On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.
The seasoned aqua men who own St. Mary's haven for Scuba aficionados also own the 6,000-square-foot building that houses the business. The diving specialists oversaw the construction of what would become their own self-contained underwater-experience facility. Adding to varied careers that encompassed naval service and cave diving, Bruce MacDougall and Chris Whitlock opened Diver’s Den in 2000, scheduling charters for open-water dives or practice dives in the company's heated, indoor pool. Over the last decade, Diver's Den has become a well-regarded source for both recreational diving instruction and professional training of rescue personnel.
The team of PADI-certified diving teachers at Diver’s Den regularly explores the region's offshore diving sites aboard its 36-foot Gulfstream boat, the Georgia Wreckreation. The team members once memorably aided the underwater investigations of famed wreck historian Richie Kohler (whose conquests have included the Titanic) as he dove off the Georgia coast to visit mysterious sunken wrecks and his snooty in-laws who live in Atlantis' biggest mermansion.
Located in Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island), Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is within the vicinity of Big Talbot Island State Park and B.E.A.K.S.. This 4-star resort is within the region of Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve and Kingsley Plantation.
Make yourself at home in one of the 404 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Rooms have private balconies or patios where you can take in ocean and beach views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
When the weather is fine, head down to the private beach, or play a round or two at the golf course. This resort also features a concierge desk, babysitting/childcare, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. While enjoying a refreshing dip in the resort pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
From their dock on Amelia Island, Windward Sailing's US Coast Guard captains float out into the Cumberland Sound, where dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles swim alongside the boat's speeding hull. As these tours progress, the captain turns passengers' attention to the wild horses that gallop across the banks of Cumberland Island.
Though these tours introduce customers to the thrill of sailing, it's Windward Sailing's school that transforms the sport into a lifelong passion. In classrooms and on boats, instructors teach students to cruise local waters and prepare them for American Sailing Association exams. Depending on the course, instructors might teach fledgling captains to sail in light to moderate winds or navigate using nothing but constellations and the giant map NASA inscribed on the moon.
Equipped with a seasoned staff of sprinters, Current Running motivates movers and outfits joggers with a large spread of shorts, shoes, accessories, and more. Bury foot forks in a bevy of toe treats, including shoes from top brands such as Asics, Mizuno, Saucony, New Balance, Adidas, and Puma. Experts eye arches as customers try out the in-store treadmill with a number of different kicks, making suggestions to help match runners with the perfect combination of support and style. Race socks ($55) and recovery socks ($49) lay proper foundations for new shoes and provide a secret place for health enthusiasts to store spinach. To look slick and serious above the ankle on race day, also peruse Current's selection of ambling attire, including men and women's short tights ($80), long tights ($100), and compression leggings ($70).