Jekyll Island is situated off the coast of the United States' state of Georgia, Glynn County. It is among the Sea Islands, as well as one of Georgia barrier islands' Golden Isles. The city of Brunswick, the Marshes of Glynn, and a few other islands, such as the larger St Simons Island, are located close by.
Jekyll Island is among only 4 Georgia barrier islands which have a paved causeway allowing access from mainland by car. Jekyll has 23 km2 (5,700 acres) of land, including 18 km2 (4,400 acres) of solid earth and a 0.81 km2 (200-acre) Jekyll Island Club Historic District. And the rest is tidal marshlands, most of which on the western shore.
Jekyll Island measures about 11 km (7 miles) long by 2.4 km (1.5 miles) wide, has 13 km (8 miles) of wide, flat beaches on the east shore with sand that is packed hard enough for comfortable walking or biking, and boasts 32 km (20 miles) of hiking trails.
Used seasonally for a long time by indigenous peoples of the area, beginning in colonial era, some of Jekyll's lands became privately owned. Still standing are a few structures made of "tabby", coastal building material of creased oyster shells. Jekyll Island was developed during the late 19th-early 20th centuries for private homes of rich American businessmen. The island was evacuated during the Second World War by order of the United States' government. In 1947 Georgia acquired all property, for preservation and security.
A popular tourist destination, Jekyll Island features beautiful beaches frequented by tourists. Guided tours of Landmark Historic District are offered. Among the active attractions are bike trails, walks along the sandbars and beaches, and Summer Waves water park. The historic district boasts numerous impressive buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The island is full of wildlife, consisting of different reptiles, mammals and birds breeding in island's inland marshes.
Highlights: “Millionaire’s Village”
Jekyll Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Jekyll Island dock (anchor) at Jacksonville (JAXPORT, Florida).
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