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Fishing on Tybee Island

Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion

Bring those fishing poles! Fishing on Tybee Island is a wonderful experience for anyone, especially families with a passion for it. The memories made while fishing on Tybee will have you coming back again and again. We have many spots great for fishing; South Beach Pier & Pavilion, Back River Pier, and Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier are the most popular and easiest to locate.  They are all easily accessible and create the perfect atmosphere to hook that fish!

The South Beach Pier and Pavilion jets out from the beach, across the shore line and is great for the family who likes to play in the sand too.

Fishermans Walk - Street Entrance to the Back River Pier and Beach

Fishermans Walk – Street Entrance to the Back River Pier and Beach

Recycle SignThe Back River Fishing Pier is known as a great spot for the quiet fisherman. There is a little beach below, but it is more private than our main beach. The next street over, Alley 3 is a ramp where you can unload your own kayaks for a day on the water. We are a very recycle friendly community as well as largely protecting our wildlife so please dispose of your used fishing lines in the proper container marked with a sign.Back River Pier

Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier has something special all to its own. Other than fishing, dolphin watching can be viewed sporadically throughout the day.  Just remember, there’s no guarantee, but it is free! You can also see the excitement of the seagulls as the shrimp boats come under the Lazaretto Creek Bridge to dock for the day. It’s just beautiful at sunset too! You may also fish along the shoreline beside the rock jetties at the North and South ends of the beach. Lazaretto Creek Seafood is a great place to get bait and Captain Roy, owner and longtime fisherman, is sure to tell you one of his amazing fishing stories. Just ask!

Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier

Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier

Chu's Convenience Store

Your fishing permit purchasing place!

Fishing on Tybee Island does requires a fishing permit. For those age 15 and under, there is not a requirement for a fishing permit. If you are age 16 or older, you must obtain a fishing permit. However, when you arrive on Tybee, stop by Chu’s Convenience store at the light of N. Campbell and HWY 80 and they will be happy to assit you in the purchase of a fishing permit. The types of fishing passes along with their fees are listed below.

GA-Instate: 3-Day = $6.50, 1Year = $12.00, 2 Year = $19.00

Out of State: 1-Day = $8.00, 3-Day = $23.00, 1 Year = $48.00

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Tybee Island Jellyfish Season 2014 Is Here!

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The Tybee Island Jellyfish season 2014 is here and even though most of the time they do their own thing, we must remember one thing; we are in their habitat.

 

 

 

You will probably see them washed up and scattered upon the shore line, but look from afar.  Without the knowledge and experience, it is very easy to still get stung by their tentacles depending on how long they’ve been out of the water.

Cannonball Jellyfish, the most common on Tybee Island

Cannonball Jellyfish, the most common on Tybee Island

If you get stung while playing in the surf, please remember a few helpful tips from the mermaids!

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Tybee Beach Trips with Toddlers

Baby on Tybee BeachHave you ever been to the beach with little ones? Trips to the beach with toddlers can have more than their share of adventures.

Tybee is such a great place for the whole family to enjoy.  However, with a few tried and true tips, your beach trip can be more pleasant than ever!

 

Mermaid Breana

GO EARLY: Lifeguards are out as early as 8:30am on most days especially weekends. Plus, toddlers are at their best right after breakfast with plenty of time before the napping yawns begin.  Also, the heat is at it’s lowest and will keep them from getting over heated before lunch!

Baby in Tybee Tidal pool

18th Street:  There are many entrances to the beach.  If you are going with very small children, 18th Street is the place for you.  It’s location includes bathrooms right next to its boardwalk, a lifeguard station right at the beginning of the soft sand, and almost always, a tidal pool. Tidal pools are great for the very small kids, the first timers and the boundary challengers. No worries about waves taking the toys back with them to the ocean!

