Located just 18 miles from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island is a perfect spot for a family outing, a fishing expedition or an easy afternoon surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.
Tybee Island, the easternmost point of Georgia, has three miles of public beach that outline salt marshes teeming with local wildlife, beautiful historic sites and a reputation for laid-back hospitality. The tiny island also offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including fishing trips, ecological tours and kayaking.
Attractions of Tybee Island
The Tybee Pier and Pavilion is one of the main attractions on the island. The pier offers beautiful views stretching out into the ocean and is also a great location for fishing, while the pavilion hosts festivals, music performances and special events throughout the year. To find out about performances, or if you’re interested in scheduling any kind of social gathering there, call 912.652.6780.
For those with more than a passing interest in fishing, rock jetties on the far north and south ends of the island and a number of other piers are dedicated to the sport, including the Walter Parker Pier and the Lazaretto Fishing Pier. Charter companies offer deep sea fishing expeditions from the island.
There are also plenty of opportunities to explore marine life without a fishing rod, including a variety of dolphin cruises. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center runs supervised beach walks and marsh treks giving detailed information on the local environment and its wildlife. Find events, news on local happneings and directions to the center at tybeemarinescience.org.
For a sense of Tybee Island’s longstanding maritime history, visit the Tybee Lighthouse and Museum. The beacon is one of the few remaining 18th century lighthouses still in operation in the country. The Lighthouse Museum, housed in a former army battery nearby, spans five centuries of Tybee Island history from Native American settlements to World War II memorabilia. Visit tybeelighthouse.org for more info.
After a long day outdoors by the sea, you’ll have a hunger to satisfy, and Tybee Island is well known for its excellent restaurants, many specializing in wonderful, freshly caught seafood. For a fun, relaxed meal, try the delicious seafood at the famous Crab Shack. Formerly a little fishing camp with a boat hoist, boat storage and a bar in the ship’s store, the restaurant has since grown to include a large outdoor dining area. A family-friendly atmosphere, reasonable pricing and heaping plates of crab legs, boiled shrimp and hushpuppies make this one of your best options for an entrée under the blue skies and old oaks of Georgia’s coastal region. To see the menu, visit thecrabshack.com, and to eat the menu, insert 40 Estill Hammock Rd, Tybee Island, GA 31328 into your GPS and head on over.
The island also has a vibrant community of artists and artisans, with special boutiques and galleries selling original artwork and handcrafted gifts and jewelry. If you find something you like, buy it! You’ll be supporting a good cause and adding to the memories you carry with you from each vacation experience.
The Studio Homes at Ellis Square are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Savannah, and just a short drive to Tybee Island.