Flying to Brunswick Golden Isles (BQK)
Hello, I am a fairly low time non-instrument rated pilot (about 100 hrs now) knocking off the rust from a many year hiatus. I flew about 15 hrs last year some of which was with a CFI. I am really wanting to get back in the groove this year  and fly to new places with my wife.

I was thinking about flying to Brunswick airport which would be about 150 nm flight for me.  Airnav shows the airport to be fairly busy, uncontrolled and has large jet traffic as well. This makes me a little nervous. 

Can anyone who has flown there offer any advice as to what to expect? 
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I'm based at SSI & also on the airport commission for both SSI & BQK.
As a rusty pilot, I assume you would like a less stressful environment for pattern work & I believe BQK would be better for you.
There's a great FBO at BQK, Manning Aviation, that will probably have a courtesy car for you to grab lunch if you are staying or need gas.
SSI is by far, the busier airport with lots of corporate and fractional jets & student activity.
BQK has Delta regional jet service with 3 flights per day.  But the traffic volume is lighter and easier to navigate since they have only one 8,000' runway (no conflicting traffic patterns) and is well controlled by Jax Center (radio transmitter is at BQK). 
SSI by contrast has two intersecting runways and it is frequent that we have multiple training aircraft from CRG and DAB practicing touch & goes on the short runway while the larger aircraft and corporate jets use the longer crossing runway.  I've been #4 in a hold to get into SSI; never happened at BQK.
Most of us based here fly practice approaches at BQK rather than SSI due to the high traffic volume at SSI.
Once you get current and comfortable flying again, by all means come into SSI.  Golden Isles FBO is also a great FBO & there are a number of restaurants within walking distance & we have people flying in to stay overnight at the beach.
Happy to talk with you more if you have any further questions.
Ronald Levy
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Unless you have some particular reason to fly into BQK, you might consider St Simons Island (SSI) instead.  Not much to do around BQK, but there are quite a few really nice places to eat within a 10 minute walk from SSI (less you get one of their courtesy cars), and you can grab some boiled peanuts at the Farmer's Market next to the airport.  No "big jets", either, beyond bizjet traffic, although there can be a lot of that -- very popular golf resort for the corporate types.  Golden Isles Aviation is one of the friendliest, most welcoming FBO's around.