You won't find miles of sky-high condos marring the beauty and simplicity of the beaches of Jekyll Island, but you will find rich history, unassuming beauty, tranquility and wildlife. Located just near Brunswick and St. Simons Island in coastal, Georgia, it is an unspoiled paradise waiting to be adored. If you need a vacation where you can unwind, explore and make lasting memories, Jekyll Island, Georgia has you covered.
The first obvious thing that most people think of when choosing a vacation destination is, What about the beaches? Jekyll Island beaches don’t boast of powdery white sand and sparkling blue-green water like their counterparts in Florida, but they are unique and ruggedly natural. As a barrier island, Jekyll Island’s beaches are ideal for lazing and sunbathing, strolling along the shoreline, collecting seashells and enjoying the wildlife. It’s exciting to see the dolphins leaping and swimming so close to shore, and the horseshoe crab and other native creatures add an interestingly wild element to it all.
If you’re not a lover of nature and the outdoors, Jekyll Island probably isn’t the best fit for you. If you are, however, you’re in for a real treat. Experienced guides from UGA’s 4-H Tidelands Nature Center are eager to show you their little corner of the world. Join them for nature walks, kayaking tours of the Jekyll Island River and Tidal Marsh, canoeing or pedalboating. Tidelands also has touch tanks that allow you to get to know the native animals of coastal Georgia—live alligators, sea turtles, snakes, fish and crab. Bird watching is another great option—provided you have a lot of patience. Don't be afraid to look into the boating or fishing expeditions, as well. Those are always an adventure on the island.
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Preferred ways of exploring Jekyll Island are by bicycle, horseback and golf cart, so you don’t miss any of scenery, but even travelling by car is amazing. It’s almost impossible to get lost, so you can freely cruise and admire everything without worry. The ancient oak trees draped with wispy Spanish moss, the glorious cotton candy colors of the sky at sundown, and the luscious foliage hugging both sides of the roads, lends the island an mysteriously spiritual aura.
Of course, if shopping is what’s on your mind, Jekyll Island has that, too. In the historic district, you can visit the Jekyll Wharf Marina Gift Shop for special trinkets and souvenirs, head over to Just By Hand to get your fill of everything earthen and handmade, or hit up the golf-lovers Jekyll Island Golf Pro Shop. There are plenty of quaint little shops that promise to delight.
There’s no way to talk about Jekyll Island without talking about golf, soccer and boating. If you love golf, you’ll enjoy playing on the beautifully manicured golf courses fringed in greenery, and miniature golf offers hours of family fun. Jekyll Island also features an immaculately maintained soccer complex right by the ocean. There’s something wonderfully unique and appealing about playing or watching a game of soccer just near the shoreline.
Whatever your vacation plans, if you’re coming to Georgia, you need to visit Jekyll Island. There are enough activities to do to keep you happy for a lifetime, and a weeklong visit will fly by way too fast. For more information about Jekyll, visit The Jekyll Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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