Jekyll Island is located about 15 minutes south of St.
Simons Island.My friend Patty
Morrison and I visited the Georgia State Park on our way home from the Golden
Isles.Atlanta is about 325 miles
northeast of Jekyll Island and a five hour drive.
The below map shows the proximity of Jekyll Island to the
City of Brunswick, St. Simons Island, the Golden Isles area and southeastern
Georgia and South Carolina.
Jekyll Island became a playground for New York’s super rich
after World War I. Interest waned
during the depression but after World War II, the State of Georgia declared
Jekyll Island to be a resort for the middle class
The Vanderbilt and Rockefeller estates were incorporated
into a Historic Village as an attraction.
The below aerial view illustrates the law that 70% of the island must
remain in a perpetual natural state .
The middle class plan work for several decades until
stagnation became evident in recent years.A massive redevelopment plan is transforming Jekyll into a
desirable tourist destination for all income levels.
Visitors arrive at Jekyll Island by means of the Sydney
The entrance to Jekyll Island State Park is attractive and
One begins a drive down a long causeway and comes to the
renovated Beach Village.
The Westin Hotel is to the right and a main plaza lined with
shops and restaurants on both sides is ahead.Below is the view from the beach side of the plaza.
Jekyll Island has long been renowned for its long unspoiled
beaches.The construction of beach
berms and cultivation of sea oats helps keep the dunes in place.
This is a northern view of the berm and sea oats holding
dune in place.
Southern view of the beach berm.
My friend Patty Morrison crossed the berms to see beach. The wooden walkway was undamaged from
Matthew’s waves and storm surge.
This southern exposure of the beach shows how the berms and
the sea oats held the sand dunes in place despite the pounding of ferocious
Hurricane Matthew that washed much of the beach away.
The northern exposure shows the beach erosion even more
starkly.For lovers of driftwood,
Jekyll is a magnet for floating pieces of future fireplace art. Hurricane Matthew donated a few large
Miles of paved bike trails provide tourists access to the
70% forested landscape, Historic and Beach Villages.Jekyll Island State Park and Resort have improved mightily
and are becoming a promising destination and perhaps a Golden Isle.