Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Explore Tybee Island’s North Beach
Locals will agree that from the start of Tybee’s portion of Highway 80 to 2nd Avenue is considered North Beach. With such a large portion of the island, this quiet area boasts a wide range of history and attractions for everyone. And while Tybee Island is the perfect getaway all year ’round, it’s particularly gorgeous when the warm weather begins to taper off making fall the perfect time to explore this historic neighborhood!
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 for the southeast region. Today, many of the historical landmarks are preserved throughout the North Beach area. When you find yourself in this Tybee neighborhood, you’re bound to stumble upon one of the Tybee Island Historical Society’s informative markers. The historic Fort Screven district showcases a variety of attractions 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, located on Cockspur Island, where you can enjoy the ocean views of the Cockspur Lighthouse while watching cannon firing reenactments from this military fortification. 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!
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Tybee Island’s list of unique stores and art galleries in North Beach’s Shoppes at 1207 are enough to spend the entire day shopping. Dress like a local with one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing from Seaside Sisters. Then pamper yourself with aromatherapy finds from Kelly & Company after digging for some great vintage treasures at Fish Art Gallerie. Reminisce on your vacation for years to come when you take home a piece of Tybee from the Casey Jones Photography and Gallery.
SEAS THE DAY
Visitors of Tybee Island’s North Beach can experience a variety of water adventures from deep sea fishing to fast airboat rides. The list of saltwater thrills is impressive to say the least. The lengthy roaster includes Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports, Sundial Charters, Compass Sailing, Brown’s Reel ‘Em N Deep Sea Fishing, and Tybee Airboats. If a quiet water escape is more of your scene, try learning something new from Tybee Surf Lessons or spend the afternoon skimming the water with Sea Kayak Georgia.
FEEL AT HOME
From quaint cottages to a cozy campground, North Beach lodging offers something for every traveler. Renovated historic homes boast beautiful retreats at the Surf Song Bed & Breakfast, Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast and at the Tybee Island Inn. Interested in staying in a celebrity beach cottage? Book Paula Deen’s Y’all Come Inn through Mermaid Cottages. Adventure seekers can pitch a tent or park an RV at River’s End Campground. This family and pet-friendly destination is surrounded by live oak trees, conveniently located near a neighborhood dog park, and offers a newly renovated pool.
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 cooling off with 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. Many believe there is no easier way to explore the area than by bicycle. Rent your own bike from Tim’s Bike & Beach Gear and head out for a day of fun.