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.
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.
Bring your plastic globe to the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center to exchange for your Island Treasure.