The Space"Ocean Retreat" is a beautifully decorated cottage with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a large living room with cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and wide-screen TV, a sun room, a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, sun-decks with ocean views, and a double garage. It's the second house from the beach (about 50 yards away)
BEDS: one king, two queen, trundle bed (king or two singles), bunk bed, and two sofa beds. Accommodates as many as fourteen. Note however that four of the fourteen berths share the "crews quarters" with the washer and dryer, and may be a bit crowded if all four beds are occupied. Good place to park the children!
Amenities include a microwave and dishwasher, washer and dryer, six cable TVs, five VCRs, DVD, WiFi, unlimited domestic long distance calling, and heated pool privileges (at the Days Inn). NO PETS, NO SMOKING.
Available year-round for weekly rentals (with discounts for two weeks or more). Daily rentals (minimum of three days) may be available in low season months, and possibly during high season (on late bookings). Weekly rental rates range from $1900 (low season) to $2600 (high season), taxes included.
During high season (March, April, May, June, July, and most of August) rentals are on a weekly basis only, from Saturday night through Friday night, except when vacancies exist on short notice.
"Ocean Retreat" is a "housekeeping cottage," meaning that you will need to supply your own linens or rent them. If you choose to rent linens, we will supply you with the website of the linen rental company that services our cottage. You will also need to supply your own paper products (toilet tissue, paper towels, etc), detergents, soaps, and toiletries.
"Ocean Retreat" is ideal for family gatherings, girl getaways, corporate retreats, romance, rest, and good times.
Jekyll Island is a state park with a National Historic District (the Jekyll Island Club and cottages of the rich and famous), fantastic beaches, first-rate golf courses (three and a half of them), tennis, bike paths, a water park (in season), a nature center with guided kayaking tours, guided and do-it-yourself nature walks, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, dolphin cruises, fishing (there's a fishing pier and many charter boats), horse-back riding (on Driftwood Beach), bird-watching, and great restaurants. It is remarkable for the blessed absence of McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s, Kmart, Walmart, and other such travesties. With two-thirds of the island is in its natural state (by State mandate), Jekyll Island is truly a retreat.
Our personal favorite day trips from Jekyll Island include Okephenokee Swamp (about one and a half hours away), Cumberland Island National Seashore (accessible by boat only from St. Marys -- about an hour away -- reservations suggested), Savannah (one and a half hours), Brunswick, Saint Simons Island (esp. Fort Frederica), and St. Augustine (about two hours). Orlando is about four hours away.
Please Note: The beach opposite "Ocean Retreat" is available only at lower tide -- that is about half the time, more or less, depending upon the phase of the moon. The tide changes at Jekyll Island every five hours and fifty-five minutes. The nearest beach access at high tide is at Dexter Lane, about three-quarters of a mile south of "Ocean Retreat" -- a 15 minute walk. Guest AccessGuests have access to every part of the house except the attic, two hall closets, and one garage storage bin. Interaction with GuestsWe are absentee landlords (residing in New Jersey and Virginia). We rely upon our agent (Jekyll Realty) to fulfill our guest's needs. The NeighborhoodOcean Retreat is in a quiet corner of a remote Island, where the only sounds you will hear for the most part are the waves a-breaking on the beach and the birds a-chirping.
Nevertheless, there are first-class restaurants a within minutes of the house, and most everything else you will need in a tiny shopping center about two miles south of the house. Other Things to NoteVisitors to Jekyll Island (a state park) will need to buy a parking pass. The daily pass ($6) is good for multiple entries over a 24 hour period. This should be the only pass you will need if you do not plan to leave the island much on other days of your visit. You can also buy a weekly pass ($28), which is valid for seven consecutive days, or an annual pass ($58). NOTE: you should buy a weekly pass ONLY if you are certain that you will be leaving and coming back onto the island on more than four different days.
The "parking pass" is more properly an entrance fee -- you can stay on the Island as long as you want for your $6 daily ticket, unless you leave and re-enter the island after its expiration.