The Atlantic ocean surrounds Jekyll Island and creates vast opportunities for Explorers to take a boat out in the sea or stay close to shore and meander along the many waterways and marshlands that are a part of the Golden Isles ecosystem. There are abundant wildlife to be seen and dolphin sightings are common all along the coast.
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Offering overnight docking, fuel, snacks, dry storage, laundry services, grill and picnic areas, pool and hot tub, restaurant on-site, courtesy bicycles and van, shuttle services, free wi-fi, pump out station, and cable TV.
First envisioned as a marina by our ownership in the early 90's, Jekyll Harbor has become more of a portal to the past. Nestled amongst centuries old oak trees draped in Spanish moss, Jekyll Harbor Marina is a step back in time to a place when life was a lot slower and simpler. With a mission to offer only top notch Southern Hospitality, our staff will provide you with a stay you will not soon forget. With over 20 miles of nature and bike trails, the historic Jekyll Island Club, majestic beaches and the most awe-inspiring sunsets your eyes will ever see, Jekyll Harbor Marina is a stop that often turns into your new home.
A Georgia fishing license is required whether fishing inland on a lake or river or on the coast in the ocean or sound. Georgia residents over 65 years old can obtain a lifetime fishing license without charge. You can acquire a fishing license either through a licensed dealer (e.g. Maxwell's in the Jekyll shopping center) or online. A license also can be purchased directly from the state Department of Natural Resources, which has a facility just east of the Sidney Lanier Bridge on the north side of the Brunswick River.
A fishing license costs $9 for a Georgia resident or $45 for a non-resident for one year. All fishing licenses are good for one full year (12 months) from the day that they are purchased. One-day licenses can be purchased for $3.50 for both residents and non-residents.
Shrimping & Crabbing on Jekyll
No visit to Jekyll or Coastal Georgia is complete without a taste of the infamous Wild Georgia Shrimp. For those looking to catch their own, St. Andrews beach on the south end of Jekyll Island is a popular spot for recreational shrimpers. This area can get crowded on weekends, with several 100-foot (maximum size) nets being dragged along the bottom of the shallow water, as well as a few individuals with casting nets. Shrimping season generally runs from early June until early January. A fishing license is required - for more info visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Catching a blue crab in the coastal waters is as simple as putting some tasty bait on a hook in a small net or crab cage and throw it into one of the creeks on Jekyll Island or off the fishing pier and waiting just a few minutes. Prime locations for crab-catching on Jekyll Island are Clam Creek on the north end or St. Andrews beach on the south end. Patience is rewarded after just a few minutes. Reeling them in as as easy as pulling in your net or cage and very carefully removing the crabs with a pair of long pliers or other tool, being extra cautious to avoid those nasty pinchers! Regulations mean all crabs need to be a minimum of five-inches across, otherwise you have to throw them back. A Georgia fishing license is required. Crab nets, cages and other supplies can be found at Maxwell's in the Jekyll shopping district.
Jekyll Island offers a variety of dining options to choose from, from casual to fancy, as well as places to grab a quick bite or take the whole family. We've compiled a complete directory of all the local restaurants on Jekyll, along with contact information and an interactive map so you can easily find the one you're looking for.
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Terrapins are the only turtle species in the world known to live their whole life in brackish water (a mixture of salt and fresh water, common in the Golden Isles). Found in the marsh habitat of Georgia's Barrier Islands, they have webbed feet with claws on each toe, allowing them to swim well and also walk on land at low tide.
Diamondback terrapins are one of the most common turtles to see along the causeway. Female terrapins are almost twice as big as the males. Because of their hard shell, female terrapins can't expand their bodies to accommodate eggs. A female terrapin grows to about 8 to 10 inches long in comparison to a male and she lays 8 to 10 eggs which take about 65 days to incubate.
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