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St. Simons Island, with its long, flat beaches, "historic architecture" and "moss-draped oaks," ranked second of the 10 islands.
Jekyll Island is the other isle on the list, coming in at No. 7.
The island is popular for its marshland, wide beaches and the nearby Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
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The last Georgia island recognized by Southern Living is Savannah's Tybee Island, a short 30 minute drive from the popular city.
Both Jekyll Island and Savannah house two of the South's best hotels, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and Savannah's Mansion on Forsyth Park.
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Savannah is also home to the best inn in the South, a haunted bed and breakfast called the Foley House Inn.
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