I recently went on a weekend getaway to Jekyll Island and with this being my first time heading down the Georgia Coast, I wanted to share my experience with you all! This is a quiet and relaxing island with a lot of Southern Charm!
It rained the entire week leading up to the trip! I was a little worried that it was going to rain all weekend but the weather turned out to be amazing! Since it is Summer in Georgia, it was around 85-90. It was very humid the entire weekend! Which I pretty much expected. I had to take most of my photos on my iPhone because the lens on my DSLR kept fogging up.
It’s a 4 1/2-5 hour ride (depending on if you stop) from Atlanta. I ended up renting a car for this ride. You can fly to Jekyll Island if you like by flying in to Brunswick Golden Isles airport. Brunswick Golden Isles serves daily flights from Atlanta. Also, Savannah International Airport and Jacksonville International airports are short 60 minute ride. If you’re in GA, AL, Carolinas, or FL, I recommend driving.
Once you arrive on the island, you will have to pay for a pass to enter the island because it is a state park. The daily passes are $6 per day and $10 per day for larger RV’s/vehicles. The daily passes are good until midnight. I opted to purchase one daily pass, since we didn’t plan to leave the island. Keep in mind that there’s a $4 increase during major events and holidays.
Where to Stay:
Jekyll Island Club Resort: I stayed here during my visit and it was the most hospitable experience. I have stayed in plenty of hotels but they do not compare to the service received here! The employees were super friendly they and went above and beyond to make sure you enjoyed your stay! With 4 restaurants on the property, you can never go hungry! There’s a ton of activities including Croquet and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. You really don’t have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to! So many things to do.
Jekyll Ocean Club
The Jekyll Ocean Club is the Modern sister hotel to the Jekyll Island Club Resort. FYI, if you’re staying at the Ocean Club or the Club Resort, you have access to both of the hotel’s amenities. The pool was amazing here! Next time, I’m going to check out the Adult-Only Rooftop.
Other Hotels in the are include The Westin, Hampton Inn, Days Inn, Beachview Club Hotel, Holiday Inn Resort and Homes 2 Suites is currently under construction.
What to do:
I love going to the beach! Honestly, that was the only thing I wanted to do when I went on this trip. It’s something about lounging on the beach it’s so relaxing.
One of the perks of staying in a hotel is the pools (duh) LOL. If you’re going to be staying at one of the Jekyll Club Properties, the pools are amazing! At the Jekyll Island Club, I loved lounging at the Pool House and enjoying lunch and a drink while chilling by the pool. Make sure you bring a book or earphones to listen to your favorite podcast and shut the entire world out.
Jekyll Island Golf Club
We had an 8am tee time and honestly, we really didn’t play golf we just went out there to take photos. But the Indian Mound Golf Course was beautiful and it was the perfect spot to watch the sunrise.
One of the things I loved about Jekyll Island is that there’s plenty to do for kids. You can take them to the Summer Waves Water Park, The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Summer Camps and more!
Where to Eat:
When I do go on trips, that’s food is probably the first thing I’m thinking about! I love eating at places I don’t have at home and experiencing the local favorites.
The Wharf Jekyll Island
This restaurant sits right one the water and has some beautiful views! I was so happy we got to eat here because I thought it was going to rain all day. The Wharf recently upgraded the restaurant and enhanced the outdoor seating area with an entertainment stage! As we were walking in, I saw the band getting ready to set up. I highly recommend the fish tacos and calamari! The seafood was very fresh and they made their own tortilla chips. Also the fuego margarita was very tasty!
The Pool House
The Pool House is located at the Jekyll Island Club Resort and it is open to the public. The bar specializes in frozen drinks and the strawberry daiquiris were so refreshing! I always have a hard time finding a really great turkey burger and The Pool House knocked it out of the park! At The Pool House, you will find your typical summer eats such as salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.
Iguanas Seafood (Saint Simons Island)
Saturday night, we decided to venture off the island and went across the bridge to Saint Simons Island. We decided to check out Iguanas Seafood and it did not disappoint! Iguanas Seafood serves Wild Georgia Shrimp and it was so good! The location is perfect and I loved that outdoor seating was available. Also, after your meal you can enjoy some of their amazing soft served ice cream!
Where to Shop:
When shopping on Jekyll Island, you’re going to expect cute local boutiques and souvenir shops.
What to Wear:
I brought a ton of dresses and light weight clothing on this trip. I pretty much knew what to expect living in Georgia during the summer.