Tybee Island's Most Recent Accolades...
10 Best: Coastal Small Town - USA Today
10 Best: Southern Small Town - USA Today
One of 20 Most Charming Beach Towns Across America - Town & Country
America's Happiest Seaside Towns (No. 6) - Coastal Living
One of 20 Coolest Beach Towns in America - Matador Network
10 Best: Island Escapes You Can Drive To - USA Today
10 East Coast Beaches Making a Splash (No. 1) - TripAdvisor
One of the 5 Best Beach Camping Spots in America - Huffington Post
10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the USA - The Culture Trip
16 Affordable Winter Trips Close to Home - Budget Travel
Best US Islands for Family Vacations - Conde Nast
"Perfect Little Beach Town: The All-American Hamlet" - Southern Living
"Best Family Beaches on the East Coast" - Fodor's
"Best Beaches for Families" - Parents Magazine
Top 10 Vacation Rental Hotspots for 2010 - Tripadvisor
Top 10 City Beaches in America - AOL
#1 Healthiest Beach in America - Health Magazine
"Readers' Choice Best Beach" - Georgia Magazine
"Best One Tank Trip" - Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Best Beach Retreat" - Creative Loafing Atlanta
Bicycle Friendly Community - League of American Bicyclists
Best Day Trip and Most Fun Place to Take the Kids - Savannah Magazine
About Tybee Island...
The End of the Road
Tybee is definitely more than just an island: it’s a feeling. It’s that feeling you get when driving East on Highway 80, passing over the bridges, down the causeway, through the marshes, past the shrimp boats, and onto the island: it begins and ends on that little slice of paradise we call Tybee Island. Located at the eastern end of Highway 80 (the other end is in San Diego), Tybee is the end of the road for some, and the beginning for others. It’s a place where you can escape from the city, get away, kick-back, relax, do nothing, and have fun! Tybee offers vacationers the simple pleasures in life: a chance to enjoy family, spend time with friends, have a slumber party with the kids, vacation with the dog, or get away by yourself! Tybee is your own home away from home. You can relax on the beach, watch the birds and the dolphins, go fishing, collect shells, go for a swim, kayak around the creeks, bike ride, or have a great meal and a margarita! On Tybee you can get in touch with nature, history, and yourself.
Tybee is an eclectic, small beach town offering a little old and a little new. While it’s changed a little over the years, it still maintains a friendly small town feeling and exudes a quiet island charm. Tybee is full of history, fun in the sun, and provides plenty of island characters and watering holes. There are sights to see such as the historic Tybee Island Lightstation, the newly renovated Tybee history museum, the pier and pavilion, and many local galleries, shops, and restaurants. However, the main attraction is and will always be the sprawling beaches, beautiful sunsets, wonderful fresh seafood, and of course the people, that is, the 3500 locals who call Tybee home. For nearly half the year, Tybee is a bustling vacation destination for families, travelers, and Savannahians. But late fall and winter bring about “Tybee Time,” a quiet, slow paced time when locals and a few lucky visitors recharge their batteries, enjoy peaceful island life, and prepare for the next season.
Tybee offers visitors laid back southern hospitality, history, and if you’re lucky, a little adventure on the side. One of the cherished reasons for living on Tybee is not only the beach but the beautiful rivers and creeks. Nothing is better than an evening boat cruise on the Back River over to Little Tybee, where you can see the dolphins play, sip a few boat drinks, and enjoy a perfect sunset. The beautiful barrier islands offer a paradise to be explored by boat or kayak. Speaking of water, no trip to Tybee would be complete without a fishing trip! Whether you fish off the pier, the beach, venture offshore, or stay in the creeks, rivers, and marshes for some inshore fishing, the local waters offer a cornucopia of fresh seafood and a full day of relaxing fun.
Tybee, which meant “salt” to the Native Americans, is the northernmost barrier island along the Georgia Colonial Coast. Tybee has nearly 3 miles of sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing, water sports, kayaking, fishing and people watching. The north end of the island offers history enthusiasts a variety of sites such as Fort Screven, a Spanish War era fortification, the Tybee Museum, and Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. A few miles west on Highway 80, visitors may enjoy a trip to Ft. Pulaski National Monument, which played a vital role in the Civil War, and the old Savannah Tybee Railroad Trail, a 6.5 mile path where walkers, joggers, and cyclists enjoy the scenic tree-lined trail with excellent marsh and river views.
The Best of Both Worlds
Located only 20 minutes from historic downtown Savannah, Tybee offers the best of both worlds. No trip to Tybee is complete without enjoying at least one day in “The Hostess City of the South.” Visitors and locals alike love to head to the mainland for a fun-filled day trip to Savannah. Enjoy the beautiful historic architecture, walk through the oak-filled parks and squares, shop on River Street, have lunch in City Market, take a stroll up Broughton Street, visit a museum, go on a ghost tour, then have a great dinner, drinks and go out to the clubs and pubs. Savannah offers an excellent source of history, culture, entertainment, architecture, beauty, and best of all, southern hospitality.
More Tybee Island Information...
Tybee Vacation Rentals 2014/2015 Vacation Guide
Each year Tybee Vacation Rentals produces a printed recommendation guide to help our guests "Vacation with All the Comforts of Home." We invite you to review this guide prior to your arrival so you can pre-plan all of the fun things to do during your visit.