Our visit to the Island was a bit of a last-minute decision. I usually do extensive research about a location we are traveling to, hoping to unlock some not-so-touristy secrets/ hidden gems.
Jekyll Island quickly became one of our favorite destinations. If it's not on your list of places to explore, it needs to be, and I'll tell you why. Let's get started.
Access to the island requires a fee. You can acquire your pass online, which sounds convenient. However, when I attempted to do this, it resulted in technical difficulties which left me with a HULK rage I had never before experienced.
The good news is there is a gate, where you can pay for your pass there. The fee for entry is $8, or you can get the annual pass for $55.
The island is beautiful, clean, and pristine; very picturesque. It reminded me of one of those island towns you see in the movies.
The island is much larger than I had anticipated. I personally loved that the beachfront landscapes change from point to point. This makes each new location exciting to explore. There are seven beachfronts to choose from but my favorite is driftwood beach.
Driftwood Beach hasn't been voted as one of the top 10 most romantic beaches for nothing.
In all of my travels, this was the most unique beach I've ever explored. It's so cool it honestly needs its own post.
The island is equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay. This includes lodging, 12 eateries severing up whatever you're in the mood for, shopping, and plenty of activities. I'll name a few just to be nice. You ready?
Jekyll Island Museum
Summer Waves Water Park
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The best part is that you won't have to leave your doggo's home for this adventure either, as Jekyll Island is pet friendly.
Which will make your Doggo so, so happy!
So that you are well informed on all things regarding pets on the island, here are the rules.
Pets are permitted on beaches and in parks year-round
Pets must be on a leash at all times; maximum length for leashes is 16 feet
No pets allowed on beach between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2,000 feet northeast of St. Andrews Picnic Area
Keep pets out of dunes
Remove and dispose of pet fecal material - stepping in poo is ew - clean it up.
Did I mention the island is also historic? Well, it is, and you'll learn more about this at the museum. All this history and the Spanish moss hanging from trees give the island this very old southern charm vibe, while also giving out an "I'm totes haunted, come to wander around over here, little curious person" vibe.
In my mind, these two lures and elements are one and the same.
The Horton House Ruins, (pictured above) is a location you can get out and explore to your heart's content. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll see a ghost.
So, to recap, let's sum it up. A variety of oceanfront venues, activities to keep the kids busy, no guilt from leaving fido out of the adventure, amazing food, and history to uncover, all packed into one convenient location. All of this is why I have to say, if you haven't already, you must visit Jekyll Island.