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Tybee Quickies

Tybee QuickiesTybee Quickies are for when you just need to get your beach on and you can’t break away for a long vacation.  Luckily, Mermaid Cottages has the perfect solution.  Sometimes, we have two and three nights open here and there and it’s a great way to peek inside some of our favorite cottages.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy them so much you’ll be booking longer stays for other times of the year.  Just take a look at these great Mini Mermaid Getaways available for June. Continue reading

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Tybee’s Sandy Toes

Sandy Toes CottageOur little barrier island welcomes everyone who crosses over the bridge for rest, relaxation, laughs, incredible seafood and lots of great memories.  Tybee’s sandy toes are just what you need, too.  Just kick off your shoes, sink your toes in the sand and let the rest of the world go by.  Isn’t that just the best feeling?  In fact, Mermaid Cottages has added a new cottage to our collection and it’s going to make you feel great all Continue reading

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Mermaid Cottages Comes to the Rescue for Unwanted Dogs

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Dog Paddle Dock is our foster dogs’ favorite place to be!

It’s Dog Week!

Mermaid Cottages is known for most of their homes being pet-friendly vacation rentals. Why? You might ask.

 

 

What you may not realize is that we are very passionate about saving unwanted dogs by fostering them until they have a forever family.  Most of these furry friends are on their last leg at kill shelters and Mermaid Cottages is a big advocate for getting these dogs adopted before this happens.

Foster Dog, Elsie

Foster Dog, Elsie

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Mermaid Cottages, Homeowner Reflections with Connie Wright Stanley

Hershey showing all his charm!

Hershey showing all his charm!

Lessons Hershey Taught Us

Hershey our large Chocolate Standard Poodle came into our lives after we bought and renovated a Tybee Cottage near Savannah, Georgia.

 

Hershey standing post at Paws & Paddles Cottage

Hershey standing post at Paws & Paddles Cottage

We planned to rent it and decided to make it pet friendly to give us an edge in the rental market. We had friends and family that struggled to find pet friendly vacation accommodations so we felt it would help in renting our cottage. Diane Kaufman head Mermaid from Mermaid Cottages told us that she had positive experiences with renting to pet owners and she agreed it would help us widen our cottage’s appeal. She told us we needed a name for the Cottage and we combined the pet angle with our love for Kayaking. So Paws & Paddles it was. Diane and the Mermaids took us under their wing.

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Tybee Island Fishing at its Finest

What Better Place to Fish than the variety of hot spots on Tybee Island, GA?

Fishing at its Finest

Fishing at its Finest

There are great fishing spots all over our 3 mile island. You can catch many things from Bass to Trout to Sheepshead to Bream to Catfish.  Just remember, be sure to have your fishing license on you at all times!

At the entrance of the Lazaretto Creek Bridge is a great pier that sits directly across from the shrimp boats that bring in all the delicious seafood our restaurants serve.  The sunset is beautiful and there’s nothing quite like watching the dolphins jumping through the waves made by the shrimp boats as they come home from a days work.

Fishing Pier at Lazeretto Creek on Tybee Island, GA

Fishing Pier at Lazeretto Creek on Tybee Island, GA

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Bluwater Gal’s Getaway on Tybee Island

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Bluwater Gal & Guy on Tybee Island

Bluwater Gal Vacations on Tybee Island with Mermaid Cottages

“Bluwater Gal”, newly retired and adventure seeking blogger,  and her other half whom she calls “Bluwater Guy” visited Tybee Island for a New Year’s Getaway.  They decided to stay in a vacation rental versus a hotel and knew Mermaid Cottages was the place for them as soon as she saw the website! Although she once lived in Savannah as a child, it had been many years since seeing Tybee.

“There was so much to do. We got to stay and play on Tybee, but we also got Savannah for free!”

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Ward Family Makes Tybee Their Vacation Home!

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Family celebrates 4th of July fireworks at Tybee!

“Tybee Island is the low country’s best kept secret,” says recurring guest Lisa Ward.  She and her husband began coming to Savannah for weekend getaways.  They decided to take a drive to Tybee for a day and after uncovering this best kept secret, they would make Tybee Island their new vacation home! 

Lisa and her husband, Jon, have three children, Bella 5, Sophia 3, and Nathan 1 ½.  Being a family of five they love every part about what Tybee has to offer, from ecological tours with Capt. Rene to seeing miracles happen. One memorable trip Lisa learned about the Sea Turtle Project and was fortunate to witness with her daughter, Bella, a live turtle excavation.  “It was the most amazing experience. That’s why we love coming here.  It brings our family together in ways that visiting a local beach around Tampa can’t.  We drive six hours to get away with no distractions where the beach is wide open and never feels crowded.” 

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