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Jekyll Island Introduction

While it was once an exclusive sanctuary for millionaires, today Jekyll Island welcomes sun seekers from all walks of life. It's part of the Golden Isles, a mini archipelago set off Georgia's Atlantic coast. Prepare yourself for a laid-back yet luxurious vibe, where beautiful historic homes stand alongside family-friendly campsites. It's easy to slip into island time, whether you're basking on a pristine beach, strolling around the historic district, or digging into the island's signature dish of shrimp and grits.

Hotels in Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island has been luring well-heeled vacationers since the 1800s. Why not take cues from the likes of William Rockefeller, JP Morgan, and Joseph Pulitzer and enjoy a luxurious stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort? It's one of the island's most sought-after properties, with features like the croquet lawn and Grand Dining Room recalling the glamour of a bygone era. Other luxury hotels in Jekyll Island treat guests to swimming pools, landscaped gardens, and outdoor firepits. Traveling as a family? Self-contained cottages offer space, comfort, and a unique chance to experience Jekyll Island through a local lens.

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Where to stay

It's hard to resist the allure of the atmospheric Historic District, where heritage-listed vacation homes are fronted by emerald-green lawns and ancient oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Head east and you'll find great hotel deals along Beachview Drive, where residential holiday lets put you within walking distance of shops, cafes, and attractions in the Historic District. You'll also be a stone's throw from Driftwood Beach, one of the island's most popular stretches of sand. For ocean views, snap up exclusive waterfront hotels in Jekyll Island.

Things to see

The Jekyll Island Authority has gone to great lengths to protect the natural ecosystem, with 2/3 of the island designated as a State Park. Today, you can join ranger-led walks through mature maritime forest, birdwatch in lush marshlands, and cycle through palmetto and acacia groves. Naturalists shouldn't miss the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a research, rehabilitation, and education HQ, where you can get up close with loggerheads and pocket-sized terrapins. Beaches are a bona fide highlight on Jekyll Island, with over 10 miles of sandy coastlines to discover. Driftwood Beach is the island's signature stretch of sand, named for its gnarled, sun-bleached logs. Offering picnic pavilions, play areas, and gently-lapping waves, Great Dunes Beach Park is a favorite with families. Escape the crowds at St Andrews, a secluded beach on the southern tip of the island.

How to get to Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is well-connected to the mainland via Highway 17 and GA-520. Vehicle entry requires crossing over a toll bridge and purchasing a parking pass at the main entrance gate or Guest Information Center. Jekyll Island Airport is open to private flights only. Public flights touch down at Brunswick's Golden Isles Airport, a 30-minute drive from Jekyll Island. Other nearby airports include Jacksonville International and Savannah/Hilton Head International. Boaters can dock at the Jekyll Island Harbor Marina.