Exterior of Addison on Amelia

Day Trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia

August 18th, 2011 by theAddison

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Shannon and I took a rare afternoon off together and drove to Jekyll Island, Georgia.  The island is famous for being the playground of the rich and famous back in the 30s.   Some of their beach cottages (huge homes with interesting architecture) are still on the island, river side, next to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. 

The island is largely undeveloped with the hotel and cottages in the historic district and a few small subdivisions of homes scattered about.  The beaches are nice but access appears rather limited.  Their Historic District with the hotel and cottages is considerably different from our vibrant little downtown full of restaurants, shopping and art galleries.

We had lunch (the whole purpose of the trip) at Fins on the Beach.  As promised it was right on the beach.  We opted for indoor AC for lunch and then had a final beer out on the porch.  The view was nice and they had these big sails flapping overhead to provide shade.  Grilled fish sandwich and a plate of fish tacos, all quite good and reasonable when the bill came.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was really interesting.  Injured and sick sea turtles from all up and down the coast are taken there for rescue and rehabilitation.  The big turtle on the operating table is getting barnacles (disease, water drag, along with other problems) scraped from his tummy.  The turtle hospital with all the tanks is where the turtles recuperate and are eventually released to the wild or a good home at an aquarium is found for them if they can’t survive in the wild.

Sea Turtle Hospital

All told, it was a pleasant way to spend the day as far as day trips from Amelia Island go.  You can leave after breakfast, see all there is to see on Jekyll and still be back in time for Happy Hour.

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