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Jekkyl Island, Georgia
My family and I would go to Jekkyl Island during a period when it was not hot enough for my comfort anyway. This is one place to plan for summer holidays, or at least closer to the summer such as May for turtle watching, or June. Jekkyl Island was originally an island for wealthy patrons. The residue of their lifestyle is still seen on the island, with Victorian mansions and homes (they call them summer homes and cottages). The Jekkyl Club Hotel is an example of an 1886 bygone era - the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts and Morgans era. The rates are comparable to others, and as far as I'm concerned, better than a lot when you realize this hotel is one of the top 500 resorts in the world.

The island might have well been named Sea Turtle Island, because starting in May, the female sea turtles can be observed making their way from the sea and up to areas on shore to dig nests for laying their eggs. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center stationed on Jekkyl Island is established for this protected species, and provide opportunities for tourists and residents to join in a walk on the beach with a guide, to observe the amazing ritual these turtles carry out each year. Children should be monitored closely as the turtles cannot be disturbed during their season of laying eggs.

Once you've had enough of the beach and need some speed, drive to the Golden Isle speedway, which is 25 minutes away, in Waynesville. They have a site for prices and dates of events.

Driftwood Beach has an incredible reputation for shelling, better than the shelling spots in Florida. The dolphins can be seen cajoling in the waters. The Villa By the Sea is located here, with comparable rates. You can't swim at high tide but there is a playground at the resort, plus a pool. At Driftwood Beach there is also horseback riding provided by Victoria's Carriages.

Although this is about family beach vacations, if you need or want to divert from the natural beauty to something superficial, for the sake of variations to your day, try the Summer Waves waterpark, with really reasonable rates. The Pirates Passage is supposed to be truly awesome with kids and adults. And if you haven't seen enough waves, there is a wave pool here with a superficial beach,, for those who have never had the experience. Lots to do.

Bike riding - there are 20 miles of winding trail to ride on, and bikes can be rented for approximately 11.00 per day at Mini Bike and Golf Rentals.

There is a Low Country Boil Buffet on the harbor, with SeaJay's Waterfront Cafe serving you up this enormous meal for 15.00 adults, 7.50 for kids 10 and under.

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