Tybee Island, a short drive from Savannah and known by some as “Savannah Beach,” has become a popular vacation destination over the past decade or so.
Most of the vacation homes and hotels stay packed throughout the Spring and Summer. And more and more people are moving to the island as part-timers and full-timers.
They come as visitors, discover it’s quirky, laid-back vibe, fall in love and eventually buy a home. Some buy and visit on the holidays and weekends. Others invest and rent their homes out to vacationers, before settling down as residents later in life. Still others become full-time residents of the quaint island community that has about 3,000 year-round locals.
Tybee is a quirky, small town
If you spend much time on Tybee, you’ll meet or at least see just about everyone. Whether your biking or golf-carting to the Post Office to get your mail, heading to the Tybee Market for some groceries or to one of the many great restaurants for a beer, pizza or some seafood.
Just keep in mind, you’re on Tybee time so don’t get worked up over little inconveniences. The long-timers and locals don’t.
Tybee is laid-back and casual — all the time
Most people dress casually all the time. So you really never know if you’re talking to a millionaire living in a mansion on the water or a local simply trying to earn enough to buy beer and go surfing as much as possible. And you’ll find folks in just about all areas in between. It’s okay to dress up, but you don’t have to — and most people you see won’t be wearing their best clothes.
Tybee offers a lot to see and do
If lying out on the beach for hours is not your thing you will still find plenty to do — on the water and off. Of course there is fishing, crabbing and boating. But you can also kayak around on the inlets and explore or even camp on Little Tybee, which has no homes on it.
You can also visit the marine science center. In fact, Tybee recently started a charter school focused on marine science.
Tybee also offers live music venues, a wine festival and has many planned parades and events throughout the year. It has its own St. Paddy’s Parade, Pirate Fest, Beach Bum Parade (keep your windows rolled up and stay off the streets if you don’t want to get soaked) and an Independence Day fireworks show, usually the day before Savannah’s.
You can also participate in the Tybee marathon and half marathon, watch professional beach volleyball, and maybe even get cast as an extra in one of the many movies that film on the island.
Tybee has great eats for every palate and price range
If you love to eat out, you’ll be amazed at how many excellent restaurants you’ll find on Tybee.
And they run the gamut, you can get a cheap slice of pizza and draft beer at Huca Poos, a mid-range meal at places like the The Tybee Island Social Club or a 5-Star Fine Dining experience at the Sundae Cafe (don’t be fooled by the fact it sits next to a convenience store. Many consider it the best place on the Island.)
You’ll also find plenty of great seafood places, from the tourist-friendly Crab Shack, the North Beach Bar and Grill (which is on the less traveled north beach area next to the Tybee Lighthouse), A.J.’s Dockside on the Back River or Marlin Monroe’s on the beachfront. You can also visit the Tybee Pier area where you will find the greatest concentration of tourists and hotels and bars and grills, including long-time staples Spanky’s and Fannies.
There’s too many to list here so here’s a list if you want more ideas.
Where Should I Live On Tybee?
The north side of Tybee is less touristy and more residential than the Southside of Tybee, while the middle of the island (1st through 10th Streets) offers a mix of residential homes and vacation rentals, as well as smaller hotels and condos.
There are also some mostly residential neighborhoods off the main drag before you actually get to the beach in the Spanish Hammock and Horse Pen Hammock areas.
Want to Learn More About Tybee or Tour Some Homes?
Contact us today or next time you’re in Savannah and we can take you on a guided tour of the area, showing you the neighborhoods that match up best with your wants and needs. Call me at 912-844-9000 or fill out this short contact form.