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Beach Trip


Beach Trip

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4-H Tidelands Nature Center The State of Georgia mandated that at least 65% of the island must remain undeveloped. Visit this nature center to join daily forays into Jekyll’s wild side. With guided kayak tours, nature walks, hands-on marine science adventures, and live coastal animal exhibits, you can do more than get your feet wet. www.tidelands4h.org

Bike Trails Rent a bike to pedal the more than 20 miles of trails on Jekyll Island. Our favorite stretches run along the western side with marsh and river views. You’ll find bike rentals next to the miniature-golf course midway up the island. (912) 635-2648 ($12.31 for all-day rental).

The bare bones of sea-washed trees reach up out of a ridge toward the sun at the northeast tip of Jekyll. You can easily get to Driftwood from the bike paths―be sure to take your camera along. Victoria’s Carriages & Trail Rides also leads daytime ($58 for 1 hour, $78 for 1.5 hours) and sunset ($68 for 1 hour) horseback tours across Driftwood Beach.

Visit the state’s only rescue and rehabilitation facility to learn about the endangered sea turtles that visit this coast. During the nesting months of summer (June and July), the center leads nightly turtle walks. Once the turtles hatch in August, the center gives hatchling walks at dawn a few times each week; the concluding date depends on the season. www.georgiaseatur... or (912) 635-4444 ($12 nonmembers, $6 members).

You haven’t really seen Jekyll if you haven’t explored the Landmark Historic District. Take one of the walking, carriage, or tram tours to experience life here when Victorian-era millionaires wintered on the island. Don’t miss the nearby bookstore, croquet on the hotel lawn, and cocktails at the hotel bar. www.jekyllclub.com

Sapelo Island is home to the best nature has to offer on Georgia’s coast.  Accessible only by boat, you are required to make ferry reservations well in advance at the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. The island is well known for Hog Hammock, the only remaining community of descendants of slaves that once worked the plantations on the Sea Islands.  The Wallow is a new 6 bedroom guest house located in Hog Hammock and offers all of the conveniences of home, but seemingly worlds away.  For larger parti

It’s just as well, because you’ll be enjoying the coast. Forbes recently named Cumberland Island one of “America’s Island Paradises,” and with good reason. On Cumberland you can fish, bike, kayak, hike Cumberland’s wilderness, and catch a glimpse of the wild hogs or horses that roam freely there. Plum Orchard and the ruins of Dungeness mansion are vestiges left from the island’s era as a playground of the wealthy Carnegie family. Find these historic homes (as well as the tiny First African Bapti

A getaway to Cumberland Island is guaranteed to be peaceful: This national seashore is federally protected, so amenities are limited – really limited. That means Cumberland Island’s beauty is unspoiled. The island is only accessible by ferry or private boat, and once you arrive, motor traffic is restricted (meaning you can’t rent a car or hop a shuttle to get around). There are almost no shops or restaurants on the island; you won’t even find a public trash bin.

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    It’s just as well, because you’ll be enjoying the coast. Forbes recently named Cumberland Island one of “America’s Island Paradises,” and with good reason.

Jekyll Island is a popular year 'round destination for families and business travelers. The island offers a wealth of amenities and activities including 63 holes of golf, tennis, beaches, 20 miles of bike paths, mini-golf, nature tours and Summer Waves Waterpark. Jekyll Island retains much of its natural beauty, which is protected by law. There are places, such as the "driftwood beach" on the island's north end and St. Andrews beach on the south end, where you can feel as though you're Robinson

Little St. Simons Island is a private island, accessible only by twice-daily boats from Hampton Point on St. Simons Island's north end. Guests enjoy a wonderful array of activities from guided nature walks with a staff naturalist to canoeing and kayaking and horseback rides.

Brunswick is a quaint port city known as the shrimp capital of the world and home of the world-famous Brunswick Stew. The city's streets and squares are laid out in a formal grid, similar to Savannah. Old Town, a National Register District, is filled with majestic homes noted for their turn-of-the-century elegance and eclectic mix of styles. At Mary Ross Park on the waterfront, you'll see fleets of shrimp boats that work the local waters and contribute to the area's rich seafood.

St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles. Moss-draped oaks line the island's streets, creating an image worthy of Faulkner. The Village offers a charming selection of shops and restaurants that range from fine dining establishments to casual outdoor eateries. Young visitors will especially enjoy Neptune Park, with its mini-golf course, playground and the fishing pier. They may even see a shark or some other sea creature, landed by one of the local anglers.

Urban Spoon local area eating

Redbug Motors Pizza serves Jekyll Island with great pizza and Italian cuisine. We also deliver anywhere on Jekyll Island in eco-friendly, electric cars! We have one of the largest pubs on the island!

Flash Foods convenience store on jekyll

St Simon's Island pier, evening 21 April 2012

wildlife viewing tower, at St. Andrews Picnic Area, Jekyll Island, 22 April 2012

woodsy area at St. Andrews Picnic Area, Jekyll Island, 22 April 2012

canoeing (rental $15/hr or $30/day) on pond. 4-h tideland. (bring own fishing poles, etc.)

4-H tidelands, admission $2, closes at 4 m-f, and 2 on wknds.

4-H Tidelands Nature Center

Crane Cottage and garden, Jekyll Island, 22 April 2012

shark, Tidelands 4-H nature center, Jekyll Island, 23 April 2012