Jekyll Island, the beach front and the resort – my wife says that it’s like waking up in a dream. I would agree. It feels like you are walking back into history, back to a simpler more quiet time and place. I am truly grateful for the experience and that I was able to share it with my family.
What is Jekyll Island?
Jekyll Island is a barrier island on Georgia’s coast – midway between Jacksonville, Fla. and Savannah, Ga. … Owned by the State of Georgia, and managed by the Jekyll Island State Park Authority, Jekyll Island has had development limited to just 35 percent of its available land area.
Does Jekyll Island have a beach?
Yes, Jekyll Island has beaches and they are an amazing site to behold. I myself am not a fan of going to the beach, the sun and its harmful effects are not friends. But I will admit that while being wowed by the videos I saw about Jekyll Islands beaches. Nothing compares to standing on its shore enjoying the ocean and its sunset.
“The beaches on Jekyll Island are unlike those of any other coastal destination. Best known for their natural bounty, each of Jekyll Island’s beaches is completely different than the other.”
Official Georgia Tourism & Travel Website
Is it true? Is the water brown?
From what I understand, the seawater at Jekyll Island is brown due to what they call churned-up sediment and tannins that wash offshore from swamp and marshes. The sea floor is muddy, not sandy – again, due to the sediments that are deposited by two large rivers that flow nearby, into the ocean.
Like all beaches, Jekyll Island beach sand appears white as most beaches do. The sand barrier island tends to appear brown or grey when wet. I am hoping this does not affect our stay since my wife like many have “particularities” when it comes to preferences. She loves the beach and expects a certain look, feel and appearance.
Can you swim in the ocean on Jekyll Island?
With 10 miles of beach on Jekyll Island, there are plenty of places to play in the sun and in the water. However, let us not forget that almost every hotel and/or resort has at least one swimming pool, perfect for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing or sitting by the Tiki Bar.
Me I plan to spend some time in the ocean, in the pool as well as under an umbrella. Have to protect my skin you know. I am ok burning calories but not so much with getting sun burned.
How many miles is Jekyll Island?
The island according to my research measures about 7 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. It has 8 miles of wide, flat beaches with sand packed hard enough for easy walking or biking. I have also read it has 20 miles of hiking trails. Something I plan to try out in hopes of getting amazing video of.
How much does it cost to get on Jekyll Island?
Like everything, there is always some sort of toll. Bicycles and pedestrians can enter at no charge. As for vehicles, entry onto Jekyll Island requires a parking pass purchased at the entry gate or Guest Information Center upon arrival. A parking fee is charged per vehicle per day. Multi-day and annual passes are available.
Current auto access fees are $6.00 for one day, $28.00 for a seven-day pass, and $45.00 for a 12-month AVI tag (plus a one-time charge of $13.00 for the tag). The fee for oversized vehicles (over 8 feet tall) is $10.00/day. Of course this is all subject to change so feel free to inquire before taking your trip to the island.
Things to do on Jekyll Island with Kids?
I am there to go see this historic resort and enjoy the scenery. My wife is looking for the beach scene. My kids – they just want to have fun. However, despite being a somewhat secluded island. There is a lot to do on the island – as I am told. Below are a few examples.
Driftwood Beach, a huge climbing playground for kids. (Please stay safe)
Dolphin Cruise. That is if you want to see dolphins playing around out in the ocean.
Turtle Hospital – see what they do for sea turtles as well as educating people on things we can do to keep the ocean, beaches and the turtles safe.
Mini Golf, apparently they have a mini golf course.
Bike rental – you can go off to explore the island (* I heard they also rent scoters.)
Tram Tour, for those of you who want to learn the history of the island.
What is some of the History of Jekyll Island?
The earliest known archaeological sites on Jekyll Island suggest that this island has been a destination for more than 3,500 years.
1736: Diplomacy of Nations took place on Jekyll. The English, Spanish, and Creek Indians met on the island in an effort to settle their differences through diplomacy.
1879-1885: Newton Finney, and his brother-in-law, John Eugene DuBignon, a descendant of Christophe DuBignon, collaborated to turn Jekyll Island into a private hunting club for some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals.
1886: The island was purchased by the Jekyll Island Club, which Munsey’s Magazine called “the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world. . . .” For those who represented 1/6 of the world’s wealth at the turn of the century, the Jekyll Island Club became an exclusive retreat. Families with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Baker built the elegant Clubhouse and “cottages” in Victorian architectural styles.
1910: Senator Nelson Aldrich led a party of financial leaders to Jekyll Island to create the forerunner of the Federal Reserve, today’s modern banking system.
2007: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in the renovated power plant of the Jekyll Island Club.
2010: Great Dunes Park opens as a re-imagined beachfront park with picnic pavilions, an activities deck, play areas, bocce ball and volleyball courts.
To learn more about the history of Jekyll Island visit www.jekyllisland.com
How far is Jekyll from Savannah?
There are 72.15 miles from Savannah to Jekyll Island in southwest direction and 90 miles by car, following the I-95 S route. Savannah and Jekyll Island are 1 hour 44 minutes apart, if you drive non-stop.
Not sure why google decided to share that with me, so I thought why not share that tid-bit with you. Just in case, you were interested. Me, I drove up from Florida and it took me more than five hours.
Is Jekyll Island (the Island itself) dog friendly?
Depending on the location, many of the beaches in the Golden Isles are pet friendly. So please do not tell my daughter because she wanted to bring the cat along with us. She would kill me if she – when she finds out. That is if she reads my blog because I am not telling her.
Jekyll Island also allows dogs on several of the beach locations (Driftwood Beach, Great Dunes Park, and Jekyll Island Beach). Unless posted, dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are under the owner’s control or on a leash.
Is Jekyll Island Resort pet friendly?
We were staying at the resort so I thought I would include this in as well. Jekyll Island Club Hotel allows one dog up to 30 lbs. for a fee of $100 per stay. However, pet-friendly rooms are only available in the Sans Souci building and must be reserved in advance.
See more, take a peek inside of the Jekyll Island Club Resort, this truly is an amazing place. Click the link – Jekyll Island Club Resort to see videos, pictures and more.