Southern Charm

True Southern Charm is still alive & well!

Tybee is a small Southern beach town full of sweet, goodhearted folks. We are proud of how we were raised and the fact that we practice good manners. It is polite to say “Yes ma’am, No ma’am, please and thank you” here even though other parts of the country think we are being condescending. We think of it as being “raised right” and our Mama wouldn’t have it any other way. Everyone is treated with respect and we’ve never met a stranger. To top it off, we have that sweet Southern accent that sounds like angels playing the harp.

Kick off your shoes, put your toes in the sand!
Southern hospitality is our specialty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are here, you will learn that our little island isn’t about a bunch of planned activities. It is an island where you are meant to kick back, put your feet up and sip sweet tea. Come sit a spell! Give yourself a break; you deserve it!  Bless your heart.

Recommended Porches:
1-2nd Terrace– Porch swing and rocking chairs!
5 Driftwood– Comfy chairs looking out to the sea. Not oceanfront, but it doesn’t need to be.
Claire’s Rendezvous– Oceanfront balcony right on the sand, You can’t get any closer!
Bella Luna– Oceanfront 5 bedroom home with massive balcony overlooking the Atlantic.

Recommended Eateries:
Windrose Café (Locals love it; it’s cheap & good.)
Social Club (High Class folk)
Sundae Café– Some of the best food on the island. Fancy dinner at night, put on your best flip-flops and make sure to call ahead.

Who has the best sweet tea?
We love the Tybee IGA for their large “aquarium” sized sweet teas. It has just the right sweetness, and perfect for front porch sittin’. Ask Wendy what she’s cooking for lunch while there.

Best Waterin’ Holes:
Doc’s Bar– You can find a plethora of locals here and they’ve never met a stranger.
Wet Willie’s– Younger crowd that likes frozen drinks.
Quarter Bar– Open Late, good cheeseburgers, pool tables, and they play all kinds of sports on their tvs.
GastroPub– Marble bar with sports on every tv, Beer on tap.

Fort Screven Historic District

Figure 1: Fort Screven before any residential homes were established.
Photo courtesy to The Light House Inn bed and breakfast

Fort Screven today is known to us as a location where some of our favorite rentals are located. However, it has some pretty interesting history behind it!

Fort Screven got its name after Brig. Gen, James Screven, who is considered a hero of the American Revolution. Fort Screven was the last coastal fort to be built in Georgia! Many parts of Fort Screven are still standing today and can be seen. Battery Garland, which now is the home to the Tybee Island Museum is a popular tourist attraction!

Back in 1733, when James Oglethorpe founded Georgia, he realized that the North end of Tybee island would be a big value to the military. This is where they were able to guard the mouth of the Savannah River until the end of World War II.  In 1786, Georgia Legislature authorized the building of a fort on Tybee Island, however the fort that was approved never actually got built. They ended up building a Martello Tower (a small round fort) around 1815. This fort was built from “tabby” – a concrete made of shell, sand, lime, and water. This stood through the War Between the States where it fell to disrepair.

Both Union and Confederate troops would occupy Fort Screven between 1861 and 1865. Heavy firing from earthwork gun batteries on the north end of Tybee Island breached Fort Pulaski in 1862, signaling the end of the masonry costal fortifications.

During President Cleveland’s administration, Secretary of War, William C. Endicott had ideas for the basis that became the Endicott System – a string of coastal defense that were built to protect most of America’s important port cities. This system called for multiple batteries to be built and spaced out at the entrances to important harbors. This was built a little better than the Martello Tower as they now had the latest heavy artillery and was built from concrete and steel, as well as sand and beach plants. This made it also invisible from the sea.

By this time, there was a threat of the war with Spain. In 1896, they began work on what locals called Fort Tybee. The first military was called Camp Graham, but soon changed to Fort Screven. This became an important military post of the Spanish American War in 1898, however most of the batteries were not complete at this time. The Spanish never had a threat on Savannah and the fort never came under fire.

Fort Screven ended up having seven batteries. Six of which were located on Tybee Island, and the seventh, Battery Hambright, near Fort Pulaski. The only two that are open to the public are Battery Garland, that houses the Tybee Island Museum, and Battery Hambright. The others can be seen from the street but are not available to the public. The museum is open daily (except on Tuesdays) from 9:30am to 5:30 pm. The last tickets are sold at 4:30pm and can be purchased at The Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is located across the street!

Figure 2: Tybee Museum at Battery Garland. Open to the public today! Photo courtesy to For the love of wonderful.
PS. Check out some of our rentals in the Historic Fort Screven district here – Tybee Sunrise , #20 Oceanview Court,  Almost Heaven Ocean Queen, and Ocean Paradise!

Escape Tybee

Escape Tybee Rooms
By Summer Fortner

Tybee Island may be small 3-and-a-half-mile island, but we are always adding new fun things to do on the island!
Tybee is now introducing a brand-new Escape Room! Escape rooms are a popular activity that require players to work together to solve puzzles to “escape” the room! It is a physical game – no electronics allowed! The game lasts 60 minutes in total! Bonus – it is located inside so perfect to escape the elements outside!
Escape Tybee is team based and perfect for 2 to 8 players to join and solve the mystery! The story of the room is honestly the best part! The story lines are about events that really happened on Tybee Island – so a good way to get a history lesson in too!
The Escape Tybee offers two different rooms to try out! “Blackbeard has Shanghaied You!” and “The Tybee Bomb is Armed”!

