My family knew when we bought our camper that we wanted our first adventure with it to be really special. Both of my in-laws passed away last year about 10 months apart. They loved traveling, and we’ve found it very therapeutic in the sometimes grueling process that grieving can be. Nature also can be a healing catalyst, so I wanted to go somewhere with memorable outdoor experiences. But a family vacation at Jekyll Island was not yet on my radar.

Seeing just-hatched loggerhead sea turtles has been on my bucket list ever since I wrote about that experience offered at Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina. I was crushed to find they were already booked for this season. Would I really have to wait until next year?

I decided to look for possibilities outside of South Carolina, and the closest next option was Georgia. I’d heard about Jekyll Island recently, and almost immediately as I considered this alternative, I knew it was our answer.

Where To Stay On Jekyll Island

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Things To Do On Jekyll Island

There are many other fun Jekyll Island attractions, including a miniature golf course, a waterpark, museums, a marina, and various events throughout the year. We especially liked that Jekyll Island wasn’t crowded like most South Carolina beach locales we’ve visited. It’s a wonderful choice for a family vacation.

For me, the silver lining of missing out on Edisto Island was experiencing the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Hospital as well as a Driftwood Beach sunrise along with the baby sea turtle hatchlings’ release. Jekyll Island, you have new fans, and we will be back!

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