The best way to see Jekyll is by bicycle: a long, paved trail runs right along the beach, and there's an extensive network of paths throughout the island.

Beachside Bike Rentals. Located at Days Inn, this one-stop rental shop offers everything from multispeed bikes to double surreys with Bimini tops that look like antique cars and carry up to six adults and two children. The shop also has beach chairs, umbrellas, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks. 60 S. Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–9801.

Jekyll Island Mini-Golf and Bike Rentals. Play mini golf or choose from a wide selection of rental bikes, including surrey pedal cars that can hold four people, recumbent bikes, and traditional bikes at this shop located next to the Red Bug. N. Beachview Dr. at Shell Rd., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–2648.


Coastal Expeditions. With 40 years of experience in local waters, Captain Vernon Reynolds provides half-day and full-day trips in-shore and offshore for fishing, dolphin-watching, and sightseeing. Jekyll Harbor Marina, Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/265–0392.

Jekyll Fishing Center. Larry Crews runs in-shore and offshore fishing trips and dolphin-watching and sightseeing tours on four charter boats. He also offers his services as captain to tie the knot for couples with their sea legs. Jekyll Island Fishing Pier, 10 Clam Creek Rd., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/270–7474.


Jekyll Island Golf Club. A golf destination for nearly 90 years, today this club has four courses: the original 9-hole course called Oceanside Nine (now known as Great Dunes), built in 1926, and three beautifully designed 18-hole courses, plus a clubhouse. 322 Capt. Wylly Rd., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–2368. 63 holes. 6458–6700 yds. Par 72 (all 18-hole courses). Green Fee: $45 (18 holes), $25 (9 holes) Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Horseback Riding

Three Oaks Carriage and Trail Company. See Jekyll by horseback with this well-regarded livery company, in business for more than 30 years. Trail rides include visits to the salt marsh and Driftwood Beach, a boneyard of live oaks and pine trees being reclaimed by the sea; narrated carriage tours explore the sights of the historic district. Rides leave from the Clam Creek picnic area across from the Jekyll Island Campground, and the carriages leave from the Island History Center. Perks for families include a horse camp for children and riding lessons for all ages. Three Oaks is located in a historic building that has been used as a livery for over 100 years. Jekyll Island History Center, 100 Stable Rd., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–9500.


Jekyll Island Tennis Center. The center offers 13 clay courts, with 7 lighted for nighttime play, and provides lessons for all ages and summer camps for juniors. Courts cost $6 per person, per session, daily 9 am to 10 pm. Reservations for lighted courts are required and must be made before the shop closes at 6 pm the day of play. 400 Capt. Wylly Rd., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–3154.

Summer Nature Programs

Tidelands Nature Center. This 4H program sponsored by the University of Georgia has daily summer classes for kids and adults on everything from loggerhead sea turtles to live oaks to beach ecology. You can learn how the maritime forest evolves or get a lesson in seining and netting. There are guided nature walks, kayak tours, and canoe and paddleboat rentals. The center also has touch tanks and an array of live coastal species on display, such as sea turtles, crabs, fish, alligators, and much more. Call for prices on classes and exhibits. 100 S. Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA, 31527. 912/635–5032.