  • Blackbeard has Shanghaied You!” is all about being stuck on the ship of Queen Anne’s Revenge. The crew is leaving the ship to have some fun on Tybee Island. You have 60 minutes to find the hidden treasure and get off the ship!
  • “The Tybee Bomb is Armed” is based in the late 1950’s. A US air force B-47 has dropped a hydrogen bomb into the waters on the south end of Tybee Island. It was never found until now. You have 1-hour to disarm it. Good luck!
To reserve your spot at the Escape Tybee, click here! Hurry before all the spots fill up!

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski National Monument
By Krystal Cassidy

Looking to enjoy a day outdoors but need a break from the sandy beach? Take a short drive for a couple miles to Fort Pulaski right off Highway 80. This beautiful landmark will keep you and the family busy for hours and will also give you the feel of historic Savannah without the drive downtown! You can even bring your fur baby along with you, that’s right, Fort Pulaski is pet friendly!

Fort Pulaski National Monument
Figure 1: Present day Fort Pulaski. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski National Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Pulaski was declared a national monument in October 1924. The Fort was originally built to protect the Savannah River as Savannah grew as a booming port city during the American Civil War. Start your visit off at the Visitor’s Center + Museum to watch the park film, “The Battle for Fort Pulaski,” to gain knowledge of the true gem that is Fort Pulaski. You can also plan for a guided tour, offered 7 days a week, or you can walk around at your own leisure!
The national monument is also surrounded by a 5,365-acre park featuring stunning tidal marshes. Make sure to wear the right footwear as you venture around all the natural walks on site here!
There are varying walking trails available surrounding the monument, ranging from a ¼ mile to six miles! As you take in the beauty of the natural trails, you will also have views of both the Savannah River and Tybee Island! Talk about a breathtaking way to spend the day! After you’ve built up an appetite, you can head over to the picnic area (both covered and uncovered areas available) to enjoy lunch!
Before heading back to your Oceanfront Cottage Rental home, make sure to make a stop at the gift shop for a souvenir and don’t forget to tell us all about your favorite part before you head home!

Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Tybee Island This Fall!

A few members of our Oceanfront Cottage Rentals Team pick the Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Tybee Island This Fall.

Fall on the island is really just “another day at the Beach” for locals. The weather is usually perfect with warm days, slightly cooler evenings and 80-degree ocean water. Whether you are coming for a weekend at the beach or one of Savannah/Tybee’s fall festivals, you will fall in love with Tybee in the Fall.

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Caitlin Salter
Reservation Supervisor
Hometown: Black Creek, Georgia

“Tybee’s Fall season is my favorite time of year on the island. It begins to cool off and the beach is less crowded. You can walk out on North beach and have the whole beach to yourself.
When I come to the beach, it is not to tan. It is to wander and walk the shoreline. Coming in the Fall is so much more relaxing for me just watching the waves, and collecting shells. It is very soul soothing and can make you more appreciative of all the good in life.
My favorite event occurs in October; this is called Pirate’s Fest. Everyone dresses like pirates and it is the most fun! It begins with a “fancy” Crab Shack Buccaneer’s Ball where they crown a King and Queen of Pirate’s Fest. A parade is held that weekend, and there are bands playing on the South end. There are also many shops selling unique “pirate” gear. For the kids, there is an area for them,  (Lil’ Matey’s Cove) with small carnival rides and a petting zoo for maximum fun. My child is almost 3 and I can’t wait until she is a little older to enjoy this event with me!”

Summer Fortner
Vacation Planner & Venue Co-Ordinator for Tybee Wedding Chapel.
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia

Fall on Tybee Island is just as great as the summertime! My favorite thing to do on Tybee in the fall is to come down with family or friends and enjoy a meal at our favorite restaurant, AJ’s Dockside! Enjoying the nice views, and the cool weather is a perfect fall day on Tybee! To top it off, we like to grab an ice cream from the Sugar Shack and take a walk on the historic Tybee pier to see if we can spot dolphins!”

The Dogs Days of Summer/The Dog Days of Tybee

By Clark Faulkenberry
The hottest days of the summer, usually during July and August are often called the “The Dog Days of Summer”. Most of us think that it’s the time of year that is it is so hot that even dogs will lie around on the hot concrete panting and acting crazy; and it’s too hot to be outside for summer fun. “Dog days” have nothing to do with our four-legged fur babies which are part of our family and travel on vacation with us more and more.


“Dog days” actually occur when “Sirius”, the dog star, is directly overhead. It is the brightest star in the constellation “Canus Major” and the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky.
Tybee Island loves our canine friends. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals has approximately 100 vacation rentals and about half of them are “pet-friendly.”
You can view those here:
#1-18th St- Upper and Lower
Blue Skye
Tybee Oasis
Little Beach Cottage
Ocean Queen
Evelyn’s Oasis


There are also several Tybee restaurants which allow you to bring along your furry friends. A few of these are:
Sting Ray’s, The Crab Shack, Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp, The North Beach Grill, The Sugar Shack, AJ’s Dockside, and CoCo’s just to name a few.

