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Driftwood Beach - Jekyll Island, Georgia

Photos by John Patrick

   Jekyll Island, one of the most famous Golden Isles, lies just off the Georgia coast from Brunswick. During the late 1800s the island's plantation days came to an end, becoming an exclusive get-away for the rich and famous. The island was transformed into the "Millionaire's Village" for some the most famous names in American history, including J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Richard Teller Crane, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Joseph Pulitzer. During the Depression Era and World War II the club suffered financially and the state saw a chance to purchase the land in 1947.
   While 65 percent of the island remains in an undeveloped Sun Up - Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia state, the remainder of Jekyll Island is a vacation paradise. The north shore of Jekyll Island can be a busy place, with its fishing pier, the Clam Creek Picnic Area, a RV park and campground, and ocean-side resorts. This striking early morning view catches sun-up on a vacant Driftwood Beach. A faint twinkle to the north signals all is well at the Saint Simons Island Light as it continues to broadcast its beam over the sound.
   Jekyll Island is the perfect destination for family fun, including the National Historic Landmark District, beach villas, grand hotels, Jekyll Island Museum, plenty of dining options, and a variety of recreational choices. A haven for the sports minded, the island offers golf, tennis, soccer, year-round fishing, horseback riding, sailing charters, kayak rentals, 20 miles of scenic bike paths, and miles of inviting beaches.

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