Safety Tips

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all who visit Jekyll Island, please follow these guidelines:

  • In case of an emergency dial 911. Inform the dispatcher that you are on Jekyll Island. Barrier Island signals tend to drift and 911 calls may be answered in Glynn or Camden counties.
  • Location is vital to emergency responders. Take note of your surroundings and location. Beach crossovers are numbered for your safety.
  • When you visit Jekyll Island, you are a guest in this wild habitat. Treat all wildlife with respect. Feeding, harassing, approaching, injuring or removing any wildlife, including alligators, deer, turtles, raccoons, birds, and snakes is prohibited by law.
  • If you encounter an injured, sick or dead animal do not attempt to handle or assist it, please call for Wildlife Assistance.
  • No fishing or swimming in freshwater lakes or ponds.
  • Use caution on sandbars as they can be covered by as much as 10’ of water at high tide.
  • Golf carts must have a braking system, reflectors, horn, rear view mirror, seat belts and hand holds for each passenger.
  • No golf carts on bike paths.
  • Bike helmets are required for riders age 16 and younger.
  • When riding on bike paths, bicyclists must remain single-file.
  • Bikes should be ridden on the bike paths when possible.
  • Share the road. Both drivers and cyclists have equal rights to use the road, and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws.
  • No vehicles on the beach.
  • ATVs are not allowed anywhere per Georgia State Law.
  • No fires on the beach.
  • No glass containers on the beach.
  • Stay off dunes.
  • Only take home empty shells and dead sand dollars.
  • Stay away from marked turtle nests.
  • Fill in sand castles and holes on the beach.
  • Pets must be under immediate control of their owners and on a leash no longer than 16’ at all times.
  • No pets allowed on South Beach between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2,000′ northeast of St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area.
  • Pet owners are to remove and dispose of pet fecal material.
  • Metal or mineral detection devices are prohibited.
  • No fireworks unless permitted.
  • No overnight parking in public areas.
  • Lock all cars and secure belongings.