Why Tybee Island GA?

Impromptu answers to the simple question “Why Tybee Island, GA?” will take us from “A” to “T”, where we stall at the mention of “Tybee”. “Tybee feels like family”, which is central to the plentiful reasons that Tybee is beloved.

Seaside Resort of Tybee Island GA. Photo (c) 2010 Shannon Christopher. Used with permission.

Tybee Island, Seaside Resort on the Georgia Coast

Eventually, we finally make it all the way to “year around festivals”.  Yet, these are not all the top reasons to vacation on Tybee Island, and Lighthouse Inn.

“…Hearts were gladdened by the sight of Tybee” –History of Tybee Island by B.H. Richardson

Why Tybee Island, GA:  A-Y (We’d love to hear a Z!)A place to have a good time.
Airy and fresh.
America’s Healthiest Beach (historically, and proclaimed again in 2009).
Beach combing.
Bike riding.
Cool breeze off of the Atlantic Ocean.
Crab catching.
Dining at a local dive with a delicious crab boil on the menu.
Early sunrise walks.
Feels like “paradise”.
Fewer vacationers in fall.
Fishing with the help of Google Earth or Local.Live. Each  gives an aerial shot of the Lazaretto Creek to Back River so you can count the creeks to find your way.
Fort Pulaski, just off Tybee Island is Fort Pulaski, a restored fort and Civil War battleground site.
Great location for filming.
Great place to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks at Tybee Pier.
Great place to kayak.
Great place to relax and write.
Great place to surf.
History meets modern eclecticism.
Laid back atmosphere of the entire island.
Late night (romantic) moon light strolls
Lounging on the beach with a cooler full of your favorite adult beverages.
Lovely to awesome beaches.
Mellow.
Mild Tybee weather is ideal for deep-sea fishing.
North Beach great for birding
One of the best places to retire.
Pelicans fly over.
Quick bike ride on-island for essentials.
Rich in history.
Safely enjoy walking.
Savannah Breeze, a novel by Mary Kay Andrews, is set on Tybee Island, GA.  In her latest novel is Fixer Upper, She recommends:  Shagging to the music at Doc’s Bar, impromptu fish fry when the fish are biting, “pedal over to the market on a ‘beer bike’”, cocktails on the porch, “the sun and the sea are grand,” “a place to slow down and delight in the little things”. [Read more about Mary Kay Andrews’ life on Tybee, Beach Dreams, Better Homes and Gardens, June 2010, on BHGDigital.com.]
Savannah is only a short trip away.
Scenic nature.
Sea oats and sand dunes make an ideal backdrop for a beach wedding.
See dolphins in their natural habitat.
Stay along the coast and take a day trip to Savannah.
Sunbathing.
Sunning until evening.
The tide is always good for boating in the south channel by the Tybee Lighthouse (North Beach).
There is much to do on the island.
Tranquil vacation.
Tybee feels like family.
Tybee Island’s rich American colonial legacy.“Although Tybee Island is but a tiny piece of land, being only 2-1/2 miles long and 2/3 of a mile wide, its strategic location at the mouth of the Savannah River assigned it an important role in the settling of the New World.” —The History of Fort Screven, Georgia by James Mack Adams
Wading in the surf at Tybee Island.
Walk the north beach at sunset.
Walk/run the entire length of the beach just before sunrise.
Warm weather in fall.
Watch the dolphins play.
Wave splashing.
Year-around festivals and events.
Tybee Island Vacation B&B Inn. Photo (c) 2010 Lighthouse Inn / Adam Kuehl

Lighthouse Inn, Tybee Island, Georgia

Polly Powers Stramm, Polly’s People writes, “Has Tybee Island (and vicinity) become a haven for celebrities?”  She points to more good things about Tybee — the lighthouse, the museum, the pier and pockets of personality in between…. See some of the cutest cottages on the planet and the two-headed palm tree (5th Avenue near Chatham Avenue).

And that’s the way it goes:  The more people you talk to, the more great reasons you will hear to the question, “Why Tybee Island, Georgia?”!

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Lighthouse Inn, a Tybee Island beach house inn
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