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How to Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island

By: Brittany Howard

When the weather outside is frightful, winter temperatures on Tybee Island are delightful! That's right, it's time to pack your bags for the most cozy hibernation of the season. We'll give you a few tips on how to spend your winter on Tybee Island.

As cooler winds blow your way, allow your inner GPS to guide you Southeast to our friendly shores, where winter looks and feels very different. Considering Santa chooses us over the North Pole, you know we mean serious business.


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Make the Beach Your Mobile Hotspot

Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: No Router Where You Are

Once you've dropped your luggage at one of our many vacation homes or island hotels, feel free to head to one of our five beaches. During this time of year, the waves crashing the shore echo around the island. The comings and goings of our busier months are on pause, allowing you the serenity of practically owning your own beach. We all can dream, right?
And, if you need to get a few work hours in, the sand is an excellent desktop for answering emails, creating spreadsheets and having video calls. There's no need to change your background; you're already in paradise.


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There's Always Room for Snowbirds to Nest

Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: Cold Weather? It's Snow Problem Here

The phrase "fly south for the winter" applies to more than just our winged friends of the air. Tybee Island welcomes an influx of snowbirds every year, avoiding the icy temperatures back home to arrive to warm sunlight, heated vacation pools, open beaches and much-needed R and R. The island's unwavering nostalgic hospitality is what many have come to appreciate over the years, making Tybee Island the perfect annual retreat.


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Devour Coastal Delicacies

How to Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: We Seafood Differently

Shrimp season. Oyster season. Do you need more persuasion? The winter months on the island are some of the best times to enjoy our fresh seafood, caught fresh off the boat, prepared your way and served directly to your table at one of our many restaurants. Gaze upon marshland views at The Crab Shack as you savor low country boils, with or without shoes. Meet in the middle at Mid Beach, where raw oysters on the half shell are best served among ocean views on the deck of The Deck Beach Bar and Kitchen. Get your fill of Georgia shrimp by the pound at Pier 16 Seafood Restaurant, then make your way to the intimate getaway known as Sea Wolf Tybee as you dine under a canopy of lights with homemade cocktail sauce and oysters.


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Merry Christmas From Tybee Island

How to Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: Wishing You Were Here

Don't worry; your holiday cards will reach your family in time from the island. The holiday season transforms the island into a sandy wonderland. Twinkling lights are everywhere, wreaths with bows adorn the doors of homes and businesses and seasonal events are in full swing. Fill the sidewalks during the Annual Christmas Parade. Santa will ditch his surfer shorts for his usual work attire as the nighttime display lights up the island. 

Smooze with local vendors, sway to live music and join in a few "reindeer games" at the Tybee Island Holiday Market. Then join us as we "stand, heart to heart and hand in hand" during the Tybee Island Christmas Tree Lighting, where caroling, delicious treats and live performances make everything merrier and brighter. Experience why holidays on Tybee Island are some of the year's most sincere and wholesome occasions.


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Increase Your Resolution: A New Year is in View

How to Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: Let Your Colors Burst

Old acquaintances shall never be forgotten on Tybee Island. Instead, we'll gift you an incredible fireworks show to ring in the New Year. Follow the crowd to the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. Find your spot on the deck, spread your beach towel on the sand, and prepare for the show. As the countdown begins, take time to look back on the year. Ingrain this moment into your memory and watch as the sky is lit in shimmering, colorful lights. As another year begins, you'll quietly chuckle as you start planning your next winter on Tybee Island with awe and excitement.

Tybee Island Polar Plunge

Take a New Year's Day dip in the icy Atlantic at the Tybee Island Polar Plunge.

Dive into the New Year, The Water's Fine

How to Spend Your Winter on Tybee Island: Take the Plunge

Join island locals and visitors as we wash away the old and wave in the new during our annual Tybee Island Polar Plunge. Each year, families, friends and spectators gather at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavillion to wade in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The thrill of the challenge is an exciting welcome to the possibilities of the new year ahead.

Tybee Island is an excellent winter escape for those seeking a change of scenery and a welcome break from the cold. Our coastal wonderland is where you should be if you're fond of small-town feels, temperant weather and family amongst strangers. So, head to Tybee Island and prepare for an unforgettable winter vacation.

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