Tybee Island Blog
Hello from beautiful Tybee Island! Never been to the island? Stop by this page for local event information for Tybee and Savannah, GA. (25 min drive.) that may interest you!
As one of Georgia’s coastal barrier islands, we enjoy a great variety of wildlife and natural wonders. Our little island is about 3.5 miles long, with 6.5 miles of beach. There are many activities, and you don’t need to leave the island for anything. Enjoy the variety of small shops along Strand Ave. and check out the Pier. Just unwind and relax as the waves wash along the shore. Once you’ve worked up a nice tan ;), you may also choose to visit historic Savannah, City Market and River Street. With an endless supply of things to do, you’ll make many more trips to the area as once you’ve been here, you’ll want to come back!
We’d love for you to stay with us! We offer 1-7 bedroom condos and homes, oceanfront and ocean view…You can check them all out on our website or feel free to stop by and see us in person!
These are some of their previous beauties and we will have an update with new pieces from this year!
Oceanfront Cottage Rentals will be extending its current special throughout February as well! The Tybee Weekend Winter getaway deal is Book 2 nights and get your 3rd night FREE on all new reservations!
Give us a call today to take advantage of this great deal! Temperatures are in 70’s this week and the island is just beautiful. We just love basking in the sun and kicking back on the beach swings with a good book. Sorry, people up North that are snowed in. We don’t mean to brag! Give us a call and get away to warmer weather at discounted rates.
This property below is 1923 Chatham with oceanfront views from its beautiful living /dining room area. This home has direct access to the back river from a walkway off the yard. Enjoy the view from the hot tub looking out over the ocean. You won’t want to leave once you are there! Tybee Island has a special kind of charm that keeps you coming back year after year.
Christmas Eve Dining:
Agave Bar & Grill (402 First Street; 912-472-9022) will be open 11am – 3pm.
Bernies Oyster House (13 Tybrisa Street; 912-786-5100) will be open 11am – 8pm.
Lighthouse Pizza North (1105 Highway 80 E.: 912-786-9874) will be open 5pm – 10pm.
Lighthouse Pizza South (15 Tybrisa Street: 912-786-9874) will be open 12pm – 5pm.
Rock House Bar & Grill (1518 Butler Avenue: 912-786-7176) will be open 11am – 3am.
Tybean Art & Coffee (1213 E. US Highway 80; 912-224-5227) will be open 8am – 5pm.
Wet Willies (16 Tybrisa Street: 912-786-5611) will be open 9am – 6pm. Specials will be announced.
Bernies Oyster House (13 Tybrisa Street; 912-786-5100) will be open 12pm – 7pm.
Lighthouse Pizza North (1105 Highway 80 E.: 912-786-9874) will be open 5pm – 10pm.
Rock House Bar & Grill (1518 Butler Avenue: 912-786-7176) will be open 11am – 3am.
Wet Willies (16 Tybrisa Street: 912-786-5611) will be open 5pm – 12am. Specials will be announced.
In the area: Officer’s Row is a historic area on Tybee Island. 5 Driftwood Court is located on the beach/oceanside of Officer’s Row. The Officer’s Row was once used as a parade ground for soldiers stationed at near by Fort Screven. Many of the homes in this quaint and quiet area were constructed many years ago and as such, they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As you enter this quiet neighborhood you will drive past years of history. As with most homes in the Savannah and Tybee Island area, there are plaques from Historic foundations found on these homes giving the dates of construction of the home and often times, the name(s) of the builder.
Who needs some “me” time? We know with everyone’s hectic schedules that it is very hard to take some time for yourself. Make sure to take care of yourself so that you can bring the best version of yourself to the table. You could spend your whole vacation just soaking and relaxing in these spacious tubs in some of the most beautiful homes on Tybee. There are eight below, but we have many more! Make this trip one that will refresh you to the core and bring your soul back from the dead. We also have some great area spas for those girls’ trips to the Savannah/Tybee area:
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In December 2016 and January 2017* Oceanfront Cottage Rentals will be running a special Tybee Weekend Winter getaway deal! Book 2 nights and get your 3rd night FREE on all new reservations! (*Excluding Christmas and New Year’s.)
Oceanfront Cottage Rentals ™ Luxury Tybee Vacation Rentals presents the “12 Days of Reasons” to Visit Tybee
1.December 31st, 2016│Tybee Island’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.
The Fireworks from the Tybee Island Pier will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Imagine fireworks shooting into the Ocean air and reflected on the Atlantic ocean. #bucketlist
2. December 25th, 2016│Christmas Day
Christmas at the beach is a time for appreciation for the world around us! Gather your family, friends and book a getaway now! OceanfrontCottageRentals
3. January 1st, 2016│Polar Bear Plunge
Are you brave enough to dart into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day? We dare you!
4. December 11th, 2016│Tybee Floating Christmas Parade
That’s right, every year the Crab Shack hosts this Tybee Tradition! A Christmas parade that floats on the Atlantic inner coastal waterways. CrabShack
5. January 14th, 2016│Long Fishing Weekend
With average temps in the 60’s the nutrient rich waters of Tybee are packed with fish migrating. Our in house fishing guru says that Red Fish and Trout are usually biting this time of year! Make sure you ask Santa for some new fishing gear! Take me fishing.
6. December 10th, 2016│A Christmas Tradition at the Historic Savannah Theater
Attend the live performance of A Christmas Tradition at the Historic Savannah Theater. Create memories with this classic performance! Check show times.
7. December 9th, 2016│Ye Olde Savannah Christmas Walk
Old City Walk’s costumed guides take you on a walking tour through the Historic Savannah with tells of Christmases pasts. Book your tour now!
8. January 7th, 2017│Tybee Island Martin Luther King Parade
Every year Tybee Island hosts its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on his birthday. This is an event to celebrate his life and contributions to human rights. VisitTybee
9. December 16th, 2016│George Gee Swing Orchestra at the Tybee Post Theater
Get in the Holiday spirit with the George Gee Swing Orchestra at the historic Tybee Post Theater. George Gee Swing Orchestra will be traveling all the way from New York City for this one night only performance. Find out more.
10. December 17th, 2016│STOP bullying with the Savannah Reindeer run
This 8k takes place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Participants will be stepping out against bullying complete with a holiday cookie challenge! Find out more.
11. January 15th, 2016│LIVE (kinda) Dinosaurs-Jurassic Quest
For one weekend only the folks of the world renowned Jurassic Quest will be at the Savannah International Trade Center. This event will feature more than 80 life size animatronic Dinosaurs just like the ones in Jurassic Park! Get Tickets!
12. Every Single Day│Last but not Least.
Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia are magical! It is in the air! Oceanfront Cottage Rentals ™ features over 100 Tybee Vacation rentals for you to choose from. Your home away from home is with us! Be our guest!
You have decided to spend the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday on Tybee Island and we couldn’t be more thankful for you! Staying in a Vacation rental for the Thanksgiving Holiday is an excellent idea for so many reasons.
As a valued guest of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals ™ we wanted to remind you of a few things to help make your Vacation rental stay more enjoyable!
Check in time is at 3:00pm and Check out time is at 10:00am. Please come to our office to check into your Vacation home.
