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What's New On Tybee Island

By: Brittany Howard

Tybee Island is a firm believer in keeping what works. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," right? But now and then, it's nice to shake things up and enhance what makes this lovely oasis so near and dear to our hearts.

Things are looking good on the island, and a few new and renovated restaurants, attractions and services are ready to help you fall even harder for Tybee Island.


Savannah's favorite South African cuisine is diving in head first on Tybee Island. Zunzibar is a city favorite ready to make a delicious impression on islanders. Devoted patrons can expect their classic menu items and a few new Tybee Island-inspired dishes. It's time to break out the iconic rainbow umbrellas!

Chamaco's Tacos & Surf, known for delicious street tacos and their tequila bar, is opening a new location at the former Lighthouse Pizza North on Butler Ave. You can continue to enjoy your favorite taco joint, refreshing drinks and upbeat tunes every day from noon to 9 p.m. Come feel the vibe!

Plan your next stay at Beachview Inn & Spa and enjoy daily coffee and breakfast at Java & Juice Beach Bar, available exclusively to guests only. This preciously restored inn is a beloved bed and breakfast accommodation on the island.

They're keeping it all in the family at Pier 16 Seafood Restaurant, located in downtown Tybee, just one block from South Beach. This family-owned seafood haunt has breathtaking views of Tybrisa Street, courtesy of its rooftop deck. Enjoy fun with the family playing cornhole or a night out with friends at the rooftop bar. A fantastic meal awaits you seven days a week.

Did someone say gourmet hotdogs? Sea Wolf Tybee's seasonal menu options include oysters, hot dogs, vegan meals and desserts. This eclectic establishment is a hidden gem on the island and changes its menu every two weeks to keep your tastebuds guessing.

While relaxing on tranquil North Beach, don't forget to make a quick stop at The Salty Pelican concession stand. Chips, sodas, wraps, quesadillas, country fried steak or even mac n cheese can be found on their menu. The food is delicious, and the service is excellent.

Get a taste of island comfort at Cockspur Grill. Steaks, seafood, wings, burgers or salads, this island eatery has a way of providing a relaxing atmosphere and satisfying appetites. Join them for live music Tuesday – Saturday from 7-10 p.m. and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Be sure to check their online event calendar for their rotating artist lineup.


Discover the extraordinary account of The Tybee Island Black History Trail. Follow the trail along 13 historic stops from past to present-day Tybee Island. Listen and observe the stories of the enslaved Africans as they arrived at Lazaretto Creek Quarantine Station.

Not new to the island but offering even more to love, the Irritable Pelican Gallery & Pelican's Palette is a unique and inspirational gallery filled with Tybee Island's local artisan goods. Displays include fine arts and prints, jewelry, clothing, home goods and souvenirs, all available for purchase. Their new painting workshops are an open invitation to visitors of all ages to create and inspire.

Hit the 1.5-mile trail at Fort Pulaski and get a breathtaking view of the Cockspur Lighthouse. The viewing platform is open to the river and is truly a sight to see. There will be more ranger-led tours for summer.

The iconic Tybee Island Lighthouse is always an ideal stop. Take a tour and learn the history of how this shining beacon came to be, Wednesday through Monday. Be sure not to miss out on the museum's sunset and full moon tours this summer, and make a stop in the lovely gift shop and grab a few things for yourself and your loved ones.

Take an educational journey under the sea at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The new location is situated on quiet North Beach and offers an expert excursion on our coastal barrier reef and the importance of its preservation.

The Tybee Post Theater is ready to raise the roof at Music Festival Saturday, starting November 12. These live performances are bringing big-name acts to the island and you won’t want to miss this anticipated shindig.


Tybee Island’s cozy B&B has just been elevated. Tybee Salt Spa has your massage room ready at Beachview Inn & Spa. Unwind in this beautiful addition as wonderful steam erases all your stress away.

Tybee Island wants everyone to enjoy and access our beautiful beaches. Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come/first-serve bases at the Lifeguard Station on the south end of Tybee Pier and at the Tybee Fire Department behind the YMCA on 5th street.  

Tybee Island Georgia Boat

There’s no need to hitch a ride to the beach. Tybee Beach Bus will be your personal chauffeur. Interested in a day tour, bike ride, boat cruise or island tour? Look no further. They’ll get you to the island and spend the entire day with you as well! Now that’s service.

Tybee Island continues to evolve, respecting its history while adding just enough new development to keep its residents and returning visitors coming back for more. This beautiful island’s transformation is just getting started.

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