Jekyll Island, the southernmost island of the Golden Isles, is one of the most popular islands of coastal Georgia. Home to 10 miles of pristine shoreline and protected by Georgia state law, this 5,500-acre island offers many family-friendly events to choose from including their annual Jekyll Island Treasures.
Jekyll Island Treasures
Going on now through February 28, Jekyll Island encourages tourists to become treasure hunters as they explore the island in search of clear, plastic globes that can be exchanged for a handmade, one-of-a-kind glass float. Inside each plastic globe, treasure hunters will find a card with instructions to take the globe to the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center. Each card will have a number that corresponds to a real, handcrafted Island Treasure.
History of the Jekyll Island Treasure Hunt
Back in the early 1900s, fishermen used glass floats as markers on the nets they cast into the ocean. Sometimes these glass floats would break loose from the nets and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. In the 1950s this became a hobby and getting your hands on one of the highly sought-after glass floats was rare. To commemorate this hobby, the Island hosts its annual Island Treasures event except today’s treasures are from artists that have been selected from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats.
Throughout January and February of each year, the Jekyll Island Treasure Hunt begins with the Beach Buddies hiding a number of globes each day for treasure seekers to find. Hidden in plain view, these globes make exploring the island more fun and engaging.
Limited to one float per household per year, the clear, plastic globes treasure hunters find can be redeemed clear, for a handmade glass float at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center. Hunters will also receive a certificate of authenticity and artist biography for their one-of-a-kind float. To receive your Island Treasure, you will need to present a photo I.D. with your instructions card.
2021 Jekyll Island Treasures Helpful Hints
Is there a fee involved?
It is free to hunt the globes. The only cost you will incur is the parking fee to get on the island.
How many Island Treasures are hidden?
250 clear, plastic globes will be hidden between January 1 – February 28. Each day between 2 to 5 are hidden on the island in public areas. You will not find them in areas such as the dunes.
Are they hidden at a specific time each day?
Nope! They can be hidden throughout the day.
Whether you are looking to visit the iconic Driftwood Beach or the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island has something for everyone.