A separate municipality, Tybee Island has long been called “Savannah’s Beach.” It is a really remarkable place, sort of like a mini “Key West” with lovely colorful cottages, a fantastic shoreline with gentile waves that are perfect for kids to play in, and enough great sites to keep a history buff happy for days…
The best transport option on Tybee Island is a bike. Rent them from either Tim’s Bike & Beach Gear or Fat Tire Bicycle Rental, both are great options. You’ll be able to “park” anyplace you want, and not worry about a ticket from the persistent meter maids…
Enjoy the beach. The huge strand of sand right along the pier is just awesome, and there are plenty of places to get sunblock and other beach equipment along Tybrisa Street. For a great lunch spot, you can’t beat Fannies for their fish tacos, but there are lots of other choices, including Sting Ray’s Seafood and AJ’s on the Back River. In fact, we love AJ’s for an evening dockside with one (or two) of their amazing Margaritas… It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a Tybee evening!
There are a lot of great things to see and do on Tybee, but don’t miss the views from the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse! Originally commissioned by James Oglethorpe himself, it’s been guiding the seafaring folks into a safe entrance into the Savannah Harbor for 270 years. You will get a perspective from the top that is not matched from anywhere else… but it’s not for the folks who have a fear of heights! It's gone through several restorations following damage from storms and strife (it was burned during the Civil War), but has been restored and is still in use as a navigation aid to this day.
Tybee Island has plenty of fun shopping options. Seaside Sisters is always a treat, with all the island-oriented items. Make sure to grab some gelato from Sweetie Pie's (the vintage trailer) located right outside the store. If it's beach toys and souvenirs you want, definitely do some shopping on along the strip at Tybrisa Street. There's a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy!
Make sure you plan a visit to Tybee Island!
A truly impressive avenue lined with live oaks full of Spanish moss (and, if you're lucky enough to arrive after a rainstorm, resurrection ferns) leads up to the visitor center where you can watch a short film on the history of the plantation, explore the museum, and join a guided walking tour. Wormsloe was the colonial estate of Noble Jones who arrived with James Oglethorpe in 1733. Jones' was a "carpenter," but he served colonial Georgia as a doctor, a land surveyor, liaison to the Indians, and was even in charge of defending the Georgia from the Spanish!
There are miles of walking trails that take you past the ruins of the old estate, past expansive vistas of the marshland, and around an area where there are occasional demonstrations of various colonial crafts, including a blacksmith's shop, a simple oven made of sand and tabby that is used for making bread, and a small building that shows the construction technology of the day. But the highlight of the visit was the guided walking tour. Our leader, a historian by training, was absolutely fantastic, and had many stories to delight everyone in the group. While a bit further afield from the Historic District of Savannah, Wormsloe Plantation is well worth the trip.