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Transportation on Tybee Island

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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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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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Summer Engagement on Tybee Island

Jimmy and Makenzie-summer engagement on tybee island

Love is in the air! Have you planned a summer engagement on Tybee Island? Mermaid Cottages Guest, Jimmy Corum sure did!

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Love birds, Makenzie Standifer and Jimmy Corum have been dating for 4 years and after discovering Tybee Island last summer for Jimmy’s birthday celebration vacation, they decided to make it an annual tradition. They knew Mermaid Cottages would be the perfect place to book their vacation with. Little did Mackenzie know, Jimmy had his own surprised cooked up this year! After arriving to their cottage, Castaway, for the week, Jimmy was so thrilled by all the decorations prepared for his entrance by the mermaids. Happy 31st Birthday Jimmy!

Birthday Banner- summer engagement on tybee islandThe couple brought their friends to join their newly found vacation spot this summer. They were so excited to come even though Makenzie hadn’t figured out why. So, the next day, their friends joined them in the living room, (now Mackenzie knows why).

Larry, Cindy, Makenzie, Jimmy, Earl, Jennifer, Kevin

Larry, Cindy, Makenzie, Jimmy, Earl, Jennifer, Kevin

Makenzie and Jimmy-summer engagement on tybee island

“It was our first full day at Tybee, and it was just after we all woke up and had breakfast.. I had ran to the grocery store, and when I came back he had it planned for someone to spill something on the tile (they know a mess will get my attention and I will clean it up)… as I cleaned it up another friend said “What is Jimmy doing?!” so I stood up and there he was on a knee…. All he said was “Can I keep you forever?” He made sure that we had it on video, and had lots of pictures… We spent that entire week together and came back closer than we’ve ever been. Every day we would wake up and look at the ring in awe:)”

Putting that gorgeous ring on!

Putting that gorgeous ring on!

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Pet-Friendly Places on Tybee Island

doggie dock-Pet-Friendly Places on Tybee IslandWhat better way to include your four-legged family member for a vacation than experiencing the many pet-friendly places on Tybee Island.

Beach Bum Biscuits

Beach Bum Biscuits

Two pet-friendly vacation rental companies, Mermaid Cottages and Tybee Joy Vacations, will truly prove to make your stay comfortable and accommodating. Mermaid Cottages even supplies each of their homes with their very own Beach Bum Biscuits to welcome all their four-legged guests. Want to support a great cause? Purchase your own bag of Beach Bum Biscuits to take back home with you. All proceeds support service and guide dogs. Visit their Pet-Friendly page for more information about all the organizations Mermaid Cottages supports, such as One Love Animal Rescue.

 

Bark Park Logo-Pet-Friendly Places on Tybee Island

 

While Tybee does not allow dogs or other pets on the beaches, they do provide two Bark Parks on island; one for small dogs and one for large dogs. They are open during daylight hours and located at the intersection of Van Horn and Fort Streets. This is great for your dogs to get some exercise while breathing in that fresh salty air.

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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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