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“Best Beach close to Savannah” 5 of 5 stars
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Tybee Island, GA
darmstadt - germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Best Beach close to Savannah”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

beautiful beach island.

beautiful beach (broad, nice sand, good swimming, beach rentals, parking close by, shops and restaurants close by, you can surf here)

great pier (partly rooved, picknick tables, stand selling food & icecream & drinks, public restrooms, good for fishing, litte shop at the end of pier selling bait & tackle and giving good advice)

good restaurants, nice bars, cute shops

very beachy feeling

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Simsbury, CT
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“Regretted leaving as soon as we crossed the bridge.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

There is always something happening on Tybee, yet it is also a laid back beach town. It boasts beautiful oceans. dolphins swimming off the shore, sea turtles laying eggs on the dunes. Standing on the beach outside Marlin Monroe's, surrounded by stars so close you feel you can rich out and wrap yourself in the "diamond" laced black shawl of the night sky. The ocean roars it's lullaby drowning out the cares you left where ever you came from.
You'll never want to leave. The location of the island gives the most beautiful sunsets and moon rises. You have to experience them to understand.

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Asheville
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“Town is obsessed with parking fees.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Visited Tybee Island during March 2010 so we did not test the beach; however, it would appear that the beach area is very nice during the warmer weather.
Our experience with parking anywhere in Tybee Island was horrible. The city charges $1.50 per hour to park from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm - 7 days a week -and parking fees are charged almost everywhere - downtown, blocks from downtown, etc. To compound the parking problem, one must use, in most areas, a parking ticket issuance system located in kiosks where a ticket is issued indicating the amount of time one has purchased. The ticket is then placed on the dash for the "scofflaw" patrol to observe. One can use change (no bills) or a credit card to pay for the parking ticket. We had problems with the system accepting and charging our credit card but no ticket was issued. Several other visitors had the same problem. This appears to be an ongoing problem as discussions with merchants indicated that they constantly receive complaints about no ticket being issued by the system. Since the city actively patrols for parking violations, one has a choice of keep on feeding different meter systems until one issues a parking ticket or give up and pay the $15 parking violation fine. The city's answer to the ticket issuance problem - go to city hall and appeal your case - not the way we want to spend a vacation.
Restaurants are pricy even out of season.
The lighthouse and Fort Pulaski are worthwhile visits. Stay in Savannah and make a day trip to see these two sites - parking is free at both these sites.

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cincinnati, ohio
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“It's Tybee Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

They say that when you cross the Lazaretto Creek bridge onto Tybee Island, you cross into another dimension, a dimension called Tybee Time. I've crossed into that dimension many times. It's a dimension where the cares of the world, the concerns of living, the humdrum, the mundane, the worrisome, and the negatives of life are all washed away in that instant - and no one really ever wants to cross back over that bridge into the dimension from whence they've come.
Tybee is called Savannah's Beach. Since the 1890's, when train excursions (the right-of-way now serves as a bike/hike trail) brought Savannah's people to Tybee for the day, a week, or a season, Tybee has been a resort getaway offering lodging, food and fun to those seeking diversion. Three miles wide and five miles long, Tybee is the south barrier island for the mouth of the Savannah River. Although the north barrier island, Hilton Head (been there - too many cars, too much congestion, too many people,too many middle managers fakin' it 'til they make it), is better known - the rich go to Hilton Head, the rest of us go to Tybee.
Lodging: There are two trains of thought on which side - the Atlantic coast side or Savannah River side - one should stay.
For a long, wide-open beach, the Atlantic side with it's recently refurbished beach is the ticket for some yet, surfable waves may preclude it for small children. The river estuary, where we rent a condo every year, is more condusive to children and has never gotten rougher that the whitecaps on the Ohio River here at home. Condoes, motel rooms, and 1 to 10 bedroom homes are all available for rent with prices varying by season. Simply use your browser to locate rental companies, such as Sandy's by the Shore. (Secret: there are two ways to rent condoes - brokers and owner direct. Use a broker because they are there when you need help if things break or go wrong - you don't have to deal with an absentee owner a thousand miles away.)
THINGS TO DO: First, be a beach bum - do all those neat beach things (see current Corona beer TV ads for ideas)
Sightseeing: Tybee Lighthouse, and it's restored light keepers house, on the north shore comes first. It's 278 steps to the top are breathtaking, as is the view of coastal carolina/georgia. Next to it - Fort Screven - an eyesore left over from the coastal defense system of the 19th and early 20th century, now being used for better things. Fort Pulaski, named for the great Polish general and American Patriot, is one of the best examples remaining of the coastal forts of the 19th century - and a short walk from the Lazaretto Creek bridge. And then there's the Lady of the Southeast - Savannah - a sweet old girl that will charm you, seduce you, and make you return to her again and again. Between the Historic District, the renewed Riverfront, and the myriad of cultural and historic locations, one week won't be near enough.
Watersports: boating, kayaking, in particular, parasailing, et.al. all are available, for your equipment or rentals. This includes dolphin tours to see the ubitiquous Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin, although you can see them from any beach 50 feet out.
Fishing: from the beach, from several piers and bridges, and charter fishing boats - just fish at least three feet off the bottom to avoid scavenger species.
Food: Sorry guys, there's not a fast food chain on the island, although there are several nice pizza delivery operations. With the exception of the two breakfast restaurants, one upscale restaurant, most food service is bar-related. Menus are 95% seafood, and vary by establishment. Food for home preparation is best bought along Rte 80 where selection is greater and prices are cheaper. One exception - there's a wholesale shrimp/seafood dealer in the Cafe Loco complex by Lazaretto Creek where, literally, right-off-the-boat shrimp can be gotten quite cheaply.
Shopping: A few galleries, here and there, and a bunch of "souvenir" shops downtown and along Butler Ave. provide
what shopping there is, except for several "convenience" stores and one grocery store purveying daily needs. And if you just have to have a "shopping" fix, Hilton Head has two Tanger outlet malls.
DRAWBACK: only one thing irritates anyone going to Tybee - Parking. There is very little off-street parking and the City of Tybee Island regulates on-street parking with meters and public lots - at $1.50 per hour and $18.00 per day, payable at kiosks along every street. They even charge their own residents for an annual parking permit. Other than the usual room tax, this must be the only other way the city makes money. Never got a parking ticket, so I don't know if they're friendly about you making good or not.
Savannah and Tybee, and several promotional groups, all have websites with tons of information, as does the one that you are reading now, a place where I originally got much of my information for our first trip to Tybee.
Enjoy!

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Fort Benning
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“Our favorite Get Away Spot Yet in GA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

We went to Tybee Island for our first anniversary for 4 days. We rented the cutest little house from McDonough Properties. Here's their website: (--)
It's not the Savannah one but when you scroll down on the page a little bit you'll see Annoucing the Cottage at Tybee Island- this is the house we stayed in. We were within walking distance to the beach- just 3 blocks away and to the little shops and places to eat. We had a perfect time there! We loved the beach and swimming in the ocean. We also went on a dolphin boat ride with Bull River, went to the Lighthouse and Fort Pulaski. We ate at 3 restaurants--Fannies on the Beach, Crab Shack and The Sugar Shack. We loved Fannies on the Beach the best. If you love seafood and crab- you would love the Crab Shack. It was a very very cool atmosphere!! We loved our little vacation and can't wait to go back.

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