I’m standing at the rail of the spacious outdoor pool deck at Saint Simons Island’s King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. It’s nighttime. The beach and sea are directly below, stirring gently back and forth in an ageless rhythm. It’s a moonless night, so the stars are myriad, far more than we see in the city.
My reverie is interrupted, and my curiosity aroused by lights, white and red and green, off to the right and close into shore. In the starlight I can make out the huge dark shadow of a ship, heading outbound and left, the sound of its engines carrying quietly to me on the breeze.
I hear a splash somewhere out there, a fish jumping from a predator deeper below. In the day, we’ll see the pod of dolphins that work
this section of beach, a few hundred yards out, especially if some local fisherman anchors at Whitefish Hole, where the locals know to go. The dolphin often come by to supervise the action.
Some times of the year sea turtles come up on the beach at night to lay their eggs. Beachfront properties are asked to keep their lights low to avoid the delicate process of beginning life.
It’s not unusual to see shooting stars.
We’ll be busy tomorrow. The kids want to play tennis; easy – we’ll go to the courts right here at the resort. They want to bike to the village, barely a mile away. The bike rental shop is literally just a few steps from the entrance of the resort. Then they’ll bike on the miles of beach stretching north to the historic Coast Guard Station.
In the morning I’ll take a long slow walk along the beach. At low tide there’s an exposed sandbar a couple of hundred yards long. When you walk out to the end you feel like you’ve reached the horizon where the sky meets the sea.
In the morning, we’ll sit in the King’s Tavern restaurant and look out over the ocean through the enormous Palladian windows, a view not available at any other restaurant on the island.
In the village we’ll all shop for souvenirs and art and antiques and watch local fisherman pull all manner of fish from the pier. Chances are we’ll see another ship heading out from Brunswick, passing close enough nearly to touch.
During our stay, we’ll take a Ghost Tour, and an Historic Trolley Ride. We’ll play at the water park, Neptune’s Park, in the village. We’ll try the restaurants a block away from the resort and also down in the village, but likely not stray far from the King’s Tavern with its truly unique menu of both Low Country favorites and finest haute cuisine.
I take another deep draught of the salt sea air, and one last look at the stars. The ship has turned right and is heading out to sea, its lights dwindling. I turn to go back inside to our beautifully furnished villa and realize that as much as we do, as much fun as we’ll all have together during our stay here at the King and Prince; it’s all icing on the cake. In just the last few minutes, I’ve already had the real vacation I came here for. For a great get away, visit King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.