If you’re planning a vacation to Tybee Island, here are a few ideas to make the most of every moment on this incredible island:
Vacation Experiences on Tybee Island, Georgia
Can’t decide where to stay on Tybee? Let My Beach House Vacation Rentals or Tybee Vacation Rentals arrange for you and the family to stay steps away from the surf and sand, especially important when toys and floats are in tow. Plan to leave the car parked and call Tim’s Beach Gear to outfit the family with a set of bikes for easy island exploration.
Start the day with the Smackjack Breakfast Burrito at The Breakfast Club or the Triple Crown Omelette at Sunrise and then head to the beach for some paddleboarding with East Coast Paddleboarding or kayaking with North Island Surf & Kayak.
Take a walk to the Sugar Shack and share the famous family-sized banana split, overflowing with three hand-dipped scoops of ice cream and toppings of choice. Sticky hands and sand covered feet are welcome!
Looking for afternoon adventure? Sign up with Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventure and spot the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin at feeding time. Curious by nature, they may come right up to the boat for a closer look. See local sea turtles and native marine life at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Follow the afternoon’s discovery with a short bike ride to CoCo’s Sunset Grill or North Beach Grill for a quick bite and a little rest and relaxation.
Settle in for an amazing sunset over the back-river with refreshing mango margaritas at A-J’s or sample the fish tacos and the peel-and-eat shrimp at Fannie’s on the Beach. In the mood for some entertainment? Head to the Tybee Island Social Club for a front porch seat and a chilled glass of wine. This casual taqueria and wine bar also features exceptional live music.
Take advantage of low tide and ride your bikes through the shallow surf. Before you leave, The Crab Shack is a must. For years, locals and tourists alike swear by the freshness of the seafood and homemade crab stew. The kids will love using the bamboo fishing poles to feed the baby gators in their very own lagoon.
If you’re looking for an intimate setting, the DeSoto Beach Bed and Breakfast and Lighthouse Inn Bed and Breakfast are ideal hideaways for Tybee Island romance. For dinner, discover fine dining at its best in an unlikely location at Sundae Café and enjoy gourmet food that rivals any of historic downtown Savannah’s upscale restaurants. Sip a Key Lime Martini and try the Sweet Potato Crusted Grouper as your entrée.
Pack a cooler and head to Tybee Island Marina for an afternoon cruise and find a quiet spot to anchor for a spectacular sunset. Order a chilled shrimp-cocktail from Marlin Monroe’s or a pizza to-go from Lighthouse Pizza and spread out on a blanket in the sand for the perfect picnic. Don’t forget the wine!
After a late wake up call, rent bike gear at Fat Tire bike rentals and cruise down to Strand Avenue to Fannie’s on the Beach and sip Mimosas and Bloody Marys on the upper deck. In the mood to linger? Walk downtown Tybee and explore the eclectic assortment of shops on Strand Avenue. Up for some action? Head over to Sea Kayak Georgia to spend the afternoon paddling through Tybee’s creeks and marshes. Or, just find a great spot on the beach for some rest and relaxation!
Ladies, look no further than Mermaid Cottages for your Girlfriend Getaway. These charming, colorful cottages will unwind the worries of the week and play host to a fabulous weekend on Tybee.
Rent electric cars for the day from Tybee Cruisers and let the shopping begin! Seaside Sisters is a unique coastal boutique filled with great collectibles and fabulous gifts. Take advantage of dozens of local art galleries and shops just up the road, ready to be explored. Bring home an oyster shell picture frame or blown glass and shell wind chime.
Up for a cocktail-hour extravaganza? Start at Dolphin Reef for Pirates Punch, followed by a Mango Margarita at A-J’s and top it off with a pitcher of Social Sangria at Tybee Island Social Club, where the ladies can feast on the ‘love me tender’ duck or orange pork tacos for dinner. Be sure to call Crab Cab if you need a ride home!
Walk to breakfast at the Sugar Shack for a traditional dish of eggs, pancakes and bacon and then head to the beach with your books and beach chairs for a little rest from the night’s activities. Everyone may need a little nap!
For a final hoorah, look for live music at Sting Ray’s and then head on over to Fannie’s On the Beach to make a toast to a great Girlfriend Getaway!
Check-in to a cabin at River’s End Campground and RV Park or stay at a local B&B for an eco-friendly vacation. Rent bikes from Tim’s Beach Gear or Fat Tire bike rentals to explore the layout of the Island. Pick up kayaks from North Island Surf and Kayak or Sea Kayak Georgia and discover the Island’s intricate creeks and marshes. Take a late night stroll along the beach by the light of the moon to watch nocturnal sea life at its best!
For a light breakfast and fresh coffee, Tradewind’s Ice Cream and Coffee provides a delicious combination of both. For lunch, sample the Spicy Tuna Tacos or the Fried Green Tomato BLT at Sundae Cafe or head to The Crab Shack for their famous Deviled Crab. Find live music and dinner at Sting Ray’s, where the Tybee Fisherman’s Platter is loaded with fresh shrimp, crab, fish and oysters (it’s enough for two!).
Or, if you like, pack a lunch of Shrimp Po Boy sandwiches and Pulled Pork sandwiches from Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp and enjoy a day on the water with Sundial Nature Tours or Sweet Lowland Tybee Tours.
Here’s a little secret! If you head to Fort Pulaski, they have several serene, lush walking trails along the water and in and around the Fort for a historical, eco-friendly adventure. Besides the beautiful landscape, this is nature’s front door. Take an early morning walk or a late afternoon bike ride!
If you come to Tybee to explore our historical gems, check-in at the Atlantis Inn or the Georgianne Inn, before heading to Fort Pulaski to see the live, daily cannon firing and preserved Civil War history. Or travel just up the road to Fort Screven, also full of rich island history. Ride bikes through the Fort’s original Guard House, the Bakery and the barracks, also known as “Officer’s Row.” Look out for the old Tybee Post Theater, built in 1930 as Tybee’s first playhouse.
For a little exercise, climb to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum and enjoy the best views on Tybee!
Sample the island’s delicious seafood and have lunch at Coco’s Sunset Grill. Their steamed shrimp is as fresh as it gets, right off the shrimp boats! However, as most locals know, having the “best” crab cake on the Island is a fierce competition. Head to North Beach Grill for their delicious crab cake sandwich with sweet potato fries and conch fritters. Before you go, join the locals at MacElwee’s, a family-owned restaurant with an amazing Steamed Shrimp Platter featuring Wild Georgia Shrimp.
Think Tybee Island only offers quaint cottages and charming inns? Tybee also boasts a wide selection of ultra-luxurious private homes that serve as the perfect place to escape the everyday.
Rent a magnificent Officer’s Row mansion with a private pool, hot tub, hardwood floors, excellent views, WiFi and gorgeous furnishings or an oceanfront estate with a gourmet kitchen, heated pool and great ocean views. If you’re a Paula Deen fan, don’t miss the chance to stay at this culinary queen’s personal beach home, which offers plenty of fun touches by the Food Network star.
Tybee abounds with a wide range of upscale options to make any vacation luxurious, memorable and fun. Remember that there’s no time like Tybee Time!