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Jekyll Island, GA

A great weekender beach vacation for you and your dog!

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    A great weekender beach vacation for you and your dog!

    Special Interest: BeachBikingCampingGreat OutdoorsHikingOutdoor PlayRunningSportsSports - FitnessSports - PullSports - WaterWalking

    Jekyll Island is a beautiful and quiet ocean retreat known for its 8 miles of white sandy beaches and protected natural habitat. It’s also a very dog friendly beach destination to take your dog, even if they do have to be on leash.

    On your way to Jekyll Island stop by the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to pick up a map and inquire about area events.

    Dogs must be on a 16 ft or shorter leash at all times – head north of South Dunes Picnic Area. Do not let your dog interact with any protected migratory birds and turtles on the island. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk nor on South Beach (between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2000′ Northeast of St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area) as well as Glory Beach. Service dogs are excluded from the restriction.

    Dog Friendly Things To Do:

    Driftwood Beach – This dog friendly beach is located at the north end of Jekyll Island. It’s called Driftwood Beach because of all the large pieces of driftwood that wash up on white sandy shore. Dogs love exploring the area and playing on the beach. You may even spot some dolphins out towards the water.

    Great Dunes Beach Park – This is a great family beach that is also dog friendly. It’s located near the middle of the island. There are showers available at this location.

    St. Andrews Beach – This is another dog friendly beach accessible via the St. Andrews Picnic Area. The beach is located on the southwest side of the island and a great place to go shelling and see wildlife. If you walk all the way south, you will see a shipwreck at the very southern end of the island.

    Biking – There are several biking trails that go around the island. For a bike map of the island click here. You can also refer to this map which also shows places of interest. You don’t have to bring your bike as there are plenty of bike rental shops around, however, you will still need to have your dog on a leash.

    Jekyll Island Campground – This campsite is at the north side of the island. There are 158 campsites, bath houses, and bike rentals nearby. Book online at The campground is located at 1197 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call 912.635.3021 for more information.

    Jekyll Island Fishing Center – Head over to the fishing pier at the very north side of the island if you want to go fishing or crabbing. You will need a license. The fishing center is located at 10 Clam Creek Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call (912) 635-3556 for more information. Farther down on Clam Creek Rd is the Clam Creek Picnic Area where you can stop, explore the oak-saw palmetto forest, and grill up your daily catch. You can also hop on to a trail that will take you do Driftwood Beach.

    There’s a lot more to do on Jekyll Island, but there are still many places that do not allow dogs. Learn more from the Jekyll Island official travel website and Jekyll Island Georgia website.


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    Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
    Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Biking

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Insect Repellent, Beach or Water Shoes, Equipment for Water Sports

    Safety: Do not take your dog out during high tide.

    Remember to bring a lot of water and to keep your dog cool. You can bring cooling accessories with your and have a shady spot for your dog to rest.

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