Be Cool To Your Tybee Island Community Pool

Be cool to your Tybee Island Community PoolBe cool to your Tybee Island Community PoolMermaid Cottages is part of a volunteer group working to build a community pool on Tybee Island.  Our mission is to provide a multi-use, heated, year-round, swimming pool for the residents of Tybee Island and visitors at a reasonable cost.  This will be a community pool for all ages and abilities with a professional staff to maintain a safe and friendly atmosphere.  Our Tybee Island Community Pool will:

Promote:
· Physical Fitness
· Family Recreation
· Water Safety Awareness
· Social Functions

Enable:
· Family Swims
· Lap Swims
· Senior Citizen Swims
· Aquatic Sports
· Aquatic Exercise
· Special Needs Programs
· Swim Lessons for All Levels
· Pool Rentals
· Lifeguard Training

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We need your help to make this dream come true.  Please LIKE the Tybee Island Community Pool Facebook page.  Be cool to your Tybee Island Community Pool and let’s make this happen!

 

 

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Mermaids Make A Difference: Donate To Cosmo

We’re asking y’all to help the Mermaids Make a Difference: Donate To Cosmo!

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Yes, it is time once again for Cosmo to put forth his best effort and raise funds for the Nebraska Humane Society.  Fourteen years ago, Cosmo himself was rescued by this organization, and so he has always been eager to help them out in return.

mermaids make a difference: donate to CosmoDon’t let Cosmo down!  You can donate online by clicking the DONATE NOW button.  Puppies, kittens, and so many more animals are counting on your help!  Any donation, no matter how small, will help an animal in need!

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 Thanks so much!

 Paul & Cosmo

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16th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races

16th annual tybee island sea kayak racesThe 16th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races are coming up soon, so plan to be with us to cheer our kayakers!  On Saturday, September 13th, we’ll all gather at AJ’s Dockside Restaurant to watch all of the race day launches.  This event is a benefit for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, a non-profit marine science education facility offering hands-on programs for school and scout groups, as well as for the general public. The Tybee Turtle Project, which monitors loggerhead sea turtle nesting and hatching activities on Tybee, is managed by the Marine Science Center.

You can also contribute by purchasing tickets for the race day drawing for the Perception kayak, Werner paddle, & Astral PFD donated by Half-Moon Outfitters. Tickets are 1 for $5, or 3 for $10. Tickets are available at the Marine Science Center, at Papa’s BBQ and Seafood on Whitemarsh Island and at Half-Moon Outfitters on Broughton St. You do not have to be present to win.  All racers should sign up by September 7th Continue reading

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Mermaid Cottages Supports Surfers For Autism

mermaid cottages supports surfers for autismMermaid Cottages and the Fourth Annual Coastal Empire Surfers For Autism Beach Festival are ready to catch some waves!  Our annual Surfers For Autism Hangout is about to get underway September 5th, 6th and 7th, 2014.   

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Mini Mermaid Labor Day Getaways

mini mermaid labor day getawaysIt’s time for our Mini Mermaid Labor Day Getaways!  Not everyone can break away for a full four day weekend and that’s okay.  We have a few cottages available for two and three night stays over the Labor Day weekend, so let’s take a look and start planning your visit.

August 30-September 4 Whitecaps, circa 1897 is an elegant, historic Officer’s Row home.  It’s just steps from the beach and has ocean views from the front porch.  This is on the quiet north end, so you’ll be very close to Jaycee Park and the Continue reading

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Now I Lay Me Down To Tybee

now I lay me down to tybeeNow I lay me down to Tybee.  Yep, sleeping by the sea is just what everyone needs for that full night’s restful sleep.  The beds in Mermaid Cottages have been thoughtfully turned down with you in mind.  Anyone can make a bed, but it really takes a skilled Mermaid to create a sanctuary where you get the most of your sleep time.  Our Mermaids work with our cottage owners to help find just the right mattresses, pillows and beddings for each bedroom and we help create some pretty special daybeds. sleeping porches and hammocks, too.  Just wish upon a Mermaid and tell us if you prefer soft and fluffy or if you need a firmer bed to get your best rest.  Every cottage is special and here are a few from our collection with some of the best sleep chambers on the island.

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Layla and Kevin Palmer of The Lettered Cottage completely redecorated our Enlisted Mens Mess Hall circa 1929.  They created this dreamy twin bedroom that’s perfect for Continue reading

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Transportation on Tybee Island

Look what we found on Visittybee.com!

By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages

Transportation on Tybee Island is very unique in that they offer many different varieties.

vintage-bike-on-beach 2Adult BikeBecause the island is only three miles in diameter, the best mode of transportation is your own two feet! Most of the shops, restaurants and attractions are all within walking distance of one another. Please note, there are two ends of the island, North and South, and both have their own personality. If you’re not a fan of walking, no worries! Tybee takes much pride in providing a bicycle friendly community for locals and visitors.

