Its present day reputation as a vacation destination was prefaced by a time of status and prestige. For over four decades in the late 1800s, the Island belonged exclusively to the renowned Jekyll Island Club - the winter retreat for some of the most elite families in America. The Morgans, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers and several other families, reputed to hold over one-sixth of the world's wealth, established the Jekyll Island Club and built a group of large cottages along Jekyll Creek. Jekyll Island was sold to the state in 1947, five years after The Club closed.
It is now one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States, and with over five miles of beaches and an unlimited number of outdoor activities, one of Georgia's most popular vacation destinations.
The only route on or off of Jekyll Island by automobile is by the Downing Musgrove Causeway (GA State Route 520). The Causeway can be accessed from Brunswick via US Highway 17 South and from I-95 by Exit 29 and travelling North on US Highway 17. Note: A fee is charged for each entry to Jekyll Island (currently $6.00 US) and annual passes are available.
Golf, . The island offers many different courses with many different challenges for players of all abilities.
Fishing, . Jekyll Island has an amplitude of fishing activities available to guests, from freshwater lake fishing, surf fishing off of the beach, or charter offshore trips. Crabbing and shrimping are also popular among visitors to the island.
Biking. Very nice bike trails are available throughout the island. Local hotels offer bike rentals to guestsedit
Summer Waves Water Park, . A waterpark located on the island that features slides and attractions. edit
Jekyll Oceanfront, A Clarion Resort, 975 North Beachview Drive, ☎ 912-635-2531, . Jekyll Inn Oceanfront Resort has a community of 260 guest rooms and villas on 15 lushly landscaped acres that feature a full-service restaurant, lounge, seasonal poolside Tiki Hut, barbecue pits and volleyball courts.edit
Villas by the Sea Resort and Conference Center, . Family friendly resort and business conference center located on Jekyll Island. Rooms are pet-friendly for an additional charge. 866-375-7691
Days Inn, Jekyll Island, . Oceanfront rooms and suites near several attractions.
Parker-Kaufman, . Parker-Kaufman Realty has a variety of cottages and houses that visitors can rent weekly.edit
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel (Jekyll Club), 371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, ☎ (855) 274-1799, . checkin: 4:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is an iconic Victorian turret that features grand surroundings, simple pleasures and enriching experiences shaped by 125 years of history and hospitality. Ranked among the top 500 resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is situated on an unhurried, unspoiled barrier island along Georgia’s spectacular Atlantic coast.(31.0606° N,81.4219° W)edit
Westin Jekyll Island, . 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Offers direct beach access and breathtaking views. Rooms are dog-friendly for an additional charge. 912-635-4545