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10 Reasons to Visit Tybee Island in 2023

By: Ansley Connor

Kick off the new year by planning a trip to Tybee Island! People flock from far and wide to enjoy our sandy beaches, salty air and mild temperatures - but those are just a few reasons to visit our barrier island. Keep reading for a list of reasons to visit Tybee Island in 2023.

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Put Tybee Island at the top of your 2023 bucket list and make plans to enjoy adventure, relaxation and all things 'Tybee Time'.

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Beautiful Beaches

Tybee Island is home to more than three miles of inviting beaches and 1.3 million cubic yards of recently re-nourished sand. Tybee's beaches are perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, searching for seashells and watching spectacular sunrises and sunsets.


Thrilling Adventures

Our island is filled with different adventures – all you have to do is decide which one to embark upon! Get out on the water with a kayak tour or race through the waterways on a thrilling jet ski ride. Catch a wave off North Beach during a surf lesson or spot dolphins on an exciting boat excursion. Pro tip: one of the best ways to explore the entire island is by bike. You can bring your own or rent them on the island! 


Vibrant Arts and Culture Community

Local art makes a valuable and lasting souvenir, and, luckily, Tybee’s thriving artist community knows no bounds. Plan a gallery hop and admire coastal-themed artwork, grab some Tybee prints, or find a co-op of local artists’ creations. You may even be lucky enough to meet one of the artists onsite!

Cockspur Island Lighthouse.


Rich History

Tybee Island offers history buffs a wealth of Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War history. Take a kayak tour around Cockspur Island Lighthouse, the smallest lighthouse in Georgia, and see Civil War history come alive at Fort Pulaski National Monument.


Cozy Quarters

After a full day in the sun, cozy up at one of Tybee’s charming accommodations. Book a vacation rental to enjoy wrap-around porches and private pools under live oaks. Make a spacious condo your home-away-from-home or stay in style at a newly-renovated inn.

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Scenic Views

No matter where you are on the island, you will be sure to have beautiful views. Walk the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion to see fishermen pull in the catch of the day or take a tour of Little Tybee Island on a paddleboard to get an up-close look at the salt marsh estuaries filled with Georgia wildlife. And don’t forget to climb the 178 steps to the top of the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse for expansive 360-degree views of the island.

Dig into a plate of fresh seafood at The Crab Shack!


Mouth-Watering Seafood

Dive into our ocean-inspired cuisines by eating your way around the island. From Low Country Boils and tubs of oysters to crispy flounder tacos and wild Georgia shrimp steamed to perfection, there is something for everyone! Our recommendation? Don’t settle for just one spot and follow our Progressive Dinner Guide.

Tybee Oaks Shopping District



Tybee is THE place to escape and unwind. Calm your mind by heading to Tybee Beach Massage for the Tropical Cool Down Salt Scrub and Massage or try the calming essential oil experience at Kelly & Co. For us, nothing says unwind like some retail therapy! So, make sure to check out Tybee’s vibrant shopping district to completely de-stress.


Explore Nature

From bird watching to hiking trails, Tybee offers several ways to get in touch with nature. Dig up unique fossils or take a beach ecology tour from Tybee’s very own Dr. Joe Richardson. No trip is complete without visiting the Tybee Island Marine Science Center for a hands-on experience, especially for our littlest visitors.


Soak Up Tybee's Nightlife

From live music to delicious frozen daiquiris, Tybee has a nightlife of its own. Dance the night away or enjoy a game of pool or darts at Rock House. Check out Tybee Time Sports Bar for karaoke and sports, and don't miss the famous Call-A-Cab at Wet Willie's.

These are only a few of the many reasons Tybee is a must-see destination! For more inspiration, check out what our followers missed most last year when we asked what the first thing they will do when returning to our beloved island. We hope to see you soon on 'Tybee Time'!

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