Get More From a Visit to Tybee Island Than Just a Beachfront Vacation!

Get More From a Visit to Tybee Island Than Just a Beachfront Vacation!
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Tybee Island Light House in Georgia, USAIn 1520, Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon claimed Tybee Island for Spain as part of the country’s “La Florida” conquest. But Tybee Island, only 18 miles from Savannah, is much more than a Florida beach. Tybee Island is one of the best beaches along the east coast, with plenty of water and beachfront activities, if that’s what you’re looking for. But what makes Tybee Island stand out from other beachfront destinations is its rich history and culture to explore. So, if you’re looking for a little more than your standard beach vacation, here are a few reasons you want to book a stay on Tybee Island!

Tybee Island Is Savannah’s Secret Beachfront Escape!
Local Savannah residents have long flocked to Tybee Island for a beachfront getaway. After the civil war, beachfront cottages began dotting the coast, and steamships carrying residents from Savannah began dotting the coastline. By 1887, the Central Georgia Railroad line extended to the island, making it an even more popular tourist destination for locals.

The trend continues, and the summer months can be very busy! Typically the best time of year to visit is from April to June each year when the weather is lovely and not too hot. However, if you’re hoping to avoid a crowd, August tends to be the busiest month for visitors, so make sure you book ahead of time to find a great spot to stay!

What Can You Do on Tybee Island?
There is so much to do on Tybee Island. You have access to all your favorite beachfront activities, watersports, and outdoor adventures. But what we love about visiting Tybee Island is visiting a few of the historical sites. Here are a few of our favorites.

Tybee Island Lighthouse: This lighthouse is the oldest and tallest in Georgia and was built in 1736. Make sure you purchase your tickets ahead of time for this attraction, as it can get quite busy, and check the weather. During adverse weather, the lighthouse and catwalk may be closed for safety! Your admission to the lighthouse also gets you access to the Battery Garland/Tybee Island Museum located next to the lighthouse.

Tybee Post Theater: If you love to take in live music, theater performances, or even a movie on your trip, visit the historic Tybee Post Theater. It was initially built for soldiers stationed on the Island in the 1930s. It was reopened in 2015 as a community hub for cultural arts events and film screenings, so make sure to add it to your list!

Fort Pulaski Monument: If you’re a civil war or American history buff, stop at the Fort Pulaski monument. It was an essential fortification defense from oversea enemies before the civil war. However, during the civil war, it became a powerful base for the Confederate army until the Union army won it using heavy cannon fire. Now it’s maintained by the National Park Service and includes some great exhibits and outdoor activity spaces.

Shop and Eat Throughout Town
If historical excursions are what you are looking for, take a break and stroll throughout town. There are plenty of beach boutiques, art galleries, souvenir shops, and more. Some popular shopping areas are along 16th street or the outdoor complex at Tybee Oaks. You’re sure to have a blast visiting the local vendors who call Tybee Island home.

Enjoy Some Fresh Food Too!
Of course, once you’re done with your activities for the day, you will want a delicious meal to cap off your adventures. Don’t worry. There are plenty of excellent restaurants to explore on the island. Here’s a great restaurant guide to help you find the perfect place to eat!

Let Us Make Your Tybee Island Stay a Success!
We love Tybee Island and know that a trip here can be magical. So we’re here to help by providing access to nearby vacation rentals. Visit our website to find the perfect venue for your island getaway, and book now before everything is locked in for the busy season!