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Tybee Island | The perfect place to relax and recharge

Tybee Island is a city and a barrier island located in Chatham County, Georgia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Savannah, United States. Though the name “Tybee Island” is used for both the island and the city, geographically they are not identical: only part of the island’s territory lies within the city.

The island is the easternmost point in Georgia. The phrase “From Rabun Gap to Tybee Light,” intended to illustrate the geographic diversity of Georgia, contrasts a mountain pass near the state’s northernmost point with the coastal island’s lighthouse.

As of the 2020 census, the city’s population was 3,114. The entire island is a part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Officially renamed Savannah Beach in a publicity move at the end of the 1950s, the city of Tybee Island has since reverted to its original name. (The name Savannah Beach nevertheless appears on official state maps as far back as 1952 and as recently as the mid-1970s.) The small island, which has long been a quiet getaway for the residents of Savannah, has become a popular vacation spot with tourists from outside the Savannah metropolitan area. Tybee Island is home to the first of what would eventually become the Days Inn chain of hotels, the oft-photographed Tybee Island Light Station, and the Fort Screven Historic District.

It is one of the few locations where the U.S. Air Force dropped an atomic bomb—by accident (during a botched 1958 military training exercise). Though the “Tybee Bomb” did not detonate (and, according to some reports, was not armed with a fuse), there has been ongoing concern, since the Mark 15 nuclear bomb lost during the mishap was never found.

Climate

Tybee Island has hot weather in summer, while in winter the weather is cool with winds. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45 °F to 88 °F and is rarely below 33 °F or above 93 °F.

Reasons to Visit Tybee Island in the Summer

  • Official Beach Season

There is no better way to celebrate the summer season than at the beach on Tybee Island. Spend the afternoon lounging under the warm summer sun or get active with any of our exciting watersports. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to enjoy all that our shores have to offer.

  • Movies in the Park

Summer evenings are perfect for stargazing, sunset strolls and outdoor movies. Pack up your beach chairs and grab a to-go order from your favorite Tybee Island restaurant before heading over to Memorial Park for an evening of family-friendly entertainment under the stars.

  • Stunning Sunrises & Sunsets

Not too many destinations can offer remarkable sunrises and sunsets from the same location. In addition, not too many people have the opportunity to witness these picturesque views from atop the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia. The Tybee Island Lighthouse opens its doors during the summer months to small group tours at sunrise and sunset. Climb 178 steps to view Tybee Island like you never have before. Be sure to bring your camera, you’re not going to want to miss out on capturing this unique experience.

  • Shop Late ‘Til Eight

The warm summer evenings provide the perfect setting to sip and stroll while you shop at some of the island’s premier stores after dark. The Shoppes at 1207 keep their doors open late the 3rd Thursday of every month for an evening of live music, fantastic food, superb shopping and family-friendly activities.

  • Live Music

We couldn’t think of a better way to unwind after a day of sunbathing and splashing in the Atlantic Ocean, than to kick back with a cold libation and listen to some live music. Summer means the perfect weather to continue the party well after the sun has gone down at some of the island’s most popular spots. Plan for an evening of excellent entertainment while listen to local artists jam the night away.

  • Become a Volunteer

Tybee Island is a paradise to many. From the animals who call it home to the people who call it their haven, Tybee’s sandy beaches provide rest, respite and relaxation for all who seek it. During the summertime, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers come together weekly to help keep Tybee clean and pristine. Join the movement and make your tourism turn into voluntourism to really make a difference on our barrier island.

Tybee Island’s Beaches

  • Mid Beach
  • North Beach
  • Back River Beach
  • South Beach
  • Tybee Island Beach
  • Tybee Island Visitors Center
  • Little Tybee Beach
  • Little Tybee Island
  • Tybee Island

How to Spend Your Summer on Tybee Island

  • Eenie Meenie Minie Home

Where you choose to rest your head will set the tone for the entirety of your stay. On Tybee Island, hotels and vacation homes such as beach cottages, luxury manors and all-inclusive condos are at your fingertips. You’ll find that beach access, game rooms, multiple living quarters, private pools, rooftop decks, ocean views and private parking makes the transition to utopia effortless.

