It was like waking up in a prehistoric dream stepping onto Jekyll Island.
The air warm and unmoving, the trees bending in all directions as if escaping an invisible wind, and hundreds of driftwood trees scattering the beach making for some au naturale jungle gyms for the kids that scattered in and out of the forest chasing sandpipers.
While staying at the King & Prince just across the bay, we could see a glimpse of Jekyll Island and it’s pristine white beaches, so I knew we’d have to take an afternoon and go lounge on the beach while we were in St. Simons.
Whereas a boat ride to Jekyll Island’s driftwood beach would have taken a quick 5 minutes from the King & Prince, the car ride took significantly longer. But the trip was pleasant as we passed stretches of marshland and finally made it to the state park. But once we were on the sandy beaches, we kicked off our shoes and started scouring a good place to throw our things down and lounge in the sun that decided to poke it’s head out.
Something about the way that Jekyll Island is facing, it gets considerably less wind than St. Simon’s beach did. The sand is alabaster white and dotted with sand crabs scurrying from hole to hole in the warm sand. On this particularly warm and windless day I had forethought to pack provisions: my new favorite Presto’s Cuvée in a Can from Whole Foods. It’s a sparkling wine (so it’s almost a champagne) and perfect for the beach to be mixed with OJ or enjoyed on its own. I’ve been utterly obsessed with it and buy a new carton almost every week!
We spent the afternoon on Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach drinking in the sun, skipping rocks along the shoreline and dipping our feet in and out of the rising tide. It was the perfect sunny afternoon spent on the beach.