In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought-after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.
Today, Jekyll Island hand-picks artists from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats for its annual Island Treasures event. The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies will hide clear globes around the island for lucky guests to find and redeem for a real glass float. Gather your friends and family to search for globes that can be exchanged for dazzling handcrafted glass floats.
This signature event enters its 20th year during 2022. As we celebrate the 20-year tradition of Island Treasures on Jekyll Island, we also celebrate 75 years of the State of Georgia’s purchase of Jekyll Island.
This year’s event is the biggest ever, with twice as many globes hidden during the season. Beach Buddies will hide a total of 550 globes across the island from January 1 to February 28, 2022.
The celebrations continue with 100 limited-edition Island Treasures honoring the 100th anniversary of Faith Chapel’s Tiffany Window. These unique, limited-run treasures feature elements of color and design inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Only 100 of these limited-edition treasures are up for grabs during the Island Treasure hunt, with an additional limited quantity available at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center for purchase, subject to daily availability. Only a portion of the limited-edition Tiffany-inspired treasures is available for purchase each day and purchases are limited to one per person, daily.
Beach Buddies hide clear, plastic globes each day across the island in common areas, like the ones mentioned on the map below.
While exploring Jekyll Island, keep in mind that you will not find Island Treasures in beach dunes, marsh areas, residential properties, or golf courses. Entering these areas could be illegal and unsafe.