Tybee for the Holidays 2021 – A Gift No One Will Forget

Gift giving can always be a little overwhelming, and there certainly aren’t many of us that wouldn’t prefer an experience versus owning more stuff. So consider the benefits of taking a little R&R with those you love most and enjoy an Oceanfront vacation along the beaches of Tybee Island. Whether you come on or near the holidays it truly doesn’t matter, Tybee boasts a fun & magical experience whenever you visit.

 

Have impossible people to shop for? Hate the lines and commotion of Black Friday? The best part about gifting a vacation experience is you can get all your shopping done in one swoop, amaze everyone, and you don’t have to worry about whether things will show up on time. There is no likelihood of a supply chain break, as the beach is always here and always open. Can’t take that off a shelf!

But it’s not just the appeal of finding the best holiday gift idea, a relaxing and peaceful beach vacation, but it’s the opportunity to customize your experience however suits you:

COME EARLY…Enjoy Our Tybee Island Holiday Festivities

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Time for Golf is Fall!

Enjoy amazing golf AND the beach with a well timed visit to Tybee Island this Fall. Cool weather, less crowds, better prices, amazing golf courses… It’s a bit of a local Georgia secret how perfect this time of year really is, especially for golf! Although there are no courses directly on the island there are a number of acclaimed golf courses near Tybee Island and only a short drive away. Experience a variety of Savannah area golf courses by hitting the greens during the enjoyable sunny days and retreat afterwards to quiet & relaxing Tybee Island for beautiful beachfront accommodations, plus access to fabulous local cuisine & popular historic sites. When you aren’t playing golf, venture out onto the beach, stroll the Tybee beachfront, listen to the waves, take time and truly enjoy the things that make Tybee Island so special during the Fall.

Check out our top four picks for golf when staying on Tybee Island this fall.

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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 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 Spots to Kindle Romance on Tybee Island

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There are so many romantic spots on Tybee Island to celebrate with your beloved. The sea has been inspiration for love and romance as far back as we can remember. Tybee’s expansive shoreline offers couples the opportunity to walk along the beach, hand in hand, for miles… a pastime that has always been revered in the world of romance.

Tybee Island offers a magical backdrop for falling in love. Take for example my parents: Their first date was a walk along the beach at sunset, my Dad proposed on top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, and they were married on North Beach. Tybee’s ambience offers ample opportunities to spark romantic moments.

 

 

 

 

This Valentine’s Day, take your partner to watch the sunrise on the main pier, walk along the beach, rest on a beach swing, have a romantic dinner at a local restaurant, and end the day watching the sunset at the back river.

Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/joshontybee/

Romantic Getaways at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals

Our accommodations offer several luxurious and romantic features, so that you won’t even need to leave the property to invoke a little romance. Here are some of our favorite places to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones:

Enjoy rocking with your partner on the porch of “Little Beach Cottage”
Relax poolside soaking up sunshine with your beloved at “Captain TY-B”
Get cozy in the hammock with your sweetheart on the screened in porch at “McNeal’s Historic Cottage”

Even if you’re not coupled, we think all types of love should be honored on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy these spots for a peaceful moment of solitude or with a friend!

During the month of February, we are offering a special: Buy 2 nights, get the 3rd FREE! There’s still time to plan a romantic getaway on Tybee, call us at 800-786-5889 to book one of our beautiful homes today.

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!

 

Something for Everyone on Tybee Island

Don’t miss these upcoming events on Tybee Island!

Tybee may be small, but summertime on the island is packed full of fun activities for all ages. Whether you’re coming to Tybee Island for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or you’re a low country local looking for a beach “stay-cation”, there is something for everyone here on the island.

Movies on the Island

Many beach vacationers are seeking family friendly events. Too sunburnt to beach bum? Although the closest movie theatre is in Savannah, if you’re interested in seeing a flick on the island, there are several options! Check out the showing of “Sing” at Memorial Park on June 17th right after sunset. This marks the first of many “Movies in the Park” this summer!

 

Bummed out about a rainy day? Stay dry indoors at Tybee Post Theater and check out their Summer Family Movie Series, featuring movies like “Moana” and “The Jungle Book”. They are also featuring “Gray’s Reef Tuesdays” which includes weekly showings of fascinating films about marine life and the Georgia coast.

Sunset Evenings

No children to entertain? Tybee also offers things to do for couples craving a date night. The Tybee Island Lighthouse is offering sunset tours during the month of June. These tours are small and cozy. There is no better way to end a beach day than to witness the sprawling Tybee sunset with 360 degree views from the lighthouse. After the sunset, end your romantic evening with local music at the Tybee Post Theater; “Tybee City Limits” is a recurring event that features local musicians.

These are just a few of the upcoming summer events here on Tybee. As the summer rolls on, there are sure to be more activities announced. Check in with us here at Oceanfront Cottage Rentals to get the local scoop! You can also visit websites such as VisitTybee.com and DiscoverTybee.com to stay up to date.

Happy Sea Turtle Week!

Tybee Island Sea Turtles

Tybee Island is notorious for its strong devotion to sea turtles! As you’ll notice, there are “turtle crossing” signs on highway 80, all of the directional signs on the island are in the shape of sea turtles, and there is a large, shiny sea turtle next to the welcome sign when you first enter onto the island.

