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Explore Tybee Island Like The Characters In The Last Song

Though Nicholas Sparks’s book, The Last Song, was set in North Carolina, the hit movie adaptation was actually filmed on Tybee Island. The historic beach town has provided a scenic backdrop for many Hollywood films in recent years. Here’s how you can explore Tybee Island just as the characters from The Last Song did.

1806 Butler Avenue

Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Miley Cyrus’s character, Ronnie, stays with her once-estranged father in this beachfront home on Tybee Island’s southern end. Many key scenes were shot in and around the home.

Photo courtesy of Talk of the House Blog

The owner, Sam Adams, agreed to allow cast and crew to film in his home for three months, saying the movie would be a way to immortalize his beloved beach house.

The Pier and Pavilion

Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Tybee Island’s pier and pavilion make several appearances as a social hub for the characters during a beach carnival.

As one of the island’s most well-known landmarks, the pier is, indeed, a hub of activity. The pavilion hosts live music during events, and the many picnic tables and concession stands are popular during warm summer days.

Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

Built just for the movie, this is the local church that catches fire in the film. Ronnie’s father works during the movie to craft a stained glass mirror for the repaired building.

Once filming wrapped, Disney donated the building to the island. The church was then moved to its present location, renovated and converted to the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.

North Beach Bar and Grill

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North Beach Bar and Grill serves as the setting of several scenes. Ronnie and Will (Liam Hemsworth’s character) find themselves in this restaurant at adjacent tables. Later, Ronnie finds her new friend, Blaze, arguing with her boyfriend outside the restaurant.

Photo courtesy of Talk of the House Blog

This restaurant is a local favorite for many reasons. It’s colorful, quirky and quintessentially “Tybee.”

The Beach

Photo courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Ronnie finds a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nesting site on the beach near her house and runs into Will there while he’s volunteering at the aquarium.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests are a relatively common sight near the dunes on Tybee Island between May 1 and August 31.

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