Once you have arrived to Tybee Island you will need to come to the Oceanfront Cottage Rentals office to complete your check in process. When all registration is completed we will happily help you with directions to your Vacation rental home, pass off the home keys, and any pertinent information.
Check in tips:
- We accept cash and credit cards only at check in.
- If you would like to pay your balance in advance please call our office. 800-786-5889
- A copy of the person’s ID, who is named on the contract, will be needed. We will need that person to come into the office.
- If you have issues with stairs please call our office. We will happily arrange to meet you downstairs to complete the check in process.
- If you would like someone other than yourself to pick up the keys to your vacation rental. Please contact our office to make these arrangements.
- There are no beach towels or beach equipment in the rental homes.
- The owner agrees to provide a start-up kit which includes the following items: 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom, 1 roll of paper towels, one container of dish washing detergent, a sponge, several trash bags, 2 dishwasher tablets and 1 travel size box of laundry detergent soap.
- Bath towels and sheets are provided.
- Tybee Island’s IGA Grocery store offers a grocery delivery service. Please call 912-786-4601 or visit http://tybeemarketiga.com/.
If you will be arriving after office hours please contact our office so that we are able to instruct you on the after hour check in process.
Below is a helpful map that shows you exactly where the Oceanfront Cottage office is located.
We are located right past the 4 way stop at Campbell Avenue and Highway 80 on the left side of the road. The Tybee Island Post office is directly across the street from our office. Look for a large Pirate ship on the left side of the road!
We put together some helpful tips. Maybe your coming to Tybee soon and you need to Rent some beach gear! Maybe your already here and its after hours! So we put this together to help you no matter what the case maybe!
Tybee Market IGA
Kroger(10 Minute Drive)
Publix (15 Minute Drive)
Scuba Steve’s Seafood
Remember on your way to Tybee you must check in to our office before entering your rental. Check in is at 3pm. If you would like an early check in please call the day before to see if your rental will be ready. Running behind? No Worries! Give us a call and we will put your rental keys and directions in a sealed envelop that will have your name of it. Office closed? Having a maintenance emergency? Give us a call @ 800-786-5889 Tell us in a detailed message what is going on and our staff will give you a call back. We will even come to the island in extreme cases and fix the issue you right away!
First time to Tybee Island? Not sure where to eat? Don’t stress! We got the Best!
Coco’s Sunset Grill
That’s just naming a few. There are many others! When you come into the office the staff will give you a “Where to eat at the beach” magazine then we’ll even tell you all our personal favorites! That way you can visit Tybee local style!
Tybee Island is only 3 1/2 miles long! No need to drive everywhere, especially when it cost to park everywhere beside your rental! Rent bikes to cruise down the beach and ride all over the island! Need beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and a baby wagon! Call our friend Tim he will even delivery everything to your rental and pick it up when you check out!
First, we’ll first enjoy Thanksgiving and that wonderful family time that everyone loves so much. The turkey, the gravy, stuffing, and green bean casserole…ohmygosh. We could just die from excitement! This year we have so much to be thankful for that our little hearts runneth over with joy. Hurricane Matthew blew through and sent us for a whirl, but left us with a renewed sense of purpose. Things we once thought mediocre, now seem so wonderful. Being grateful and thankful for your life and the small everyday things, is a fresh aspect that many people unfortunately have no concept of. We are now stronger because of this experience.
So, as you are sitting by the fireplace sipping cocoa, reflect on the past year and be thankful that you saw it through. There may be tough times, but everything in life is temporary. You never know what 2017 will bring; hopefully a trip to Tybee Island for some of that good ol’ Tybee Time! I know we’ll be here waiting with bells and whistles.
Some of our staff went many days without showering as we had no power. Some places had unsafe water conditions from contamination and we were required to boil our water for a bit there to ensure its safety for drinking. People came home to their homes to find trees in their living rooms and inches of water on their floor. A sense of community like never before, was formed. And without power, children were playing outside like it was the 90’s again. This experience was very humbling and makes us all thankful for every day we are given and everything that we have. We didn’t focus on what we didn’t have, but on what we could do to help our community and neighbors.
Once back at work, our housekeeping and maintenance began to access the situation at over 100 properties and began repairs and cleaning. The office staff had to first evacuate guests who were staying and then later focus on moving several people that would not be able to stay in their original choices once the storm had passed. Several of our owners thanked us all with lunches throughout the week and we were all so very grateful! While we normally don’t get hurricanes along the coast here, every 100 years a big storm will pass through.
The North Beach parking lot is still blocked as this is the gathering spot for island debris from the storm. I saw the amount today and was astonished at the volume of downed trees and limbs that have accumulated. At the Savannah Beach & Racquet Club and Beachside Colony, there was lots of damage and the complexes are still closed. We hope that repairs are made and that everything will be back to normal soon. Most of all, we are just thankful to have our island to come back to!
Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest on Tybee Island, Georgia.
Rescheduled Dates: October 28-30th, 2016
“Tybee Pirate Fest began in 2005 with a small handful of individuals that were looking for a unique event to help boost visitation to the island in the off-season months. The first year was even more successful than the organizers, a non-profit called Tybeefest, even imagined it could be. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island and its elected officials, the Tybee Island Tourism Council, and local businesses the event has grown in popularity each year.” https://tybeeisland.com/pirates/
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Friday October 28th, 2016
5:00pm Live music on Tybee Island’s South Beach
Saturday October 29th, 2016
11:00am│Celebrations begin on the South end of the Island
3:00pm│Tybee Pirate’s Fest Parade
9:15pm│Dilbert McClinton & Band perform
11:30pm│Tybee Island Fireworks
Sunday October 30th, 2016
6:00pm-10:00pm│Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack. Purchase Tickets Here.
Presented by Southern Eagle Brewing Company & TybeeIsland.com
We live on the back river and enjoy boating any time we have an opportunity. Enjoying the sunsets or going fishing to catch and release is a great way to enjoy our area. The back river is on the West side of Tybee Island. AJ’s Dockside overlooks the back river and offers amazing sunsets and wonderful food. You can dolphin watch from their dock while dining.
I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely afternoon on Tybee Creek with my husband and our friends. We decided to go and enjoy looking at the docks on Richardson Creek. We left our dock and headed West on the back river and turned right on Bull River which is a part of our country’s Intracoastal Waterway. We went under the Bull River Bridge and turned left onto Turner Creek. Just a short ride and then we ventured right into a community that I have long admired, the docks and homes on Richardson Creek. My particular fascination with this creek is the collection of docks that are each so unique. One of my favorites is the one with hand rails and trim made from driftwood. It is a fairly new dock but very much loved by its owner who had the imagination and time to locate these pieces of driftwood and trees to make his dock magical. The roofline is also most interesting.
Some of the docks date back to the 1920s, others have been in the same family since the 30s and 40s. There are new docks and one in particular is owned by a friend of mine that has the Tuna Tower off a fishing boat as her entrance to her dock lit up with hundreds of tiny lights! In our travels, Lannie and I have an interest in docks and this particular stretch of Richardson Creek has the most interesting collections of docks that we have seen. It just reminds you that enjoying the waterways is universal and parts of this area are like looking back in time. I hope you enjoy my pictures.
