North Beach encompasses Tybee's portion of Highway 80 all the way to 2nd Avenue. Home to such a large portion of the island, this area of Tybee boasts a wide range of historic attractions, unique eateries, funky shops and, of course, sandy beaches.
Experience Tybee Island History
The rich history of Tybee Island dates back to the 1800s when Fort Screven and Fort Pulaski served as integral parts of America’s Coastal Defense systems. Today, thanks to the Tybee Island Historical Society, many of the landmarks are preserved and highlighted by informative markers. The historic Fort Screven district showcases a variety of opportunities to soak up some of the island’s history while enjoying the tropical surroundings. Grab your camera and climb up Georgia’s tallest and oldest lighthouse then walk through the Tybee Island Museum – home to over 400 years of island history. Take a short ride to the Fort Pulaski National Monument, a military fortification located on Cockspur Island, where you can enjoy views of the ocean and Cockspur Lighthouse while watching cannon firing and historic reenactments. Interested in a night out on the town? Be sure to check for any upcoming concerts or movie showings at the historic Tybee Post Theater!
North Beach restaurants offer a variety of dining options to suit every palate. Dine on the eclectic pub menu at 80 East Gastropub or cozy up for a romantic southern date night at Sundae Café. If outdoor dining is more your scene, try grabbing some authentic bar-b-que at Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp or listen to live music on the deck of North Beach Bar & Grill. Caffeine lovers can sip sensational coffee while shopping at Tybean Art & Coffee Bar. Most of all, a beach day isn’t complete without some ice cream! Enjoy scoops from the iconic Sugar Shack or marvel at the colorful Sweetie Pies pop-up offering unique flavors of authentic gelato.
Get in Touch with Nature
It’s no secret that Tybee Island is a great place to see stunning wildlife. However, many don’t know that our barrier island is on the Colonial Coastal Birding Trail. Host to over 200 bird species, Tybee’s North Beach offers excellent birding along the jetties and nature trails. For those looking to enjoy the relaxing scenery from another perspective, grab your running shoes and enjoy the views of the Savannah River from the McQueen’s Island Trail. For those looking to cruise around, Tybee Island is known as one of the most pedestrian-friendly beach towns, and many believe that there is no easier way to explore the area than by bicycle. Rent your own bike from Tim’s Bike & Beach Gear or Boo's Bikes and head out for a day of fun.
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