On the island, we rented bikes fully equipped with kid seats and trailers. We rode on the beautifully maintained bike trails that went under majestic oak tree branches, wound in and out of the historic buildings, and paralleled the harbor and wharf. We visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center that is dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of sea turtles.
We arrived there just in time to see the veterinarian examine and clean Fiji, a beautiful loggerhead sea turtle. We were then able to walk outside to the rehabilitation pavilion to see different species of turtles, babies and adults alike. Oakley could have stayed there for hours. We spent much time meandering on the unadulterated beaches. Finding many shells, sand dollars, remnants of horseshoe crabs, a washed-up jellyfish, and even a small sting ray, I feel like you could walk these beaches everyday and never stop being amazed at the treasures you will find. We also visited Driftwood Beach on the north shore of the island. It was a little chilly outside when we walked that beach, but we may have gone horseback riding had the weather been a little nicer. Oakley was, however, able to admire the beautiful horses on the path that led to the beach.
We’ve visited driftwood beaches before, but they never lose their splendor. Giant trees and branches scattered along the beach as far as your eye can see allow for a playground for kids and adults alike. We were also told that every January and February, Jekyll Island hosts an annual treasure hunt.
According to history, fisherman previously used glass floats to mark their fishing nets in the early 1900s. Those glass floats would, inevitably, break off on occasion and wash up on the beaches. Finding these beached glass floats became an island hobby in the 1950s. The tradition continues today, albeit a little differently. Clear plastic globes are placed around the island in popular locations for guests to find. Once found, they are brought to the visitor center to be replaced by a one-of-a-kind, hand blown, glass float made by artisans around the country. This really piqued my interest as a geocaching lover, and, unlike geocaching, you actually get to keep these beautiful Jekyll treasures! This made the island exploration even more enjoyable.
In between our excursions, we excitedly made our way back to the hotel. The restaurant in the lobby was delicious. The pool and deck were beautiful and relaxing, complete with a heated pool and hot tub as well as a giant fire pit.
The oversized hanging swing was a hot commodity with our kids, and Dave and I enjoyed the yummy hand-crafted beverages the bar tender whipped up for us at the full service bar.
I would recommend Jekyll Island and, specifically, Jekyll Ocean Club to anyone but especially to person who is looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway in a historic and naturesque setting with endless outdoor activities at your fingertips.
We were unsuccessful at finding a glass float during our stay, but we definitely hit the jackpot with the gem that is Jekyll.
Thank you so much to Jekyll Ocean Club for sponsoring our stay at their incredible hotel. We loved our time there and made such precious memories for our first time on Jekyll Island.