Stacye C. Jarrell www.oceanfrontcottage.com
Once it got too hot or the breeze died down, we would decide to take a dip and cool off. Down to the water, we ran full on hair blowing wild and sand flying up behind our heels. We always boogie boarded, or belly surfed, the waves. Walking out we felt many things in the sand; shells, snails, coral, seaweed, and even fish would brush past our legs. We wouldn’t worry too much unless jellyfish were spotted. So, once we made it out to at least bellybutton deep, you are in a perfect position to ride the wave. You don’t want to go out too far as riptides and waves will push you around if you aren’t careful or used to the motion. So, now you wait. Wait for what, you ask? A big wave to catch, of course. Out on our boards, we would laugh and splash, and then we would see it; the big one! Start swimming with the wave, and it will propel you towards the shore. After several wipe outs and bellies rubbed full of shell, we were boogie boarding like the pros. Well, maybe not a pro, but I promise it was a fun time! Once exhausted from fighting waves, we would find our beach spot again and attempt to snack. Seagulls also like to snack, and we were always told not to feed them. We always did and with deep regret, once the birds’ whole family arrived for mealtime. Usually, it would start off as funny as lots of birds are squawking and flying above you, but this quickly turns to fear and embarrassment as you start to shriek.
Our sandcastles were built too close to the shore; incoming waves would slowly pull the sand from the walls. We would watch as the shell-adorned masterpiece floated away, but we weren’t sad, as we just built another. Sand is free and plentiful. You’ll likely even take some home with you.
As most of my family is fair-skinned, we would leave sun burnt to a crisp, but with happy memories. Deep sleep would come later that night with salty, but sweet dreams. When you lay in bed with eyes closed after a beach day, you can still feel the ebb and flow of the tides pulling you; in and out, back and forth, along the sand and shells. Rhythmic waves filled my childhood with Tybee’s sweet southern charm. I share my experience so that you’ll better understand the wit and beauty of small beach town, USA.
Last year, our very own Lannie & Stacye Jarrell were crowned King and Queen of Pirate Fest. We couldn’t be happier! This exciting honor is announced at the Buccaneer’s Ball, which kicks off everything. This swashbuckling shin dig is always a good time with good people. There is grog and grub a plenty! Also, be prepared to dance the heels off of your pirate boots!
Panicking to get your costume complete? Need some special flair?
Attend A Pirate Fashion Trunk Show! (no tickets required)
September 16, 2016 at 6-9pm
The Crab Shack Party Room
Buccaneer’s Ball details:
Where: The Crab Shack
When: October 6,2016 from 6-10pm
-Under $50 for a ticket.
-Must be 18+ to party.
-6:30-8:30pm- Food will be served.
The south end of Tybee near the pier is where you will locate the Thief’s Market. With games, rides costume contests (men, women, children and pets), and live music, there is something for everyone of all ages. I always remember a giant ferris wheel, which is magical near the beach. Views are spectacular. You will also find many vendors for both crafts and delicious food.
To attend the actual festival, you will need tickets:
Whole Weekend- $25
For more info:
October 8 ,2016
Parade: 3-5pm from Tybrisa to 2nd St.
The most important thing is to have fun and we know you will! See you soon for lots of pirate fun! You can also join us in the parade if you would like. Come in your most appealing pirate attire and walk along with our pirate ship float. Our office really gets in the spirit and we enjoy having our guests join us for a swashbuckling good time!
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Thank you, Visit Tybee for the awesome videos!!
Credit to WSAV for last video.
There are two parks on Tybee; both magnificent. Jaycee is located near the North area of the island before you reach the lighthouse. Then, Memorial Park is located off Jones Ave, and is also a great place to get together with your families. Its giant oaks along its winding wrap-around trail boast a powerful vibe. You are taken back in time as you trudge over small wooden bridges through the marshland creeks. The wind is blowing gently through the moss in the tree branches towering above; the tree is an old soul and this is her hair being softly tussled. Oaks are in abundance, and walking through is such a delight. Its flowery upbeat disposition turn this little park into an enchanted getaway complete with tiny, adorable gazebos and lush landscaping. If you’re lucky, you can see many kinds of wildlife such as local birds and squirrels. There is a basketball area, baseball field, and a nice playground for children to get together and play. People gather often to help keep our parks beautiful and clean. How lucky we are to live somewhere so amazing!
Spirit of Tybee—Many people yearn to hear what there is to do on Tybee and about the island experience, so I went on a trolley and dolphin tour that was offered to locals recently. This is about my journey. We began with the dolphin excursion with Capt. Mike’s Dolphin Tours. We arrived via trolley and began our trek towards the docks near Coco’s Sunset Grille in Lazaretto Creek. The oaks above tower with their giant branches giving a warm vibe that instantly makes you feel as if you belong. Crossing the wooden walkway, views of the marsh glow with vibrant greens and dark browns. Tops of the shrimp boats are visible and as we walk further down, there are jet skis gently nudging the dock with each passing lick of the waves. Kayaks are stacked along the dock in a colorful bouquet.
We board the Dolphin V with tour operator, Clark. The front of the boat is a standing area only and the back is for sitting or kneeling. As I enter the front of the boat, I laugh to myself as I realize the “tan at yo own risk” sign is really meant to be “stand at your own risk.” I climb up the ledge and hold the handrail. I am at the very tip of the boat, and I already see dolphins as I excitedly tell strangers beside me.
The motor is running; a low hum vibrates the boat as we start to propel forward. We pass under the Lazaretto Creek Bridge, past several large shrimp boats. The guide explains that the shrimp boats must lower their nets to fit under the bridge. There is also a large chain they drag under the boat to “stir up” the shrimp. Excess things such as fish are dumped back into the ocean; the dolphins love this and chase after the boats.
Under the bridge are also pelicans perching along the concrete beams. He takes us out on the open sea, the boat is humming, and the wind is whipping. We smash head on into waves and the boat dips and sways. I begin to think about the location of the life vests at the rear of the boat as he tells us we are now at the deepest part of the tour.
We stumble across a group of dolphins, which is called a “pod” or “school”. Male dolphins are “bulls” and females are “cows.” Males are usually off doing their own thing, but the females tend to stay together and raise babies. Mothers will stay awake for 30 days after the birth of a new baby and also will flip the baby into the air to get its first breath. This pod had a little baby and it was dancing with his mom twirling and flipping. Babies are dark black for camouflage and lighten to a gray as they age. We stay a bit as we watch several dolphins popping up again and again out of the water. Try as I may, dolphins are hard to photograph! I didn’t get any good shots, but there’s always next time. We start to move on and let them have their privacy with the new baby, which was so super adorable!
We zoom down the shoreline and are able to see beach-goers and fisherman alike. The lighthouse is spotted and he tells us about the 1000 watt light bulb that is always on, and can be seen in all directions for like 300 miles. He told us of lighthouses in the past and how one was destroyed by Confederate soldiers to prevent the Union army from using it for navigation purposes to bring in more supplies.
