Beach Bummin’ in Tybee Island Georgia

Summertime. It’s the season when the sun radiates in all of its glory, the scent of sunscreen incessantly permeates my pores, and long hours are spent at the beach baking in the heat until I’m the perfect hue of dark, golden brown.  Indeed, summertime is synonymous with beach season, and anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for the beach. I love everything about the beach from the soothing sound of the tide to the smell of salt in the air and even the grains of sand that persistently cling to my wet skin. I am a self-professed beach bum, and I wear my badge with pride!

As I planned my 4th of July trip to visit my cousin in Atlanta which included a brief roadtrip to Savannah, I was pleased to discover that Tybee Island Georgia, the most eastern point in the state, is just a short, 20-minute drive from Savannah. For as long as I’ve known that the State of Georgia has islands, I knew that I had to visit, so a half day spent in the island-city of Tybee Island during our all-too-short stay in Savannah, presented the perfect opportunity.

Despite my reservations, I developed a huge crush on Savannah. But our visit to Tybee Island had me falling head-over-heels. Savannah possesses an antebellum charm that’s a decorous reminder of the South’s gallant past. Tybee Island, on the other hand, has a casual ease that will leave you wondering if you are still, in fact, in the South. Simply put, it’s a town for beach bums such as myself. Heck, they even have an annual Beach Bum parade where parade floats make their way down Butler Avenue and onlookers have water gun wars. My kind of town.

I also liked the tropical feel of Tybee Island’s neighborhoods. Although its neighborhood roads, like Savannah’s, are lined with willows, the homes are less colonial and more Caribbean, or even Floridian, giving the place a distinct island vibe.

Across from the beach and near the mouth of the Savannah River, you’ll find the Tybee Lighthouse, which is still in operation. When it was first built in 1736, the lighthouse stood at 90 feet, making it the tallest building in America at the time. Although we didn’t climb to the top of the lighthouse which was decked out in the American flag in celebration of Independence Day, we enjoyed stunning views of the lighthouse from the ground.

Fort Screven and Battery Garland (neither of which we entered) are across the road from the lighthouse, but the most important find across the road is my favorite part of Tybee Island – the beach, of course!

Since I knew that we’d only spend a few hours in Tybee Island, I didn’t bother to bring beach attire, but that certainly didn’t stop me from getting my feet (and my dress) wet in the somewhat warm Atlantic waters. Other beach bummers also exuded happiness and relaxation as they soaked up the Georgian sun!

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31 Responses to “Beach Bummin’ in Tybee Island Georgia”

  1. Bob August 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Made out first trip to Tybee of few years back. We enjoyed it there so much that we travel back at least once each year. So layed back yet so much to do.
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    • Dana Carmel August 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      I definitely see why Tybee is a place you continue to return to. I hope to return sometime soon and explore in more depth. It’s definitely my kind of town!

  2. Leigh August 9, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    I used to be a beach bum but I’m not much of one any more. I did however visit Tybee Island last spring and thoroughly enjoyed walking the beach – and that I can do for hours.
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    • Dana Carmel August 9, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Walking at the beach is one of the things my hubs and I enjoy doing the most, and I too can spend hours on beach walks. It’s so calming. Glad that you’ve had the chance to experience Tybee Island for yourself.

  3. Mary {The World Is A Book} August 9, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    I love lighthouses and this one is a beauty. Thank you for a glimpse into one of the islands I’ve always wanted to visit and this beautiful tour. Great photos! I’m a beach bum so thoroughly enjoyed this post.
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    • Dana Carmel August 9, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      Thanks, Mary. Hope you make it to Tybee Island someday. I definitely want to go back and explore some of Georgia’s other islands!

  4. Lauren Meshkin August 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Loved reading this! Gorgeous photos too. I’m traveling to Savannah next spring and will definitely consider Tybee Island as a side trip now!

    • Dana Carmel August 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Tybee Island is a must take side trip from Savannah. It’s such a cute town! Thanks for your comment.

  5. Becky Padmore August 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Looks gorgeous! Would love to visit one day :-)

    • Dana Carmel August 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      You definitely should, Becky!

  6. Marcia August 6, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Tybee Island is beautiful, Dana!
    Glad you got your feet wet at least.
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    • Dana Carmel August 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      I know – right! How can you go to the beach and not at least get your feet wet?!

  7. Marisol@TravelingSolemates August 6, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Hi Dana,
    Thanks for taking is to sunny, charming Tybee Island. It reminded me of the laidback Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod in New England. What a beautiful island to spend a day. I’ll definitely keep this island in mind when I visit Savannah. Enjoyed your lovely photos.
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    • Dana Carmel August 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      You’re right – the lighthouse does have a very Cape Cod feel. Thanks for coming along for the ride, Marisol!

  8. Mike August 6, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I’m not much of a beach bum and haven’t traveled to the South yet. But, your pictures remind me of why I look forward to it someday! I think those old homes are sooooo gorgeous. And the Fort Screven pics have me curious to learn more about it.

    • Dana Carmel August 6, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      I think the homes are gorgeous as well – it’s like a neighborhood you see in the movies! Next time I go to Tybee Island, I’ll have to take the time to go inside Fort Screven as well!

  9. Salika Jay
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    August 6, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Yes, I’m a beach bum for sure. Nice photos.
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    • Dana Carmel August 6, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      Beach bummers, unite! :-)

  10. India Travel Agent August 6, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Remarkable tour! the places looking good but the beach seems more beautiful and most popular to visit. I got nice information when i found your account. such it’s a wonderful post of your account. thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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    • Dana Carmel August 6, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      Glad you enjoyed this post – thanks for reading and commenting!

  11. Ruth August 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I admire the fact that you can travel and work too.
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    • Dana Carmel August 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks, Ruth. When you’re truly passionate about something, you make time for it in spite of your work schedule.

  12. Muza-chan August 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Beautiful photos :)
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    • Dana Carmel August 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Thanks, Muza-chan!

  13. noel August 5, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I’ve been to Savannah many times but not Tybee, I’ll have to go, I thought it was just a beach town, beautiful
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    • Dana Carmel August 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Yes, Noel – you should definitely go!

  14. patty August 5, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    What a pretty beach. I can see why you liked it so much. I have a “feet” picture on my post like you! Thanks for visiting me.

    • Dana Carmel August 5, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks for your comment, Patty. Yes, Tybee Island is such a cute beach town!

  15. Mette August 5, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    It is hard to believe that a 90 feet lighthouse used to be the tallest building in America. But then again it was almost 300 years ago.

    • Dana Carmel August 5, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      I know, Mette! I had to re-read that when I first read about it. We’ve come a very long way!


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