Jekyll Island, Georgia

April 27, 2015
My friends and I all had a day off and were looking for a fun day trip from Savannah.  We decided to go to Jekyll Island and explore for a bit.  Jekyll Island is located about 1.5 hours from Savannah and is actually about half-way between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. Jekyll Island is one of four islands that make up Georgia's Golden Isles.  It's just south of St. Simon's island, which seems to be more well-known. Just as a heads up, there is a $6.00 parking fee which must be paid before entering Jekyll island.


Jekyll Island is about 7 miles long and has plenty of marshes and beaches as well as palmettos and live oaks.  There are also several picnic areas and many bike trails on the island.  The island has a historic district that is worth seeing.  It consists of cottages that were built in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Most of the cottages were built by rich Northerners who used them as their winter homes. The most famous building in the historic district has got to be The Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Although it is currently a hotel, it used to be an exclusive club for the wealthy--in fact, J.P. Morgan was a member.  It appealed to the elite due to the fact that it was rather isolated and because of the proximity to the beach.  I'm sure the mild climate of the island also had something to do with its popularity. Other cottages include the Sans Souci, Crane Cottage, and Indian Mound.




The island is also known for its Driftwood Beach.  This is a great place to take some photographs of the many gnarled fallen branches, but bring some bug spray!!

Georgia's Sea Turtle Center is located on the island, too.  This is a hospital for injured sea turtles that is open to the general public.  There is an admission fee, but the money goes back to the center to maintain the facility.

Another historic site on the island is the Horton House, which was the former residence of Major William Horton.  James Oglethorpe, who established the colony of Georgia, sent Horton to Jekyll Island in order to protect it from the Spanish in Florida.  The house is made out of tabby, which consists of oyster shells, sand, and water.  This can be visibly seen on the inside portion of the house. Across the street from the Horton House is the DuBignon Cemetery.  The DuBignon's owned the island from 1800 and kept it for almost 90 years.



Although the island can definitely be toured in a day, I would like to go back for longer.  It would certainly make a nice getaway in the summer.


Have you been to any of Georgia's Golden Isles? 
31 comments on "Jekyll Island, Georgia"
  1. Leigh Powell HinesApril 27, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    I love Jekyll Island. I think it's really pretty. I love Savannah, too so I think you live near some great towns. I also see you have an N.C. connection. I'm in Raleigh. Saw your post pop up today on our Southern group. I don't think I had seen your posts before. Nice to meet you. I like a lot of your content.

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  2. Jekyll Island looks beautiful! I'm jealous and now definitely want to go. Hope you have a happy Monday!

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  3. We go to Jekyll at least twice a year and we love it there!! So quaint, quiet and beautiful.

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  4. I love Jekyll Island! I actually went to the Jekyll Island Club for a press trip early last fall, and I just got back from one on St. Simons (at the King and Prince) last week! Both are absolutely gorgeous--Jekyll's more secluded, but St. Simons has more shopping. It's a toss up as to which is my favorite! :)

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  5. Love Jekyll Island. So many people have never heard of it.

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  6. I've never been but it looks really pretty!

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  7. I've been to Savannah but never traveled to Jekyll Island. I'll need to add that to my travel bucket list.

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  8. I love this area! I visited St.Simons and Sea island last year. I also love historical areas so will need to head to Jekyll island next time!

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  9. Hollie Black-RamseyApril 27, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    we're buying a travel trailer soon to go on a US tour soon. I'l be sure to put this on our to-do list! http://quirkybohomama.blogspot.com/

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  10. What a gorgeous place. I love Georgia , and all the southern islands. I would love love love to see the turtle hospital!

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  11. I haven't been here since I was a kid. May have to add to my summer time travel

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  12. I also really hope to go back this summer and possibly stay for a weekend--then I could also visit St. Simon's.

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  13. It was just what we needed. Next time I want to rent a bike, though!!

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  14. I've only been to Jekyll and haven't been to any of the others. I hope to go exploring more this summer when I have some more spare time.

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  15. Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing! Yes, for sure, try to visit if you can!

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  16. Okay, you head there and I'll head to St. Simons and Sea Island! :)

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  17. That's so true! I only found out about it last year when I was researching about moving to Savannah.

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  18. It was!! I want to go to Driftwood Beach and take tons of pictures at sunset!!

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  19. Enjoy your time on the island if you go!

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  20. I can't say that I would mind spending a day at St. Simons shopping. Also, how lucky are you to get to go to the club?!

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  21. Yes, it was really peaceful, and all three of us loved it there!

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  22. Oh thanks so much! It has been very difficult finding the time to blog these days due to it being my first year teaching, but thankfully summer is just around the corner. My sister used to live about an hour away from Raleigh, so we used to visit when I would visit her. Her being in NC is one of the reasons why I decided to move down South! It was nice to "meet" you and I'll definitely be stopping by your blog. :)

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  23. I love that it's not too far away! I might have to take my parents there if they come and visit me this summer. Happy Monday back!

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  24. Okay, I went back to Disqus in hopes of finding your blog url, but I couldn't find it listed on your account. Where do you blog at?

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  25. Jekyll Island looks quiet and charming. Thanks for sharing. Might be a good stop for us on the way to Florida. Hope you will linkup with our Small Victories Sunday linkup. Stopping by from Southern Girl Blogging Group.

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  26. It was not too crowded when I went, but I'm wondering if that will change in the summer. If you're headed down to FL anyway, why not? :)

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  27. You make Georgia look beyond beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it!

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  28. Wow! This looks like a perfect weekend getaway...beautiful and interesting! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. Yes, I feel so lucky that I live pretty close to the Golden Isles!

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