Jekyll Island hides glass floats on beach � and the web

Jekyll_island_floats_hidden This January and February, Jekyll Island's again hiding glass floats along Georgia's most popular beach.

The floats are designed by artists and if you're lucky enough to find one, it's yours. The island asks that you bring it to the welcome center so you can record your find, and get a certificate of authenticity for the float. You'll also be entered in a drawing for a grand prize.

The pursuit's not limited to actual visitors. You can go on a virtual treasure hunt too, searching the island's web site for small, hidden Island Treasure pictures. The first person to click on one wins a float, which will be shipped to them.

And on January 31, geocachers will have a chance to find the floats, using GPS coordinates.

The treasures are inspired by glass floats once used by fishermen. Since the hunt began six years ago, over 1,000 glass floats have been discovered, and they've become collector's items. If you can't find a float, you can always buy one online for $65.

But first, you might as well look on the site. You won't have the gorgeous views, the sunshine or the wind whipping through your hair, though. For that, you'll still have to travel to Georgia.

What's the best thing you've ever found on beach? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Eric

    I love the beach in the winter, and Jekyll Island has miles of beach to wander and wonder… whether you find a float or not, you’ll be rewarded!

    January 20, 2009 at 2:06 am
  2. Jet Set Life

    Jekyll Island is a great place and it’s nice to see that they have continued the tradition with the floats. Great post. My readers will really enjoy this.

    January 28, 2009 at 12:44 am
  3. Larry Bleiberg

    It’s a fun way to encourage visitors during what some consider the off season. I think it can be one of the best times to go.

    January 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm
  4. Rick

    Found some cool driftwood, a tiny, delicate crab shell which (lumber-ox that I am) I promptly broke, and countless memories over the better part of 30 years of visiting Jekyll!

    December 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm
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