27 Apr 2023
Do you have fond memories of beach vacations from your childhood? Are you ready to create those memories with your own children and grandchildren? When you want to relax in the surf, sand, and sun, opt for a trip to Tybee Island. It’s a dream beach destination - close enough to be affordable and convenient. Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, the island offers five distinct beaches, plenty of recreation, shopping, and dining that the whole family will enjoy. We’ll run down a few reasons it’s a great spot to visit this summer!
Surf and Sand
Tybee Island is home to five beaches that span over three miles. Each beach offers its own unique charm - from the quiet of North Beach to the popular Mid and South beaches to the family-friendly Back River Beach. Visitors can even experience the adventure of traveling by boat or kayak to Little Tybee Island.
The Tybee Island Light Station and Museum offers the chance to visit a historic lighthouse and museum. Tickets range from free for children five and under to $12 for adults. Note: It is closed on Tuesdays. The Tybee Island Fishing Pier & Pavilion at the end of Tybrisa Street is great for fishing and people watching. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers exhibits and beach walks. The center is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 (free for those four and under).
Take a dolphin tour to see dolphins in the wild. Captain Derek’s dolphin adventure tours are the high-powered way to view these magnificent creatures. Dolphins enjoy jumping in the boat’s wake.
While we are talking about getting out on the water, rent a kayak or take a paddling tour to see a different side of the island. While dolphin sightings are guaranteed, they are definitely a possibility! Other fun water sports include surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Or rent a Jet Ski from Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports.
Picture Perfect Weather
The Georgia coast offers a pleasant climate, even in summer. Expect daytime temperatures are in the low 80s, great for cooling off in the Atlantic Ocean. July tends to be hotter than June, so plan accordingly. You’ll enjoy long, sunny days (so apply the sunscreen often).