We’ll be looking for y’all to join us this Saturday, August 22nd, for the Kayak/SUP Race and Sunrise Paddle! Soon, our next Surfers For Autism event will bring young surfers to Tybee from all over and we want this to be our biggest and best year, yet. Join us at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the North Beach last crossover for the Sunrise Paddle and then sign up by 11 a.m. for the SUP race that begins at noon with North Island Surf and Kayak. Top off your fun and participation with food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and a raffle at Bubba Gumbo’s, too!
The Coastal Empire’s Surfers For Autism Beach Fest will be Saturday, September 12th, and that’s when we’ll need you here to cheer on these young surfers. At a Surfers For Autism event, young surfers are provided a safe, fun, judgement free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. The surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games and more.
We have three great cottages available for this weekend’s fundraiser, so book yours now and don’t miss this fun weekend…. read more
We’re very excited about The Big Float coming up this month. No, it’s not a giant ice cream float, but it’s just as much fun! Join us when SweetWater’s Heady Peddlers – SC and Savannah wash up at North Island Surf and Kayak on August 29. We’ll be paddling (canoe, kayak, SUP, floats, etc.) and proceeds from the rental/tour will be donated to the Savannah Riverkeeper! Participants will be given two tickets to be entered into the BOTE raffle for their tie-dye wrapped SUP! Early registration earns you two additional tickets, so call 912-786-4000 to sign up. At the after-party there’ll be a drawing hosted right next door at Bubba Gumbo’s from 5-8 p.m.!
Before you hit the water, you just have to hit the beach and that means you’ll need one of our signature Mermaid Cottages to get the rest of your weekend into ship shape! Here’s a look at a few of our cottages available:
Screened Inn circa 1929 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Sleeps: 7 Pets: None
Located in the quiet and historic Officer’s Row section, this vintage, ground level cottage is a beach beauty. Guests adores the quiet of our North Beach and the history of Ft. Screven. The décor is by The Lettered Cottage, so you know you’ll be ever so beach happy you came!
Mimosa Cottage circa 1940 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 8 Pets: Dogs
You’ll adore the wonderful large screened porch of this cute and beachy, pet friendly cottage. It’s just four blocks from the beach and on one of our famous Mermaid corners where large groups and multiple families can be close and have some privacy, too!
Fish Camp Cottage circa 1924 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 6 Pets: Cats, Dogs
Here’s another bright and cheerful cottage with a fabulous screened porch. It’s pet friendly, too, so you’ll also have a fenced-in yard. Guests love the partial marsh views from the back deck and the porch and the comfy beds for snuggling! This cottage is filled with art and it’s only one block from AJ’s Dockside Restaurant. Just imagine the drinks, the laughs and the sunsets!
Yes, it’s time for you to register for The Big Float and to reserve your Mermaid Cottage. We go together swimmingly!
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The calendar may say Fall, but we’ve got plenty of hot Summer fun still to come and that includes the Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest on September 12th! Surfers For Autism creates grand scale beach festivals for children and young adults with autism and other developmental delays and we always have a grand time when they come to Tybee Island. Our young surfers will ride the waves in a safe, fun, judgment free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. The surfers and their families will be treated like rock stars and they’ll enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants, their families and volunteers.
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We hope to see y’all for Labor Day! There’s plenty of Summer left to enjoy and the holiday weekend gives us one more day for a Tybee Time weekend. Tybee’s Labor Day Beach Bash is the best way to celebrate another wonderful Summer. There’ll be plenty of salt air, sand and sea as live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. There’s be live entertainment starting at 7 p.m. with another fantastic fireworks display from the pier around dark thirty (around 9:15 p.m.).
Labor Day weekend is always a sell out, so grab one of our available cottages before they’re all gone:
Tybee Daze Cottage circa 1958 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 7 Pets: None
This 1950’s vintage cottage is located on a quiet street that’s only 5 blocks to the beach. It’s full of original art by the owner and it’s located close to the Back River Beach, the fishing pier and the Alley 3 Kayak area.
