Tybee Island is a place famous for its delicious southern cuisine, easy-going lifestyle and fabulous vacation rentals. It’s the perfect place to visit to kickback and soak up the sun while enjoying some of the great attractions Tybee has to offer. Here are the top 5 things to do when visiting this island paradise.
1. Life Is A Beach
Tybee’s main attraction has to be its beach. It has been a popular spot since the late 1800s – it’s no wonder as the public beach runs for over 5 miles and is boarded by rolling sand dunes and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is split into: South Beach, Mid Beach, North Beach, Savannah River Beach and Back River Beach – each is popular for sunbathing, sailing, fishing or swimming with dolphins. If you love to spend a sun soaked day at the beach you won’t find a better stretch of sand to enjoy.
2. This Is A Lighthouse Keeper
Tybee Lighthouse and Museum is the island’s most popular landmark. It was built in the early 1800s to help mariners find a safe passage to the Savannah River. It stands within a beautiful five-acre site and is one of America’s finest examples of a lighthouse station. The story of which is fascinatingly told in the associated Tybee Museum – the museum is a wonderful place to discover more about the lighthouse and the history of the island.
3. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Tybee is located only 18 miles from the historic city of Savannah. The island is also referred to as Savannah Beach because the beach physically links the two places. When staying in Tybee a visit to Savannah is a must. It is such unique and beautiful town, so steeped in history and myth – it was the setting for the novel ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ and is a place where lots of the historic mansions have their own ghost stories. Savannah is one of America’s most iconic Southern towns and an incredible place to visit.
4. Get Fortified
Fort Pulaski is a national monument. During the American Civil War the fort is where the Union Army successfully tested rifled cannon fire for the first time. It is a part of American military history that helped shape innovation in terms of weaponry. As a visitor you can watch cannon firing (Saturdays and Sundays) and musket demonstrations. The Fort is on Cockspur Island, which is located between Tybee Island and Savannah.
5. Pier Into The Past
The Tybrisa Pavilion (the original Tybee Pier & Pavilion) was built in the 1800s. It was a top attraction during its day, but sadly it burned down in 1967. However, rebuilt in 1996, it is one of Tybee’s top attractions again. It is free to the public and is a great place for anything from a romantic stroll to fishing. It hosts music events, dances and other special occasions. There is a snack bar and picnic tables. If you want a great view of the ocean this is THE spot.
It is such a fun and fantastic place to visit and there are so many great Tybee Island Vacation Rentals to stay in. If you want to just kickback and catch some rays, come visit Tybee as it’s the perfect place to do it!