Georgia’s Jekyll Island has fresh appearance with new resorts on the beachfront. Our most cherished spots also continue to offer fun escapes.
You haven’t really seen Jekyll if you haven’t explored the Landmark Historic District. Take one of the walking, carriage, or tram tours to experience life here when Victorian-era millionaires wintered on the island. Don’t miss the nearby bookstore, croquet on the hotel lawn, and cocktails at the hotel bar. www.jekyllclub.com or (912) 635-2600.
Visit the state’s only rescue and rehabilitation facility to learn about the endangered sea turtles that visit this coast.
During the nesting months of summer (June and July), the center leads nightly turtle walks. Once the turtles hatch in August, the center gives hatchling walks at dawn a few times each week; the concluding date depends
on the season. www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org or (912) 635-4444 ($12 nonmembers, $6 members).
The bare bones of sea-washed trees reach up out of a ridge toward the sun at the northeast tip of Jekyll. You can easily get
to Driftwood from the bike paths―be sure to take your camera along. Victoria’s Carriages & Trail Rides also leads daytime
($58 for 1 hour, $78 for 1.5 hours) and sunset ($68 for 1 hour) horseback tours across Driftwood Beach. (912) 635-9500.
Rent a bike to pedal the more than 20 miles of trails on Jekyll Island. Our favorite stretches run along the western side
with marsh and river views. You’ll find bike rentals next to the miniature-golf course midway up the island. (912) 635-2648
($12.31 for all-day rental).
The State of Georgia mandated that at least 65% of the island must remain undeveloped. Visit this nature center to join daily
forays into Jekyll’s wild side. With guided kayak tours, nature walks, hands-on marine science adventures, and live coastal
animal exhibits, you
can do more than get your feet wet. www.tidelands4h.org or (912) 635-5032.