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Island Treaures

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Sunday, January 1st to Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

In the Golden Isles, the sea has always been full of treasure. Whether delicious shrimp and fish caught for the table, or beautiful shells and shark teeth used in home and personal décor, the water provides many treasures to locals and visitors alike.

On Jekyll Island, the tradition continues with the annual Island Treasures glass float hunt.

“In the early 1900s, fishermen used glass floats on their nets as markers,” said Jerod Myers, Jekyll Island Guest Information Center manager. “Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.”

Today, Jekyll Island hand-picks artists from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats for its annual Island Treasures event.

The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island every day throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide two-to-five glass floats around the island for lucky guests to find and keep.

As in the 2016 treasure hunt, the Beach Buddies have doubled the number of floats hidden on the weekends in 2017. Now, friends from nearby places like Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Orlando, and Atlanta, can drive to the island for a weekend of treasure hunting fun.

Each float is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their Island Treasures at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where they will receive a certificate of authenticity and artist biography for their one-of-a-kind float. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

Island Treasures are always hidden in plain view, in public spaces. Beach Buddies will never place a treasure in the dunes, marshes, animal habitats or private property. A map highlighting the best hunting areas on Jekyll has been created to help first-time treasure hunters.


Island Treasures

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This Event Happens in: 
January and February
Bring the whole family to search for beautiful, handworked glass floats along the Jekyll Island beaches! Throughout the two-month event, new floats are hidden regularly. Where will you find your treasure?
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Jekyll Island National Historic District

Jekyll Island National Historic District

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Riverview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States

At first, it was the farm and home of John Eugene duBignon. But, with the help of his brother-in-law Newton Finney, it became what Munsey’s Magazine called "the richest, most inaccessible club in the world" – the Jekyll Island Club.