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.
Suggested itinerary featuring Jekyll Island
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Jekyll Island, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Jekyll Island
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Places near Jekyll Island
- Fernandina Beach 28 miles away
- Savannah 73 miles away
- St. Augustine 82 miles away
- Charleston 147 miles away
- Crystal River 166 miles away
- Tallahassee 176 miles away
- Orlando 176 miles away
- Cape Canaveral 192 miles away
- Tampa 225 miles away
- Florida 226 miles away
- Clearwater 231 miles away
- Atlanta 254 miles away
- Anna Maria Island 259 miles away
- Sarasota 267 miles away
- Panama City Beach 268 miles away
- Charlotte 290 miles away
- Wilmington 298 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Jekyll Island
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Jekyll Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.