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The impressive and modern oceanfront Jekyll Island Convention Center will again be the center of activity for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles on Jekyll Island. The facility, new hotels and adjacent shopping area add another dimension to an island that is already well-known for its miles of beautiful, unspoiled beaches and acres of natural habitat.
The first Feast of Tabernacles on Jekyll Island was held in 1963. Since then, more Feasts have been held here than at any other modern-day location, and for good reason. The island provides a serene and millennial, retreat-type setting that is ideal for worship, fellowship, sharing meals together and enjoying the considerable recreational activities that take advantage of the island’s natural features.
People and families of every age can find something exciting and interesting to do on the island. Feastgoers can enjoy swimming, shell-collecting, long walks or jogs along 10 miles of white sand beaches, horseback riding on the beach, dolphin tours, golf, miniature golf, tennis, fishing (requires a license), hiking and bike-riding along the beach. The Tidelands Nature Center offers kayak and canoe rentals, as well as guided nature walks and indoor and outdoor exhibits to help you explore land and sea life (including sea turtles). For those interested in history, the unrivaled charm of the Jekyll Historic District, located along the Intracoastal Waterway, can be toured by tram or on foot.
In addition to daily services, Bible studies and youth education classes are planned. Other activities include a seniors’ lunch, the popular family day at Great Dunes Park and Beach Pavilion, a fun show and/or family dance, and teen, young adult and singles activities.
A wide variety of Festival housing, more than is listed in this brochure, is available on the island in rented homes, newer hotels and condominiums. Feastgoers are welcome to make their reservations at the accommodation of their choice. For those who enjoy camping, the Jekyll Island Campground offers 18 wooded acres with various camping spaces, ranging from basic tent sites to full hook-up, pull through RV sites with electricity, cable TV, water and sewerage.
Daytime temperatures in October are typically in the mid-to-high 70s with nighttime temperatures averaging in the low 60’s Fahrenheit. Major airports for arrival and departure are Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, which are both an hour away. Brunswick, Georgia is within 20 miles of the site. A rental car is advised. There is an $8 toll per vehicle every time one enters the island.
Taxes: Local tax is 5 percent; state tax is 7 percent, plus a $5 per night State of Georgia hotel tax.