Just off the coast of Georgia are the Golden Isles, a series of renowned and beautiful islands. Among the Golden Isles is Jekyll Island, a treasure of quiet beaches, maritime trails, early American history, wildlife, and limited development. Today known as “the people’s island,” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Jekyll was the playground of some of America’s wealthiest tycoons, men who built seasonal mansions for their families on the leeward side of the island. The island served as an escape from the noise and busyness of the nation’s northern cities.


Jekyll Island of the 21st century is a great place for a family vacation. The island offers many attractions, yet without the glitz of a Disney World or the upscale feel of nearby St. Simon’s Island. And while Cumberland Island National Seashore, lying immediately to the south of Jekyll, is the largest coastal sanctuary among the Golden Isles, Jekyll is perhaps the most accessible island sanctuary along the entire eastern seaboard.

This site is the story of Jekyll Island through a camera lens, accompanied by brief summaries of the island’s beaches, history, hotels and more. Pictured above are birds in flight over the marshes of Jekyll. Deer, raccoons, rabbits and other small mammals also inhabit the marshes. To the right, Driftwood Beach is framed in the early morning sun.

Explore my photo gallery to see more of the natural beauty and historic charm of Jekyll Island. The photographs featured on this site, as well as additional photos, are available for purchase as framed prints and canvas wraps in a variety of sizes at Fine Art America. Greeting cards of prints are also available.

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all photographs utilized within this web site are copyrighted by Bruce Gourley.