Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races

tybee island sea kayak racesThis Summer has been so much fun we just don’t want to let it end.  The Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races are coming up on September 12. 2015.  Thankfully, the weather stays very mild down here and that means more fun for everyone!  The races will shove off from A-J’s Dockside, 1315 Chatham Ave and proceeds will benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. There will be three races with staggered start times:

  1. Tybee River Race: 6 1Ž2 miles on the tidal river separating Tybee and Little Tybee Islands.
  2. Little Tybee Challenge: 8 miles, circumnavigates part of Little Tybee Island.
  3. Race Across the River for Gold Sponsors: Our Gold sponsors compete for a grand prize.
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Another great way to support the Tybee Island Marine Science Center is to become a race sponsor. Your race registration fee is included and you’ll get your name on the t-shirt and more!  Bronze sponsor is $100;… read more

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Spend The Day With MKA

spend the day with mkaYou’re in for a real Tybee treat when you get to spend the day with MKA!  Mary Kay Andrews will be visiting Tybee Island and Seaside Sisters to autograph her latest New York Times bestseller BEACH TOWN on Thursday, July 2, 2015.  Come early to shop MKA’s junkin’ corner and for all things MKA and then get ready for her BEACH TOWN celebration from 1-4 p.m.  There’ll also be live music, drawings and a special giveaway to the first 40 people who show up!

In BEACH TOWN , Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster. Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie.  It’s THE beach read of this Summer and your day to meet MKA!

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While you’re here, be sure to scout out MKA’s Tybee Island Cottage Collection and make plans to stay in them when you need that next great Girls Getaway, Bro Time for fishing, a grand beach getaway with your grands and family time with your loved ones…. read more

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Chef Boy Are We

chef boy are weChef, boy are we excited to see Chef Steven Satterfield in Savannah and Tybee Island this weekend!  Steven co-owns our Castaway Cottage circa 1955 with his partner, Ben, and we’re always thrilled to see them on the island.  Steven will be signing copies of his latest book From Root To Leaf, so you have two great opportunities to meet him, pick up his book and have him sign it.  He’ll be hanging around to meet and chat, so why not go to both!

Saturday June 20th at The Florence in Savannah from 1-3 p.m.  Entrance is free and complimentary light bites will be served. There will be a cash bar, as well.

Sunday June 21st at Tybee Island Fish Camp from 5-7 p.m.  Free entrance here, too, and there will be light bites and cash bar.  Please make reservations for dinner at Fish Camp after the signing.

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We’d invite you to come stay in Castaway Cottage circa 1955, but it stays booked all Summer!  Well, we’ll tell you about it anyway in hopes you will come back when it’s available so you can enjoy whipping up Steven’s award … read more

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Mini Mermaid Getaways To Tybee Island

mini mermaid getaways to tybee islandIt’s Summer and that means Mermaid Cottages is very busy, but sometimes you just need a little getaway in the middle of it all.  Our Mini Mermaid Getaways to Tybee Island are the perfect little beach escapes when you can’t get away for a week or more.  Here’s an update of our cottage charm and coastal calm that’s still available in June and July.  Hurry, because they won’t last long!

Bluebird Cottage and Nest circa 1900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 7 Pets: Dogs

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June 30-July 2:  This is an adorable vintage north end cottage!   There’s a wonderful screened porch and a separate nest cottage with queen bed, kitchen, sitting area and a bathroom of it’s own! It’s private and perfect for families traveling with teenagers!

Plum Happy Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 4 Pets: None

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June 30/July 1, July 11-14, July 25-31: This is a cute, adorable and colorful newer cottage!  You’ll love Tybee’s quiet north end and all the thoughtful touches the owners have added!

Ebbtide, circa 1932: Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Sleeps: 12 Pets: None

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July 4/5: This is an original Tybee raised cottage that’s filled with vintage charm, modern conveniences and ocean views. This newest addition to novelist Mary Kay Andrews’ beach cottage collection is named after the beach house in her NY Times bestseller Summer Rental!

Horsepen Creek Cottage & Dock circa 1949 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 8 Pets: Dogs

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July 4-7, July This ground level cottage is perfect for families or girls’ getaways! You’ll have your own private dock directly on Horsepen Creek where you can enjoy bird watching, crabbing and fishing right off the dock!  It has a fenced yard and is pet friendly!

Fiddler on the Creek circa 1940 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 3 Pets: Cats, Dogs

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July 5-9, July 27-31: This is a true cottage, so only serious cottage lovers need apply.  It’s small, charming, authentic, a place to relax, unwind and escape to a slower time. It’s pet friendly and has a covered dock directly on the salt marsh!

Tybee Tides circa 1930 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 7 Pets: Dogs

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July 6/7: This pet friendly cottage has a large fenced yard , a screened front porch and a garden.  The marsh views are perfect for our nightly, marvelous sunsets.

