How do we get to the Beach?

How often do we get asked by a Tybee Island vacation rental guest “How do we get to the beach”? Every day that question is asked and answered dozens of times by employees of Tybee vacation rental companies. It seems like an easy question to answer but it gets one thinking about Tybee’s love of beach access.

Oceanfront Cottage Rentals manages some of the most beautiful Tybee rental beach homes that are located beach front all over Tybee. Some of these Tybee oceanfront vacation homes have private beach ramps onto the beach and others have small, natural beach trails that get you in touch with nature as you slowly make your way to the beach. Whether you rent a Tybee cottage for a family vacation or a large vacation rental home beach access is important.

If you rent a home on Tybee Island it is important to know how to get to the beach. Many Guests have mobility problems and handicap beach access ramps are really important.

However, when you rent a vacation rental home on Tybee most likely you will go exploring and then discover how fortunate it is that Tybee Island, Georgia has beach access all over the island open to the public.

Tybee Island is known for being a vacation rental destination for out of door adventures. Whether you want to find a new area to go kayaking, birding or just take a different path for a walk on the beach during your vacation on Tybee we have lots of choices.

Tybee Island is blessed with 23 beach ramps for public and private use. These ramps begin on the South end of Tybee at the very end of Chatham Avenue (where The Last Song was filmed with Miley Cirus and Greg Kinnear) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Tybee’s Back River. Tybee’s back river is known by navigators around the world on International charts as Tybee Creek. Here are some photos of our most popular Southern beach crossovers on Tybee Island and the one at Chatham Avenue provides beach access to one of our most popular beach rentals at 1923 Chatham Avenue. You can see the home and the ramp immediately outside the privacy gate.

Interestingly, each crossover has its own characterics. The location, height, length and shape of the crossover is determined by the natural vegetation that the dune crossover is designed to protect. The crossover at Chatham Avenue is tall (look at the comparison of the palm trees). The dune structure that the beachgoer crosses is tall so the ramp had to be built to scale to protect the dune and allow beach access.


The crossover at 19th Street is unique. It is a small crossover with lovely (new) gazebo. This beach access is low because the dune is smaller and flatter. However, it has a great area for covered seating so you can watch the ocean and beach strollers from the cover of the gazebo.

The vacation rental homes on Tybee that we know about are 7th Heaven and 101 19th Street that use the 19th Street crossover.

There are several walking trails to the beach between 19th Street and 18th Street. When you rent a vacation rental home on the South end of Tybee you may have a home with a walking trail to the beach or you home may be close to several beach crossovers that you can walk or ride your bike across. You will notice if you are bicycling in the area that at 19th and 18th Street the crossovers actually have a driving access to the beach. This is exclusively for the use of Tybee Employees with DPW to drive onto the beach and remove the trash collected from our numerous trash receptacles at each beach access point. Please help us recycle!

The ramp at 18th Street is a low ramp, as well. It has benches for seating and is a great place to people watch. Guests staying at #1 18th Street love that beach access. This oceanfront beach rental home is one of the most popular vacation rental homes on Tybee.

Handicap beach ramps are very important on Tybee. The island has 2 handicap beach access ramps with matting that lays on the beach. One is at 18th Street on the South end of Tybee. The blue matting is anchored into the sand to allow beach goers to wheelchair down onto the beach. The second location is at 2nd Avenue near Van Horne. What a fabulous idea! Handicap accessible vacation rental homes on Tybee are very important for family vacations.

Here are some other photos of beach ramps along Strand (the area between 15th Street and 18th Street) near the Pier and Pavilion.


Many of our beach access ramps have lovely swings on the beach provided at no charge for visitors to use. Most of the swings are covered and look directly towards the Atlantic Ocean.

On the South end of Tybee along Strand there are over 5 beach access ramps.

Come and explore Tybee Island on your next vacation and see how easy it is to access our beach from over 23 locations for public beach access.