We loop around and head back in. My eyes (despite my sunglasses) sting from the wind hitting me straight in the face. I however, do not regret my decision with being at the head of the boat. We come across the Cockspur Lighthouse, which is a beautiful old lighthouse at the mouth of the Savannah River. It was built in 1855 and was decommissioned in the early 1900’s. When built, it was completely on land and is now completely surrounded by water. At high tide, water is 1/3 way up the structure and you can tell this because the bottom is discolored. The old white bricks and small door have a rustic charm that take you back in time.
Ft. Pulaski is just beyond that and is still open today for touring. In the Civil war, Confederate soldiers were given a false sense of security as they thought they were protected from everything in this thick brick structure. The Union forces recently developed a technique known as “rifling”, which helped cannon fire get more distance and better accuracy. They would carve a little groove along the barrel. Within 30 hours, they had breached one of the corner walls of the fort and Confederate forces had no choice but to surrender. Only 2 soldiers were actually killed.
We head back towards the bridge and start to slow down as jet skiers are attempting to move out of the alley. The first few people pass by the boat, but their grandma was stuck doing slow circles in front of us. She panics a bit as the boat drifts closer, but then finally rights the Jet Ski and rides past. We all clap and cheer for her and I’m sure she was mighty embarrassed, but she really made the trip for us. These tours are great for newbies that want to see the history and highlights of our scenic area, plus a little dolphin magic.
We dock and exit by Coco’s, which had a huge lunch line, and then we load into the trolley yet again. Kim, from the Tybee Visitors Center tells us about various locations as we ride past. She tells us that our next stop is the Tybee Island Lighthouse and that we have 15 minutes there so if we are climbing the lighthouse, we must do it quickly. I accept the challenge; I want to see the view from the top. So, I climb and climb and climb stairs. I climb some more, cursing under my breath at myself for being so out of shape. I pass by 3 landings and keep climbing.
The landings all have a small window looking out. There are other people there panting and sighing from exhaustion. I keep huffing and did stop at the next landing to sip on my water. Onward and up, there is a time limit. Admiring the brickwork and crazy stair perspectives, the lighthouse definitely is unique. I finally make it to the top, and exit to the open blue sky. It’s beautiful and took my breath away, (or was it the high altitude?) My ears popped a few times. I walk along the rim of the walkway so as to a get a better view of everything. The ocean was endless, the salt permeated the air, and the sand glistened like a girl’s best friend. As I enter back in, I have to check out this 1,000 watt light bulb that I’d heard about. It was small, unimpressive and didn’t seem that bright, but it is! And, the climb back down…seemed more difficult as I struggled to maintain footing on the narrow path. With my legs already burning, I kept pushing myself until I finally make it the bottom again, 178 steps later. There are other small buildings associated with the Lighthouse there, but because of the time restriction, I didn’t have time to check those out. Also, with price of admission you can also check out the bunker just across the small street.
The next stop was the Tybee Post Theater built in 1930, and was recently remodeled into an absolutely stunning venue. It was originally built by the United States military for the soldiers stationed at Ft. Pulaski. As we exit the trolley, we step onto a “Hollywood” style entryway to the theater. It has names and quotes embossed with stars into the sidewalk. We walk in the front lobby where the guide explains that the ticket booth’s white marble walls are authentic to the history of the building. We then enter the actual theater and it was much more than expected. It was grand with high ceilings and a beautiful staging area. Above, you can see the lighting area, and it is a professional set-up. Rows of cushy theater seats line the building and slant down to the staging area. She tells us about the upcoming shows that are coming and we convene about how to get the word out to the new set of 10,000 people that come to the island every week in the summer. The venue can be rented for weddings, shows, or any kind of performance and can seat 206 people. While it is used for live performances, they also are equipped to play films on the big screen. For the upcoming showing of “Love Story” on 5/28, they are giving out a complimentary glass of wine to each guest.
So, all good things must come to an end, as we parted our ways from the trolley. I was pleasantly surprised with a renewed love for our amazing little island as its beauty is overpowering and refreshing all at once. People come here from all over to get away from their busy schedules and to find purpose in life and their smiles again.
Yours Truly, Caitlin <3
Mothers all over deserve a day! Thank your Mom and the Mother of your children! Make this year a day she won’t forget! Let’s make her happy.
Be sure to take the time to appreciate the special lady in your life who helps hold the family together and what better way than a weekend at the beach? Rent a little house and come on down to Tybee to enjoy its natural beauty and wonder. With so many things to do, she can have a ton of fun or kick back her beach chair and relax. Tybee is versatile and meets many vacation fantasies. Keep in mind that Savannah is only a short drive away for more upscale, less casual dining and even more activities and tours to go on!
Top floor Master King suite with private bath.
Top floor level of this home has additional 2 king bedrooms and 3 Queen bedrooms with 2 shared common baths.
Main living level has 2 single sleeper chairs and half bath.
Call today for availability for 7 Palmwood ! 800-786-5889
We here at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, are gearing up for another busy and exciting summer! Your vacation time has been approved, the kids are out of school for the summer, and you need a beach getaway more now than ever.As you prepare your family and friends for another relaxing, fun filled, and memorable stay on Tybee, we would like to remind everyone of the beach rules;
- STAY OUT OF THE DUNES
- SURFING AND FISHING ONLY ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED AREAS
- SWIM WITHIN 50 YARDS OF SHORELINE
- OBEY THE LIFEGUARDS
- STAY OFF ROCKS / JETTIES / LIFEGUARD STANDS
- LITTER MUST BE CONTAINED – CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE LITTER
- UNAUTHORIZED MOTORIZED VEHICLES
- DISORDERLY CONDUCT
- OVERNIGHT SLEEPING / CAMPING
- REMOVAL OF LIVE MARINE LIFE
- JUMPING OR DIVING FROM PIER OR PUBLIC STRUCTURE
Rules Strictly Enforced. Max fine $1,000
Hazardous Areas & Boating Safety
Certain areas have been designated and marked as “hazardous areas” because of conditions which create a threat to the safety and welfare of boaters who may operate in such areas. When operating within a “hazardous area”, all passengers in a boat must wear a U. S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device, properly fitted and fastened.
- Tybee Island Beach, for a distance of 1,000 feet seaward from the highwater mark on Tybee Island beach from the north end to the south end of the beach
If you still haven’t planned your Tybee vacation rental getaway, we have several rentals that still have summer dates available! Click on any of the following picures, for more information about that rental. Call us at 800-786-5889 for questions or to make reservations.
The trio have been spotted out and about on Tybee Island, during filming, and have taken time out to meet with locals and fans for photo ops. Majority of filming takes place on the south end of the island, by the Tybee Island Pier and Pavillion.Oc eanfront Cottage Rentals, manages several Tybee Island vacation rental properties with a bird’s eye view of all the action;
108 Sandpiper – 3 bedroom 2 bathroom condo sleeps 8
1 Pelican Point – 3 bedroom 2 bathroom OCEAN FRONT condo sleeps 8
2 17th Street – 2 bedroom 2 bathroom pet friendly OCEAN VIEW condo sleeps 6
For a complete list of all of our wonderful Tybee Island vacation rental properties, located on the south end of the island, please visit our site!
