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.

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!

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.

peopleontybeeisland
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 Los 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!

 

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!

 

Top 5 Tybee Island Restaurants

Our Staff’s Top 5 Favorite Restaurants on Tybee

Whether you’re craving local seafood, or classic southern fare – Tybee Island has the restaurant and the dish for you! You might be surprised to learn that although Tybee is only 3 1/2 miles long, it features over 30 restaurants! Guests always ask us locals where we like to eat, so we thought we’d make it easy for ya’ll. These are our top 5 picks of Tybee Island Restaurants… favorite dish included.

Sundae Cafe

The late and revered Chef Kevin Carpenter has left behind a legacy with Sundae Cafe, 80e Gastropub, and the latest addition – The Cafe on 80.  Caitlin and Julianna both agree – you must try the spicy tuna wrap!

80e Gastropub

Krystal says they have the best wings on the island – hands down! This modern pub has a great atmosphere with many flat-screen TV’s to watch your favorite sports teams.

 

AJ’s Dockside

Summer swears by the crab cake sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. Located on the back river with breath taking views of the sun setting behind Little Tybee Island. Aj’s Dockside restaurant also has fresh seafood!

 

Coco’s Sunset Grille

Carla loves the “Coco Marley”, a jerk chicken wrap. Coco’s also boasts spectacular marsh and sunset views… the name says it all.

 

Huc-a-poo’s Bites and Booze

You wouldn’t guess it by the laid back, dive bar atmosphere, but Huc-a-poo’s is one of our owner’s favorite places to eat! Stacye’s favorite dish is their grilled chicken salad.

So there you have it – straight from the sea horse’s mouth!

Our seasoned staff is very knowledgeable about all things Tybee. We love to support all the small, local businesses on the island.

Did you know there are no chain restaurants on the island? All Tybee Island restaurants are locally owned and operated. This is just one of the many qualities that make Tybee so charming and unique!

Now is the perfect time to book your next Tybee Island vacation. The beach isn’t too crowded, parking is plenty, and there are no long waits for the delicious dishes at these Tybee Island restaurants. Call us today at 800-786-5889 for off-season specials!

 

7 Selfie Spots on Tybee Island

…to end 2017!

2017  is almost over… can you believe it? It certainly flew by! Despite the setbacks caused by Hurricane Irma, business on Tybee Island has been booming. More and more people are discovering our little paradise.

 

We are moving into a new era of travel where technology and social media reign. Gone are the days of the postcard… hello Instagram!

 

Let’s be real, we live in the “age of selfies”.  Solo travelers are on the rise and they love to share their adventures with friends and family.

 

OFC blogger, Julianna, did some research and exploration on Tybee Island. We thought it would be fun to feature “Tybee’s Top 7 Selfie Spots”. Here is what we found…

 

DISCLAIMER: These were all taken WITHOUT a selfie stick! #skills

 

Giant Shark Mouth 
This scary guy can be found on the North End next to “Island Style”

 

Tybee Island Lighthouse 
You can capture the whole lighthouse with a selfie!

 

The Welcome Sign

The Welcome to Tybee Island sign… classic selfie spot!

 

The Anchor on the Bend of Hwy 80 
This Tybee Island landmark is decorated with Christmas lights right now!

 

The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Our sister company, The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, is one the most beautiful landmarks on the island!

 

Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion 
OK… so this one is an “us-ie”… the Pier has many great spots to take selfies on!

 

T-Rex Statue 
This random dinosaur statue is off Hwy 80 on the North End!

 

 

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your next “selfie odyssey” on Tybee!

As we move into 2018, we want to thank everyone for an amazing 2017. We so appreciate all of our guests!

 

Please give us a call  at 800-786-5889 to take advantage of our holiday specials and gift certificates. What could be a better Christmas gift than a Tybee Island vacation? We can’t think of anything better! Happy Holidays, friends!