Tybee Island: An Idyllic Savannah Retreat

By: Stefanie Dasher

June 13, 2014

Many Savannah locals agree that Tybee Island is the Georgia coast’s best kept secret. If you get a chance to visit this quirky little beach town, one thing’s for sure – you are going to eat well, kick back, and have a great time. Tybee Island offers an abundance of places to feed your appetite, and your appetite for adventure. Take a look at our insider’s guide to Tybee Island and discover the perfect Savannah retreat

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One of Tybee’s best spots to hide away or paddle board, The Back River © Life on the Squares

Where to Stay

For travellers staying in a group, check out Mermaid Cottages and rent a place all of your own. Their nightly rates are more than reasonable, and many of the houses are located close to the beach. Take a look at their website for a list of homes ranging in size and price with a “guest rating” feature. If you’re after bed & breakfast lodging, the Beachview Bed & Breakfast is a great choice, with plenty of bright and airy rooms on offer.

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The quaint Beachview Bed & Breakfast and World Famous Breakfast Club on Tybee Island © Life on the Squares

Where to Eat

Ditch the muesli and head straight to The Breakfast Club for an extensive menu of hearty morning staples. Try Helen’s Solidarity (aka the Grill Cleaner’s Special) or the Country Fried Steak Breakfast to really kick start the day, and for those who tend to rise a little later in the day, don’t be put off by the breakfast tagline; they make one of the best hamburgers you will ever eat. Get there early – it’s first come first serve and the line is usually out the door on weekends.

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Sting Rays, a great venue for fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails © Life on the Squares

For a casual lunch or dinner, AJ’s Dockside, Stingray’s, and Tybee Island Social Club are great choices. AJ’s and Stingray’s offer traditional island seafood plates such as fried shrimp, boiled seafood platters, and crab stew. Social Club serves more eclectic fare with a seafood meets Tex-Mex spin – menu items include lobster tacos, ahi tuna tacos, and crab and shrimp nachos.

For a long and leisurely meal, Tybee’s Sundae Café is somewhat of a “diamond-in-the-rough”. A gas station strip mall location means that this local eatery can be easily overlooked, but the food is phenomenal. Serving steaks, pork chops, fish, and some delicious martinis, this is a great place to while away an hour or two of your Savannah retreat.

What to Do

Rent Bikes: Fat Tire Bikes on Butler Avenue is the best choice for bike rentals with daily multi-person rates from $12 a day or $70 for a week’s rental. One of the best ways to see Tybee Island is by bike.

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A common Tybee path to the beach © Life on the Squares

Paddleboarding: If you’re the active and adventurous type, there are a number of places on the island to rent paddleboards – and the Back River is a great place to paddle with its calm waters and tranquil Savannah scenery. AJ’s Dockside actually rents kayaks and paddleboards from their dock, and so does North Island Surf and Kayak.

Live Music: Many places on the island showcase live music on a nightly basis and are great spots to grab a drink as well. Some of the best options include AJ’s Dockside, Huca Poo’s, North Beach Bar and Grill, Stingray’s, and Tybee Island Social Club. AJ’s is located on the Back River of Tybee, a great place to enjoy the sunset over the water alongside live music and cocktails.

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Once you discover Georgia coast’s best kept secret you’ll definitely want to go back © Adam Detrick/Flickr

Header image: The historic Tybee Island Lighthouse © Life on the Squares

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Have you visited Tybee Island? Did it make the perfect Savannah retreat? Let us know in the comments section below.

Written by Stefanie Dasher


Stefanie Dasher

Stefanie Dasher is the blogger behind the daily lifestyle blog Life on the Squares ( Through Life on the Squares, Stefanie writes about her personal style and documents her ongoing wanderlust and foodie nature, while having Savannah, Georgia, as her backdrop and constant inspiration. Stefanie is based in Savannah, GA, where she grew up, but attended college at SMU in Dallas, Texas, and has a passion for traveling. Her favorite things include gourmet coffee, Wes Anderson films, Asian-fusion, designer shoes, and hot yoga.

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