Jolee Island Nature Park
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Kbamm
Knoxville, TN5 contributions
This is private and ONLY for owners or guests of the Sandestin Resort. Would have been good to know that prior.
Written April 9, 2012
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houstonmom
houston4 contributions
In May 2004, my family and I stayed in Sandestin and inevitably my kids (6 and 3) wanted to know where the nearest playground was located. I asked at the front desk and was directed to Jolee Island. (If I have one complaint about the Sandestin resort, it's the lack of playgrounds for kids. We couldn't even locate a swing.) Jolee Island is really a charming setting. However, a much better job could have been done on the play structure. You cross a small bridge to the island and there are trails and a wooden structure for playing. The structure itself looks very old and it's supposed to resemble a pirate ship. My kids spent about 5 minutes on it before they wanted to explore the trails. I was disappointed because the island itself is quite large and it seems a very elaborate play area could have been built. Another recollection I have about Jolee Island is the biting insects. I was bitten several times by some sort of flying bug (not mosquitoes). Take bug spray!
Written April 14, 2005
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DeAnna D
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
This little nature reserve was a nice free adventure for our family of 4, we have a 4 year old and a 16 year old. Sure it's not a huge place but it was beautiful and peaceful. There were bench swings throughout, a playground in the middle and a lookout tower on the small beach which our children could have cooled off in if wasn't such a chilly day. It is NOT only for sandestin guest! We also walked around the village at Sandestin which had an a awesome playground and a pier to walk out. It was a nice way to spend a couple hours and it didn't cost a dime😆
Written April 3, 2015
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Dorrisk2
11 contributions
Jun 2013
After seeing its rank, we were excited to take our 2 young boys to enjoy some short hikes and a pirate ship playground. We were surprised when GPS led us to a private resort checkin. We were turned away and the boys were very disappointed. Do not repeat our mistake!
Written July 6, 2013
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skohlwey
Parker, CO4 contributions
Jun 2018
If you aren’t at the resort, there is no public street access. The security guard will make you turn around.
Written June 27, 2018
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Bobbie B
Covington, GA41 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
After finally locating the park, we were told it was only for guests and residents of the resort. So might be awesome, but we'll never know. For those looking to find the park, turn north on San Destin Blvd and head to the guards. Maybe you'll have better luck than us!
Written August 20, 2015
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marlinchaser3
Destin, FL323 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
This "island" is within Sandestin Resort and situated along Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County. Jollee encompasses a very small area so unless you are staying within the resort, it may make little sense to visit. It is peaceful and typically sparsely occupied by other visitors. Nice way to relax and bc you are very near all amenities you can retreat to civilization quickly!
Written December 24, 2017
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Dana W
8 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We rented a kayak early morning at the baytowne marina and took it out in the bay and around the island. It was tricky at times (for my lack of experience with kayaking) but a good way to explore the water around the island great pics on the bridge in the evening!
Written June 13, 2015
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Mike C
Keller, TX650 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
THIS IS ACCESSIBLE ONLY TO THOSE STAYING AT THE SANDESTIN RESORT. Aside from this, Jolee Island is accessible via walking, biking, canoe, or paddle board. My wife and I biked out there twice during our week long stay to sit on a swing and watch the storms roll in. Quiet and peaceful, the island is a nice secluded area to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, etc.

One thing that could be done, however, to improve the island experience would be to touch up the trails a bit. The overgrowth and vegetation creeps onto the trail making bike riding there a bit tight.
Written August 15, 2013
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LiveNMS-loveTN
Gulfport, MS30 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
This is a little gem of an area in Sandestin for people with young children. It is also fun to explore for adults. This is a walking trail off the main road and you can also ride your bikes into most of same. This area contains a playground and hidden areas down a wooded trail that consists of a little house and bridges, as well as a main grassy area that would be perfect for picnics. There is also a small beach area with more treehouses to explore and swings. A lot of people who rent the kayaks from the marina bring them over to the beach area to rest. The only negative is that the playground is really hot in the warm weather, but would be perfect for spring or fall. I highly recommend people staying in Sandestin take the time to see this nature area.
Written July 28, 2015
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