The Tybee Island Pirate Fest was first held in 2005. The idea was born after a few locals wanted to create an event to highlight the unique personality of the island. Following an enormous number of hours, blood, sweat, and tears the first Pirate Fest took to the streets of Tybee.
The first year was a greater success than event developers expected. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island, and local businesses, the event has continued to grow each year since it’s inception. Pirate enthusiasts travel from across the country each year, to visit our charming island as we transform into pirates and wenches each Columbus Day weekend.
Our Pirate Fest blankets the downtown area to highlight the local shops and restaurants while showcasing our beautiful beach and pier. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend.
Each year a pair outstandin’ Tybee citizens be selected to fulfill ’tis esteemed position ‘n we be pleased to announce that th’ honor for the 2015 Tybee Island Pirate’s Fest King & Quen has gone to our owners Lannie ‘n Stacye Jarrell! Both ‘o these Tybee residents spend so much ‘o their time ‘n energy makin’ ‘tis island a fantastic place to visit ‘n an amazin’ place to live. We thank our King ‘n Queen from th’ bottom ‘o our hearts ‘n gunna be raisin’ our grog at th’ Pirate Fest to salute them both!
The Swingin’ Medallions band will play September 6th from 7pm-9pm on the famed Tybee Island Pier/Pavilion. Admission is free. This band is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and are a crowd favorite. Afterwards, the firework show will begin to shoot off from the South end pier and can be viewed from any of the eastern facing beaches. Come early to get the best seat in the sand as the beach will fill up fast as everyone comes down for the show.
If you are looking for a long weekend getaway, you are in luck. We still have a few properties available! We have a special at that time; “Stay 3 nights, get an additional 4th night free!” Please call to see what remains. We are in the office until 5pm every day.
Labor Day Beach Bash Rules
1. Chairs are welcome on the beach, but will not be permitted under the pavilion during the concert.
2. Coolers are welcome on the beach, but will not be permitted under the pavilion during the concert.
In Savannah the next day, there will be fireworks downtown near the Savannah River. It is just 20 minutes west of Tybee Island. You can take a walk along River St. and Bay St. and see the show! It will begin at 9pm that evening.
We are proud to have a nice population of sea turtles that nest each year on our beaches, however many babies never make the return trip to the Atlantic. We average at 30 nests a season with a mom laying 125 eggs every 2 weeks throughout the summer. Right now, there are only 3 marked nests, but it is still very early as the season ends October 31. Loggerheads are the most popular kind that visits our area.
There are a few things you can do to help babies make their trip safely. Since they are easily confused by lights on the beach, they follow the moon, please do not bring flashlights or use bright cell phones on the beach to find them. The only lights allowed during this time would be red filtered flashlights. Turn off the lights in your home if you are oceanfront. Don’t leave holes or sandcastles on the beaches as it could create obstacles for the babies. Don’t disturb any mothers and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center would love if you reported any turtle activity. They stake off the area and report it to the DNR. Keep in mind that it is a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act to disturb the turtles or their nests. Hwy. 80 is the main road coming onto the island. There are marshlands on both sides which another kind of turtle is native to as they enjoy the brackish water. They cross the highway in many spots, not just the designated area. Please be aware and slow down as you drive through as many are killed by traffic each year. These are diamondback terrapins, usually females which are looking for higher ground to nest unfortunately. In 2005, there were a recorded 260 deaths on the roadways for these little turtles. 8% were found injured and were taken to a rehabilitation center. They are even able to save eggs from pregnant females and hatch those in their center. So, help us protect and save all of our turtles! Everybody is important to the ecosystem and deserves a chance to thrive.
Please call us directly to book at 800-786-5889.
Sunset View (5 BR back river Home)
$3350.34 / 3 nights
Beach Bum Parade, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Butler Ave. FREE! Don’t miss the South’s largest water fight! Parade floats will be filled with water-throwing paraphernalia as spectators line up along Butler Ave armed with buckets of water, squirt guns and hoses ready for battle. This event is an all-out water war for fun-loving beach bums of all ages, don’t forget to bring your own water guns. This large annual event first began as a way for locals to celebrate the beginning of summer and holds fond memories for many.
**Water balloons, buckets and pressure washers are prohibited and considered dangerous. No ice water. It is illegal to open car doors or homes to spray inside. Restrict your targets to parade participants and onlookers only. Do not attempt to aim your hose or water gun at a police officer. Residents and visitors are asked to use common sense in choosing and soaking your targets.
Friday, May 1, 2015
HAPPY HOUR AT COCO’S SUNSET GRILL – Free Entry
Lazaretto Creek Marina
Old US Hwy 80
Tybee Island, GA 31328
5 p.m. –7 p.m.
Coco’s Sunset Grill welcomes you to stop by on your way onto the island for happy hour and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
TYBEE GAY DAYS KICK-OFF PARTY – Free entry
North Beach Grill 33 Meddin Dr.
AFTER PARTY AT THE SAND BAR
1512 Butler Avenue 10:00 – until
Saturday, May 2, 2015
BEACH MEET-UP ON THE BEACH IN FRONT OF MARLIN MONROE’S
404 Butler Ave.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
TYBEE TOUR OF HOMES
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TYBEE RAINBOW FEST PARADE
3 p.m.-5 p.m..
2nd Annual Robert Harper Tybee Rainbow Fest Parade.
The parade will start at 4th Street, continue down Butler to
Tybrisa and end at Fannie’s on the Beach.
AFTER PARADE PARTY!!
Fannies on the Beach: After Parade 3rd Floor Dance Party 5pm-8pm. 2nd Floor: 8pm-10:30pm The Christy Alan Band followed by 11pm-1am Live DJ, Dancing & Shows
BERNIE’S OYSTER BAR- Free Entry
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
AJ’s BEACHSIDE – Free Entry
13 Tybrisa St,
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Burlesque Show and DJ Vashti . It doesn’t take much imagination to see that this will be a lot of fun.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
SUNDAY BRUNCH – 5 CHOICES
Enjoy Tybee’s best brunches at Bernie’s Oyster House, Fannie’s on the Beach, & Marlin Monroe’s all of which feature fresh coastal ingredients in a LGBT-friendly environment.
Meet up in front of Fannie’s on the Beach
1613 Strand Ave.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p. m.
SUNDAY FUN DAY @ MARLIN MONROE’S
404 Butler Ave.
Featuring the Christy Alan Band 3pm-6pm. Turn a beautiful beach day into an afternoon of dancing and indulgence!
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bentley have a beautiful family with 4 children, and 12 grandchildren. The Bentley family owns one of our beautiful oceanfront condos, Bentley’s at 103 Fort Screven on the North side of Tybee. Their condo has a great view of the Atlantic and has a shared boardwalk going out to the sea. This side of the island is known for its dolphin activity and the ability to see the large container ships as they head into the Savannah ports. Recently, accents of soft blues were added to the bedroom and living room giving it a little more flair, but keeping its calm beach-time vibe. This condo has a King Bed and 2 Queens, with a pullout sofa. Two of the bedrooms would have their own private bathrooms! Head out onto the balcony to soak in your private 3–person hot tub while gazing out at the ocean. We manage two other condos in that building and three 4 bedroom townhomes in that area of Ocean-view Court. You may view those below:
Join us for the 11th annual Tybee Turtle Trot on Saturday, April 25th, 2015!