Take a morning bike ride down the beach at sunrise or an afternoon cruise through the local parks and trails. If you’re adventurous, you may want to try out the six-mile long McQueen’s Island Trail, aka Old Railroad Trail, along US-80. Watch the beautiful sun set across the open waters and you will find yourself in awe. It’s the perfect end to a great day on Tybee!

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Enjoy Tybee’s Back Side

enjoy Tybee's back sideWe know you love Tybee’s great beaches and we want you to enjoy Tybee’s back side, too!  No, we’re not posting backside selfies to Instagram, but we do want you to take a look at some of Tybee’s most beautiful settings by the Back River.  Our Back River beach runs from around the 18th St. / South Jetty  to the Back River Fishing Pier.  It’s a quiet and small beach that features one of the most picturesque views of Little Tybee Island across the river.

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In addition to fishing, it’s also where you’ll enjoy loading your kayaks for a trek through the Spartina grass and Jack’s Cut on the way to Little Tybee.  Little Tybee is a 7,600 acre Natural Heritage Preserve owned by the state of Georgia. The birding is spectacular, as it is undisturbed and only accessible by boat. Contact a local captain/naturalist or a kayaking outfit to set up a visit.

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Paddle boards are welcome as is Yoga on the water.  Several of our Eco Tour Operators can also launch from here for a day of exploring the unique marine ecology to better understand the importance of Georgia’s barrier islands.

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And, if it’s a leisurely stroll or bike ride you’re looking to enjoy, just circle on back along Chatham Avenue and wave at our guests and locals sitting along the way, waiting for another spectacular setting sun.

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Many folks call to reserve cottages closest to the main beaches, but once guests stay along the Back River they’re hooked.

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Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938 is a historic Tybee raised cottage that’s been beautifully restored.  Enjoy the very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, the Alley III Kayak Launch and the Back River Fishing Pier.

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Flips Flop House is a fully restored and renovated historic Tybee ground level cottage.  Guests love its outdoor shower, bike rack and its two awesome porches!

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Heron Hideaway has amazing marsh views and the third floor screen porch is pure paradise.  Bird watchers delight at the steady stream of shore birds that wander by and our dolphins really put on a show when they know you’re watching.

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Mermaid Manor circa 1935 is another historic Tybee raised cottage surrounded by mature palms, live oaks and an organic garden.

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Tybee Tides circa 1930 is pet friendly, has a large fenced yard , a screened front porch and a garden.  The marsh is right out your front door where the sun quietly slips into the sea with majestic grandeur.

Tybee's back side

These are just a few of the many wonderful cottages along the Back River and marshes.  Now, we’re not saying you won’t ever Continue reading

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A Little Mermaid

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Mermaid Autumn’s first look at her cover photo on the Mermaid Cottages website.

A little Mermaid reached out to us to share her love of the ocean and she sent us a series of photos that quite simply took our breaths away.  We just had to know more.  We reached out to this little Mermaid and her mom and her words have really inspired us to be sure we support the dreams of all Mermaids-In-Waiting.  Her name is Mermaid Autumn and this is her story.

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“Autumn is a 10 year old spontaneous, playful, lovable junior mermaid.  She is a daughter to Christopher and Kara Trimmer and sister to Darius, Charles and Bradley.  Autumn has been swimming since she was a baby and she started swimming as a mermaid in pools the summer of 2014.  Autumn is a student at Kessler Elementary and loves the water, whether it’s oceans or pools.  Autumn loves mermaids and all water life, but she is most drawn to the unknown in the deep blue.  Autumn wants to help clean the ocean and its beaches and feels sad when she see human litter.  She wants to help save the sea turtles and feels confident that the turtles will one day soon be taken off the endangered list.  She currently is trying to start an Ocean Conservation Mermaid Group for juniors and is making orca loom bracelets for everyone that donates to her project/idea.  She would love to see more kids join her mermaid pod to swim and to volunteer for ocean clean ups.  One tail at a time, kids can save the ocean.”

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Free Things to Do on Tybee Island

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By: Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages

Who knew there was so many free things to do on Tybee Island? 

Watching the sunset or sunrise is a magical part of Tybee Beaches. There are four distinct beaches on our island. And we would love to tell you a little about each of them:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 5.10.22 PMNorth Beach starts as you come onto the island and stretches to the big anchor at the curve on Butler Avenue. The North Beach is a great place for bird watching. It is also a great spot for watching the cargo ships come into the ports at the Savannah River. 

Mid-Island starts at the big anchor and goes to 14th Street. For those looking for an adventure, you can search the beaches for shark’s teeth and unique sea shells along the shore.

South Beach begins at 14th Street and extends to the tip of the island.  This is your busiest beach of them all. South Beach includes the Pier & Pavilion where you can see fishermen pull in their catch, people watch, dolphin watch and enjoy the scenery. South Beach is great for all occasions and has many local shopping and eateries across the parking lots. 

Back River Beach starts at the tip of the island and goes all the way to Alley 3. This is where you’ll find a more private beach with a pier for fishing. It is a great location for dolphin watching as well. It also has the perfect view of Little Tybee, a small island across the water way accessible by boat. 

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