Discover century-old lighthouses, dockside restaurants, and charming cottages in the quaint town of Tybee Island.

Tybee Island, Georgia
Credit: Photo: Imke Lass

The Vibe

If you want to see how Tybee rolls, rent a pastel beach cruiser from Fat Tire Bike Rentals (912/786-4013). It comes with a cupholder on the handlebars for your (legal) frosty beer, which likely won't spill, so flat is the land and scarce are the cars. You'll need just one gear to cruise at the pace of this classic, family-friendly island 30 minutes from Savannah.

What to Do

Head to the 239-year-old Tybee Lighthouse before you take in the sunset at A-J's Dockside Restaurant (912/786-9533). Enjoy a plate of steamed shrimp under multihued umbrellas on the patio, or rent a kayak or paddleboard.

Where to Eat

For lunch, have sautéed shrimp or crab cakes at North Beach Bar & Grill (912/786-4442). Save room for the island's best dinner at Sundae Café (912/786-7694), a former ice-cream shop that serves coastal classics such as pistachio-crusted tuna and jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab and wrapped in bacon.

Where to Stay

Rent a cottage from charming Tybee Cottages (912/786-6746) (from $1,400/week). Or, check in to The Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast (912/786-0901) (from $179), a historic officer's quarters where Wi-Fi meets rocking chairs with stories to tell.