Help sea turtles, kick off Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season, and raise funds for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center‘s Sea Turtle Project. After the race, stick around for awards and to see the Georgia Sea Turtle Center release a rehabilitated sea turtle patient into the wild! Families and spectators are welcome.
Online/preregistration will be open until noon, April 23rd, 2015. Day-of registration begins at the pier and pavilion at 7am, the race starts at 8am!
Preregister by April 16th to guarantee your free t-shirt!
PACKET PICK UP: Friday, April 24th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the science center and the morning of the race, beginning at 7:00, at the Pavilion.
There are a few main events this year beginning with A Celebration of Earth and Vine which is an elegant dinner presented by four celebrity chefs at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. The Art of Pairing is a 5 course dinner at the Tybee Island Social Club. An Evening of Oysters & Wine is held at Marlin Monroes. Then the Grand Wine Tasting will be at The Tybee Island Lighthouse with over 100 wines to choose from, tastings from local restaurants, and live music. There is also a silent auction at the lighthouse. Sunday is a champagne brunch at the Crab Shack.
Be sure to check out the island during this event packed celebration! Tickets are available now! Click here to purchase.
A Celebration of Earth & Vine- April 22 6-9pm
Grand Ballroom of Tybee Wedding Chapel
1114 1st St. Tybee 31328
The Art of Pairing- April 23 7-9pm
The Tybee Island Social Club
1311 Butler Ave. Tybee 31328
An Evening of Oysters & Wine
April 24 6:30-8:30pm
Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill
404 Butler Ave. Tybee 31328
The Grand Wine Tasting
April 25 3-6pm
Tybee Island Light Station
30 Meddin Dr. Tybee 31328
Sunday Champagne Brunch
April 26 12:30-2:30pm
The Crab Shack
40 Estill Hammock Rd. Tybee 31328
Grand Ballroom of the Tybee Wedding Chapel, 1114 1st Street.
$85, plus $5 tax and handling. Members price, $76.50, plus $5 tax and handling. ($42.50 of which is a tax-deductible donation) – See more at: http://tybeewinefestival.com/products-page-2/#sthash.4y8gCrhV.dpuf
Grand Ballroom of the Tybee Wedding Chapel, 1114 1st Street.
$85, plus $5 tax and handling. Members price, $76.50, plus $5 tax and handling. ($42.50 of which is a tax-deductible donation) – See more at: http://tybeewinefestival.com/products-page-2/#sthash.4y8gCrhV.dpuf
A Celebration of Earth and Vine $85
Wednesday, April 22 ~ 6-9 pm
Grand Ballroom of the Tybee Wedding Chapel, 1114 1st Street.
$85, plus $5 tax and handling. Members price, $76.50, plus $5 tax and handling. ($42.50 of which is a tax-deductible donation)
– See more at: http://tybeewinefestival.com/products-page-2/#sthash.4y8gCrhV.dpuf
If you feeling adventurous, you can check out Savannah on March 17 from 10:15am to 2:30pm for their giant yearly celebration. It will be extremely crowded as more and more people attend each year. There is a trolley running from Tybee to Savannah. It is just a 20 minute drive, however add time on for traffic especially if you will be driving. Parking can be up to $25.
However you choose to celebrate this holiday, remember not to drink and drive. The police are very strict and you also do not want to endanger yourself and others by trying to make it home. Usually, there are free tows during this time that companies offer to people that end up drinking, but do not want to leave their vehicles. Be responsible and safe, but have FUN!
The origin of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies. This is Tybee’s version of the holiday. We celebrate in gold, purple, and green! Put on your boa and mask to join in on the festivities!
Thursday, Feb. 12, Coco’s Sunset Grille will host the King Cake Party at 7 p.m. Dance to live music, and enjoy Cajun food and drink specials.
Friday, Feb. 13, Fannie’s on the Beach will host NOLA Night: Mardi Gras Kick-Off Party at 7 p.m. Taste a variety of Cajun dishes from the Big Easy buffet, and listen to live music. Advance Tickets are $15 or $18 at the door. Saturday, Feb.14, The Mardi Gras Street Party takes place from noon to 6 p.m. The party features Zydeco, blues and rock music from 3 – 6 p.m. Thrilling street performances entertain revelers as they enjoy the festival and colorful businesses in the area.The 2015 Mardi Gras Tybee Parade, with colorful floats, plenty of beads and marching bands, begins Saturday at 2 p.m.
There are several categories of winners and awards. They will give $10k to anyone that can beat the marathon world record. This fall Dennis Kimetto set a new world record in the marathon, clocking 2:02:57 at Berlin. He is the first man to run those 26.2 miles in under 2:03 and his time sparked speculation about when the two-hour barrier for the marathon might fall.
Basil’s Kiddie Run Friday night at 6:00pm at the Lighthouse
North Beach Grill 5K Friday night at 6:00pm at the Lighthouse
Sundae Cafe 10K Saturday morning at 7:00am
CHU’S Half Marathon Saturday morning at 8:30am
Lighthouse Pizza 2.8 Mile Beach Run Saturday afternoon at 12:00pm
YMCA 1 Mile Run Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm
So, you enjoy dining out at restaurants and also enjoy a good deal? Come down for Tybee Restaurant Week!
No problem, during Jan 16-25 you can eat for a fraction of the normal cost during Tybee Island Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer 3-course “prix fixe” (pre-determined) dinner menus for $25-30/per person. Pricing does not include tips, be sure to bring a little extra for the wait staff.You can select from a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You do not need to buy a ticket or coupon; just dine out at participating restaurants. You can also prompt to order from the regular menu if you prefer.
Location: Various Tybee Restaurants
If you are looking for a place to stay during this time, below are some options that may interest you! We are running a great special until May.
Stay 3 nights, get your 4th night free!
We look forward to having you visit our beautiful island! – OFC
The gathering space for the Ga Seminars by The Sea Porcelain Art School, is the Tybee Wedding Chapel. The Chapel is set on a gorgeous wooded lot, on the edge of Tybee’s delicate marsh ecosystems…………..just seconds from the beach and minutes from romantic Historic Savannah. The Wedding Chapel is the perfect venue to serve as the headquarters and dining area during the seminars. While here for the event, student housing is in shared luxury beach vacation rentals around Tybee Island, provided courtesy of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals. Having your own transportation is not necessary, as the school provides it’s own transportation, which can escort you to any class or event, complimentary on the island. With all the things to do on Tybee Island, your vacation trip is sure to be filled with memories for years to come. As enticing as surf and sand might be, we encourage you to venture out and see some of the Local Attractions along the Tybee’s Beach. You’ll find something for everyone, whether your looking for great Restaurants and Shopping or places to Worship.
The schedule for classes for 2015 are;
Schedule for 2015
Session One – February 19 – February 24
Session Two – February 24 – March 1
Session Three- March 1 – March 6
Suzanne Painter, owner and organizer of the school, will be happy to answer any questions. Just give her a call 706-495-6724
More information on the event can be found by clicking here .
Check out our photo gallery below, featuring some of the amazing art work from past years.
