Family Vacations: Tybee Island

Since 1736, the Tybee Island Lighthouse has guided mariners. Over the years, it has been rebuilt and repainted with various striped patterns.

Eighteen miles east of Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is an exclusive beach getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax and sight-see. This barrier island's three-mile beach is backed by mesmerizing sand dunes. Tybee means "salt" to some Native Americans, but visitors to the island enjoy far more than just the ocean. Tybee is a laid-back resort town where you can choose to stay at luxury hotels, deluxe condominiums, quaint cottages, or bed-and-breakfasts.

More than 30 restaurants on the island serve up fabulous food: Some have dishes with a Caribbean kick, and some feature chef specialties of seafood dishes such as crab, oysters, shrimp, or fish. Enjoy boat cruises, fishing trips, or kayaking. Venture into the salt marshes to go bird-watching. Or check out local marine life on display at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center -- exhibits feature species from the marsh, shoreline, and reef.

There are also biking and hiking trails across the island. If you have a passion for history, visit Tybee's historic sites. Fort Screven was a former coastal artillery fort, and Fort Pulaski played a vital part in the Civil War. And at 154 feet high, the Tybee Island Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia.

Tybee Island Information

Address: Tybee Island Visitor Information Center at 801 1st St., Tybee Island, GA

Telephone: 912/786-5444 or 800/868-BEACH

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