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:
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Little Beach Cottage
Ocean Queen
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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!

 

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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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. 

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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.

Book Directly with Oceanfront Cottage Rentals and Save! #bookdirect

Did you know that you could save up to 20% on your next vacation? Over the past several years Online Travel Agents masked with names like HomeAway, VRBO, AirBnB and much more have increased their “convenience fee”. This fee is basically a fee to use their site. The majority of the homes listed are actually managed by a Vacation Rental Company.

Imagine this…..

So let’s say you have already booked through one of these Online Travel Agents. Who do you call when the Air Conditioner does not work in your home? Who do you call when you need a recommendation for the best pizza in town? What do you do when your hot tub stops working? What about if half of the house does not have power? Who do you call if you have a question about how to use a fireplace?

Definitely not the Online Travel Agent that you submitted your Reservation request through. Their “Customer support” is just a call center somewhere.

Now, Imagine this…

You call Oceanfront Cottage Rentals and speak to a vacation expert. You ask questions about a few homes and then they email you a few more options. Then you call to make your reservation…and find out we are running a special during your vacation week! You save hundreds of dollars! You have a peace of mind knowing that when you arrive you have a 24 local staff to answer your questions and guide you through your vacation experience!

I bet you can think of a few other ways to spend 100’s of dollars, right?

However you decide to plan your Tybee Vacation, just know that with Oceanfront Cottage Rentals…you matter! #bookdirect

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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!

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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!