Wedged between Florida and South Carolina lies the hundred-mile-long Georgia coast, a land of colonial-era towns, moss-draped oaks, sandy beaches on a string of barrier islands called the Golden Isles, and thousands of acres of palmetto and marsh grass wilderness teeming with wildlife.
Historic Savannah is the northern anchor of the region; the Cumberland Island National Seashore anchors the south end. Between them stretches a string of islands that vary between extremes: deserted wilderness, and some of the richest real estate in America. Jekyll Island was once the exclusive domain of families like the Rockefellers and Morgans; now, it is owned by the state of Georgia, and is a popular vacation spot, offering golf, tennis, and biking along with its beaches. It is the southernmost of the four "Golden Isles": St. Simon's, Little St. Simon's (still privately owned), and Sea Island are the other three.
Savannah, the largest city on the Georgia coastline, was settled in 1733 and was the colonial and first state capital of Georgia.