The icy swim meet on Jan 1st of each year is often called “The Polar Plunge”. It is often thought that this event means that if you survive the icy waters that you can meet any challenge that comes your way in the New Year.
The early 1870’s saw a manifestation of the American coastal resort movement. The only way to Tybee in those days was via daily steamship service.
How are you spending your Thanksgiving this year? Is it with family and friends or just you and your spouse?
Property Management on Tybee Island.
The reasons for hiring a professional property management company is a long list. However, finding a management company that values you as much as their guests should be one of the biggest factors in deciding on the right company for you.
Savannah’s Beach, Tybee Island, is the perfect place to spend the holidays.
Are you looking for an experience you will never forget?
The Annual Tybee Island Pirate’s Fest is an event you do not want to miss!
October 4-7th, 2018 Pirates (and wanna-be Pirates) will arrive on Tybee Island for the annual festival. This weekend is filled with events for the entire family.
Thursday, October 4th is the Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack.
This event is a big party filled with food, live entertainment, and introductions of the 2018 Pirate King and Queen. Purchase your Tickets Here.
Friday, October 5th begins the Festival on the South End of Tybee.
Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove (petting zoo, bouncy house, carnival, magic show and much more), and LIVE music performances begin at 6 pm at the Sweetwater Beer Garden Stage.
Saturday, October 6th the fun continues. FIREWORKS!
Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove and the fun on the South end will continue. This year will be the introduction of Beach Water Battle!!
1-2 pm is the Kids and Pet Costume Contest.
3 pm-5 pm is the Annual Pirate’s Parade! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
6 pm is the Adult Costume Contest, followed by music and more on the Sweetwater Beer Garden Stage. The festivities will continue into the night and end with a spectacular Fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean.
Sunday, October 7th
Little Matey’s Cove and Carnival opens back up with more exciting family-friendly experiences.
Read more about the 2018 details here. Click Here
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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 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 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!