Tybee Island (21.871 square miles). Along the Georgia Coast of the Atlantic Ocean Sea Islands is Tybee Island, the closest of the Georgia barrier islands to the Landmark Savannah Historic district and downtown Savannah. From Savannah, within about 30 minutes visitors can be walking Tybee beach, enjoying the salt spray breeze of the Atlantic Ocean from Tybee Island’s extended pier and pavilion, and dining on Georgia Wild Shrimp and fresh salt water fish from family-owned restaurants. A couple of favorites are Sundae Café, and North Beach Grill (a favorite of Ben Affleck), re-opened by Chef George Spriggs, formerly of George’s restaurant.
“As much a state of mind as a geographic location, Tybee Island has an undeniable allure.” – Joan Durdin, Salt and Light.
In photos from the 1880, Tybee Island is photographed with sand dunes nearly as tall as the palmetto palm tree in background. During World War I, tee-pee shaped tents of the Savannah Volunteer Guard filled the open grounds near Fort Screven.
Today the old fort bunkers and officer’s quarters are chic beachfront homes and historic island cottages. Sandra Bullock has a waterfront home, and the Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song (among other movies) was filmed here.
Secret Seashore: Georgia’s Barrier Islands, Georgia Public Broadcasting