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About Tybee Island, GA

The Island

Approximately 2,600 locals call Tybee home with the summer population swelling to 8,000 at times. Tybee has many restaurants - from fine dining to favorites with a more casual atmosphere. Our rental packet will include our personal favorites.

Tybee Island is a unique small coastal barrier island only 11 miles east of Savannah, GA. The origin of the unusual name of "Tybee" is in itself a legend. Native Americans came to the island to hunt and fish, and gave it the name Tybee, which is a Euchee Indian word meaning "salt."

Beach lovers from all over the world come to the Tybee Island beaches, Lighthouse, Marine Science center, Museums, Fort Screven and nearby Fort Pulaski.

Tybee Island's history is reflected by the Lighthouse, constructed in 1739. The structure, which stands today is 154 feet high.

Numerous historic attractions on or near the island range from Fort Pulaski National Monument Fort Pulaski was a Civil War - era fort and is now operated by the National Park Service, to the famous Savannah Historic District, located west of Tybee Island.

Come and explore the island's newest addition, the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, located on the strand between 15th and Tybrisa streets.

Tybee is a peaceful 15 minute drive over the marsh from historic Savannah, GA. Savannah is the setting for the popular novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

From 1897 to 1947, Fort Screven was an integral part of America's coastal defense system. Troops trained and stood guard on Tybee Island throughout the Spanish-American War of 1898, World War I, and World War II. In 1947 the Fort was closed and sold to the town of Tybee.


The coastal region of Georgia has a relatively moderate climate. Average temperatures of the islands are slightly lower than on the mainland. Sea breezes offer relief from intense summer heat. Daily maximum temperatures in July and August (the warmest months) are usually in the 80s and low 90s. The islands are the only part of the state south of Atlanta that has mean daily maximum temperatures below 90°F in July and August (Carter 1967).

Winters are relatively mild and short. The average minimum temperature for December and January (the coldest months) is about 43°F. On the average, there are 305 freeze-free days at Brunswick and 267 at Savannah (Carter 1967)

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