How To Snag The Perfect Family Getaway On The Coast!





We all need a family getaway that involves nothing more than island frolicking, relaxation, and sand between your toes.  One piece of this fantasy is a cozy cottage close to the shore for a great price.  It’s not a fantasy, y’all.  Here are the highlights of our perfect family getaway near the sea at a Jekyll Island Georgia cottage …..

How to snag a Jekyll Island family getaway AND the best Coastal Cozy Cottage!

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Family Getaway Island

Jekyll Island Georgia is a picturesque island that became a State Park in the 1940’s after serving as a private retreat to the rich and famous elite like William Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Joseph Pulitzer.  Jekyll Island is a natural landscape of wide beaches, maritime forests, wildlife, historic sites, biking trails, and thriving ecosystems.

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

Not just a summer beach destination, Jekyll Island Georgia has unique family adventure and festivals for every season of the year.  Island treasure hunts in the winter months, Turtle Crawl triathalon, July 4th festivities, and the Shrimp and Grits festival, to name a few.  Our family has visited the smallest barrier isle on the coast of Georgia so often that the legend must be true …

Once your feet touch the sand of Jekyll Island, you will always return.

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach

Family Getaway Cottage

After driving across the seven-mile causeway from the mainland, we found our cottage rental tucked into a quiet little neighborhood under a canopy of trees.  When I saw the quaint front porch, large windows, and colorful front door, I knew that our fantastic family getaway had begun.  The entire cottage was a breath of fresh air with its bright white tongue-and-groove ceiling and exposed beams, beautiful tiled floor, and shabby chic furniture.

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

The fully-equipped kitchen streamed with light and a view of the huge backyard.  Every appliance you could ever hope for was there because they’d thought of everything.  Bottled water, coffee k-cups, and plenty of creamer waited for us to use while detergent, cleaners, trash bags and more were at our disposal.  Out back there was a grill, family games, and bikes that we were free to use as we pleased.

The large master suite was charming with lots of light, coastal books, and a huge closet.  The guest bedroom was large also with two twin beds, a large closet, and a flat screen TV.  A bathroom separated the two bedrooms and may have been my favorite with its tiled shower and wainscoting.  Special touches were in every room from magazines, guide books, maps of the island, blankets, and an extensive basket of toiletries.

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Fabulous Food

Our first afternoon, we visited the Jekyll Market to get breakfast items and snack emergencies.  Not only does this unique shop have every food, personal care, outdoor essential, or decor item that you could ever want, there’s also a restaurant, deli, bakery, and ice cream parlor.  Yes, all in one place!

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

When you’re getting hungry, there’s a snack shop, yogurt shop, sweet shoppe, coffee shop, and about fourteen full-service restaurants on Jekyll Island (with only one fast food restaurant).  Over the course of our stay, we found ourselves at The Love Shack Barbecue, Uncle Vance’s Coffee Shop, The Club Cafe, and Red Bug Motors Pizza.

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

Things to do on Jekyll Island

There are such many unique, family friendly things to do on Jekyll Island from bike riding through the historic “millionaires” district to kayak excursions on the marsh. We started our first full day by rising early to walk part of the 10-mile stretch of wide beaches.  Nature photography, peaceful exercise, an “island treasure” hunt, and long talks along the shore resulted.

Perfection.

We retreated to our adorable cottage to relax before heading out again for a family bicycle ride around the island.  Remember those family bikes in the backyard?  What a blessing to be able to grab them at our whim and take off.  There are about twenty miles of bike trails on the island and we literally covered half of that.  So. much. fun.

Jekyll Island Georgia Family Getaway AND the BEST Coastal Cottage!

Since Jekyll Island Georgia now has over 25 miles of paved bike trails and wooden bridges, we discovered the beaches, forests, marshes, fishing pier, the Landmark Historic District, and more from a fun perspective.  Ask for a bike trail map when you stop by the Visitor’s Center for great routes to enjoy!  Along our path was the Island Sweet Shoppe filled with old-fashioned candy, hand-dipped ice cream, fine chocolates, and homemade fudge.

How to snag a Jekyll Island family getaway AND the best Coastal Cozy Cottage!

The newly renovated beach village in the center of the island with boutique shops, a convention center, and restaurants is a gorgeous area to spend some time.  The last stretch of our family bike ride was along the seashore to return to our perfect, Jekyll Island Cottage.

