Many people know that Tybee Island offers almost 3 miles of stunning beaches, but some are unaware of the beauty of our marshlands. From stunning sunsets to secret beaches, the Tybee Island marsh side is worth a visit while experiencing our barrier island.
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Where to Eat
Trade your ocean views for marsh views at these beloved eateries.
Laid Back Atmosphere: A-J’s Dockside Restaurant
Tucked away on Tybee Creek, A-J’s Dockside Restaurant offers a vibrant, colorful patio to match the multi-hued sunsets you can watch from this spot. Skip the car! You can pull your boat up to the dock directly behind the restaurant. Lazily lounge on the back patio to really experience what locals call “Tybee time”.
Quintessential Tybee: The Crab Shack
Known for their catchy (yet true) slogan, “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”, Tybee Island’s iconic Crab Shack is the ideal spot to grab authentic coastal cuisine. A huge patio overlooking Tybee’s backyard marshlands makes up most of this restaurant, where visitors can order heaping trays of Lowcountry Boil, crab legs and so much more.
Sunset Cocktails: CoCo’s Sunset Grille
Locals love CoCo’s for the calming view and amazing cuisine. Located on Lazaretto Creek, this spot has lots of spirits. Every night, Tybee locals and visitors alike enjoy a free shot at the bar to honor the beautiful sunset, which can be seen from anywhere inside the restaurant. If cocktails are more your style, there are plenty of unique CoCotails to choose from on their vast drink menu. We’ll cheers to that!
What to See and Do
Tybee Island’s marshland is alluring for travelers of all kinds. No matter what your style of vacation is, there’s plenty to do (or not do) while enjoying Tybee Creek.
Adventure Seekers: Airboats & Kayaks
Tybee Creek is a paradise for those looking to explore the great outdoors. For an experience unlike any other, try an unforgettable trip with Tybee Airboats. Skim across the marsh waters at high speeds while getting an up-close look at local river life. If slow is more your style, take a quiet break on your own kayak from Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports. Either way, you’ll see Tybee from a new perspective on the marsh waterways.
Beach Bums: Back River Beach & Little Tybee Island
Sometimes all you’re looking for is a little rest and relaxation along the shore. Tybee’s Back River offers the quietest shore found on the island. Whether you lay your beach blanket on Tybee’s Back River Beach or Little Tybee Island‘s secluded shore, you’re sure to find the peace and quiet you’re looking for.
Explorers: Fishing Charters & Fossil Hunts
For those looking to keep busy while enjoying the serene surroundings, try your hand at inshore fishing or fossil hunting! Experience the thrill of finding your first shark’s tooth or prehistoric bone fragments. Head out with Tybee Island Charters or Sundial Charters Nature Tours to learn about the abundant estuaries and receive the chance to bring home the perfect sea keepsake. If fishing is more up your alley, spend an afternoon cruising the waterways and looking to catch the ‘big one’ with Marshland Inshore Fishing Adventures. Caught one for the books? Take your fresh catch to Sting Ray’s Seafood restaurant to have them prepare your very own catch of the day!
Where to Stay
Sit back, relax and imagine yourself sipping coffee while admiring the quiet views of Tybee Creek. From private docks to stunning sunset views, we can see why many opt to stay on the back side of Tybee Island. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly accommodation or plenty of room for the entire family, you’re sure to find the ideal vacation rental for your Tybee Island getaway.