Just off Georgia's eastern coast, this small, laid-back island lures sunbathers, beach frolicers and swimmers with its three-mile-long beach. A resort area complete with modern hotels, quaint cottages and plenty of restaurants, Tybee Island occupies the sweet spot between urban amenities and coastal nature.
The beach is the main draw of Tybee Island, but there's plenty to do if that gets old. You can catch a 154-foot view at the still-active Tybee Island Lighthouse
, then get your fix of local history at the adjacent Tybee Island Museum
. Climb through the narrow passageways of Old Fort Jackson
, or try to catch your own dinner on an Amick's Deep Sea Fishing
expedition. Kids will love getting their hands wet at Tybee Island Marine Science Center'
s touch tanks, while the pier and pavillion along the south-end of the island make for restful oceanside strolling, fishing and people watching. The kick-back vibe at family-owned MacElwee's
is as sumptuous as the seafood, while the North Beach Grill
perfects the art of beachside dining. Be sure not to miss the annual Beach Bum Weekend
parade; we won't give too much away, but don't be surprised if you get wet.
Old Fort Jackson Historic Site
Amick's Deep Sea Fishing