Half of my favorite day-trip
Located a little over an hour’s drive north of Jacksonville, along the southeast coast of Georgia, Jekyll Island and neighboring St. Simons Island offer two of the finest coastal getaways I have seen, and that’s coming from a native resident of Florida! Jekyll Island is a unique place known for natural and historic preservation, an especially photogenic driftwood beach, architectural vestiges of Gatsby Era exclusivity, and a sea turtle rehabilitation center.
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
One of Georgia’s “Golden Isles,” Jekyll Island is abundantly blessed with beautiful beaches, shady oak hammocks, and golden marshlands. Driftwood Beach is a favorite destination of photographers because of its hauntingly beautiful landscape of fallen trees and rocks. Some beachgoers even string their own hammocks between two gnarly, bleached pale branches.
Once a winter playground for the elite, names like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt were once among the membership at the Jekyll Island Club. Today, the club building remains an exclusive resort and is the signature landmark of Jekyll Island. Nearby, cottages and other structures from that time period have also been restored as part of the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark.
As an added bonus, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a rehabilitation center and museum that allows visitors to see first hand how marine life veterinarians care for injured sea turtles found along the Georgia and Florida coasts. Jekyll Island is an excellent place to spend the first half the day, leaving the latter half to explore nearby St. Simons Island.