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Winter Treasure Hunting on Georgia's Jekyll Island

By January 1, 2014

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Jekyll Island, a former private retreat for prominent families of the gilded age, is a small barrier island located off the coast of Georgia about halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. Every winter, during the months of January and February, Jekyll Island hosts a beach treasure hunt known as Island Treasures. Colorful hand-crafted glass floats or globes, like those once used to keep fishing nets afloat, are created by glass artisans from across the country and hidden along the beach daily.

Although winter weather (see typical Georgia January and February weather) and ocean water temperatures are usually too chilly for swimming, typical daytime temperatures in the 60 to 65 degrees range are quite comfortable for beach combing, bike riding, golf, tennis and sightseeing. Rich in history, home to abundant wildlife and a place of scenic island beauty (see photo), Jekyll Island, my January 2014 Southeast Travel Top Pick, is a good choice for either a fun and active winter getaway or a quiet and romantic winter escape to the Southeast U.S. coast. Read More...

Related Articles (Pictured Above) Colorful Island Treasures glass floats; Photo: By H2O Creative Group / Courtesy of the Jekyll Island Authority

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