Five Reasons to Stay the King and Prince Hotel in St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

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King and Prince via @FieldTripswSue
Kids get a crown upon check in at the King and Prince Hotel. (photo courtesy of the King and Prince)

By Sue Rodman
The contest was over in a few seconds. The translucent racers scurried in mass across the sand to the quiet darkness, away from the curious squealing vacationers.

Apparently ghost crabs are significantly faster than the hermit crabs they use for such games in the Bahamas. An after dinner beach walk to find the crustations was one of my 10-year-old’s favorite activities during our trip to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simon’s Island, Ga. Here are five other reasons to book a stay at this historic seaside hotel.

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The King and Prince Hotel is right on the beach, so it’s easy to go from pool to sand.

Location, Location: We visit St. Simon’s quite a bit since my in-laws live there. When we visit them, we always visit the beach too, but it’s not the same as staying ON THE BEACH. The experience is completely different. The King and Prince is the only full service hotel located on the beach. During our stay, we popped back to the room for lunch on our deck and took an afternoon break from the sun. We didn’t have to worry about lugging all our stuff to the beach either, if the kids decided they wanted the skim board, they could walk back to the room to get it. And the ghost crab experience above – my son has come to St. Simon’s since he was born and this was the first time he’s ever been on the beach at night. I didn’t even know they HAD ghost crabs on St. Simons.

Five Pools and a Beach: I’m a beach person, so is my sister-in-law. I figure I can hang at the pool at home. My niece is a pool person. She’ll do the beach for a little bit, but restlessness sets in and she wants to go to the pool. At the King and Prince, the pool is literally on the beach, so everyone is happy. My sister-in-law and I can dig our toes in the sand while my niece splashes in the pool, popping her head over the rail every so often to check in. If you’re kids are smaller, the pool also has a wading area with splash jets and a covered sand box so wee ones can dig out of the sun. An added bonus, during the summer The King and Prince has kids activities at the pool. We made a beach in a jar, iced homemade cookies and played a little corn hole.

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Digging into the seafood mac and cheese on the patio at Echo. Echo also has an indoor dining room with great ocean views. We enjoyed a few adult hours lounging on the comfy couches with a drink. The fireplace by the couches makes this an inviting space year round.

Echo Restaurant: We loved pretty much everything about this restaurant. The outdoor dining, the floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlooking the ocean in the indoor dining room, the naval back story that harkens to life at the hotel during World War II, and happy hour in the comfy couches by the fireplace without the kids. Then there’s the food, fresh fruit in the morning that includes raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in addition to melons and pineapple; bbq chicken flatbread that we fought over during dinner, and the Echo donut that gives Café du Monde a run for the money.

Shrimping aboard the Lady Jane: The concierge at the King & Prince can help you schedule any number of activities, tennis, golf, shooting school, fishing, stand up paddle board, guided kayak tours, and the list goes on and on. Since our visit was only a few days, and we had been traveling non-stop for lacrosse tournaments, I really wanted to just relax on the beach. However, the one tour you absolutely must do while in St. Simons is the Lady Jane Shrimp boat. It’s a dolphin tour; a hands-on science exhibit; it’s a blast. Hop aboard an authentic shrimp boat, trawl through the marsh and then pick through the catch of pufferfish (my favorite), sharks, rays and fish with a certified marine biologist.

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Shrimping aboard the Lady Jane is a must do activity, although eating the buggers is not required. In addition to shrimp, we found pufferfish, sharks, rays and even saw lots of dolphins.

Bike Paths: St. Simon’s Island has more than 30 miles of bike paths. One of our favorite things to do is rent bikes from Ocean Motion, located one block from the King and Prince Hotel, and explore the island on two wheels. East Beach is more residential, quieter. In the other direction is the St. Simon’s Island Pier with restaurants, shops, a mini-golf course, lighthouse and fishing. This is where my teens like to meet friends, my 10 year-old likes to play mini-golf, and his dad likes to hang out eating popcorn and drinking beer at Brogens.

For a more complete review of the The King and Prince Hotel, visit my post on the family travel site Minitime.

The King and Prince Hotel went through an extensive renovation in 2014. As is common in the travel industry, we were invited to experience the hotel and it’s services for the purposes of this post, all opinions are our own.

About Sue Rodman 174 Articles
Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a Parents.com best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

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