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Introduction

Tybee Island is about 18 miles and a 20-minute drive from the historic city of Savannah. The city is an island barrier that has about 22 miles of land with five miles of public beaches perfect for sunbathing, fishing, and playing in the sand and water. For a scenic view, the island's south-end pier and pavilion have the ideal spot and is also an excellent spot for fishing off the dock. The Tybee Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the country and was constructed with a stunning view from the top in 1736. This island is a perfect family vacation destination.

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Neighbourhoods

Tybee Island isn't large, most of the city is along its 3 miles of beach. There is the northern end by the lighthouse with a beach that is less busy than the others. There is the southern end of the city where the pier is and most of the restaurants. Lastly, there is mid-island that has a nice stretch of beaches but these are usually local residents or people renting houses.

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Sights and Activities

  • Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum - This lighthouse is one of the 7 remaining colonial towers, but was changed considerably in the mid-1800s.
  • City Market has a wonderful blend of artists, music, shopping, and much more.
  • Tybee Beach Pier - Located on the south end of the island, this is a great place to take the family or to fish off the pier. Near the pier, you can rent fishing gear at a bait and tackle store.

Tybee Island Beaches

There are 5 different public beaches on Tybee Island. Tybee South Beach is usually the go-to spot for most families.

  • Tybee North Beach - North Beach is right next to the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse. You might see someone surfing since there is a local surf spot there past the jetty. When you are at the beach, a great place to eat is the North Beach Grill restaurant, which has a great beach view. Since this beach usually is less busy than the south, it is a beautiful spot for many families to have some fun in the heat.
  • Tybee South Beach - South Beach is situated south of 14th Street, home to the Tybee Pier & Pavilion. The pier is a great family spot to walk and an excellent spot for fishing as well. You can choose from a variety of restaurants or exclusive beach bars. They're just a short stroll from the beach.
  • Tybee Mid Island Beach - Mid-Beach extends from 1st Street to 14th Street. Most people who come to this beach are Tybee residents and families who rent homes. It's typically much less busy than the other beaches and is beautiful. This beach typically has residents or people renting houses because there are no public bathrooms or dedicated parking spaces.
  • Tybee Back River Beach - The Back River Beach is a fishing spot for residents and tourists. Typically there are not many people, and the place to rest is pleasant and peaceful. The public toilets make it a more family-friendly beach than the Savannah River Beach, but there is no lifeguards present. This beach is one of Little Tybee Island's most popular places to start a kayak and paddle.
  • Savannah River Beach - You can walk to the Savannah River Beach from the North Beach and it is a peaceful choice for those wanting seclusion. This beach is an ideal location for dolphin and birdwatching. The beach opens to the Savannah River. No lifeguards or public toilets at the beach.

Other Beaches

  • Little Tybee Island - Little Tybee Island is an uninhabited protected area that is only accessible by boat, but it's worth some extra preparation. The island is pet friendly and is a perfect place to camp with friends when you have to get away from everything.

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Getting There

By Car

Tybee Island is just 20 minutes east of Savannah. It is about 4 hr drive from Atlanta via I-75 S and I-16 E.

By Bus

There is a shuttle bus in Savannah at the Savannah Visitors Center on 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard that operates three times a day. The times are 8 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm. The shuttle leaves Savannah, stops at Tybee Island Lighthouse and Tybrisa Lane, and then returns to Savannah for the return trip.

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Getting Around

Electric transport is eco-friendly, to enjoy your trip around the island but you will want to make a reservation in advance.

By Car

Easy to get around by car, most things are accessible by car.

By Bike

Tybee Island is very bike-friendly. It is effortless to get around the island by bike along bike-friendly roads and scenic trails.

Places to rent bikes from:

  • Tim's Bike
  • Beach Garage

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Eat

  • The Breakfast Club - For delicious omelets and the southern grits. There will most likely be a line so get there early.
  • Sundae Cafe - Really nice spot for a lunch. Great southern food and homely atmosphere. Reasonably priced and very tasty.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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