Best Meteor Shower-Watching Spots on Jekyll Island

If you loved the recent solar eclipse, you’ll be happy to know another awesome astrological phenomenon is coming up — and Jekyll Island is the perfect place to see it.

Best Meteor Shower-Watching Spots on Jekyll Island
Driftwood Beach courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

The Eta Aquarids is a meteor shower that happens annually from late April until late May, when the Earth crosses the orbit of the comet HP Halley and catches debris in our atmosphere. This debris appears to us, of course, as a beautiful light display across the sky, viewed best in low-light conditions. 

Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s famous Golden Isles, is a perfect viewing spot to experience the Eta Aquarids. The island’s 10 miles of undeveloped beaches, marshland and maritime forest create the perfect low-light backdrop for seeing the shower. During the shower’s peak, in the early hours of a moonless night, viewers can see up to 30 meteors per hour!

On Jekyll Island, the best spots to see the night sky with minimal light pollution are easy to access and beautiful day or night. This is the perfect excuse to head to this amazing island.

Here are some of the best spots on Jekyll Island to see the meteor shower…

  • St. Andrews Beach Park. This beach park is a short walk from Jekyll Point, the southernmost tip of the Island. It’s a popular bird watching spot via a two-story wildlife viewing platform and the contemplative Wanderer Memory Trail. It also happens to be a lovely spot for viewing dolphins and the sunset, since it faces west.
  • Driftwood Beach. Consistently voted one of America’s “Ten Most Romantic Beaches,” Driftwood Beach is an escape to another world. Ancient driftwood monuments line the waterfront, creating an unforgettable backdrop. Not only is it a fantastic spot to view the night sky away from city lights, it’s also a wonderful place to view a sunrise on Jekyll Island. 
  • Glory Beach. Graceful sea oats and pristine sand dunes line Glory Beach Park on the south end of Jekyll Island. Named after the movie Glory, for which the beach is now named, Glory Beach is one of the most secluded areas on the island, a perfect spot to view the night sky with little to no light pollution. 

Looking for a place to stay while you’re on Jekyll Island? Check out Jekyll Ocean Club: A Sophisticated Addition to the Stunning Georgia Coast!

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Best Meteor Shower-Watching Spots on Jekyll Island