Are you ready for the 15th annual Polar Plunge? This event has become a Tybee tradition, held every January 1st to bring in the new year! Invigorate your soul with a cleansing plunge into the Atlantic and get a fresh start into 2015. In 2012, our little island beat the world record for the most people wearing swimming caps in one place. 2,049 is the official number toppling Japan’s previous record of 500. Some people just run into the water knee-deep and run back out, instead of the full plunge. Temperatures have ranged 40-70 degrees in December, so perhaps this year will be a warm pleasant day that everyone can enjoy. Everyone dresses in costumes, and strange outfits for The Gang of Goofs contest that begins at 11am. Be sure to come out and witness the fun or join in! Details on how to enter and costs are listed below.
Entry FEE: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Tybee Post Theater member discount: $22.50 for adults and $13.50 for children.
You can register for the Polar Plunge or the Gang of Goofs contest in person at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Saturday, December 27, Sunday, December 28, Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30, Wednesday December 31 from 1 pm – 4 pm or on Thursday, January 1 from 9am – 11:30am at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion (deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest on January 1st is 10:30am). All proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater.
Polar Plunge 2012 Youtube video compliments of Dale Reagan
Then, Santa will be making his debut during the Christmas Parade on December 6 at 1pm. Make sure to bring along the kids to see him and to grab some goodies! After the parade, you can gather at the Tybee Gym for a photo with Santa!
Holiday Market will be at the Tybee Lighthouse on December 7 from 10am-4pm. Many vendors will be there selling a great variety of items. Perfect day to shop for Christmas presents at this unique market.
Fort Pulaski will begin Candle Lantern Tours on December 19 & 20. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861 each year during the holiday season. This Savannah tradition provides night tours of the fort by candlelight and oil lamps. In 1861, the tradition started when Confederate soldiers took a break from battle and decorated cannons with garland. They enjoyed fine delicacies from the city. Hot cider, cookies, music, caroling and night-time weapons firings will allow guests to re-live the festive occasion.
Also on December 20, The Tour de’ Lights Bike Parade will be held. It begins and ends at AJ’s Dockside. Award ceremony for the decorated bikes will be at 5pm. The following day the Floating Christmas Parade will be held.
New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with our annual firework bash! They can be seen from the beach in many areas, but the best view would be from the South end area.
Jump into the freezing ocean “Polar Bear Style” for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1. What a great refreshing start to the New Year! 2015 holds much promise!
Thanksgiving at the Beach? Yes, Please! Sounds Amazing!
It’s that time of year again! Time to get together with your family and enjoy cherished recipes from your childhood. This tradition is even better at the beach! This year most of our larger homes are already reserved. We have nothing larger available. A few options are listed below that may still enable you to come to the beach and have a wonderful get together with your family. We also have some amazing condos still open; I will list a few of those combos as well.Larger Homes:
Perfect View (sleeps 10)
(5 BR Home, Close to Ocean, 3 min walk.)
The Sandcastle (sleeps 10)
(4 BR Bay-view Home, 8 min walk to beach.) Smaller Homes that are both on the South end:
Orange U Beachy (sleeps 8)
(3 BR Home, 5 min walk.)
Little Beach Cottage (sleeps 6)
(2 BR Cottage, 5-7 min walk to beach.) Same building, North Beach:
Bentley’s (sleeps 8)
(3 BR Oceanfront Condo, w/ hot tub.)
Ocean Breeze (sleeps 10)
(3 BR Oceanfront Condo, w/ hot tub.)
The big anchor was salvaged in 1989 by Captain Bill Walsh. It is from an 1849 wooden sailing boat that was discovered several miles off the north coast of the island. The anchor, ballast rock, and some iron debris were all that remained of the sea-faring vessel. It is possibly from one of the Union Navy vessels that blockaded the South Atlantic Coast and Savannah River during the War Between the States in 1861-1865.
This shot was taken this morning while venturing out to check out the dredging progress. It’s amazing to see how much beach we will be gaining from this project. A few rentals near this spot are listed below for you guys to check out. These 3 bedroom town-homes are located right on the sand and have amazing views!
Photo by Caitlin Salter
Oceanfront Cottage Rentals is proud to be one of the sponsoring companies for the inaugural Tybee Salutes Heroes! The event is scheduled for the weekend of November 14th , and promises to be a family friendly fun filled weekend! As part of this event rental costs have been waived for the 50 selected active and retired Military Families to spend the 3-day weekend on Tybee. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals is also offering a 25% military discount for any active or retired military coming in for the event. The 50 selected families are;
50 Military Families
|Adams Family, USAF – Retired
Bensken Family, USMC – Retired
Blair Family, US Army – Active Duty
Boone Family, US Army – Active Duty
Bushey Family, USMC – Retired
Bryd Family, USAF – Active Duty
Camp Family, USAF – Active Duty
Chapman Family, US Army – Active Duty
Cheek Family, US Army – Active Duty
Coggins Family, USAF – Retired
Davidson Family, US Army – Active Duty
Davies Family, USAF – Active Duty
Distano Family, USMC – Active Duty
Eckert Family, US Army – Active Duty
Fitch Family, US Army – Retired
Giordano Family, USAF – Active Duty
Grabowsky Family, USAF – Active Duty
Hill Family, USMC – Retired
Hubbell Family, US Army – Active Duty
Jenkins Family, US Army – Active Duty
Johnson Family, USAF – Retired
Lamberson Family, US Army – Active Duty
Linzan Family, US Army – Retired
Lopez Family, USAF – Active Duty
Marcy Family, USMC – Active Duty
|Michael Family, US Army – Active Duty
Obrien Family, USN –Retired
Owens Family, US Army – Active Duty
Phillips Family, USAF –Active Duty
Poling Family, US Army – Active Duty
Power Family, US Army – Active Duty
Push Family, US Army – Active Duty
Renn Family, US Navy – Retired
Riley Family, US Army – Retired
Rowley Family, USAF – Active Duty
Saxton Family, US Army – Active Duty
Sharpe Family, US Army – Active Duty
S. Smith Family, USAF – Active Duty
J. Smith Family, USMC – Active Duty
T. Smith Family, USMC – Active Duty
M. Smith Family, US Army– Retired
Stewart Family, US Army – Active Duty
Tierney Family, US Army – Active Duty
Walrod Family, US Army – Active Duty
Waters Family, US Army – Active Duty
White Family, US Army– Active Duty
Wilson Family, USMC/US Army – Retired
Williams Family, US Army/Marines – Retired Wimberly Family, US Army – Active Duty
Woodruff Family, US Army – Retired
Calendar of Events:
Friday, November 14:
- Families will receive a welcome bag donated by Visit Tybee filled with coupons and discounts from local businesses.
Saturday, November 15:
- Official welcome breakfast for military families at American Legion Tybee Post #154 from 8 a.m. -11 a.m.
- Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade on Butler Avenue beginning at 1:00pm. Parade Route: 14th Street to Butler Ave., then North to Memorial Park (5th Street and Butler Ave.)
- There will be a ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park directly after the parade.
- Celebration at American Legion Tybee Post #154 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. featuring complimentary food, entertainment, children’s activities, and cash bar.
Sunday, November 16:
- Rest and relaxation on Tybee Island.
