Learn about Jekyll Island fun facts before visiting The Westin Jekyll Island Hotel, and experience all the unique island has to offer.
Did you know…
- In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive winter retreat for America’s most elite families, known as the Jekyll Island Club, including the legendary Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers.
- Jekyll Island is only 5,700 acres making it the smallest of Georgia’s Barrier Islands
- Jekyll Island contains 20 miles of bike paths
- Golfers will find plenty to captivate their interest with 63 holes of golf on island
- Every 6 hours 12.5 minutes, Jekyll experiences a change in tides. The tides pervade deeply inland due to high tides and the gradual slope of Georgia's Coastal Plain, which results in the most expansive marshes of the entire Atlantic Coast.
- Our sand dunes are home to millions of species of plant and animal life. These communities are protected by the State of Georgia.
- The threatened loggerhead turtles come ashore during the summer months to lay their eggs in the warm sands of our coast.
- Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn more and help protect the sea turtles.
- Jekyll is a barrier island sitting just off the coast of southern Georgia about 40 miles (64km) north of the Florida border and about 90 miles south of Savannah.
- The island is known for its 10 miles of pristine beaches and sandbars, ancient forests, calm lakes, lazy rivers and diverse wildlife
- During the fall, plants that make up the marshland turn a gold color, hence the term "Golden Isles." Another interesting fact is that Georgia shrimp are born in the marshlands, and without them, the shrimp population would not exist.
- A popular wedding location, Driftwood beach in the north is the most striking with picturesque driftwood graveyards lining the shore.
- From March to May, the average high temperatures range from 74 to 81°F (23 to 27°C), low temperatures range from 53 to 65°F (11 to 18°C), and precipitation ranges from 0.6 to 1.6 inches (15 to 40mm) each month.
- Jekyll Island is one of the few islands in Georgia that’s accessible by car.