A few years ago, I was asked my thoughts about taking a Tybee Island vacation, my response was, “Where in the world is Tybee Island?” So quickly, I jumped onto “Bing Maps” for a little research. I found out Tybee Island is in Georgia, about twenty minutes east of Savannah, and hugging the Atlantic Ocean, just across the state line from Hilton Head Island.
So in the middle of summer, we packed up the family and headed for Georgia. The trip was long (about 13 hours) but I knew we were close as we headed through the historic city of Savannah. From downtown Savannah to Tybee Island took about 20 minutes. This part of the trip was enjoyable as we took in the sights of an area that we had never been to before.
We ventured down the Islands Parkway (Highway 80) east to Tybee. As we began to approach the island, time seemed to be slowing down and everything felt more relaxed. Reaching the island we preceded down the main strip, Butler Avenue, from the surroundings there was no mistaking that we were definitely in a beach town. From the smell of the salt air to the warm sun we could tell this was going to be a great trip.
We had made reservations at a beachfront condo, Beachside Colony, the Beach Club Building. From start to finish, the Beachside Colony staff was friendly and accommodating, quickly answered all of our questions and fulfilled our requests. Beachside provided free covered parking which was fantastic. Our condo was clean, updated and had the perfect ocean-view. Our balcony overlooked the hotel’s courtyard, (3) pool’s, and then the much awaited Atlantic. Find out more with our Tybee Island Hotels Guide.
Tybee has miles of beautiful beaches which are spectacular. Wonderful hard packed sand, a gentle ocean breeze and the salt air could be found from the north end of the island by Fort Screven, to the southern tip at the end of Butler Avenue.
We started each day eating breakfast on the balcony and watching the ocean waves roll in. We would then head to the pool or ocean for some relaxation, have some lunch and fill the day with biking, shopping or site seeing. We visited the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Fort Screven, planned a few daytrips to nearby Savannah and explored the island. In the evenings we would head out to one of the local restaurants for some local cuisine.
During our week stay on Tybee Island, we enjoyed the relaxation that the island offered. From never even hearing of Tybee several months ago; to now discovering its beauty and charm, Tybee Island is a vacation spot that you may have not heard of but, one visit you won’t want to leave. Treat yourself and plan a Tybee Island Vacation.