Kick off your shoes and relax. With five miles of uninterrupted public beach, you can stroll, swim or snooze to your heart’s content. The fish are jumping. The dolphins are playing just a hundred yards out. And you’re drinking a cold one without ever leaving your beach chair. Life is almost too good here.
Just a few miles east of Historic Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island will tempt you with its eclectic style, thriving natural habitat, and easy-going personality. Kids love it, too.
Natural Things To Do
North Beach is home to the lighthouse and is ideal for watching international cargo ships on their way to the Port of Savannah. South Beach is where you’ll find surfers, the Pier & Pavilion, restaurants, bars and shops. And there are miles of accessible beaches in-between.
North Beach Bird Sanctuary
Tybee is one of the best places in Georgia to bird-watch. And the kinds of birds change with the tides. From Black Skimmers and Brown Pelicans to Red-throated Loons and Buffleheads, you’ll be amazed. You may even spot Tybee’s official bird, the Painted Bunting.
Little Tybee Island
Accessible only by boat or kayak, this pristine, uninhabited nature preserve is home to an endless, unspoiled beach of driftwood, native shells and crabs. From subtropical forest to protected marshes and estuaries, you’ll see all kinds of native coastal birds including egrets, herons and ospreys. Camping, guided tours, and charters are available.
Tybee Marine Science Center
Experience local and tropical marine life that you can even reach out and touch in the popular “touch tank.” Want to learn more about the island’s thriving natural habitat? Sign up for a Beach Discovery Walk led by a marine expert.
Active Things To Do
Drop a line off the pier, in the surf or along the Back River. Looking for a bigger catch? Check out our deep sea or in-shore charters or rent your own boat. Tybee is great for crabbing too. If you’d rather order off the menu, you can always buy fresh local seafood island-wide.
Immerse yourself in Tybee’s coastal wildlife, armed with just a paddle, a kayak and a personal guide. Beginners, families and experts welcome. Visit Little Tybee’s nature preserve and play with the dolphins in their natural habitat.
Surfing, Jetskiing & Watersports
Get amped on a shortboard or longboard. Maximize airtime on a kiteboard. Or make some waves on a jetski. The best times are mid to high tide.
Biking & Walking
Our humble island is only about 3 miles long so it’s easy to bike it or hoof it. The hard-packed sand is ideal and the views are spectacular. Don’t miss the Rails to Trails crushed-stone path along Hwy 80 — great for biking, hiking and bird-watching.
Interesting Things To Do
Tybee Museum & Lighthouse
Can you climb 178 steps to the top? Tour Georgia’s oldest, tallest lighthouse. And check out the Museum to learn about this historic,145-ft. monument that dates back to 1773.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Completed in 1847, this historic fort was defended by the Confederate Army as Union forces fired powerful, new cannons from Tybee. You can still see the cannonball holes.
Tybee Pier & Pavilion
Stroll along the weathered planks and check out the lively scene along the Tybee Island Strand. Spot dolphins. Catch fish. Or grab an ice cream. You can also see live concerts, art fairs and other fun events, year-round.
Established in the 1890s, Fort Screven was the site of troop training during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.
Tybee Island offers a complimentary visitors guide/travel planner that addresses every vacationer’s needs. To get your free copy, which includes a complete listing of dining establishments, lodging accommodations, historical attractions, shops, and recreation possibilities, just fill in this brief form and we’ll send one right away.