September at Tybee Island

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Tybee Island again for a weekend getaway.  September might be the perfect time to go to the beach.  It was still very hot and plenty of folks were there, so apparently I’m not the only one getting the let’s go to the beach in September memo.  I took a friend with me and we had a wonderful 3 nights there on Tybee Island staying in a Mermaid Cottage.  I was invited back to stay in a cottage by the Mermaid Cottages folks and loved every minute of our time there.  I also wrote about Tybee back in February with a girl’s weekend there.

Tybee is a laid back beach town and so reminds me of what it might have been like at the beach back in the 1960’s.  It’s not quite caught up with the fast-pace world we live in these days and has such a nostalgic feel, which is a good thing in my book.  It’s not all high-rises, traffic and neon, but definitely a more casual and non-hurried pace.  And it’s small, about 4 miles long and not any wider than that, so you can easily ride bikes around the island which I also love.  The beach is not quite up to Gulf coast beaches (the sand is not as white or the water as blue), but for the Georgia coast, you can’t beat Tybee Island.  I’d definitely recommend it for a girls’ weekend, romantic get away, family vacation, spring break, really a nice little escape from reality and a perfect spot to chill out for a few days.

If you want rest and relaxation, Tybee is your place.  It’s one of Georgia’s best kept secrets.

Tybee Collage

This collage captures the feel of Tybee, so true.

tybee sunset

We arrived the first night just in time for a glorious sunset and I’m so glad we didn’t miss this one.  I don’t know those folks walking over there, but they worked in my pic.  A romantic walk on the beach.

tybee sunset 2

I so love sunsets and being on the beach at sunset is extra special.

tybee sunset 3

The sky just kept changing, the colors getting more and more vivid by the minute.

tybee sunset 4

A wonderful end to the day. God sure paints a pretty sky picture.

crabby joes

Crabby Jo’s was the Mermaid cottage we stayed in.  These old beach cottages are not fancy, but very comfortable and clean.  A place to kick back and relax.

crabby joes 2

Beach cottage style.

porch 1
This wrap around porch was really my fave spot and we loved sitting out here eating breakfast and just chilling.

porch 2

Plenty of seating of you have a crowd of people.  This particular cottage had 3 bedrooms and only one bath, but there are extra showers down in the basement area.

crabby joes living room

Comfortable living room.

crabby joes pillows

Beachy pillows.

crabby joes hutch

Lots of beach inspired artwork and accessories.

crabby joes dining

Seaside sailing.

crabby joes bedroom

One of the comfortable, but cozy bedrooms.  Nothing fancy, but you don’t need fancy at the beach.

crabby joes lamp

Sand Between our Toes book by the coastal lamp.

crabby joes art

Mermaid artwork.

view from porch

This is the view outside our porch, looking right over to the beach and water.

dunes

It was a quick walk through the sand dunes to the beach.

house on beach

With houses close by to enjoy as well.  Lots of cottages clustered on this beach.

driftwod on beach

A huge piece of driftwood.

sea oats

Tybee has plenty of sea oats protecting the dunes.

tybee beach

Looking back towards the cottages.

tybee beach 5

A whole spacious unspoiled beach to enjoy.  We were at the south end of the beach, the very tip of the island.

beach chair

I love being on the beach, but my skin can’t take hours and hours in the sun, so we found a beach umbrella for me to sit under the 2nd part of the day.  It felt wonderful under that umbrella!

seagulls

Watching seagulls is always a favorite pasttime at the beach, trying to capture them with my camera.

tybee pier

Looking towards the Tybee pier.

pier

This is the pier from the street side, right in the heart of little downtown Tybee.  So quaint and cute, this pier and boardwalk.

pier (2)

The Tybee pier.

downtown Tybee

Riding bikes the next day in Tybee was a lot of fun too.  Downtown Tybee is quaint with shops, restaurants, and plenty of ice cream.

beach cottage 1

Taking a tour on bikes was a highlight and I captured a few more beach cottages to share with all of you.

beach cottage 2

tybee marsh

One side of the island faces a marshy area and it’s beautiful too, with docks and boats.

