Jekyll IslandUnited States of America

Formerly a private getaway for the rich and famous, the southernmost of the Golden Isles is now a relaxed retreat with beautiful beaches and wildlife encounters.

Experience the laid-back lifestyle of Jekyll Island, a former playground for some of the country’s most powerful families. Today, explore Jekyll Island’s sugar-white sandy beaches, rolling golf courses, rich ecosystems and historic sites. Discover the enchanting landscapes of this barrier island, including marshland, pristine shorelines and maritime forests.

Jekyll Island’s beaches are among its most prized features. Explore the island’s 10-mile (16-kilometer) sandy shoreline to find fun-filled swimming beaches, perfect picnic spots and waterfront dining areas. Experience the otherworldly landscapes of Driftwood Beach, strewn with windswept old trees on the island’s northern tip. Wander between pieces of gnarled driftwood and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean vista.

Picnic at the waterfront pavilions in Great Dunes Park or splash with the family at the Summer Waves Waterpark. Jekyll Island’s beaches are ideal for long strolls, water sports and relaxing on soft sands. The northern section, Jekyll Island State Park, has a picturesque campground. North of the island, gaze across St. Simons Sound. You might spot North Atlantic right whales that visit annually in the winter, as well as dolphins playing and feeding in the channel. Go on a wildlife-watching boat tour for close-up views of these creatures. Make a trip to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to meet some of the sick and injured turtles being rehabilitated on the island.

Jump on a bicycle and explore some of Jekyll Island’s 20 miles (30 kilometers) of bike trails. Look for historical landmarks, such as the colonial-era Horton House. Ride horseback or play golf at four different courses. Jekyll Island’s well-heeled heritage means that numerous magnificent old villas line the island’s riverfront. Stay in a sumptuous heritage hotel or enjoy a grand dining experience in a 19th-century mansion.

Jekyll Island is the southernmost of Georgia’s beautiful Golden Isles. Reach the island within a 20-minute drive from Brunswick. Alternatively, fly into Jekyll Island Airport. With its year-round warm weather, Jekyll Island is the perfect spot for an outdoor adventure.

Top Hotels in Jekyll Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection
Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
700 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
$76
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6

Situated in Jekyll Island, this beach hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Jekyll Island Golf Club and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Driftwood Beach. Great Dunes Park and Georgia ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)

"The Seafarer Inn is located on Jekyll Island. It is a resort destination and there is a lot to do. The room was actually a 2-bedroom apartment with 3 beds, 3 TVs and a full kitchen. There are plenty of TV channel plus HBO and MAX. It is certainly a family-friendly room. On site there is an outdoor ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2019

Seafarer Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island
4 out of 5
110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA
$132
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Jekyll Island, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Jekyll Island State Park, Jekyll Harbor Marina, and Great ...

4.4/5Excellent! (478 reviews)

"Very nice room with balcony overlooking ocean very special. No dressing gowns in room. Restaurant patio dog friendly."…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2019

The Westin Jekyll Island
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island
2 out of 5
60 S Beachview Drive, I-95 Exit 29 to US-17, Jekyll Island, GA
$81
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7

Nestled on the beach, this Jekyll Island hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jekyll Island State Park and Summer Waves Water Park. Jekyll Harbor Marina and Great ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,332 reviews)

"We saw deer on the dunes from our patio! The free breakfast was pretty nice; the location is great; and the staff was cheerful and seemed to enjoy working there. The weather happened to be cold and rainy but we still enjoyed our stay very much because of those things."…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jekyll Island

Popular things to do in Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach
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Driftwood Beach

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Experience the otherworldly landscapes of this sandy beach and wander between the skeletons of gnarled trees and sun-bleached branches.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center

4.5/5(146 reviews)

Meet some of the patients receiving care at this turtle rehabilitation center and learn about these majestic marine creatures via informative displays.

Horton House
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Horton House

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Discover Jekyll Island’s colonial history when you explore the crumbling ruins of a grand old home that formerly belonged to one of Fort Frederica’s military leaders.

Great Dunes Park
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Great Dunes Park

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Beach access, picnic pavilions, local festivals and a scenic network of bike trails make this waterfront park on Jekyll Island a family favorite.

Saint Simons Island Pier
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Saint Simons Island Pier

4.5/5(288 reviews)

Drop a fishing line, spot seabirds or stroll to the end of this picturesque pier and dangle your feet from the edge as you look out over St. Simons Sound.

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
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St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

4.5/5(162 reviews)

Look out across the Atlantic panorama from the restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters and learn about the Golden Isles’ maritime history at the museum.

Top activities in Jekyll Island

Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip
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Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip

$125

Prepare yourself for an amazing day of Amelia inland fishing in the backwaters of the Amelia River. Join an expert guide on a hunt for the perfect spot to capture abundant redfish and tarpon, cast out your line, and begin the waiting game in the most perfect, beautiful natural atmosphere.

Electric Longboard Rental
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Electric Longboard Rental

$30

Whether you want to meet us at Main Beach or your house or hotel, we will bring our boards to you, give you a 10-15 minute demo on how to operate our boards, and then you're free to cruise away. Just meet us back at that spot after an hour to drop off the boards.

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