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15 May 2024
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When vacationing at a coastal paradise like Tybee Island, the recreation opportunities are endless. After all, Tybee is home to five beaches, each with their own personality.

There is the quiet North Beach; Mid Beach with its popular restaurants; South Beach, the shopping and dining area; Back River Beach, the perfect spot for families; and the remote Little Tybee Island.

Pick the beach that best reflects how you want to spend the day. 

First up, relax, and soak in the sun. Choose a rental company like Burke’s or Tim’s for chairs and umbrellas. Burke’s will set up for you at the beach of your choice, so you don’t have to tote gear. Tim’s Beach Gear delivers to your vacation rental so you can set up where you want and return to the beach later in the day if you want. Be sure to put on sunscreen! 

Next, build a sandcastle. It’s easy. It’s fun (for all ages). It’s inexpensive. You can purchase buckets and shovels at any number of souvenir shops, or just use red Solo cups. That works, too. (Just be sure to take your tools with you when you leave!) 

Make a splash in the Atlantic Ocean. The City of Tybee Island provides lifeguards from April through September at several locations. Lifeguard stands are located at North Beach, 3rd Street, 10th Street, 14th through 19th streets, and Chatham Avenue.

Fly a kite. The ocean breeze makes perfect conditions for getting a kite soaring. Again, kites can be purchased at local souvenir shops and dollar stores. 

Stroll the Tybee Beach Pier to see what anglers are catching and watch the waves roll in. The pier has restrooms and concessions. Feel free to bring a rod and reel, and try your luck.

Rent a Jet ski or kayak to hit the water. Tybee Jet Ski & Watersport offers tours and rentals, along with free instructional training and safety tips. You may even spot a dolphin or too. 

Book a boat trip to Little Tybee Island with Sundial Charter Tours. Explore the tidal creeks, observe dolphin pods, and embark on pristine wide beaches. Beaches are covered with sand dollars, Whelks, Olive Snails, sponges from offshore, coral, tracks, and burrows. 

Shelling is an awesome way to pass the time at any of Tybee Island’s beaches. Download a seashell app to see what you discover!

What’s your favorite Tybee Island activity?