made it over on the first try! I say thanks to a husband who can navigate and my iPhone's GPS!
|Our first view of Sapelo.|
|This is taken from the yard of the house where we stayed. It's one of the dirt roads we were allowed to drive!|
On Monday, we drove to the lighthouse. We both agreed that it was the most beautiful lighthouse we've seen.
After we visited the lighthouse, we headed to Nanny Goat Beach. We had to park about half a mile from the beach as the wooden bridge wasn't in good enough shape to handle vehicles. We had a picnic lunch on the beach and then explored several miles of it.
The beach was gorgeous! The whole time we were there, we saw no one else on the beach. It was incredible. We found so many conchs near the dunes. We also found a sea turtle that had apparently died on the shore. (Sad face.) There were also a few pods of dolphin hanging out near the shore. We sat down and watched them for a while. It was really neat!
|Day 1 treasure.|
|The Spanish Moss in the oaks was so beautiful to me!|
|This is thought to have been an old praise house. If you look closely, you can see that it's made with oyster shells and mud.|
|Every where we looked we saw beauty!|
|Here we are in front of a barn at Chocolate Plantation. Unfortunately, there was no chocolate as the name came from a former Native American tribe.|
Our first two days on the island were great and our last two were as well! I'll finish up the recap of our trip tomorrow, so be sure to check back!