Georgia's Golden Isles, Jekyll, St. Simon's, Sea Island, Little St. Simon's and Cumberland Island have a long and colorful history. Originally settled by the Spanish, wealthy planters from South Carolina set down their roots here after the American Revolution, attracted by the perfect growing conditions for “sea island” cotton.
In 1887 Jekyll Island was bought for use as an exclusive club by a group of millionaires, including the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families, who were enchanted with the island's pristine beauty. Their opulent Gilded Age homes still stand as testimony to a vanished age.
The other islands are well worth visiting, especially Cumberland Island, which has pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes that are now protected by the National Park Service.
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Places near Jekyll Island
- Fernandina Beach 45 kilometers away
- Savannah 117 kilometers away
- St. Augustine 132 kilometers away
- Charleston 237 kilometers away
- Crystal River 267 kilometers away
- Tallahassee 282 kilometers away
- Orlando 282 kilometers away
- Cape Canaveral 309 kilometers away
- Tampa 362 kilometers away
- Florida 363 kilometers away
- Clearwater 371 kilometers away
- Atlanta 408 kilometers away
- Anna Maria Island 417 kilometers away
- Sarasota 430 kilometers away
- Panama City Beach 432 kilometers away
- Charlotte 466 kilometers away
- Wilmington 479 kilometers away
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Formerly a member’s club for the likes of Rockefeller, the Jekyll Island Club Resort is steeped in history. This island retreat has remained largely unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century and the luxury afforded to its guests then also remains constant. The property oozes splendor and riches, with all the modern amenities and comforts you would expect. You can even enjoy a game of croquet on the front lawn.
This oceanfront hotel sits adjacent to Jekyll Island's widest and most pristine beach, boasting spectacular views over Cumberland Island and the Atlantic Ocean.