10 Reasons to Plan the Ultimate Fall Trip to Tybee Island
Tybee Island is a quirky, captivating retreat just east of Savannah, where coastal charm meets laid-back beach vibes. From marshes to sandy stretches of prime beach terrain, this barrier island offers tons of opportunities to get in touch with nature and embrace Lowcountry living. And while Tybee Island is the perfect getaway all year ’round, it’s particularly gorgeous when the warm weather begins to taper off. After all, fall is summer’s encore!
Tybee Island’s bounty of pristine waterways and quiet bike paths make it a prime destination for nature lovers. From kayaking and sailing to biking and bird watching, the island offers countless ways to recharge and reconnect with nature.
For the quintessential Lowcountry experience, you’ve got to try locally caught seafood. There’s nothing like shucking a fresh batch of oysters or watching the local shrimping boats unload their day’s catches. Chefs on Tybee Island know the importance of serving in-season fare, and they can’t wait to show off their skills.
The town of Tybee is known for their funky fêtes and festivals. This September, join the island for live music, fireworks and good eats at the Labor Day Beach Bash. Or don your eye patches and hold on to your gold– the annual Pirate Fest is a can’t-miss event for swashbuckling pirate enthusiasts and families alike.
Located only 15 miles from Tybee Island is the enchanting city of Savannah. Spend a day walking through antique squares and parks or perusing the many galleries and museums. Hush your hunger pangs with a bite to eat at the city’s many culinary stops and take your drink to-go for a stroll in the Historic District. Later, summon your courage for a ghost tour in the most haunted city in America.
Tybee Island’s history makes it more than just a beach town. Fort Screven and Fort Pulaski are located on the island, both with their own fascinating stories. Explore the well-preserved remains of Fort Pulaski and witness a cannon firing before walking the nearby nature trails.
Porch sittin’ is an art on Tybee Island. Fall brings with it cool breezes and temperate forecasts, creating the perfect weather for swinging in a hammock or relaxing in a rocking chair. All you need is a glass of tea (or a cocktail!) and you’ve got it made.
Fall is marathon season, so sign up to participate in one of the country’s most beloved running events in Savannah: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. You’ll take to the streets, passing preserved historic homes and dreamy, canopied trees as the music energizes you.
Summer may be officially over, but the perfect weather isn’t! Thanks to mild temperatures, you can enjoy Tybee’s sweet treats almost year-round. Go for a classic scoop or try one of the island’s many themed flavors; on Tybee, it’s all good.
Whether you’re getting a jump-start on your Christmas list or simply bringing home a memento from your trip, Tybee Island’s shops offer something for every taste. Vintage and antique shops are nestled among galleries in lovely Tybee Oaks. Closer to the Pier are fun and funky finds for your home and closet. There are no chain stores here, so shopping local is a total breeze.
Known for its coastal-cool cottages and houses painted in various happy hues, Tybee Island has become a favorite inspirational spot for photographers and designers alike. Cruise past the colorful homes on bike or guide yourself by foot as you ooh and ahh over these quirky abodes. You can even rent one to further immerse yourself in the ultimate island experience.
Jess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Digital Content Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate.