Drive 20 minutes east of Savannah and you will arrive at Tybee Island. Think “Good things come in small packages”. Only five miles long, Tybee is still growing in popularity (a few celebrities have a place there) but it has not yet suffered from overcrowding and tourist traps.
Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee’s beautiful scenery includes historic forts, sand dunes, natural marshes, sandy unspoiled beaches, and charming cottages. You will find local galleries, cute restaurants, and bottlenose dolphins waiting to entertain you at this seaside playground. The outdoorsy type will love the kayaking, jet ski’s, and fishing, while those just here for relaxation can enjoy reading a book or simply laying on the beach at this ultimate family destination. For the nature lover, there are ecology tours offered as well. Watch for sea turtles beginning in May.
Tybee Light Station
Your visit must include a stop by the Tybee Light Station. The original lighthouse was built in 1736 and was the highest structure in America for its time. It has since been replaced several times though it is still operational. Rebuilt in 1773, the Tybee Light Station has been guiding mariner’s into the Savannah River for 250 years. After your lighthouse tour, run over to Seaside Sister, 1207 Hwy 80 East, and browse their adorable treasures. The pillows, candles, gourmet foods, collection of mermaid items, and home decor will surely find a way to make you open your wallet and take home a souvenir from Tybee Island.
Tybee Island Eats
Tybee is full of good eats. AJ’s Dockside allows you to enjoy your meal alongside the Back River with their outdoor deck seating. The menu offers a bit of everything, but nothing beats a cold beer with wings or gumbo. AJ’s also rents kayaks and paddleboards. Another great restaurant I visited with some girlfriends was the Sundae Cafe. They offered a fun atmosphere, fat wine glasses, and delicious food. I highly recommend the Lobster Mac and Cheese. Tybee’s most famous food find, The Crab House, located at 40 Estill Hammock Rd, is a fun place to go for any reason and with anyone. Check out the live gator habitats while you wait for your table. The Crab House also features live music nightly while providing finger licking good seafood in a super relaxed atmosphere.
Tybee has several hotel choices but the ones I have tried are only mediocre. The DeSoto Beach Hotel is oceanfront and affordable, but not very plush. The Ocean Plaza Beach Resort has over 200 rooms and 2 pools, but I did not feel it was worth the cost. Whether you have a few days or a week to spend here, I am sure you can find something here to fit your budget and accommodation preferences. Tybee Island will deliver a fun-filled getaway with your family or friends.
Tip: If you forgot your sunscreen or need to buy a raft, stop by T.S. Chu & Co. on Tybrisha Street. An interesting, yet eerie mix of items for purchase, they will most likely have what you need for your beach outing as well as some souvenir items. Better yet, they will provide you with some giggles with their odd variety.
Odd Info: I was recently reading that during a military training exercise in 1958, the US Air Force dropped an atomic bomb at Tybee Island by accident. The bomb was a Mark 15 hydrogen nuclear bomb. In 2004, efforts were made to locate the missing bomb, but it never turned up.
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