This beachy sanctuary on the Georgia coast is loaded with history.
The laid-back barrier island of Tybee, Georgia, located 18 miles east of Savannah, offers a chill atmosphere but with plenty of activities. Quaint cottages dot the town surrounding the one-street central business district that terminates just down the block from the famed Tybee Beach Pier. Visitors can spend their day relaxing on the 5 miles of pristine beaches or rent bikes for a day of exploring. Cap it all off with unobstructed views of the water from the top of Tybee Lighthouse, which dates back to 1773.
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Explore Tybee Island

  • Back River
  • North Beach
  • South End

Back River


Facing west, this quiet residential neighborhood overlooks the coastal marshes and the Back River. Many of the prettiest historic homes line Chatham Avenue, a popular coastal route with walkers and cyclists. For the best sunset viewing, head to the Back River Fishing Pier or Alley 1.

Known For

Restaurants, Fishing, Cycling, Walking

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North Beach


An important military installation during the Spanish American War, Fort Screven and its six giant batteries anchor the eponymous historic district, which covers a large swath of the north end of Tybee. There you’ll find the marine center, Tybee Lighthouse — Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, which dates back to the 1770s — and popular North Beach, accessed via boardwalks from the public parking lot.

Known For

Beaches, History, Restaurants

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South End


The busy, commercial South End is home to Tybee’s one-street downtown, its iconic fishing pier and pavilion and the island’s grocery store. It’s also home to the best shelling, and it’s a great spot to see flocks of shorebirds and experience the island’s dramatic low tides.

Known For

Nightlife , Restaurants, Souvenir Shops, History

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Spend 72 Hours on Georgia’s Historic Tybee Island

A view of a sandbar in the daylight

Hit the Beach by Bike

Rent beach cruisers to take a spin around the island to get your bearings and enjoy the salt wind in your face. Then hit the beach before climbing to the top of a historic lighthouse. End your day by trying your luck at Tybee’s weekly bingo night and enjoy the sparkling night sky.

A plate of waffles piled high with toppings

Experience South Beach

On the busy, more commercial south end of the island, check out the fishing pier and shop for festive trinkets on Tybrisa Street. Then take in the sunset on the Back River as you enjoy the fresh seafood this area is known for.

A cannon at Fort Pulaski

Get Out on the Water

Explore a Civil War-era fort, feed baby alligators and cruise Tybee’s pretty coastal waterways in search of dolphins on your last day at the beach. End your day at a rooftop restaurant where refreshing drinks pair well with a classic low country boil dinner.

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