Sea Stars Cottage circa 1932 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 8 Pets: Cats, Dogs

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July 8/9, July 20/21: This historic Tybee raised cottage is on the beach side of  Butler Avenue and only one block from the beach. Pets are welcome with the fully fenced yard and the wrap around porch is filled with rocking chairs!

A Mermaid’s Tale circa 1950 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Sleeps: 9 Pets: Dogs

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Here, you’ll find two wonderful master suites and a spacious, open living and dining area!  There are TVs in every bedroom and there’s a wonderful outdoor shower!

Crabby Jo’s circa 1930 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 6 Pets: Dogs

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This vintage cottage is just one home back from the beach.  There’s a wrap around porch and some of the best ocean views and breezes on the island! Shower off the beach sand before heading indoors in our fun downstairs showers! You’ll be cozy and comfortable and enjoy lots of local art!

The Shrimp circa 1962 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 5 Pets: None

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This is a Hypoallergenic cottage that’s ground level and has a screened porch.  It’s just three blocks to the beach through Memorial Park and Tybee’s favorite children’s playground.

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Mini Mermaid Getaways to Tybee Island are perfect for those spur-of-the-moment, last minute getaways and for when you need just a little Tybee Time!

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Family Fun Time On Tybee

family fun time on TybeeIt’s always family fun time on Tybee and that means fun for everyone!  Whether you’re young or young at heart, you’ll always find lots to do with plenty of choices on land and sea.  Our beaches welcome you for picnics, surfing, shelling and fishing.  Our restaurants and shops welcome you for dining and shopping.  The porches and decks of our cottages welcome you for rocking, chatting and naps and when you’re ready to get energized, come on out and join the fun!

Strawberry Crush

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No, we’re not stomping strawberries.  We’re celebrating Family!  Help us kick off our very first Strawberry Crush on Saturday, June 13.  It’s Tybee salute to the Family and we’ll have kids races and games, sand … read more

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Revisiting an Old Love in Tybee Island

revisiting an old love in tybee islandReaching back to touch upon memories from the past is much like revisiting an Old Love in Tybee Island.  Many trains have come and gone, having brought Savannah folks and wealthy Americans to this little slice of the Georgia coast, once upon a time.  There were days past when making the 18 mile journey from the Hostess City out to Tybee would have taken the better part of a day and then the railroad came.  Excited beach goers could enjoy the leisurely ride out to the edge of the ocean and then take those last longing looks at the sea as the train headed back at sunset.  One of the most beautiful memories of that time waits to receive her guests in grand style long after the trains have stopped.  Still validating the ticket dreams of those coming to let go of the stresses and worries of life on the mainland.

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Old Love circa 1921 is a classic 1920’s beach cottage on Tybee’s original cottage row.  It’s perfectly pink with a tin roof, bead board… read more

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TRY-BEE Triathlon

try-bee on tybeeGet ready to swim, bike and run your way around Tybee Island as the TRY-BEE Triathlon comes to town!  A triathlon is a multi–stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines and our beautiful island makes for the perfect venue.  Many seasoned competitors are already signed up to make the race and there’s still room for you to join on or to cheer on your favorite athlete.

Swim: The swim portion will be a 750 meter ocean swim. Participants will swim out 50 meters, then turn parallel to the shore and swim with the current for 650 meters prior to swimming back into shore. The transition area is located just on the other side of the boardwalk and baby pools will be provided for rinsing the sand off your feet.

Bike: The bike is an out and back ride which is nearly completely flat. There is one hill which is the bridge off of Tybee Island. One mile after the bridge, participants will turn right into Fort Pulaski State Park, do a loop around the park and then head back to transition. The bike is full of beautiful marsh-scapes and coastal birds. The bike should prove to be VERY fast.

Run: The run course will be an out and back in the neighborhoods around Tybee Island. Participants will find aid stations at miles .75, 1.5 and 2.25. The course is completely flat and very fast.

Try-Bee on Tybee

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A sure way to make a great showing is to start out with your own personal staging area.  Mermaid Cottages has two great cottages available and there’ll surely be lots of competition for both…. read more

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Plum Happy

Cute, Adorable, Colorful! Plum Happy Cottage! 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths on Tybee’s North End! 1/2 mile to North Beach! Mermaid Cottages’ newest beach cottage! May 2015!


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Sanford’s Place circa 1930

Recently completely redecorated! Original Tybee cottage from the 1930’s renovated. Pet friendly, 2 blocks to downtown Tybee ( shopping, restaurants, fishing pier) Ideal for a small family, honeymooners, couples. Ground Level.


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Old Love Cottage circa 1921

The perfect petite beach cottage! Exactly 99 1/2 steps to the beach with your beach path just outside the cottage picket fence. A true original cottage!


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