Monday, November 17:
- Check-out by 10 a.m.
In an effort to battle erosion and storm damage, the Tybee beach renourishment for 2014, will bring in fresh sand to Tybee’s shoreline. The beach protects the dunes, without this renourishment, the dunes would wash and blow completely away. Workers are scheduled to be done before the New Year for the grand total of $11 million in local and federal funding. A kick- off “sand throwing” ceremony was held last Tuesday, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and our Governor, Nathan Deal. The Army will be studying our beach to decide how well we would weather a hurricane, and to keep records of how much the beach has been eroding and longshore sediment distribution. They are also managing the construction of this project and help to minimize costs by determining different solutions.
10/25 Center St.
10/28 3rd St.
11/4 1st St. (Big Curve)
11/9 Gate access (Ft. Screven)
11/14 Officer’s Row
11/19 Gullick St.
11/24 North beach parking lot
11/30 North Federal Groin
Starting south from 8th
12/1 8th St.
12/2 9th St.
12/3 10th St.
12/4 11th St.
12/5 12th St.
12/6 13th St.
12/7 14th St.
12/8 15th St.
12/9 16th St.
12/13 17th St.
12/16 19th St.
12/17-20 Back River
12/19-27 Break down of Equipment and start demobilization
12/29-30 Remove subline from beach
(Savannah is 20 minutes from Tybee Island)
Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Deals!
Check out our website for more options; Call about our special marathon deal!
Stay 2 nights; get your 3rd night free!
PICK UP LOCATION #1: 4th Street between Jones Avenue and Butler Avenue
PICK UP LOCATION #2: Butler Avenue between 15th Street and 14th Street
ALL shuttle passes must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo on 11/6 and 11/7.
Roundtrip Shuttle Tickets: $25 each
218A Bay Breezes (Bayfront 1 bedroom condo)
http://www.oceanfrontcottage.com/listings/218-bay-breezes $452.11/3 nights
108B Tybee Lights (Oceanfront 2 bedroom condo)
http://www.oceanfrontcottage.com/listings/108b-tybee-lights $604.55/3 nights
17th Dream (3 bedroom, Ocean view from balcony, cottage)
http://www.oceanfrontcottage.com/listings/17th-dream $676.31/3 nights
Shiver me timbers, ye scurvy seadogs! October be nearly upon us which means one thing…….pirate invasion! T’is month has tons ‘o thin’s to do; what a great hour to come aboard. Th’ annual Pirate’s Fest is from 10/9-12. Th’ whole island dresses like a band ‘o pirates ‘n joins in fer th’ festivities. Thar be a plethora ‘o events which range from th’ Buccaneer’s ball kickin’ it all off to th’ parade whar swashbucklin’ bling gunna be divvied up. Thar be a ferris wheel ‘n a pettin’ zoo fer th’ lads and lasses. Adults gunna heartily enjoy th’ live entertainment wit’ local bands appearin’. So, make yer’ way down ‘n pillage the South end. Ye be destined t’ have a great time! Weigh anchor n’ hoist th’ mizzen!
The beach is a place where many people come to re-nourish their souls. Cares seem to wash away when the waves are kissing at your toes. That hectic life you ran away from seems so far away that you never want to return. A busy life is what we are accustomed to, but why? Life is so much more enjoyable strolling along the beaches searching for seashells and soaking up local color.
As summer drifts away, Autumn peeks her bashful head out and begins to bring down cool breezes. This begins a beautiful period here on Tybee. As the sea oats deepen from pale yellow to a deep gold, they wave in the wind and say farewell to hot weather. Fallen leaves prance along the ground daring you to dance along.
Sunsets are to die for! Skies are painted in reds, oranges, and even pinks. It’s hard not to smile while gazing at a gorgeous Tybee sunset. You can look forward to reading a book on the beach swings or watching the birds fly down to escape the harsh winters from up north. Scan the coastline to observe container ships bringing cargo into Savannah ports. The dolphins also chase the shrimping boats into port at Lazaretto Creek. The way the sunlight glistens over the top of the ocean will bring you peace of mind. You will be on cloud nine for days from the pure ecstasy of the simple things that most people take for granted. Science has proven that the beach cleanses your body of negative energy. It surely shows! A day on the beach is like a day in paradise.
Dance along the tides, wish upon the stars, and always have hope, even when there is none in sight.
(Photo by Caitlin Salter)
Labor Day Activities are planned for this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Join the fun with Tybee’s finest at our annual Labor Day Beach Bash! The live entertainment opens with Big Engine on Saturday and the Swinging Medallions on Sunday. The fireworks will blast off around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday night. You may also want to check out the Tybee Lighthouse. There will be a large selection of vendors at the “market” (10am-4pm on Sunday.) Some items in the boutiques are handmade items such as soaps and jewelry, mosaic pieces, bamboo crafts, and an area you can design your own pieces of art.
(Photo by Caitlin Salter)
The Black Skimmer is a year round resident here on Tybee. Primarily, skimmers will be near the bird sanctuary on the north end by the Lighthouse area. When nesting, the parents’ take turns kicking up sand behind them to “scrape” up a depression to build a nest to lay their eggs. Nests are usually small at around 10” wide and maybe an inch deep. Eggs are pale cream in color with pink or brown spots. The male and female take turns incubating the eggs. Hatch-lings will immediately leave the nest and will lay in the depression. This area is a lower temperature and parents will shield them from the sun. Babies are even known from time to time to dig their own depressions.
Babies are born with the upper and lower mandibles the same size. The lower jaw does grow quickly. It takes 24 days before they are able to take flight; parents have to feed them during this period. Babies are fed almost exclusively during the day. Adults can easily scoop fish as they skim the top of the water. They are mostly nocturnal or crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at night because the water is calmer with fish closer to the surface.
With their long wings, this allows them to make sharp turns while flying. If you are lucky enough to catch a flock, you would think they were flying dogs because of their “barking” cries. Being very social birds, they tend to stay with their flock and nest in the same areas each year. Larger colonies are more successful; smaller ones usually feel the urge to relocate.
In New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina skimmers are on the state protected list. Big concerns for this species popped up in 2010 during the BP Gulf Coast oil spill when 263 birds were affected. Federally, however they are not protected or considered endangered. Their official status is of least concern and thank goodness. We love having these beautiful birds here on our island!
As you make your way further south along Highway 80, you will notice a colorful array of homes and shops. We are all about some southern vintage charm! Don’t forget to check out the Pier area. This is the heartbeat of the island and where everyone wants to be in the summer. There is the Tybee Island Marine Science Center if you are bringing children along. It has a good selection of the area wildlife in their touch tanks. If you are feeling adventurous, you can plan a beach ecology trip through the Marine Science Center. Tour guides will direct you along the beach and show you some sites that you might not see otherwise.
As one of Georgia’s coastal islands, we enjoy a great variety of wildlife and natural wonders…The beaches are clean, the water brisk…come down and experience the wonder of island living…we’d love for you to stay with us! We offer 1-7 bedroom condos and homes, oceanfront and ocean view…You can check them all out on our website or feel free to stop by and see us in person!
Warm summer wishes,
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(Photo by Caitlin Salter)