Very scenic, beautiful place to get away from it all
Beaches were very disappointing
This coastal Georgia island is worth a visit
Built in 1904, a non-denominational chapel for the use of the Morgans, Astors, Rockefellers and other Jekyll Island Club members. We mistimed our walking tour of the Historic District, or we could have viewed the interior of the chapel during its regularly scheduled visitor hours (from 2-4 daily). Most notable feature of the chapel is the pair of...more
Another example of the extravagant riches on display in Jekyll Island's Historic District, this Italian Renaissance mansion was merely a get-away cottage for the Crane family of plumbing fixture fame. It is perhaps for that reason the "cottage" has 17 bathrooms, most unusual for a vacation cabin built in the early 1900s. It is now an annex of the...more
A long boardwalk through a variety of wild, natural dunes allows visitors to view the beach on which the closing battle scene was filmed for the movie, "Glory." The 1989 film, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman dramatically recounts the true story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of...more
200 South Beachview Drive, Georgia, 31527, United States
Good for: Solo
this historic hotel is a great place to stay when visiting jekyll island. they offer most of the...more
If going to Jekyll Island, this is THE place to stay. Located by the convention center, it has 2...more
First, let me just say that I had the shrimp and grits at the excellent Jekyll Island Beach Club a few days before (it was excellent). Fins had a lot to live up to. However, they completely removed the previous meal from my memory. Wow. Tons of flavor, spicy and savory. Wonderful. And most shocking of all? There was CHEESE in the dish. Parmesan....more
It was some of the best tasting BBQ I have had in a while, and that includes KC, famed for its BBQ. The pork sandwich and beef I ordered were both very good and in depth taste of smoked meats. The sauces compliment the meat well. A rack of ribs was $20, and Micky had that. The atmosphere was nothing special, but that was okay because the good food...more
The food was basically okay, but not that good. It was apparently prepared ahead of time for the fried items, and the catfish were cool and that makes it more greasy than normal. YOu have to maneuver around picking out the bones because they come whole, and each may be about 1/3 pound. It was a recommended place by a local, but I think its day has...more
About the only "Nightlife" offered at Jekyll Entry way is the Emerald Princess. RESERVATIONS are required.
You board the boat around dinner time and enjoy a meal (menu varies from night to night) Then you sail under the Lanier Bridge to the Atlantic Ocean - getting a great view of St SImon's and the Jekyll Pier - then you anchor out at sea and the casino floor opens.
Once gambling is over - there is a short cruise back to the docks and you get back on Jekyll around midnight.
It is a lot of fun if the seas are calm...but I always take Dramamine just in case!
Wave to the fishermen on the Pier when you pass - it might me or my hubby!
Dress Code: Collared shirts for the men....but shorts are OK - I wouldn't go very formal, but nothing too revealing either. No Short-shorts...
We flew in to Jekyll Island Airport, left the plane tied up, and took a Red Bug all around Jekyll Island. They were so friendly at the airport- there is a main building with restrooms and the Red Bug rentals. We thoroughly enjoyed driving it around all afternoon until we left in the evening. Cute town, nice people, good food- highly recommended!more
I have seen this ferry (the blue boat with the American flag) plying the waters around Jekyll Island, but have been unable to find out where it goes. I took another picture of it from the stern of our boat in the marinaThis may be the Jekyll Dolphin Tours Adults are $20 and children 10 & under are $10.March-May 25 departs 1:30 & 3:30 Tues-Sat and...more
Jekyll does have an airport for small planes. And they rent these little electric cars at the airport. Over 100 years ago there were electric cars on Jekyll Island. They have been re-introduced by Red Bug Motors which is located at the Jekyll Island Airport, 500 Riverview Dr.According to their website, the cars are street legal on Jekyll and are...more
The Shopping Center is simply that - a mini-version of a strip mall on Jekyll Island. All the shops are over-priced and small.Except for fish bait or renting fishing gear, avoid the center. Go off the island to Hwy 17 to Brunswick - and then avoid the Winn Dixie grocery that is 1 mile across the Lanier Bridge - same thing - over priced.Go into...more
