My hubby and I actually call Jekyll Island Georgia, “Our Secret Island.” I’ll explain why and let you in on the Jekyll Island 411, and let’s keep this just between us friends for now.
Maybe it’s where you’ve spent your summer vacation every year as a family, maybe it’s a spot halfway across the world that you visited once while booking a hasty vacation. That one spot that comes to mind that you never want to leave.
That place for me is Jekyll Island Georgia. There is a local legend that is well known around those parts:
That legend holds true with my family as it fascinates us each time we visit and it somehow keeps bringing us back over and over to discover every single nook and cranny. It’s especially unique because once upon a time, a girl would lock eyes with her true love on a wooden boardwalk leading to the ocean. Two months later they would get engaged, marry, and build a family that they now bring to their secret island.
Here’s what will happen when you visit:
- Go back in time
- Reconnect with your family
- Watch your stress melt away
- Save money with cheap vacation ideas
If you have spent any time on this site, you know that my heart is all about helping families. I know that planning any trip~ whether all inclusive family vacations or cheap weekend getaways~can be tricky. I love to help with family travel.
What’s so special about this Jekyll Island anyway?
Enchanting Atmosphere – The island is only a twenty-mile long underdeveloped, state park whose wildlife and landscape have been preserved by law. It is full of amenities but not a tourist-y spot. There are only a handful of Jekyll Island Hotels, an RV campground and amazing restaurants that are all nestled into the lush surroundings. No cold, high-rise condos here, and I love that.
Family Friendly – Secluded beaches, miniature golf, bird sanctuary, sea turtle hospital, sweet shoppe, art gallery, nature center, bike paths, maritime forest trails, specialty shoppes, golf course, carriage rides, fishing pier, dolphin tours, tennis courts & water park … whew, I could go on and on. These are just a few of the activities that families can enjoy together.
There are also many family-friendly scheduled events that showcase the natural but historic beauty.
Photo Worthy – One of my favorite hobbies is to capture Jekyll through photography for those who have never been and for those who can’t get enough of this secret island. I love the nature photography but there is sooo much more than that to capture here … the landscape, the Victorian architecture of the historic homes, the way the majestic oaks canopy the oyster-shelled pathways.
Unique History – I’m sure you’ve heard the legendary millionaire names like Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, & Pulitzer. These very fellas decided to purchase my special island back in 1886 to escape the harsh winters of the north and have a hunting playground for themselves and their families.
Let me mention nonchalantly that these guys and some financial guru friends of theirs also decided to create what we know as the Federal Reserve System secretly and behind closed doors of the Jekyll Island Club. No big deal, right? I joke. There many books like The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin to discuss the impact of their actions.
Question: What is your favorite part of my secret island?