Tybee Turtle Trot 5k

Tybee recently hosted its 13th annual Turtle Trot 5k, which included the release of rehabilitated sea turtle, “Pikes Peak” back into the ocean. There was a great turnout, and all of the proceeds went to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Conservation fund. At the Turtle Trot 5k, I was fortunate enough to pick the brain of Allie King, a community engagement member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

Tybee Sea Turtle Fun Facts

  • Only 1 in 4,000 juvenile sea turtles make it to adulthood
  • Loggerhead sea turtles are not considered adults until they reach 60 years old
  • A sea turtle’s sex cannot be determined until they reach 30 years old
  • Their sex is determined by the temperature of the sand that their eggs are laid in – “girls are hot, boys are cool”
  • Sea turtles use the moonlight to guide them back to sea. This is why the artificial light is so harmful to them – it can mislead them!

Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Tybee

Remember, the sea turtles that visit Tybee to nest are either threatened or endangered. It is up to us to ensure they will continue to visit Tybee. Don’t forget to turn your lights off if they are near the beach by 9 pm during nesting season which is from May 1st – October 31st. You can also volunteer your time with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project!

4 Tybee Island vacation rental deals you need to see!

The Nitty Gritty on renting a Vacation rental on Tybee Island!

4 Tybee Vacation rentals we consider Luxury STEALS.

OCEANFRONT COTTAGE RENTALS ™

“CAPTAIN TY-B” │$36.83 per person (per night) in the SUMMER for a 5 Night Stay! BOOK NOW

The Nitty Gritty: Let’s break this down. A 5 Night vacation stay in the summer is $2578.10 inclusive of all fees and taxes. This 5 Bedroom Luxury vacation rental sleeps 14 people! Guests have been quoted saying “the beds are the most comfortable they have every slept on.”

Top 3 amenities we LOVE about this Vacation home:

  1. PRIVATE POOL: This private pool is right off of the home’s game room.
  2. LOCATION: You are a quick walk to Tybee’s North Beach, the Tybee Lighthouse and North Beach bar and Grill. Oftentimes North Beach Bar and Grill has live entertainment in the Summer!
  3. PET FRIENDLY*: This home is perfect for your furry family member. The pool area is completely fenced in and you are steps away from one of Tybee Island’s dog parks.

*Additional fees apply if you bring pets.

“Tybee Sunrise” │$44.29 per person (per night) in the SUMMER for a 7 Night Stay! BOOK NOW

The Nitty Gritty: This private 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom Oceanfront condo offers impeccable views of the Atlantic Ocean. A 7 Night vacation stay in the summer is $2480.35 inclusive of all fees and taxes. The condo is located in the tranquil mid island of Tybee Island.

Top 3 amenities we LOVE about this Vacation home:

  1. OCEANFRONT BALCONY WITH PRIVATE HOT TUB: Imagine waking up to Ocean sunrise every morning!
  2. LOCATION: You are a less than a block to the historic Tybee Post Theater. Several of Tybee’s most popular restaurants are a short walk away!
  3. BATHROOMS: It is rare to find a 3 bedroom condo on Tybee Island with 3 full bathrooms. This condo’s 3 full bathrooms is a huge convenience.

59 Captain’s View │$63.35 per person (per night) in the SUMMER for a 7 Night Stay! BOOK NOW

The Nitty Gritty: How can you not LOVE this 6 Bedroom with private pool on Tybee’s north end of the island? This fully furnished vacation rental sleeps 12 people throughout the expansive 3 stories. North beach is perfect for seeing Tybee’s wide array of Ocean wildlife. One guest reported seeing “dozens of dolphins, 2 manatee, pelicans, sandpipers, skimmers, egrets and many other types of birds”.

Top 3 amenities we LOVE about this Vacation home:

  1. SPACIOUSNESS OF THE HOME: The home has so many different areas to enjoy. Spend time with family and friends at the Pool or treat yourself relaxing bubble bath.
  2. PRIVATE POOL: The pool size is perfect for soaking after a long day at the beach. Fire up the Grill and have your own private poolside BBQ.
  3. CONVENIENCES & COMFORTS THAT A VACATION RENTAL SHOULD HAVE: Each Bedroom is equipped with HD Flat screen TVs, Netflix and Blu-ray player. The convenient elevator is a full 48.5 inches deep by 35.5 inches wide.

1923 Chatham Avenue │$85.50 per person (per night) in the SUMMER for a 7 Night Stay! BOOK NOW

The Nitty Gritty: This directly Oceanfront home has a view that CAN NOT BE BEAT! A 7 Night vacation stay in the summer is $5985.78 inclusive of all fees and taxes. This 4 Bedroom Luxury vacation rental sleeps 10 people! This home is in the same neighborhood as the family home featured in the Disney movie, The Last Song.

Top 3 amenities we LOVE about this Vacation home:

  1. THAT VIEW! This view is unbeatable. There is a Hot Tub on the roof top and decks with panoramic views of the ocean.
  2. LUXURY LIVING AREA: The fully furnished kitchen, dining and living space will have you never wanting to leave!
  3. LOCATION: You are a short stroll to Tybee’s pier, the Back river fishing pier and Tybee’s main strand full of shops, restaurants and nightlife! South End of Tybee.

Ga Seminars by the Sea 2017

Tomorrow we welcome the Georgia Seminar by the Seas to beautiful Tybee Island. These lovely ladies come to our island every year for instructional classes in ceramic china painting. We house them in some of our homes and condos, so they can spend their time here in luxury. Stay tuned for photos of some of the completed arts; they truly are gifted. We couldn’t be more excited to have our annual guests down.

These are some of their previous beauties and we will have an update with new pieces from this year!