When to Visit Jekyll Island

Aerial view of Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is the perfect destination for visitors seeking a vacation surrounded by beautiful beaches, nature, and historic charm. Each season reveals a different side of this enchanting island. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Jekyll Island has something to offer in every season.

Jekyll Island in the Spring

In spring, Jekyll Island comes alive with blooming flowers and pleasant temperatures. Average daytime temperatures range fromBikes on the beach at Jekyll Island 70°F to 80°F, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. The island tends to be less crowded during this time of year, although Spring Break can bring an increase in visitors.

Spring is a great season to explore the island. Biking the 22 miles of paved trails is a popular way to see the historic sites and natural beauty, with local rental companies offering adult and kids’ bikes, trailers and surreys. Through our partnership with VayKay Gear, you can also take advantage of a free bike rental during your stay. From marshlands and ocean views to the charming Historic District, this is one of the most memorable ways to experience the magic of Jekyll Island.

The Jekyll Island Art Festival in March celebrates local artists with an art show, artist demonstrations and interactive activities for visitors to create their own art. This free festival keeps the fun going for a full weekend with live music, delicious food and pop-up shops. Fitness fans should check out the Turtle Crawl race event in April, a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center which includes 1K, 5K and 10K options.

Jekyll Island in the Summer

Family playing on beach on Jekyll IslandSummer on Jekyll Island is warm, with average temperatures between 85°F to 90°F and ocean temperatures hovering around 80°F. This is the peak tourist season, as families flock to the island for a summer beach holiday. The island is bustling with activity and a lively atmosphere during the summer season.

The pristine beaches of Jekyll Island offer unparalleled beauty and access to the water, from family-friendly facilities at Great Dunes Beach to the ethereal Driftwood Beach and everything in between. Water sports like swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding are popular in summer, with plenty of places to explore on the ocean and bay side. For a splashing good time, the whole family will love the Summer Waves Water Park. Summer is also a great time to see the wildlife of Jekyll Island with dolphin watching tours and ranger-led tours to view nesting sea turtles.

Summer on Jekyll Island is filled with live music, free outdoor events and celebrations of local culture and cuisine. If you are visiting around the 4th of July, there are several events happening in the area. From family-friendly festivals on St. Simons Island to an incredible fireworks show on Jekyll Island, there are lots of ways to celebrate Independence Day

Jekyll Island in the Fall

As summer transitions to fall, Jekyll Island experiences slightly milder temperatures, with average highs ranging from 70°F toKayaka stored on Jekyll Island 80°F through November, while the water remains comfortable in the mid-70s F. This time of year is perfect for outdoor activities and exploring the island at a relaxed pace. Fall is considered a shoulder season, as the island becomes less crowded, offering a laid-back atmosphere for visitors to take advantage of all the attractions on Jekyll Island.

Fall is an excellent time for golfing, fishing and exploring nature on Jekyll Island. Schedule a tee time at Jekyll Island Golf Club, one of the premier courses in Georgia, or enjoy a family-friendly round of miniature golf. With fewer visitors during this time, anglers will have no problem finding a spot at the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier or booking a fishing charter. Fall offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the environment as migratory birds make their way through the area – get up close and personal with a guided kayak tour through the marshland.

Since there are fewer visitors in fall, it is the ideal season to book a tour of Jekyll Island. From segways to trolley rides, there are plenty of exciting ways to discover the island. The Mosaic Museum offers guided tours of the cottages of the Historic District, including a spooky Gilded Age Ghosts and Ghouls event around Halloween. Fall visitors also won’t want to miss the culinary delights at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, a 2-day celebration with food, live music and local artists. 

Jekyll Island in the Winter

Jekyll Island Horseback Riding ToursWinter is a quieter season on the island, as temperatures dip down to low 60s(F). Although this may make water activities less comfortable, there are still plenty of things to do on the island. After the bustle of the holidays, the pace of life slows down during winter and the crowds thin out. This is a great time to visit if you enjoy having the island to yourself!

Since Jekyll Island has mild winters, it is still a great season for outdoor activities. Enjoy a horseback ride on the beach at sunset or having Driftwood Beach all to yourself for those iconic vacation photos. Visitors will be able to spot bald eagles nesting along the Maritime Forest Trail or experience the Wanderer Memory Trail in solitude. Overall, winter is a peaceful time to explore the natural beauty and historical sites on the island.

The holiday season on Jekyll Island is a magical time. From late November to early January, family-friendly winter carnivals, parades, light displays and special holiday events in the Historic District are highlights for visitors and locals alike. For something a little different, thrill-seekers may enjoy the brisk Cold-Stunned Plunge fundraiser to support rehabilitation efforts at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. After the excitement of New Year’s celebrations, there are a number of events and activities in January and February to kickstart your year.

Jekyll Island offers something for every visitor throughout the year. If you crave a quieter getaway with mild temperatures and fewer crowds, the shoulder seasons of spring and fall offer an ideal balance. For sun-soaked beach days and family-friendly activities, summer is the perfect season, while winter provides holiday excitement and a peaceful atmosphere. Book your vacation rental through Jekyll Realty today and experience your ideal season on Jekyll Island!