Jekyll Island is an island off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, in Glynn County; it is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia. The city of Brunswick, Georgia, the Marshes of Glynn, and several other islands, including the larger St. Simons Island, are nearby. Its beaches are frequented by vacationers and guided tours of the Landmark Historic District are available. Bike trails, walks along the beaches and sandbars, and Summer Waves, a waterpark, are a few of the many things vacationers can do. The district consists of a number of buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The island is also full of wildlife, consisting of many different mammals, reptiles and birds living and breeding in the island’s inland marshes.
The Golden Isles of Georgia are a group of four barrier islands on the 100-mile-long coast of the U.S. state of Georgia on the Atlantic Ocean. They include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Historic Brunswick. They are part of the Sea Islands.
Since the American Civil War, all the islands (except for Little St. Simons Island) have become elite resorts frequented by some of the nations wealthiest families. These three islands also have permanent residents: in the 2000 census, St. Simons Island was the most populated with 13,000 residents.
All the islands are located within Glynn County and make up the lower middle section of Georgia’s eleven barrier islands. Annual temperatures average 66.5F, with January lows of 42F and August highs of 91F. This pleasant climate has led to the islands becoming a major attraction for Northerners from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, who seek the mild winters the Golden Isles offer. The islands’ good weather and natural beauty have made the area an exclusive place to live. Many other people come to the islands for their beaches, wetlands, sub-tropical forests, and water recreation every year.
According to the latest statistics provided by the Glynn County Board of Realtors, the average single-family dwelling on Sea Island sells for $3.4 million. St. Simons Island is more affordable, with the average household selling for $299,850. The most expensive house on the island sold in 2004 for $4.4 million. The most expensive house in the Golden Isles sold in 2004 was on Sea Island for just over $12 million. Jekyll Island is the least expensive, with houses selling at an average of $208,000. Land on Jekyll is owned by the State of Georgia, but residents have long-term leases. Due to the high number of affluent residents, the Golden Isles have been able to enjoy many of the finer retailers usually found in upscale neighborhoods in large cities such as Atlanta or Miami.
The islands also hosted the 2004 G8 Summit at the Cloister Resort and Hotel on Sea Island.