Tybee Island Travel Guide

  • Tybee Island Lighthouse
    Tybee Island Lighthouse
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  • Base of the lighthouse
    Base of the lighthouse
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  • Just one more view of the South Channel
    Just one more view of the South Channel
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Tybee Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    807Wheaton says…

     Not crowded but plenty to see and enjoy 

  • Con
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    weebrie says…

     If you like Hilton Head, polo shirts and golf, you'll hate it. 

  • In a nutshell
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    ChicagoHeidi says…

     Small & quaint, not too tourist-y! 

Tybee Island Things to Do

  • Lighthouse Support Buildings

    Tybee Island lighthouse is unusual in having all of the support buildings on the grounds intact and able to be visited.

  • Lighthouse (Aid to Navigation) on Tybee...

    We were going to drive out to Tybee Island after we visited Fort Pulaski in 2005, but it got too foggy. So this time we took the opportunity and visited. We took photos of the lighthouse and visited the museum buildings like the lighthouse keepers houses. The lighthouse fanatics call Tybee Island Light Station one of America's most intact having...

  • Lighthouse Museum

    The museum consists of the light station with three keeper's houses and other historic buildings. The restoration of these buildings is continuing so check with the website to see what is open when you plan to visit. When we were there in 2008, the 1881 principal keeper's house had just been restored and furnished as a museum and we were there the...

  • Fort Screven

    I think we were told that our ticket included admission to the museum in the fort. We didn't visit the fort as we were only really interested in the lighthouse. The Lighthouse Museum calls the lighthouse location in Battery Garland of Fort Screven as it's most interesting feature. But we've seen the disappearing guns before and been to other forts...

  • Tourist attraction..

    Fort Screven is a good place to visit on Tybee, it's loaded with History and it's right on the beach, a stones throw away anyway. :-)

  • Alligators at the beach?

    The Crab Shack on Tybee island has a very eclectic clientele!The very best views of the water on the island with an incredible outdoor seating area- you must see to understand!Now they have live alligators in a habitat on the vast waterfront property.Great drinks and atmosphere. Colorful local characters.

  • Tybee Lighthouse

    This really is the best thing happening in Tybee. I love lighthouses and this one is a fine example----costs about $6 to go up to the top, but the views of the beach and surrounds are great! There's a little museum at the bottom with some info on the past and such.178 steps to the top!

  • Closest Beach to Atlanta

    This is the closest beach to the Atlanta area, and therefore gets alot of weekenders from there. In my opinion, it might be worthwhile going a little further to find a better beach. It is usually pretty crowded, and gets a lot of litter left on the sand, so watch where you put your feet! The water is a muddy brown color due to the river emptying...

  • Union Territory in Confederate space.

    Great site girls really enjoyed looking around.Area is pet friendly so Ginger enjoyed also.A Turning Point in Military HistoryIn the days before the Civil War, brick forts were America's main defense against overseas enemies. In one two-day battle during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to brick forts. The Union army used rifled...


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Tybee Island Restaurants

  • This place is a MUST visit place!

    Oh wow, how can I describe everything that is good about the Tango..Absolutely EVERYTHING! The ambiance, the food, the service, the FOOD! Everything is great at the Tango..Sadly they don't have a website yet but they SHOULD..The Tango has dishes from about 10 or 12 different countries on its menu..That's not to say that they have an extensive menu,...

  • Best seafood in a while

    Such a wonderful place, the girls also loved it. The have a nice moat area filled with live gators for people to feed. The patio area is pet friendly (so pup got to eat with us) and there are many cats running around that are all well fed. Everything.

  • Excellent food

    We popped in here for lunch and saw that they had a special. We each got something different; I got the pork chops, rice and green beans, my husband got the meatloaf and potatoes and green beans. There were two huge pork chops on my plate when it arrived. They were golden fried and absolutely delicious and presented beautifully. Cornbread was...

  • It Might Make You Crabby

    We decided to go out to dinner and left around 7 in the evening. We had to drive a good 30 minutes to make it out to The Crab Shack. We missed the sign the first time and had to turn around to get back to it. As we drove down the road towards the restaurant, we noticed the massive amounts of cars lining the road. The parking lot was crammed and not...

  • Lousy service and bad ice cream

    The cashiers were a couple of tough-talking guys. The elderly couple in front of us had asked to taste a few things and were a little indecisive, but not extremely so. When they had finally made a selection the said--and I kid you not--"Cup, cone, or on your head?"When it was my turn, I asked to try the Key Lime Pie ice cream and he said, "We don't...

  • Fried Fried Fried

    This is a small restaurant with a large patio. Stray cats seem to live on and around this patio strolling through the tables inside and out. The menu is fried and steamed with a couple of items grilled but not fish. You cannot get fish grilled because there are no substitutions. The sauces were prepackaged and everything even a $16 fish meal is...


