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A Quick Visit To Jekyll Island, Georgia

A Quick Visit to Jekyll Island, Georgia

Can’t tell ya.

Yes – those were the first words directed to us on Jekyll Island, and not the friendliest words for a state that prides itself on hospitality. Fortunately they were the only blip on an otherwise very positive experience in Georgia.

And all we were doing was trying to get a lunch recommendation from the attendant who collects the $1.25 per person entrance fee. Apparently – or at least all we could figure out, was that it’s politically incorrect to favour one restaurant over another.

Give your head a shake Jekyll Island Tourism. It’s not as though there’s much choice anyway.

"The marsh you see when you first cross over to Jekyll Island"

The marsh you see when you first cross over to Jekyll Island

"Busy beaches over spring break"

Busy beaches over spring break

I can tell you that we ended up at Fins – and not only did we get a very good lunch but we thoroughly enjoyed our ocean view from the restaurant.

"Lunch at Fins with an order of hush puppies on the side"

Lunch at Fins with an order of hush puppies on the side

After lunch we wandered the busy beach; it turns out it was spring break for some kids so that explained all the people on a weekday. There are miles of beach to wander but lookout for the jellyfish or whatever the blob happens to be.

"The beaches were dotted with this jellyfish like organism"

The beaches were dotted with this jellyfish like organism

"Jellyfish blobs everywhere"

Jellyfish blobs everywhere

Dogs are allowed on the beach and the one below was an expert at Frisbee catching.

"Black lab loving a game of Frisbee"

Black lab loving a game of Frisbee

"A little fishing, a little drinking"

A little fishing, a little drinking

What to do on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is primarily about the beaches but there’s some fishing and golfing. It’s not as upscale as I imagined, and in fact feels a bit like its fading. Still it was worth a few hours as a stop on the way down to St. Mary’s, Georgia.

"It's a good life on the beach"

It’s a good life on the beach

"Laughing gulls"

Laughing gulls

It doesn’t take long to drive the whole island and if you’re into birding there’s a good marsh with a bird watching tower just as you drive  onto the island.

"Unusual looking palm trees"

Unusual looking palm trees

"The bridge to Jekyll Island"

The bridge to Jekyll Island

Have you been to Jekyll Island or any of the outer islands off the coast of Georgia? 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Except for the Jellyfish, this looks like a very pleasant beachfront and if that is supposed to be a crowd, I think it’s quite a good one to walk the dog on an ordinary day.

  2. Except for the Jellyfish, this looks like a very pleasant beachfront and if that is supposed to be a crowd, I think it’s quite a good one to walk the dog on an ordinary day.

    1. @Micheal Perfect for an ordinary day but I personally wouldn’t want t have traveled thousands of miles to spend a week on the coast at Jekyll Island. I would have pick a more pristine island like Cumberland further to the south.

    1. @Jackie Over our 8 days in the south we discovered a phenomenal beach on Cumberland Island – with 15+ miles of white sand and no people and there was another beautiful beach near Charleston – on Sullivan’s Island that was super clean and long enough to go for at least a solid two hour walk. WE certainly enjoyed our few hours on Jekyll Island but it wasn’t as nice as I had imagined it to be nor was it as clean as the other two mentioned.

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