Turtle Crawl

In light of growing concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), recommendations from Georgia state health and government agencies, and following decisions made by events of similar size and nature within our local communities, we have canceled the 2020 Turtle Crawl races set for Saturday, March 14.

Although there are no restrictions or advisories for travel or vacationing to the area or within the state of Georgia at this time and we had hoped to provide a special opportunity for recreation, we have determined that the right thing to do is to not proceed with this event.

For those wanting to stay updated on the current state of travel to the area and the increased protocols being taken on Jekyll Island, please visit jekyllisland.com/jekyll-island-authority/covid-19/.

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) to support its mission of sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and education. In more than a decade of operation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center has provided care for more than 3,000 patients, including a variety of sea turtle species and other coastal wildlife.

Set on Jekyll Island’s picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest, Turtle Crawl participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles. These races are fast, flat, and a fun way to support the efforts of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. We sincerely appreciate your support for this event and GSTC.


Official Sponsor: Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center

Villas by the Sea Resort is a proud sponsor of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races. Please call 1.800.841.6262 or 912.635.2521.

Event Friend: The Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Jekyll Island features 187 guestrooms and 13 suites and offers direct beach access and ocean views. Three on-site dining venues include The Reserve Steakhouse, a full-service oceanfront restaurant; Harry’s Lounge, a rooftop lounge; and Salty’s Oceanside Bar & Grill, a poolside café and bar.


Date: March 14, 2020 • Canceled

Location: Great Dunes Beach Park