Tybee Island is a small coastal barrier island located just 15 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. The origin of the name “Tybee” is in itself a legend. It is widely held that the name comes from the Euchee Indian word for “salt,” as Native Americans who inhabited coastal Georgia hunted and fished on the island regularly.
Approximately 2,600 locals call Tybee home, while the summer population swells to as many as 8,000 at times. The island offers many restaurants, from fine dining to local hangouts with a more casual atmosphere. Our rental packet will include our personal favorites.
Travelers from all over the world come to southeast Georgia to see the Tybee Island beaches, Lighthouse, Marine Science Center, museums, Fort Screven and nearby Fort Pulaski.
Tybee Island’s history is reflected prominently by the Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1739 and stands 154 feet high.
Civil War buffs and history lovers will enjoy a visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument, located on nearby Cockspur Island (between Tybee Island and downtown Savannah). Fort Pulaski was a fully functioning fortification that also played a historical part in the Civil War and is now operated by the National Park Service.
From 1897 to 1947, Fort Screven was an integral part of America’s coastal defense system. Troops trained and stood guard on Tybee Island throughout the Spanish-American War of 1898, World War I, and World War II. In 1947 the fort was closed and sold to the town of Tybee.
Tourists and locals alike enjoy hanging at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, located on the strand between 15th and Tybrisa streets.
Tybee is a peaceful 30-minute drive over the marsh from historic downtown Savannah, which is also rich in colonial and Civil War-era history.
The coastal region of Georgia has a relatively moderate climate. Average temperatures on the islands are slightly lower than on the mainland, and sea breezes offer relief from the intense summer heat. Daily maximum temperatures in July and August (the warmest months) are usually in the upper 80s and low 90s. The islands are the only part of the state south of Atlanta that has mean daily maximum temperatures below 90°F in July and August.
Winters are relatively mild and short. The average low temperature for December and January (the coldest months) is about 43°F.