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How to Spend Your Summer on Tybee Island

By: Brittany Howard

Spring has enjoyed its solo debut showing off beautiful weather, spring festivals and the return of warm weather attire. Summer, however, is preparing to take centerstage on Tybee Island and there's never been a better time to make our coastal town your temporary home for the new season.

Whether you're flying solo, it's a group effort or a time for authentic family bonding; you'll find that spending your summer on Tybee Island is a welcoming nostalgic escape. Set your phone to airplane mode; it's "Tybee Time."

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Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, SBRC 118A

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.

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Tybee Island Visitor Information Center.
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. Tell Liz we sent you!

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T.S. Chu
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. See what we did there? 

Discover Tybee Island's local shopping scene.

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Back River, Apt B Photography

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 offers 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.

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tybee island pier ice cream

Photo courtesy of @livetheellis via Instagram.

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).

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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's 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. 

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cockspur lighthouse tybee

Photo courtesy of @pauldaniel5010 via Instagram.

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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