Relaxing Tybee Island is calling! Discover its island views, beaches, sunrises, and more.

Tybee Island is a barrier island and city situated 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of Savannah, Georgia. It’s the closest beach resort to Atlanta and connected to the mainland by the Islands Expressway.

The original inhabitants of the island were the Native American Euchee tribe. Tybee is the Euchee word for salt. The area was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1520.

Because of its 3 miles (5 kilometers) of beaches, Tybee Island has been a magnet for tourists since the late 1800s. Today you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here, something that is celebrated every May during the Beach Bum Parade. Find the quietest beaches at the city’s northernmost and southernmost points. Spot dolphins in the north or go surfing in the south.

Getting around is easy by car, but most parking has a fee. The streets are flat, so renting a bike is a very good alternative. Alternatively, jump on the Tybee Island Beach Shuttle, which runs between the Savannah Visitor Center and Tybee Lighthouse.

In 1763 the Tybee Island Lighthouse was the tallest structure in the U.S. Climb the 178 steps to the top for incredible views of the coastline and the Savannah River. While in the area, stop by the Tybee Museum at Fort Screven to learn about the city’s development from a tribal community into a thriving tourist destination.

Don’t miss a visit to the Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion, a popular fishing spot that also regularly hosts special events and performances, including the Independence Day fireworks display. Close to the pier, kids will enjoy the activities at Tybee Island Marine and Science Center.

Be sure to enjoy the many restaurants on Tybee Island. At the more than 30 establishments, chefs combine traditional Southern flavors with freshly caught seafood. Take the kids to The Crab Shack to enjoy seafood platters while watching the alligator pond, and to sample Southern classics such as mac and cheese, and pecan pie.

Known for

Beaches, Seafood and Sea

Top Hotels in Tybee Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Tybee
Hotel Tybee
2.5 out of 5
1401 Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA
$121
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
3.8/5Good! (1,776 reviews)

"Would have been nice if there was a restaurant in the hotel. Other than that, no complaints!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Hotel Tybee
Sea And Breeze Hotel And Condo
Sea And Breeze Hotel And Condo
2.5 out of 5
16 Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, GA
$53
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5
3.2/5 (725 reviews)

"Parking spaces are EXTREMELY narrow, and if the adjacent vehicle didn’t line up perfectly, opening the door on either side is a challenge at best."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Sea And Breeze Hotel And Condo
Admiral's Inn on Tybee Island
Admiral's Inn on Tybee Island
2.5 out of 5
1501 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA
$72
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.3/5Excellent! (165 reviews)

"Staff was very nice & helpful. Beds super comfy and rooms nice."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Admiral's Inn on Tybee Island

Popular things to do in Tybee Island

Back River Beach
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Back River Beach

5/5(1 review)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Back River Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Tybee Island. Wander the seaside in this relaxing area.

River Street
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River Street

4.5/5(2,849 reviews)

Appreciate local artwork in a gallery, shop for boutique fashionable clothing and dine in excellent restaurants on this street in downtown Savannah.

Forsyth Park
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Forsyth Park

4.5/5(1,836 reviews)

With peaceful walking paths, sporting areas and grassy lawns, this large city park in downtown Savannah is perfect for a day outside.

Savannah Convention Center
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Savannah Convention Center

4/5(411 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Savannah Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Savannah. Discover the area's fascinating museums and shops.

Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery

4.5/5(708 reviews)

This public cemetery is filled with the burial sites of prominent Savannah citizens and is famous for its haunting Southern Gothic beauty.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

4.5/5(1,121 reviews)

Bask in the beauty of the spectacular French Gothic architecture, magnificent artworks and unique history of this renowned Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Savannah.

Top activities in Tybee Island

Tybee Island Dolphin Tour
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Tybee Island Dolphin Tour

$49

See wild bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves around Tybee Island on this half-day dolphin watching cruise. After a filling lunch at the Crab Shack, head out to the Tybee Island waterways to see scenic wildlife and historic lighthouses.

Savannah Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Savannah Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

$34

Aboard a charming trolley, hear the history and stories that shaped Georgia's first city, Savannah. With 16 well-planned stops, you are free to hop on and off the trolley to explore landmarks, shops, museums, and historic sights.

First Squares Savannah Food Tour
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First Squares Savannah Food Tour

$57

Get a taste of the South on this memorable food tour through Savannah, and take in the iconic sights and sweet sounds of this charm-drenched city along the way. Enjoy tasty bites at 6 different eateries around town, and get expert guidance from your local guide on other great places to dine during your stay.

Private Walking Tour of Historic Savannah
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Private Walking Tour of Historic Savannah

$50

Join a personal guide for an amazing, memorable private tour to the iconic locations of Savannah. Your expert local guide is ready to show you whichever sights you most want to see, with historical stories and insiders' knowledge to give you a one-of-a-kind experience.

Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Evening Walking Ghost Tour
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Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Evening Walking Ghost Tour

$63

Combine a convenient hop-on hop-off trolley ride with a spooky evening ghost (walking) tour to explore Savannah by day and by night. Ride around town on an old-fashioned trolley, jumping off at your leisure to visit local attractions, and then set out on foot as dusk falls to uncover the city's eerie past and spine-chilling tales.

Self-Guided Savannah Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Savannah Scavenger Hunt

$11

This adventure will take you through the heart of Savannah Georgia and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.