On Jekyll Island, you are close to nature, close to home and will experience a place to hold close to your heart. Walk the along our 10 miles of sandy shoreline and watch as the gentle tide washes away your footprints, preparing the sand anew for those who will visit next. Fall into the rhythm of the waves as you explore the beaches of this barrier island.
Great Dunes Park is home to a host of island activities, including our annual Beach Music Festival and UGA Alumni Oyster Roast. This 20-acre portion of beachfront park features several picnic pavilions, a deck for beach events, play areas, and public beach access, as well as biking paths, bocce ball and volleyball courts. Public restrooms and showers are located at the park, with ample parking in the lots adjacent to the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach continually amazes guests with its beautiful driftwood and ocean views. Often cited as a Gothic tree graveyard, this stretch of beach is, at once, haunting and mesmerizing. Throughout the year, Driftwood Beach an ideal location for photography, as well as a popular site for gorgeous island weddings.
Famed as a location for the popular Civil War film “Glory,” this portion of Jekyll beach is located next to our Jekyll Island Soccer Complex. Along the Glory Boardwalk once walked some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, who all starred in the classic 1989 movie.
Many live creatures, such as hermit crabs and sand dollars, can be found hidden along Jekyll’s natural, sandy beaches. Though it is tempting to collect these interesting treasure, please help preserve the Island’s shoreline environment by leaving them at the beach, and limiting your “catch” of shells. Learn more about the natural ecology and coastal wildlife of Jekyll Island at the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center and Georgia Sea Turtle Center.