Rules & Safety Tips

Things to Know When Visiting Jekyll Island


  • In case of an emergency, dial 911 and inform the dispatcher you’re on Jekyll Island
  • Location is vital in an emergency, beach crossovers are numbered for your safety
  • No fishing or swimming in lakes or ponds
  • No fireworks, unless permitted by Jekyll Island Authority
  • No overnight parking in public areas
  • Lock all cars and secure belongings
  • No ATVs anywhere on island
  • Do not feed stray or feral animals


  • Treat all wildlife with respect; you are a guest in this wild habitat
  • Do not feed any wildlife, including alligators, deer, turtles, raccoons, birds, and snakes
  • Do not approach, harass, or remove any wildlife
  • Do not approach any alligator and maintain a safe distance of at least 20 feet
  • Do not enter any ponds, lakes, or ditches
  • If you encounter an injured, sick, or dead animal do not attempt to handle or assist it; please call JIA Wildlife Response: 912.222.5992


  • No motorized vehicles
  • No fires
  • No fireworks
  • No horseback riding, unless by licensed vendor
  • No glass containers
  • No flashlights, unless turtle friendly
  • No overnight camping
  • No metal or mineral detectors
  • Stay out of the dunes
  • Only take empty shells and dead sand dollars
  • Do not disturb turtle nests or turtles
  • Fill in sand castles and holes
  • Remove all trash, tents & belongings from the beach; belongings left overnight will be removed and thrown away
  • Use caution on sandbars


  • Pets are permitted on beaches and in parks year-round
  • Pets must on a leash at all times; maximum length for leashes is 16 feet
  • No pets allowed on beach between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2,000 feet northeast of St. Andrews Picnic Area
  • Keep pets out of dunes
  • Remove and dispose of pet fecal material


  • Bike helmets are required for riders age 16 and younger
  • Ride single-file on bike paths
  • Keep on bike paths when possible
  • Share the road; drivers and cyclists have equal rights to use the road

Golf Carts

  • No golf carts on bike paths
  • Golf carts are allowed on roads, but must be street legal (braking system, reflectors, horn, rear view mirror, seat belts, and hand holds for each passenger)


Full list of Jekyll Island ordinances.

St. Simons Sound Incident  

In September 2019, the car carrier Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound, north of Jekyll Island. Efforts are currently underway to remove the shipwreck from the sound.

While it’s unlikely you’ll find debris on Jekyll Island as a result of the removal of the Golden Ray, a reporting system is in place in the event debris is found. For shipwreck debris reporting, call 912.944.5620 or complete an online report form