St. Simons Island is one of four Georgia barrier islands connected to the mainland by the F.J. Torras Causeway. From the causeway, there are spectacular views of the marshes, the grasslands that separate the coastal islands of the Glynn County coast from the Georgia mainland. The island is ideal for those able to pay a premium for privacy. When the G8 Summit was held there in 2004, the Secret Service shut it down. The usual protesters of the conference couldn't even access the island.