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15 Minutes Away (or so) by Car: Tybee Island

July 2, 2012

This week, we take another trip outside of Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District to help you escape the summer heat with a visit to Tybee Island.

Tybee Island (pronounced “Tie – Bee”) is the outer most island in the chain of barrier islands between Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean. The island is much less developed than Hilton Head Island – retaining much of it’s 1950’s & 60’s beach community atmosphere.

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Tybee offers something for everyone – for beach bums, this is “Savannah’s Beach” (known by locals as “the redneck riviera”). For animal fans, there are a number of dolphin tours that depart from Tybee. For those who want to get up close to nature, kayak rentals are available as well. For those looking for some history, North Beach is home to the Tybee Island Historical Society and lighthouse. Foodies aren’t left out on Tybee – there are a number of great (very casual!) restaurants on the island.

The shops, restaurants, and beaches on Tybee are open year round, but see a peak in activity in the summer months when locals flock to the island to escape the heat. Parking is limited on the island, with nearly every space being a metered space – meters are enforced all day, every day.

**** Note: Tybee Island’s beaches are NOT dog friendly. There are a number of restaurants that will allow your dog to visit. If you want to take your dog to a beach, you’ll have to drive up to Hilton Head Island (45 min -1.5 hours north of Savannah – depending on traffic). ****

Getting to Tybee Island from the Catherine Ward House Inn by car is very easy. From door to door, it takes about 20-40 minutes to drive between the two (travel time really depends on traffic onto the island).

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