Tybee Island Nightlife

  • Bars

    The night life is ok here but nothing great..It also kind of folds up around 10:00pm..The bars that we "checked" on were really smoky and dark and dingy..We never did get over to Fannies on the beach, maybe we will this next visit..If we do I'll be sure to give a report on it. :-) Anyways, the gist is the bars are definitly NOT clubs...They are...

  • "Crazy" islanders

    Rockin' bar on the waterfront- come by car or boat!Live music and cool staff! We LOVE Lizzy & Laura!! Ask for a "big girl" drink-they'll know you've met me!Wonderful hot wings and shrimp- the crabcakes are good too! VERY relaxed! bikini's to tux- they are all here!

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Tybee Island Transportation

  • Parking

    Since we only visited the lighthouse, we were able to park in the lighthouse parking lot for free. It apparently is unusual to be able to park on Tybee without feeding a meter. If you can find an old film can, they hold a couple of dollars worth of quarters. (That's also the way I take my quarters for the laundromat) The lighthouse website says:CAR...

  • Non Existant Taxi Service

    There is NO taxi service on Tybee so make sure you plan ahead if you plan on going out drinking and think you might end up drinking too much..They do Rent bicycles though at a few places there so that is an option..I think they have some sort of shuttle bus come there from out of Savannah though.

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Tybee Island Local Customs

  • Leave Only Your Footprints

    Tybee Islanders love to share their island with outsiders, and are the friendliest folks you are ever likely to meet. But one way to get on their bad side - and fast - is to throw your trash on the beach. Tybee is a barrier island with a lot of wildlife and natural habitat to protect and preserve. Use the trash cans!!! Keep Tybee beautiful!

  • Locals LOVE to drink!

    Cocktail hour starts around 3 pm and bars close at 3 a.m. you get the picture1 You'll make some great friends though! try and keep up!DOCS bar-POOL and dancing!Tybee TIME- late night frozen drinksAJS dockside -on the back river- go for sunset cocktails on the back deck!

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Tybee Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Meter Maids Are Ruthless!

    There is plenty of parking in the beachfront parking lots. It's only $3 for the first hour and then a $1 more each hour thereafter. There are meters for every single available parking spot on the island and for $.25, you get about 15 minutes or so. You can load up the meter, no problem. But there are people on bikes who meticulously ride up and...

  • Theft from cars

    Secure your belongings! Especially during holidays and crowded times, things can get stolen from cars. This was primarily the result of a particular group recently, but it doesn't help to get the warning out - don't leave valuables in full view in your parked car.


    The police or meter maids or whatever they are must be in every nook and cranny. You can't even relax on the beach without worrying that you have run out of time and received your ticket. They pass by each minor location (tiny beach access sand parking areas) about 3 times per hour. Also, do NOT park 'against the flow' in these tiny sandy parking...


Tybee Island What to Pack

  • Nothing terribly "corporate" on this...

    A bag to carry down to the beach is helpful, but if you forget grab one at Christi's or Chu's. Coolers are handy, but remember, NO GLASS on the beach. Flip flops - the pavement gets hot in the summer. The spring and fall weather is nice during the day, but if you plan to be near the ocean at night bring a light sweater or jacket. The breeze can...

  • Packing List

    Bathing suit, tank top and shorts are about all you are going to need. SUN SCREEN!!!!!!!!!My sister failed to put some on and she looked like a lobster!! Even though the sun isn't as strong as somewhere else it is still there.

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Tybee Island Off The Beaten Path

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    The South Channel with a lovely palm tree 3 more images

    by ChicagoHeidi Written Nov 19, 2006

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    Pretty, gorgeous, eh, but kinda stinky. Stayed just long enough to get some good shots. There are little parking areas right off of 80, which leads to Tybee Island, GA. Just stop and walk and you'll run right into the South Channel. There are signs that say "No Pets," just so you know!

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Tybee Island Favorites

  • How did they Live?

    Usually when you tour a reconstructed or renovated lighthouse complex you will find out a lot about how the lighthouse keepers lived. Some lighthouses are on tiny islands, and all 'shopping' is done by boat and may take a couple of days.Tybee was a more fortunate location. The island is bigger for one thing. Furniture included not only beds and...

  • Necessities on the Island

    You can find your basics at Chu's on Tybrisa, all of your beach gear at any of the many shops, and a small grocery store off of Butler (IGA). But if you need anything more substantial, head off of the island and you will run into a WalMart and a Publix (I believe) right off the island. Or, stop on your way in. Every memory! Tybee is my love!

  • These boys know music!

    Find out where these two will be playing!Darryl Wise and Kyle Shafer..Try Fannies on Thursdays and Cafe Loco on fridays or Saturdays..


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