Escape the Chill this Winter! | Natural Retreats

Escape the Chill this Winter!

Looking to escape the chill this winter? Cape San Blas, FL, Sea Islands, SC and Tybee Island, GA are the ideal remedy for the cold! And here’s why…

Cape San Blas, FL>>>

Cape San Blas is located on the Florida Panhandle, and is connected to the state a by a mere sliver of land. If you’re looking to retreat to the beach, there's no better place than this Forgotten Coast gem.

Situated such that it's exposed to both the Gulf of Mexico, as well as St. Joseph Bay, there are several options for beachgoers. For wider beaches, head to Indian Pass. The North Cape’s beaches are less wide and offer a more vigorous surf, as well as sand as fine as sugar; along with emerald green water. St. Joe Beach is nearer to town, and is the perfect place to witness remarkable sunsets due to its westerly position. The surf here tends to be a bit milder, and access to public boardwalks and trails abound. The Bay side of the Cape is ideal for those looking for a more relaxed surf. The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. And feel free to bring your canine companion…Cape San Blas has pet-friendly beaches!

Aside from the beaches, you can also enjoy a host of activities sure to delight. Play a round of golf, go horseback riding on the beach, climb the 131 steps to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse or head to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park for camping, hiking and much more!

Sea Islands, SC>>>

Each of these barrier islands has its own distinct personality and history, and are known for their sweeping sandy beaches, dramatic tidal changes, diverse biology and stunning natural beauty.

Located on the Beaufort River, the island of Port Royal is known for its community beach and boardwalk, bird watching at the Cypress Wetlands and Historic Walking Trails and it's fabulous fishing opportunities. The island is also home to the historic city of Beaufort, which was established in 1711. The city is famous for its rich history, antebellum architecture and moss-draped oak trees. 21 miles from Beaufort is Fripp Island, with its proximity to the 5,000 acre Hunting Island State Park; famous for its lighthouse and three miles of natural beach to explore. Finally, just six miles from Beaufort is Dataw Island, known for their world-class tennis facilities and their golf course, which has hosted the South Carolina Open Championship for the last three years.

Tybee Island, GA>>>

Affectionately known as "Savannah's Beach," this barrier island is well-known for its laid back atmosphere, pier and pavilion, lighthouse and its five miles of beautiful beaches. This charming Georgia coast beach town has been a popular vacation spot since the late 1800's. The beaches here are wide and clean with gentle waves, rather than roaring surf. The sand is soft; perfect for walking or biking on, as well as making sandcastles!

On Tybee, you can have your pick of beaches, depending on your tastes. South Beach is in proximity to restaurants, bars, shopping, the pier and pavilion. Mid Beach is far less crowded and is a favorite with the locals. North Beach is located at the mouth of the Savannah River, and is a great place to spot dolphins. From this vantage point, you can also see the Tybee Island Lighthouse; the oldest (built intermittently between 1773 and 1867) and tallest lighthouse in Georgia.

Take a trip to the lighthouse and its museum, visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center or head to the Colonial Coastal Birding trail to see a variety of over 200 species of birds; some of which make Tybee their temporary home as they migrate elsewhere. If you're looking to get a bit of exercise, you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and bikes.

Cape San Blas, Sea Islands and Tybee are the perfect antidote to the cold weather! We look forward to welcoming you this winter!