Tybee Island Information

Tybee Island is located 18 miles east of Savannah, this small barrier island boasts a wide, 3-mile long beach that’s backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes and is perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Tybee means “salt” to Native Americans, but the name of this low-key seaside resort now brings to mind words such as “sun”, “surf” and “fun”. The island’s south-end pier and pavilion is a splendid venue for strolling above the ocean, people watching and fishing.

While Tybee is a resort town complete with a full range of restaurants, modern hotels and motels, luxurious condominiums, and quaint inns and cottages, it’s also a residential area stocked with its share of colorful characters. It’s an atmosphere considerably more laid-back than that of glitzier, larger beach towns to the north and south.

What to Do:

There are many recreation activities on Tybee Island for everyone! Whether you are here for the day or here on vacation, Tybee Island offers a range of things to do.

Tybee Island Light Station

Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony, in 1732, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America’s most intact having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. Rebuilt several times the current lightstation displays its 1916 day mark with 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall).

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Currently, the Center is co-sponsored by the Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation, the City of Tybee Island, and NOAA Gray?s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The Foundation is the primary sponsor and provides fundraising support and a Board of Directors.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument offers visitors and guests daily interpretive programs includingguided fort tours ( 40-50 min.) and musket and soldier demonstrations (15-30 min.) Cannon-firing demonstrations are on Saturdays.

Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion

Located just off U.S. Highway 80 at the end of Tybrisa Street. Great location for fishing and people watching. Besides its spectacular view and great fishing location, it’s also a meeting place used for dances, musical performances and special events. On the premises are picnic tables, snack bar, and public restrooms. Various festivals and events held here throughout the year. Open daily. Free admission.

Charters & Tours

Enjoy a dolphin tour, sunset cruise, or private fishing charter! Here are a few that we like.

Amicks Deep Sea Fishing
(912) 897-6759

Brown’s Reel em’ In Deep Sea Fishing
(800) 721-1240

Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventure
(912) 658-2322

Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours
(912) 786-5848

Lazaretto Creek Marina
(912) 786-5848

Marshland Inshore Fishing Adventures
(912) 308-7878

Sundial Charters
(912) 786-9470

Sweet Lowland Tybee Tours
(912) 786-0215

Tybee Island Charters
(912) 786-4801

Tybee Island Bait & Tackle
1-A Old Tybee Road (912) 786-7472

Water Sports
Parasailing, Jet Ski Rentals, and Kayaking

North Island Surf & Kayak
(912) 786-4000

Tybee Jet Ski & Water Sports

(912) 786-8062 1-877-9JETSKI

Bikes & Beach Gear
Get everything you need for your beach vacation!

Fat Tire Bikes
1403 Butler Avenue – (912) 786-4013

Tim’s Beach Gear
Bikes, Baby & Beach Gear Rentals (912)786-TIMS (8467)

Tybee Cruisers
1601 Inlet Ave – (912) 786-8282