About Tybee Island

Tybee Island GA, an increasingly popular and thriving coastal resort city, is only around 18 miles from the city of Savannah.  The Island is  the most easterly point in the state of Georgia, and is also known as 'Savannah's Beach' because it is so close to the City.​​​

 

Tybee Island history,  popularity and other useful information for visitors..

On this page you will find the following :    
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  • A quick look at Tybee Island history.​
  • Background to Tybee's popularity.​
  • A Tybee Island Map
  • Also selected resources from the city of Tybee website 
  • A Tybee 'Local Lives' video link, which will play a video of  Tybee dwellers and their stories.

 

Tybee Island's History

ybee, is a barrier Island formed from sand by tidal and wave action parallel to the main coast, has a long history, stretching back thousands of years. Going way back, the likely first inhabitants of the Island were Native Americans from the Yuchi tribe. It is from these folk that the Island got its name, with Tybee meaning 'salt' in the Yuchi language. 

A hop forward into  more recent times, around five hundred years or so ago reveals that Spanish explorers claimed and renamed the Island as their own. 

Later still Tybee Island, due to it's location, in terms of proximity to coastal access to the wider mainland, became increasingly important as the city of Savannah developed, and during the Civil War. This leading largely to the fact that many of the historic buildings date back to the times of the Civil War. These older buildings, now of course joined by many more modern, help to give Tybee and 'old mixed with the new' world charm. 
 
Towards the end of the 19th Century Tybee  experienced a growth in visitor numbers as society at the time began to consider the health benefits of taking breaks to the coastal areas. This was to get away from the much polluted and heavily industrialized cites.
 
Tybee has was also an unwitting recipient of a nuclear bomb in the late 1950's! The bomb was jettisoned by an aicraft during a training flight accident. It was nver discovered, although extensive searches were carried out. Much more can be found online about the extensive history of Tybee Island. 
 
 
 
Tybee's Popularity
Tybee is known primarily for it's expansive beaches, well over 3 miles of them.  There are 5 main beaches on the Island and each has something  different to offer; this gives Tybee's over one million visitors each year plenty of choice, dependant on what kind of day out they have in mind.

Many Tybee goers however, also come to enjoy the wildlife, marshlands and inland waterways on the Island. There are famous landmarks, numerous hiking and bike trails, and a whole range of tours, excursions and activities to keep visitors interested. All will get a sense of the unique history and culture of the Island. Plus at the end of any given day, when visitors have had their fill of fun, activities and relaxation they'll find a varied host of restaurants and eateries; waiting to offer their own unique flavors of Tybee hospitality and service.

Another reason for the Island's growing popularity is perhaps that the Island has had it's fair share of great press. This includes being in the Guiness Book of World Records, a little while back for being the place that one of largest pictures in the world was painted.
 
There have also been a host of famous stars asscociated with Tybee GA , including Miley Cyrus, 'The Rock" Johnson, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, and many others. All have been involved in movies that were fully or partly shot on the Island. Movies such as the recent  'Baywatch', 'The Last Song' ,' My Dirty Grandpa' and even 'Spongebob' ! 

All of this being great news to raise awareness and visibilty of the Island, even worldwide. Add to this the fact that average temperatures  for Tybee Island in September are at their highest 83 degrees F, and lowest of 68 degrees F. Plus the fact that Tybee still enjoys some great weather well outside of high season, which is May 1 through September 1, and you can see why it is be becoming more popular year on year.
 
On a final note; many improvements were made to the Island last year, such  as removal of derelict buildings and the addition of new toilet facilites at beaches etc.  These improvements are obviously likely to benefit visitors during the 2017 season and beyond.  
 
Selected resources 
Tybee Local Iives Video
 
 
 
 
 
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