Savannah is not just about stately homes and historic gardens. Tybee Island, aka Savannah Beach, attracts thousands of tourists a year and with good reason: with two well-preserved light stations, the Fort Screven historic district, and a wealth of quaint shops and restaurants, visitors have much to see and do on this barrier island 18 miles south of the city. Our Tybee Island vacation rentals are a great home base from which one can explore the area's myriad delights.
Tybee Island Attractions
Fort Screven is a must-see for any first time visitor to Tybee. Named for a Revolutionary War hero, the fort was decommissioned in 1947 but is now home to the Tybee Post Theater, a guard house, and a former bakery and army barracks. Guests can still access Battery Garland, one of six original batteries at the site and home to the Tybee Museum.
Tybee boasts two impressive lighthouses, the most notable being the Tybee Lighthouse, built in 1736. The five-acre site offers a black and white tower and many places for quiet reflection. Tiny Cockspur Lighthouse was built in 1855 and features a 46-foot-tower that once saw 30 hours of battle during the Civil War. Grab a picnic and head to Fort Pulaski National Monument. Soldiers used the former battle site to train and march or even play baseball, and you can see remnants of the fort's construction village from the 19th century.
Not much of a history or lighthouse buff? Enjoy the natural wonder at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Exhibits focus on conservation and research and are perfect for a small party or larger group. Anglers of all ages head to Tybee Pier and Pavilion for the peaceful views and plethora of fish.
Day Trips from Tybee Island
Tybee is close to several area hotspots, most notably beautiful and lively Savannah, which is just 18 miles away. Stroll through the lovely boulevards as you admire the stately architecture or nosh on a wonderful repast at an area restaurant. Nearby Beaufort, South Carolina, and Cumberland Island, Georgia, are also well worth a day trip, thanks to nationally-protected wildlife and land.
With natural splendor and friendly locals, you're sure to enjoy your stay at any of our Tybee Island vacation rentals!
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