beach cottage 3

I love beach cottages painted with all sorts of colorful hues.  That just fits right in at the beach.

beach cottage 4

beach cottage 5

beach cottage 6

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fort screven

Riding through Fort Screven was fun too. It’s an old Army base and you can read about it on the historical sign. The old concrete fort remains along the coast line.

beach cottage 6 (2)

One of the cute colorful homes in Fort Screven.

tybee large beach house

Tybee doesn’t have just small beach cottages. This was one HUGE beach house spotted in Fort Screven.  This place was gorgeous!  You can see the Tybee lighthouse right behind to the right.

light house and oats

The old Tybee lighthouse is a beautiful sight.

lighthouse (2)

From the beach side looking towards the lighthouse.

lighthouse

It is a magnificent sight.

tybee lighthouse

And a historic charmer for Tybee Island.

light house night

I managed to capture a night view of the lighthouse and it is really beautiful during dusk.

sundae cafe

We checked out a few restaurants while on Tybee, so I’ll tell you about those too.  We found Tybee Social Club on our last visit to Tybee and loved the ambience and food there, as well as the live music.  Fun place to hang out.  The last night, we ate at Sundae Café and the food was amazing.  I got the crispy scored flounder above and it was delicious with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies.  This restaurant is tucked in a strip center, but don’t let that fool you.  Inside, it’s white tablecloths and while laid back, the food was upscale and delicious.  Highly recommend the Sundae Café!

So, that’s another report of Tybee Island and how much fun it is to get away for a few days. It’s truly a relaxing place, so if you want to slow down your pace and get away from it all, Tybee is a great place to do that. It’s only a few minutes from Savannah, which is such a fun destination too, so plan your trip so that you can do both.  This time, we only had time for a short visit through Savannah, with breakfast on the way out, so I’ll share that later on!

September was wonderful on Tybee Island!


- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Love Tybee too. From your photos, it looks like you were near the house from the movie, The Last Song. I know you enjoyed that meal at Sundae Cafe. Isn’t their food fantastic? Try the fried chicken the next time you are there. It has to be THE very best chicken dish I have put in my mouth. 🙂 Loved all your photos!

  2. We love Sundae Cafe and have to give shout out to Surf Song Bed & Breakfast–our favorite beach stay, ever.

  3. My husband is from Savannah and his older sister married into a family that had a beach house that is part of old Fort Screven. The light house is just behind their property. We enjoyed many summer days there, thanks to their generosity in sharing with the whole family. We took our adult children and grandchildren down there recently and we stayed at the Sanctuary on the north end of the island. You are right, Tybee Island has changed very little in the last 40 years that I have been going there. One plus is that there are now some good restaurants there! Once upon a time it was The Sugar Shack or Arbys!! We enjoyed Sunday Cafe while we were down there. Those cottages look fun, we may have to check them out on our next visit there.

  4. Awesome Photos! Wish I was there.

  5. A beach day sounds so perfect right about now! Thank you for sharing, I feel as though I got to experience a bit of Tybee Island on this rainy morning!! Love the sea green and white cottages, shops and homes with the black and white lighthouse anchoring the whole idyllic scene!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  6. Melesa Garrison says:

    Looks very relaxing. I’m sure you and your friend had a wonderful time. I don’t know anything to be as restful as the crashing of the waves and the wonderful smell of the ocean 🙂

  7. Anita Pritchard says:

    Tybee is my happy place! We always stay with the Mermaids. Beautiful pictures…

  8. It’s been years, but your posts make me want to revisit! Like you, I love all the colorful cottages.

  9. A stay at Tybee Island is on my Bucket List.

  10. Crystal Tingle says:

    Your post last February is why my husband and I visited Tybee in March for our anniversary. We loved it so much we spent a week there in June. We plan to take a fall break in October. Guess what? We are going back to a Tybee after looking at your post today. I sure hope those folks appreciate your blog!

  11. It looks fabulous!

  12. It is so fun to read about your experience on the island. I’m a big fan of Mary Kay Andrews books and in more than one she’s used Tybee as the setting so I have always wanted to visit there. 🙂

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