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 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.

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!

 

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!

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One of Tybee's lush parks
One of Tybee’s lush parks
The historic and charming Tybee Post Theater
The historic and charming Tybee Post Theater

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.

Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse

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.

The Bentley Family

The Bentley’s family

bentleys2Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bentley have a beautiful family with 4 children, and 12 grandchildren. The Bentley family owns one of our beautiful oceanfront condos, Bentley’s at 103 Fort Screven on the North side of Tybee. Their condo has a great view of the Atlantic and has a shared boardwalk going out to the sea. This side of the island is known for its dolphin activity and the ability to see the large container ships as they head into the Savannah ports. Recently, accents of soft blues were added to the bedroom and living room giving it a little more flair, but keeping its calm beach-time vibe. This condo has a King Bed and 2 Queens, with a pullout sofa. Two of the bedrooms would have their own private bathrooms! Head out onto the balcony to soak in your private 3–person hot tub while gazing out at the ocean. We manage two other condos in that building and three 4 bedroom townhomes in that area of Ocean-view Court. You may vibentleys familyew those below:

3 Bedroom Oceanfront Condos with hot tubs! Bentley’s, Ocean Breeze, & Tybee Sunrise

4 Bedroom Townhomes with hot tubs!
Almost Heaven, 20 Oceanview Court, & Ocean Queen

 

 

Tybee Turtle Trot 5k

Tybee Turtle Trot

Join us for the 11th annual Tybee Turtle Trot on Saturday, April 25th, 2015!

Help sea turtles, kick off Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season, and raise funds for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center‘s Sea Turtle Project. After the race, stick around for awards and to see the Georgia Sea Turtle Center release a rehabilitated sea turtle patient into the wild! Families and spectators are welcome.

Online/preregistration will be open until noon, April 23rd, 2015. Day-of registration begins at the pier and pavilion at 7am, the race starts at 8am!

Preregister by April 16th to guarantee your free t-shirt!

PACKET PICK UP: Friday, April 24th from 3 to 8 p.m. at the science center and the morning of the race, beginning at 7:00, at the Pavilion.

Tybee Restaurant Week

So, you enjoy dining out at restaurants and also enjoy a good deal? Come down for Tybee Restaurant Week!

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Tybee Restaurant Week

No problem, during Jan 16-25 you can eat for a fraction of the normal cost during Tybee Island Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer 3-course “prix fixe” (pre-determined) dinner menus for $25-30/per person. Pricing does not include tips, be sure to bring a little extra for the wait staff.You can select from a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. You do not need to buy a ticket or coupon; just dine out at participating restaurants. You can also prompt to order from the regular menu if you prefer.

Location: Various Tybee Restaurants
Time: Various
Cost: $25-$30
Contact: http://tybeerestaurantweek.com

If you are looking for a place to stay during this time, below are some options that may interest you! We are running a great special until May.

Stay 3 nights, get your 4th night free!

1 Bedroom:
118A SBRC 

2 Bedrooms:
Vue 233
8 Captain’s Watch
3 Bedrooms:
1 Pelican Point
101 19th St.

We look forward to having you visit our beautiful island! – OFC

Polar Plunge

Are you ready for the annual Polar Plunge? This event has become a Tybee tradition, held every January 1st to bring in the new year! Invigorate your soul with a cleansing plunge into the Atlantic and get a fresh start into 2015. In 2012, our little island beat the world record for the most people weaPolar_bear_swimmingring swimming caps in one place. 2,049 is the official number toppling Japan’s previous record of 500. Some people just run into the water knee-deep and run back out, instead of the full plunge. Temperatures have ranged 40-70 degrees in December, so perhaps this year will be a warm pleasant day that everyone can enjoy. Everyone dresses in costumes, and strange outfits for The Gang of Goofs contest that begins at 11am. Be sure to come out and witness the fun or join in! Details on how to enter and costs are listed below.

Entry FEE: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Tybee Post Theater member discount: $22.50 for adults and $13.50 for children.
You can register for the Polar Plunge or the Gang of Goofs contest in person at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Saturday, December 27, Sunday, December 28, Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30, Wednesday December 31 from 1 pm – 4 pm or on Thursday, January 1 from 9am – 11:30am at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion (deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest on January 1st is 10:30am). All proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater.

Polar Plunge 2019  Youtube video

Thanksgiving Beach Time!

Thanksgiving at the Beach? Yes, Please! Sounds Amazing!

It’s that time of year again! Time to get together with your family and enjoy cherished recipes from your childhood. This tradition is even better at the beach! This year most of our larger homes are already reserved. We have nothing larger available. A few options are listed below that may still enable you to come to the beach and have a wonderful get together with your family. We also have some amazing condos still open; I will list a few of those combos as well.

Larger Homes:
Perfect View (sleeps 10)
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The Sandcastle (sleeps 10)
(4 BR Bay-view Home, 8 min walk to beach.)
Smaller Homes that are both on the South end:
Orange U Beachy  (sleeps 8)
(3 BR Home, 5 min walk.)
Little Beach Cottage (sleeps 6)
(2 BR Cottage, 5-7 min walk to beach.)
Same building, North Beach:
Bentley’s (sleeps 8)
(3 BR Oceanfront Condo, w/ hot tub.)
Ocean Breeze (sleeps 10)
(3 BR Oceanfront Condo, w/ hot tub.)

Big Anchor- Tybee Landmark

biganchorThe Big Anchor on the Curve is a well known and loved Tybee landmark. You are first able to see the ocean from this area while driving through to the south end. Its a sign that you have arrived and that you are now on Tybee Time.
The big anchor was salvaged in 1989 by Captain Bill Walsh. It is from an 1849 wooden sailing boat that was discovered several miles off the north coast of the island. The anchor, ballast rock, and some iron debris were all that remained of the sea-faring vessel. It is possibly from one of the Union Navy vessels that blockaded the South Atlantic Coast and Savannah River during the War Between the States in 1861-1865.
This shot was taken this morning while venturing out to check out the dredging progress. It’s amazing to see how much beach we will be gaining from this project. A few rentals near this spot are listed below for you guys to check out. These 3 bedroom town-homes are located right on the sand and have amazing views!

Claire’s Rendezvous

Shangri La on the Beach

Photo by Caitlin Salter