About Lighthouse Inn

TYBEE ISLAND GA — New bed and breakfast decor and new amenities at this charming Tybee Island bed and breakfast include a facelift to the historic beach cottage inn, plus the addition of a swimming pool in 2018. 

Savannah Beach aka Tybee Island Bed and Breakfast Vacation

Historic Lighthouse Inn (ca. 1910), Tybee Island, Georgia

As sophisticated as it is understated, Lighthouse Inn’s historic Tybee Island cottage (ca. 1910) is where innkeepers and world adventurers  Liza and Tony Banguilan help guests to live the beach life sportively elegant, melding with neighborly, year-around Tybee island locals who live the beach lifestyle large, comprised of simple pleasures and character-rich beach stories.

The historic Lighthouse Inn B&B exudes the best of forever-young Tybee Island‘s relaxation, exuberance, feelgood history, and sea coast living. The beloved historic cottage is nestled amid the nostalgic, officers’ beach cottages in the quiet of the Fort Screven National Historic District on north beach.

Tybee beach cottage kitchen | Photo Shannon Christopher

Foodie’s kitchen

Embodying the wistful hideaway, beach vacation spot, here guests experience a simpler, rich coastal lifestyle in refreshing ways. Cozy and welcoming, the 3-bedroom historic bed and breakfast beach cottage reflects the world-traveling innkeepers and their passion for leisured, coastal living while honoring the legendary beach cottage’s heritage.

Private art, story-rich furnishings and beach shell collections enhance the inn updated decor — more handsome and comfortable than fussy.

The unhurried pace for a “nice visit” begins before breakfast, rocking on the porch or with free-flowing conversations at the dining table, enjoying Liza’s home cooked breakfasts. In easy-going style, guests discover the joyful exuberance and sense of exploration on Tybee Island, beginning at Lighthhouse Inn. Enjoy the salty air from the pergola or relax in the cottage living room, sipping a glass of southern sweet tea or personal libation. 

Tybee Georgia beach cottage dining | Photo Shannon Christopher

Historic Tybee beach cottage dining at Lighthouse Inn bed and breakfast — Tybee Island, Georgia —  near the famous Tybee Lighthouse Station on north beach.

The neighborly porch is the spot where guests “sit and rock for a spell”. Typically, there is a nice ocean breeze and songbirds will keep you gentle company! 

There is only one request when sitting on the porch, watching the world go by:  wave hello when neighbors or tourists pass by.  It’s a part of southern hospitality — a small, courteous gesture.


Built in 1910 for officer housing in the historic Fort Screven complex, this Tybee beach cottage was initially home to the fort’s bandmaster.  Modest at the time, the now historic cottage was built for U.S. military officer’s housing, “Officers Row” — an important part of the soldier’s necessities in order to protect Savannah along the Atlantic Ocean’s Georgia Coast. This beach house inn is an endearing slice of Tybee Island history. Did you know that World War II hero, General George C. Marshall, later Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, once commanded Fort Screven?

New beach cottage bedroom decor | Photo Shannon Christopher

Modern-meets-vintage decor enlivens Lighthouse Inn’s appeal for simple indulgences.

In 1937, one bedroom upstairs and one bedroom downstairs were added. Regretting his reassignment, one Fort Screven soldier wrote longingly of the “beautiful spot on the Atlantic….”

In 1947, the cottage became available for private use.

In 2000, after renovations by Stuart Liles and Susie Morris, the beach cottage commenced services as a Tybee Island bed and breakfast Inn — Lighthouse Inn.

In 2017, Liza and Tony Banguilan purchased Lighthouse Inn. The sociable couple are entrepreneurs at heart, investing in ‘east to east’ vacation properties on the east shore of Hawaii and Tybee Island, Georgia’s east coast.  

“We are ‘coastal people’ who love to travel, love the ocean and nature in general,” says Liza.  Foodies, too, Liza loves to cook.  She crafts home cooked breakfasts at the inn, showcasing her signature breakfast of Cinnamon rolls plus a variety of quiches from her private recipe collections. She is an artisan soap-maker and licensed massage therapist.

Their water-sport hobbies include scuba diving, snorkeling, and paddle boarding. With his boats ready on Tybee Island, Tony enjoys boating and fishing. Both are animal lovers. 

Featured in the News:

Tybee Island’s Lighthouse Inn Earns Fodor’s Best Hotel Award (February 2018)

The Perfect Beach Town: Tybee Island, Georgia, Southern Living (Lighthouse Inn is recommended as a place to stay)

DRIVING; Back-Road Haunts, Along Georgia’s Coast By CHRIS DIXON, New York Times (November 14, 2003)

For more information:

Lighthouse Inn, a Tybee Island beach house inn
Historic Tybee Beach Bed and Breakfast Cottage, Celebrating 100 Years!
16 Meddin Drive | Tybee Island | Georgia | USA 31328
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