Sanford’s Place c 1930 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Sleeps: 4 Pets: Cats, Dogs
This little charmer was recently redecorated! It’s an original Tybee cottage from the 1930’s that’s also pet friendly. Guests love that i’s two blocks to downtown Tybee for lots of shopping, restaurants and the fishing pier. This ground level cottage is ideal for a small family, honeymooners and couples.
Plum Happy Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1.5 Sleeps: 4 Pets: None
You’ll just adore this cute and colorful cottage! It’s located on Tybee’s quiet north end and it’s just like living in a doll house!
Flips Flop House Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Sleeps: 10 Pets: None
Guests love this full restored, ground level cottage! Favorite features include a bike rack and two awesome porches to enjoy. It’s located in the quiet, Back River district of the island.
Dutton-Waller Cottage circa 1938 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Sleeps: 8 Pets: None
This historic Tybee raised cottage was built by Mrs. Waller as her family’s summer home! It’s been beautifully restored and its located in the Back River District. Guests love the very easy walk to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, the Alley Three Kayak Launch and the Back River Fishing Pier.
These are just a few of the beautiful cottages we have available and they won’t last long. Book conveniently online or call our Mermaid-on-Duty. We hope to see y’all for Labor Day because we’re not done with Summer fun!
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This 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:
- Tybee River Race: 6 1Ž2 miles on the tidal river separating Tybee and Little Tybee Islands.
- Little Tybee Challenge: 8 miles, circumnavigates part of Little Tybee Island.
- Race Across the River for Gold Sponsors: Our Gold sponsors compete for a grand prize.
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
Get 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.
Photo by Last Mom
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
Yes, there’s still room for you during Tybee Wine Festival! Tybee Wine Festival is April 22-26 and right now Mermaid Cottages has nine cottages available. Just don’t wait too long because the wine festival is growing bigger and more exclusive every year and these cottages will fill up fast. Whether you can only come for a couple of days or you’d like to make this be the week to really enjoy the beach, our Mermaids can help you select just the right cottage for you!
A Celebration of Earth and Vine Wednesday, April 22 ~ 6-9pm
Screened Inn circa 1929 is located in the quiet, historic Officer’s Row section of North Beach, Ft. Screven. Decorated by Layla and Kevin Palmer of The Lettered Cottage.
A Celebration of Earth & Vine pays homage to the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with an elegant four-course wine dinner … read more
We can’t get away from Winter fast enough, so sound out your May Day! It’s Tybee Time! Let’s face it. A trip to the beach is wonderful any time of year and for any reason, so there doesn’t have to be any particular time for you to enjoy our island. Fortunately, Tybee Island always has something wonderful going on and it’s helpful to know about upcoming events so you can move things around to be here when you see something you like. For instance, May is filling up already, but here are some great events you’ll want to consider when planning your next getaway.
May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 is when LGBT travelers will show their pride on Tybee with a series of events including a Parade, a White Party, T-Dance, Beach Sweep and Sunday Brunch. Everyone is welcome as this event gets bigger and better each year!
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You picked a Wine Time to Tybee because our Tybee Wine Festival is bigger and better in every way this year! April 22-26 will be the perfect time to enjoy your favorite vintage wines and the comfort of some of your favorite Mermaid Cottages. The Tybee Wine Festival is one of the Tybee Post Theater’s major fundraising events. You’ll be toasting the best of Tybee via five fun and unique wine and food experiences.
A Celebration of Earth and Vine Wednesday, April 22 ~ 6-9pm
Flips Flop House is a restored Tybee beach cottage with two awesome porches to enjoy! Located in the quiet Back River district of the island!
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with an elegant four-course wine dinner. Each of the dishes and the accompanying wines will be inspired by Earth Day and presented personally by each of the hosting chefs. A wine-tasting … read more