Know before you go

  • Bike helmets are required for riders 16 years & younger.
  • Bring your own accessories for the beach.  Can’t think of anything else except clothing, toiletries, and food.
  • There are five Jekyll Island Beaches.  Find them all on the map provided in this cottage.
  • Great Dunes Beach has great public bathrooms, picnic tables, and beach access for families.
  • Driftwood, Great Dunes, and St. Andrews Beaches are pet-friendly with leashes no long than 16″
  • Check the Coastal Georgia Tide Chart for high/low tide times before heading to beaches

Our cottage rental was side “A.”  An independent cottage of its own, side “B” had a separate entrance and driveway.  The only thing shared between both sides was the large backyard.  I’d love to return and share the property with another family or family members and create new family vacation memories.

Click here to see details about both sides of the cottage and choose to rent one of them or the whole thing!

Don’t Miss

Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses “A”

Jekyll Market

Red Bug Motors Pizza

My thanks goes to the owners of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses for a memorable family vacation.  We thoroughly enjoyed the warm hospitality, special touches, and coziest cottage we’ve ever seen.

How to snag a family getaway AND the best Coastal Cozy Cottage!




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34 Comments

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thanks, Harmony! That’s one reason I love it – it’s still somewhat of a secret. WooHoo. “Low-key barrier islands” describes it perfectly! Thanks for stopping by.
      Blessings,
      Shan

  1. February 10, 2017 / 10:00 am

    That cottage looks dreamy. Love how they have everything for you and bikes to enjoy the trails. Beautiful place!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah. We certainly didn’t want to leave – that’s for sure. 😉
      blessings,
      Shan

  2. February 10, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Wow! Looks wonderful. Interesting name Jekyll Island was it?

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Yes, Jekyll Island Georgia. If you put ‘jekyll’ in the search box on my site, you’ll see a lot about you. Message me if I can help with further travel thoughts! 😉
      blessings,
      Shan

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Yes, Kenya. We loved it. Thanks for stopping by.
      blessings,
      Shan

  3. February 10, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    This looks like an awesome trip!! That cottage looks so cozy!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      It was – and so fun, Stephanie! Thanks.
      blessings,
      Shan

  4. February 10, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    We could really use a vacation!! these are great ideas, i am definitely saving this page ♥

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Gladys! We all need one now and then and this one was what we needed for sure!
      blessings,
      Shan

  5. February 10, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I have heard a lot about this place. It sounds like a great getaway!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 10, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Word is getting out! Thanks, Melanie.
      blessings,
      Shan

    • Shan
      Author
      February 11, 2017 / 12:58 am

      Awesome, Bridget! Then you remember what a unique place Jekyll Island is then, I’m sure. Yes, if you remember, only 35 % of the island can be developed and what they’ve done is started renovating the structures that were already standing. They created a new convention center and beach village as you drive straight on the causeway. It’s really beautiful. You’ll have to visit again. 😉
      blessings,
      Shan

  6. February 11, 2017 / 6:33 am

    That looks like such a fun trip!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 11, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thanks, Danielle. It was so fun but more than anything, it was incredibly relaxing.
      blessings,
      Shan

  7. February 12, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful getaway!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 13, 2017 / 5:22 am

      It sure is, Rachel. Thanks for stopping by!
      blessings,
      Shan

  8. February 16, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I’ve never heard of Jekyll island before. It looks amazing! We are looking for a vacation to celebrate my 30th, so we’ll have to look into it!! Thanks!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 16, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Awesome, Devon. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be glad to help.
      blessings,
      Shan

  9. February 16, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Never heard of it before. Thank you for sharing. Looks like an amazing place to visit!

    • Shan
      Author
      February 20, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Bailey. It’s amazing.
      blessings,
      Shan

  10. May 24, 2017 / 7:58 am

    This looks like a fun island to visit! I have this theory that if I go to one of these places I would never go home. I love small coastal or lake towns. They are my favorite.

  11. May 24, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Wow! We have just been trying figure out where to go as a family for vacation. We have done all the touristy things, and wanted something quaint and quiet. Thank you! I had never heard of this!

  12. May 24, 2017 / 9:38 am

    What a lovely spot! I’m a western girl and I would never think “Georgia” when searching for a beach vacation. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. May 24, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Looks like a best kept secret! Love that it is close to my home (Alabama), so I will definitely be looking into this for a future trip. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. May 24, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I haven’t been to Jekyll Island in years! And I wouldn’t even count those trips, as I only went for a swim meet and didn’t have much time to explore. This cottage looks super cute and comfortable. I’ll have to look into booking a family trip there. Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  15. May 25, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Looks like so much fun! It would be the ideal spring break or summer vaca!

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