We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

many questions

Which Jekyll Island hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
1,383 posts
46 reviews
Save Topic
many questions

So I have tried to search the older topics to find answers to my questions, but have had no luck. I have been reading about the area to see if we would enjoy spending some time here in the summer months by renting a home for a week or 2. We have never been to GA but have a daughter and new grandaughter there now so we are trying to see if this is some place we could vacation and visit them as well. We LOVE the water. we are avid snorkelers and swimmers, and usually travel to the caribbean and other places,but with a new grandaughter, we kind of want to plan our trips around seeing her!! Is there nice swimming from any of the beaches with out it being too over whelming with visitors. (We are NOT interested in places that will remind us of the jersey shores in summer or Ocean city maryland......not that they arent nice places, but they are not for us!!!!!) We also enjoy fishing.....is there good fishing around those parts?? Just trying to get a feel if there is enough to keep us occupied!!! Thanks for any help!

Decatur, GA
Destination Expert
for Atlanta
Level Contributor
5,331 posts
115 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: many questions

You might want to look at St Simons as well - much larger choices of accommodations. And, Amelia Island, FL, unless you have a reason to be at Jekyll.

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: many questions

Jekyll Island is VERY quiet. Very. It's a small island with residential homes in the middle, the historic district on the marsh and some (a few) hotel on the ocean side. The state of Georgia bought it to create a natural island for the middle class. Until the last year, the hotels were about 30 years old. There were big redevelopment plans but the recession has stalled that idea. There is a new Hampton Inn that is very nice. The rest of the hotels are basic motels, no more than 2 stories and very family oriented. St. Simons is fancier but the beaches aren't as nice. Jekyll's beach stretches all along the ocean side with a new convention center mid-island. There are a couple of public parking lots at the beach but all of the beaches are open to the public. It's COMPLETELY different from a busy beach, especially as you describe with the Jersey shore. The total gain in elevation is 4 feet on the island so it is a wonderful place for families to bike and there are rentals of surreys - powered by pedaling, complete with the fringe on top. There are a few restaurants on the island and the only fancy ones are at the historic Jekyll Island Club (marsh side). Fishing is good. Lots of families fish off the fishing pier on the north side of the island and you'll see folks tossing seine nets off the beach as well as a very few fishing from the edge of the water.

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: many questions

The beach is a long, broad sand beach. It's not the sugar sand of the Florida panhandle but it's not the crushed sea shells (that hurt the feet) on some of the Atlantic beach. The main surprise for many is the color of the water. It often looks brown. It is not "dirty". It is not polluted. The water is colored by tannins coming from trees in the marsh. It is definitely not a Caribbean blue. It is clean. In summer it can be very warm. There are small waves - perfect for boogie boarding for kids. The water is shallow most of the time. There's a sandbar off where I usually go and you can wade forever almost all the way to the sandbar. The sand is good for building sandcastles and for kids to play on the beach. Again, it is rarely crowded and "crowded" is nothing like the beaches you are used to.

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: many questions

Things to do - enjoy the beach.

There's a wonderful new turtle center.

There's a 4H camp on the south end of the island and their nature center offers a great kayak tour of the marsh.

A WONDERFUL thing for kids = a tour on the Lady Jane shrimping boat that leaves from Spanky's - just over the causeway and bridge from Jekyll.

There's a small (not fancy) minature golf for kids.

There's a nice golf course.

In the summer there's a small waterpark that is open.

It's a very simple place. That's why I love it so much. If you want fancy or luxury, you'll probably want another location.

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: many questions

http://www.jekyllisland.com/

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: many questions

Also google "Jekyll Island" and click on Images. That series of photos will give you a good idea of what it looks like.

There is no snorkeling in the SE until you get to the Keys and Pennekamp state park. No coral or wrecks for pretty snorkeling destinations.

Albany, New York
Level Contributor
1,383 posts
46 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: many questions

THanks ALL!! This info is very helpful!!! It sounds wonderful and it is definitely somewhere that we would like to check out!!! Appreciate the help!!!

Georgia
Destination Expert
for Atlanta, Savannah
Level Contributor
11,088 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: many questions

If you rent a home it will be in the middle of the island and the beach is in walking distance. You can bike to the beach or a lot of families load the beach stuff in little red wagons and pull beach stuff (and young kids) to the beach.

jekyllexperience.com/site/539681/page/130260

Bike map of Jekyll - the residential section is around Captain Wiley Rd - the central part of the north side of the island

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_Island

9. Re: many questions

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 18 January 2014, 05:18
Get answers to your questions about Jekyll Island