  • Check-in With Our Community Visitor Center

Our island resource experts await you at the Tybee Island Visitor Center. Drop your luggage at your new island home and then head to the corner of Hwy. 80 and Campbell Ave. You’ll be informed on dining recommendations, maps, brochures, bathroom locations, tours, weather, high tides and all insider island info.

  • Gear Up

Did the additional baggage fees outweigh your beach gear? Trust us; you saved yourself the hassle. Many of the island’s vacation homes and hotels offer the supplies you need for the perfect beach day. Bikes, umbrellas, chairs, pack n plays and cribs for your little ones and much more are also available at TIMS Bikes, Beach Gear & Disc Golf. Need a tumbler, bottle opener, bathing suit cover, flip flops – nails?? T.S. Chu Department Store is your novelty/gift shop guru. Tybee Island is your personal lifesaver to secure whatever you need to stay afloat.

  • Become a Beach Nomad/Ocean Extraordinaire

Tybee Island has some of the most serene beaches. Each of the five, yes five, offers a different experience because of their distinct personalities. There’s calming North Beach (you’ll love their changing stations), famous South Beach, the in-betweener Mid Beach, secretive Back River and uninhabited Little Tybee. Make the most of your beach days with Tybee Surf Lessons as you become one with the ocean and ride out the tides. Sea Kayak Georgia and East Coast Paddle boarding offer a scenic and sporting adventure across the island. Hop aboard one of several personal or private charter outings with Crab Creek Charters, Sundial Charters, Compass Sailing and Sweet Lowland Charters for a day or evening on the Atlantic. Remember to bring your coolers. We hear that sunsets and picnics on the boat deck are magical.

  • Become a Tybee Island Foodie

While you’re here for the next month or three, indulge in Tybee Island’s dining scene. Fresh fish, Low Country Boils, crab, wagyu hot dogs, burgers, pizza, cocktails and ice cream can be enjoyed indoors but are preferably more delicious outdoors in the salty ocean air on spacious decks or sidewalk seating among live music. Casual attire is encouraged (hint: t-shirts and flip-flops).

  • Become an Event Groupie

Summer events on Tybee Island are a revolving dose of entertainment from treasured island faves that bring the entire community together to new and exciting shows. Local favorites like the Tybee Beach Bum Parade and Tybee Island July 4th Fireworks show are always a hit. The iconic Tybee Post Theater is ever eager to put on a show for the community with live entertainment, box office movie hits and visual art.

  • Park & Explore

Getting from A to B on Tybee Island is more than accessible on foot, but if you prefer to drive, the Park TYB app is your new friend. It’s simple to use and you can quickly add more time, making parking and leaving it easy.

Explore the island’s history at the Tybee Island Lightstation and Museum and learn about the lighthouse keepers and their families. Discover the beautifully preserved Civil War fortress that is Fort Pulaski National Monument. Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventure Tour will take you up close and personal to the Cockspur Lighthouse (the smallest lighthouse in Georgia) to learn its colorful history. At the same time, our dolphin buddies follow closely behind, flipping with excitement.

Horseshoe crabs, baby alligators and loggerhead sea turtles call the Tybee Island Marine Science Center home on North Beach. The knowledgeable staff here is eager to answer any questions about the island’s marine life. If marine biology piques your interest, consider a Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. Dr. Joe Richardson explains the importance of Tybee Island’s beaches, habitats and barrier islands. Beachcomb, collect live specimens and more during this interactive exploration.

Consider Tybee Island your annual summer home. Arrive and place your world on a temporary hold as you clear your mind and embrace the simplicity of this charismatic small-town beach community. Disconnect from technology. Reconnect with loved ones. De-stress. Meet new friends. Make lifetime memories.

 

 

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