Jekyll Island Travel Guide

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Jekyll Island Things to Do

  • Fore! Golf Jekyll Island

    We played one of Jekyll’s four golf courses. Golf has been a part of Jekyll Island since the early years of the Jekyll Island Club. Pine Lakes is the newest and longest course on the Island. The day we play it is cart path only, but we are off early as a twosome, allowing us time to enjoy the course. Meandering through ocean forests and quiet...

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  • Rent a Bicycle to see the Island

    We highly recommend renting a bicycle while on the Island. We rented bikes at the Jekyll Island Club on one of our visits and had a terrific time riding around the Island. The terrain is a basically flat making for an easy ride. There are great sights to see and good bikeways that wind through moss covered trees, along the inland water with great...

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  • Hop Aboard Jekyll's Historic Tram Tour!

    "A Must Do!" We took the 3:00 PM Historic Tram Tour. Our driver and guide, Phyllis, explains this is 240-acre riverfront compound and is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. The Jekyll Island Club with their grand clubhouse and “cottages” membership represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. The...

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Jekyll Island Hotels

Jekyll Island Restaurants

  • Laid Back Restaurant on Wharf

    Good food but very laid back. You are on the wharf and it is a very casual setting but relaxing overlooking the water and marshes. We really enjoyed as casual lunch here sitting outside on the wharf with magnificent views of the water and the Island. They had a good selection of sandwiches and lunch items on our visit. We recommend as good lunch...

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  • Relaxing & Upscale Dining

    Built by Richard T. Crane, heir to the Crane plumbing fortune, the Crane Cottage is Italianate villa architecture. In 1924 the Architectural Record stated it was “the most expensive and elegant winter home ever built on Jekyll Island.” The cottage is now part of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel featuring the Courtyard at Crane restaurant and several...

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  • Shrimp and Grits. Yuuuummmmmm...

    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....

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Jekyll Island Nightlife

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    by Staciajc Written May 22, 2007

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    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...

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Jekyll Island Transportation

  • Red Bug was wonderful

    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!

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  • Dolphin Tours

    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...

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  • Eco-Transport from the Airport

    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...

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Jekyll Island Shopping

  • Avoid the "shopping center"

    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...

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  • Mundane Groceries

    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,...

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  • Jekyll Island Hotels

    12 Hotels in Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Local Customs

  • Do not speed

    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....

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  • Walk the dog!

    You can take your dog for a walk on the beach and a romp through the ocean, all they ask is if your dog leaves anything more than a paw print please clean it up. As wide as these beaches are you will make that dog tired.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Jekyll Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking Fee

    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...

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  • No Photos

    We were told that no photography was allowed inside of the Jekyll Island Club, so I opted not to take the tour. Instead I photographed some of the scenes from the FREE film that is shown in the visitor's center.

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  • Watch the tides!

    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...

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Jekyll Island Tourist Traps

  • Black Beards Restaurant

    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...

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  • Zachry's is a Rip Off!!!

    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...

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Jekyll Island What to Pack

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    by rexvaughan Written May 17, 2005

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    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.

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Jekyll Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Cumberland Nature Preserve

    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...

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  • St. Mary's

    This is a quaint and small town south of Jekyll about 30 miles, down US 95 to Hwy 40. It is well preserved old buildings and homes and churches, with a nice waterfront scene. They have a home tour of Orange Hall, and a Naval Sub Museum packed with submarine information

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  • Brunswick

    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...

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Jekyll Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing Pier

    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...

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  • MM 684.0 Jekyll Wharf Marina

    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...

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  • Millionaires' Playground

    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...

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Jekyll Island Favorites

  • Sidney Lanier Bridge

    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...

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  • Live oaks and Spanish moss

    The island is rich in vegetation and one of its most attractive features is live oak trees festooned with Spanish moss which is neither Spanish nor moss but which adds an eerie beauty to the setting.

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  • The Marshes of Glynn

    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...

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