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Tybee Island

As a beachside retreat, Tybee Island brings together old and new – clapboard cottages and Bermuda- precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline, modest history and seaside playground that makes Tybee a celebrated family vacation destination. At the south end of the island, the pier and pavilion stretches into the Atlantic, tempting people watchers and fishermen intent on capturing the ‘fish story’ catch of the day. And the authentically refurbished lighthouse and five-acre grounds and outbuildings remind us of her role in guiding mariners to the Savannah River for nearly 300 years. It is precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline, modest history and seaside... more

As a beachside retreat, Tybee Island brings together old and new – clapboard cottages and Bermuda- precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline, modest history and seaside playground that makes Tybee a celebrated family vacation destination. At the south end of the island, the pier and pavilion stretches into the Atlantic, tempting people watchers and fishermen intent on capturing the ‘fish story’ catch of the day. And the authentically refurbished lighthouse and five-acre grounds and outbuildings remind us of her role in guiding mariners to the Savannah River for nearly 300 years. It is precisely that soft blend of natural marshes and Atlantic shoreline, modest history and seaside playground that makes Tybee a celebrated family vacation destination.

Locals can’t compete with crimson sunsets, wading herons or silky sand dunes; but they roll out dining hospitality, shopping convenience and fun modes of transportation. You’ll find casual waterside restaurants and loftier southern inn-style fare, with fried green tomatoes every bit as popular as delicious servings of fresh fish. You’ll want to join the line-up at The Breakfast Club for mouth-watering omelets and southern grits. Wander to shops and galleries, along the marshes and shoreline in a fun, open air Tybee Cruiser. They’re eco-friendly, electric transportation to liven your tour around the island– but be sure to make a reservation. Just 18 miles and 20 minutes away, Savannah offers a virtual silver platter of Southern heritage, arts, entertainment and exceptional dining. Gather family and friends and plan a lovely day of exploring cobblestone streets, shaded historic squares and parlor-room hospitality! Be sure to include the City Market for a remarkable mix of artist lofts, musical entertainment, boutique shopping and more.

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All things to do » Things to do

Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument
This fort, built in 1829, offers historical tours.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues; Military Bases/ Facilities; Historic Walking Areas
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Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
This 18th-century lighthouse has been converted into a history museum.
Attraction type: Lighthouses; Specialty Museums
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North Beach
North Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Tybee Island Beach
Tybee Island Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
Cockspur lighthouse
Cockspur lighthouse

All places to eat » Places to eat

Tybean Art & Coffee Bar
Tybean Art & Coffee Bar
Ranked #1 of 44 restaurants in Tybee Island
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Outdoor seating
Sundae Cafe
Sundae Cafe
Ranked #2 of 44 restaurants in Tybee Island
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
CoCo's Sunset Grille
CoCo's Sunset Grille
Ranked #3 of 44 restaurants in Tybee Island
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Gerald's Pig & Shrimp
Gerald's Pig & Shrimp
Ranked #4 of 44 restaurants in Tybee Island
Price: $5 - $28
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood, Sandwiches
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club
Ranked #5 of 44 restaurants in Tybee Island
Cuisines: American, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

DeSoto Beach Bed & Breakfast
DeSoto Beach Bed & Breakfast
$109 - $219
Ranked #4 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns
Atlantis Inn
2.0 of 5
Atlantis Inn
$76 - $183
Ranked #7 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns
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Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head
$99 - $217
Ranked #8 of 26 hotels in Hilton Head
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Surf Song Bed & Breakfast
3.5 of 5
Surf Song Bed & Breakfast
$210 - $280
Ranked #1 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns
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Tybee Island Inn
3.0 of 5
Tybee Island Inn
$129 - $229
Ranked #3 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns
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Lighthouse Inn
Lighthouse Inn
$149 - $199
Ranked #6 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
4.0 of 5
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
$234 - $388
Ranked #1 of 26 hotels in Hilton Head
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Hamilton-Turner Inn
4.0 of 5
Hamilton-Turner Inn
$228 - $417
Ranked #1 of 112 hotels in Savannah
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Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort
5.0 of 5
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort
$431 - $1,041
Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Bluffton
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.