Tybee Island features 2 dog parks on the North end of the island near the Police Station; the Little Bark Park and the Big Bark Park.

Dogs are not allowed on Tybee Beach, but they are allowed on the beach at Fort Pulaski and I have spotted a few with their humans at the IGA Grocer. 

Coming in August….. “Dog Days”- A delightful comedy which follows some acquaintances in Las Angeles, CA who bond by their lovable furry friends..

Stay tuned for more great blogs brought to you by the Oceanfront crew!
Stay Cool during the Dog Days! We look forward to providing more information to help you plan your next trip to Tybee!

Tybee Wedding Venue and Vacation Rentals

Weddings on Tybee Island, Georgia

Did you know Tybee Island has an Award Winning Wedding Venue? The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom looks like something you would only find in the movies. That is because it was in a movie! This 5-star Wedding venue hosts events 12 months out of the year and almost every weekend. The venue’s popularity has grown and includes a legacy of couples from all over the world.

Romantic Savannah’s beach

Savannah, Georgia is known as one of the most romantic cities in America. Savannah’s Beach, Tybee Island, is part of this romance. This romance is why Savannah is also one of the top Wedding destinations in the USA.
The Resort-like Island feel make it the perfect location to host your Destination Wedding.

Guest Lodging 

We are proud to be the exclusive lodging partner to the Tybee Wedding Chapel, their engaged couples, families, and guests. Weddings are all about the guest experience. Wedding guests have raved over the vacation home rentals we offer. Whether you are looking for an 8 bedroom Beach Mansion or a cozy Oceanfront 1 Bedroom condo you will not regret attending your destination wedding!

What Vacation Rentals are close to the Wedding Chapel?

At Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, our team of reservation agents are constantly asked, “What rentals are close to the Wedding Chapel?”.  Honestly, all of our rentals are a short distance to the Chapel, and our transportation partners are happy to offer their services! [Browse Rentals Now] Check out these vacation rentals that are just a “hop, skip and jump” to the venue!

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5 Reasons Tybee is Good for your Health

As you probably know, the ocean is good for the mind, body, and soul. People travel far and wide to Tybee Island, not for the Sugar Shack, not even for the Crab Shack, but for the beach!

The beach heals!

Its healing effects are many. We go to the beach because deep down we know that the wind, sand and waves will wash our worries away. Here are just a few health benefits the beach has to offer:

Sunshine – Get your daily dose of vitamin D simply by vegging out for a few moments by the sea. Vitamin D is good for bone strength and immune support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stress Relief – The color blue, the sound of the waves, the sun shining on your face… what do they all have in common? They are incredibly soothing! Many people report getting a much better night’s sleep after a day at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ample Opportunities to Exercise – The sand creates more resistance than pavement, so walking or running on the beach is more of a workout and really strengthens those muscles! Swimming is an exercise great for those with injuries or weak joints as it’s much gentler on the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural elements as beauty enhancers – Skip the expensive facial and let the sand and salt water air give your skin an all natural, sun kissed glow. Also, who doesn’t love a nice tan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swimming in Salt Water – The ocean’s salt water is full of natural minerals that the body needs, such as magnesium, potassium, and iodine. Magnesium alone is so beneficial for the brain and it helps relieve anxiety.

The beach is truly the best environment for healing – it has all sorts of natural elements that make it holistic – good for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.  Plan your next getaway on Tybee Island with us today… it’s good for your health!

 

Grocery Stores near Tybee Island

A huge advantage to renting a home versus a hotel room is being able to prepare meals during your vacation. While driving to Tybee Island you will go through downtown Savannah and neighboring residential islands.  Many vacationers choose to stop at a large grocery store before checking into their vacation rental.

Here is a list of Tybee’s closest grocery stores!

1. Tybee Island IGA located at  1111 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
This Grocery store is the only grocery store located on Tybee Island. 

2. Publix Supermarket at Island Town Centre located at 4717 Hwy 80 E Ste B, Savannah, GA 31410.
There is also a Pet Store, CVS and Walmart (not superstore) in this shopping center.

3. Kroger Supermarket at Wilmington Island shopping center located at 495 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410.   
This newly renovated (2017) grocery store has a wine/beer bar and brand new deli.
Contact our office for questions. 800-786-5889

Top 4 Tybee Vacation Rentals that will leave you feeling spoiled!

Vacation is a time to spoil yourself and try new things! After all…these people will never see you again, right?
Tybee Island is full of options for first time experiences! Every one of our Oceanfront Cottage Rentals rental homes will leave you feeling spoiled!
800-786-5889 Call or Text us now for more Information!

Check out these 4 Tybee rentals that will keep you wanting to come back for more.
  1. Brass Rail 315│”Just ask your Google Assistant!”
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  2. 13th Perfection│Location, Location, Location
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  3. 7 Palmwood│Breathtaking
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  4. Tybee Oasis│Private and fully appointed
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