We borrowed the marina's courtesy car to get groceries and also got ice. The grocery is small and doesn't have any fresh veggies except for salad type like lettuce and tomato.Bob can't understand with all the shrimping going on how come shrimp is so expensive. Local shrimp was almost 9$/lb when we priced it in 2001 Groceries, picnic items, video,...more
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1. The speed limit on Jekyll Island is 35 miles per hour. The island is patroled 24 hours a day by the Georgia State Patrol. You will get a ticket if you speed.2. Wear your seatbelt. Even if you are just going 1 mile up the street - I have gotten pulled over several times and given a warning (thank God! No tickets!) for not wearing my seatbelt....more
There is a $3.00 parking fee for entrance to Jekyll Island which you will have to pay if you rent a car to get from the airport to the island. It is less than a half hour's drive from the Brunswick airport to the island.I thought it sounded as if this was a way to have income from a toll bridge.jackievillani wrote me and said"Jekyll Island is a...more
As soon as you check into your hotel - turn on the TV to the Jekyll cable station "community calendar" and wait for the tide chart to come up. It is more accurate than the ones in the papers and beware...the tide comes in fast and goes out slow...if you plan on spending time on the beach - this will be important to you - High tide = no beach. Low...more
Black Beards is OK...not great - just OK...it is a big fancy looking restaurant on the beach side of Beachview Rd and you'll think, "we should go there for dinner"...no - you shouldn't. It's over-priced and just average for food (and rather slow service!) If you HAVE to try it - eat outside on the patio so that you can watch the shrimp boats and...more
This family-type local eatery is directly across from the Conference Center. It's very convenient, but don't fall into this tourist trap!!! Overpriced, bland food mixed with apathetic employees don't make for a good experience at all. We wasted 2 hours and $100 there. What a huge disappointment. A pitiful ending to an otherwise delightful...more
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are little biting creatures here that are so small they are called "no seeums." However, you will feelum. They are not as bad as mosquitos but very annoying. There are also mosquitos and gnats but most all of these will only bother you in the woods or on the golf course and can be dealt with by insect repellant.
It is only accessible by boat from St. Mary's town. It is an island 16 miles long saved for nature and horses to roam. Cumberland Island is a preserved nature island that does not allow any vehicle traffic. The NPS ferries you over there by boat. The trip cost $20, and $18 for seniors, and only runs to the island twice daily, and back On the island...more
The time to spend seeing the old downtown is short and not a lot there. As much as they try, it still remains to be seen if it can draw people to the middle of town. Renovations and grant money has been infused for years. Now there is new retail out by US 95 exit, and that takes away from the potential to give resurgence to downtown. It is still...more
In addition to the old draw bridge/fishing pier, there is a fishing pier on the north end of the island. I took this picture from a distance because I wondered what it was. There's a better picture if you click on the URL There's also a boat ramp on Jekyll.Flounder, blue crabs, and trout that can be caught from Jekyll's fishing pier. The island's...more
I have never stayed here although it is listed in the ICW Southern Guide. It always looked too ramshackle to be attractive. The picture on their website looks a bit like the one I took when we went by last time (2nd picture). Their website says:Newly renovated Marina Deep water access 10' at low tide 495 ft. for overnight dockage New gas & diesel...more
Jekyll Island has a golf hidden treasure - 63 holes of challenging but beautiful golf among oceanside dunes and Oleander blossoms. My favorite is the Great Dunes Course which is a 9 hole links course built in the 1890's. It was redone in 1926 by Walter Travis, the leading golf course designer of the time (he also won the 1919 US Open. He was given...more
If you come to Jekyll from or through Brunswick you will come across this beautiful bridge, the Sidney Lanier, the south end of which is just at the entrance to the causeway to the island. Lanier was a native of Macon, Georgia and a poet in the 19th Century, served in the Confederate army and was later a blockade runner. This latter profession...more
Sidney Lanier was a native of Macon, Georgia in the 19th Century and an accomplished artist of many facets but he is probably most remembered for his poem, "The Marshes of Glynn." Jekyll Island is in Glynn County and this photo of the marshes was taken on the causeway between Brunswick and the island. I wouldn't have thought of him as a renowned...more