Flowers are still blooming all over Tybee. It may be fall elsewhere but not on our barrier island!
These morning glory have taken over our fence!
Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm
By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Do you have a passion for helping people or the community? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? There are many ways to experience voluntourism on Tybee Island.
Tybee Island Beach Sweep If you want to get down and dirty, just join the island locals for a Tybee Beach Sweep in their efforts to keep our beaches gorgeous. We meet before sunrise to get started and walk the beaches cleaning up any trash dropped on the beach. This aligns with our eco-friendly goals of protecting our wildlife and the natural settings of the dunes and sand. We have a great time and what’s better than seeing the beautiful sunrise on the beach? Our next International Coastal Cleanup is September 20th.
This home is especially unique by its ownership, Paula Deen. Yes, this cookin’ queen is one of a few celebrities in Savannah who has a vacation home on Tybee Island that you can stay in! Paula Deen ensures all her guests who come to stay in her vacation home receives a special welcome gift of Paula Deen’s goodies, a personalized Paula Deen Cookbook and guaranteed VIP Dining at her restaurant, Lady and Sons in downtown Savannah.
While Bob and his family were here visiting Tybee, they got the opportunity to attend one of Paula Deen’s tapings for her new network. They had a great time getting to speak with her and are ever so thankful for the experience to see her in action, live!
“Y’all Come Inn was spacious and had everything we needed. We loved being fairly close to the beach and in between North and South Beach. It was truly a relaxing week for us. We were looking forward to a great meal at Lady and Sons, but we were even more amazed at their wonderful staff. They take real good care of you and the peach cobbler with ice cream on top was to die for! My wife, sister in law, and daughter had a field day over the shopping at Seaside Sisters! We also loved eating at Coco’s Sunset Grille.”~Guest, Bob Petty
“The whole experience with Mermaid Cottages from start to finish was “Johnny on the spot” with info and everything else. The privacy and relaxation that comes with renting a cottage from Mermaid Cottages is completely worth it! We can’t wait to come back.”~Guest Bob Petty
Savannah’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon is November 8th-9th and just around the corner. Tybee is right here for you! It is the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds, the beach and the city!
We want you to know it is easy for you to get to and from the Marathon Venue and your vacation rental with Mermaid Cottages. There will be shuttles available and you can pre-purchase round trip shuttle tickets as well as find out more about this upcoming event by clicking on this link. Tickets are $25 each. Runners & spectators may also use the shuttle. Many of our homes at Mermaid Cottages are right in close walking distance to the shuttle pick up locations for the marathon event. There are two pick up locations available on Tybee, 4th Street between Jones Avenue and Butler Avenue and Butler Avenue between 15th Street and 14th Street with two times for pick up: 5:00am & 5:30am. The ticket purchased is for a specific location, so please be sure to select the correct pick up location at checkout. Shuttle passes will not be mailed. ALL shuttle passes must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo on 11/6 and 11/7. Tybee Island is a pay to park community, so please plan to walk to the shuttle pick up locations. Return shuttles will leave from Forsyth Park (where the Finish Line is located) and will run continuously between 10:00am-4:00pm on Race Day only. Purchase Tybee Island Shuttle Pass
We have over 50 homes to choose from and will be happy to assist you in booking your stay with us. How great would it be to enjoy a relaxing afternoon after the race on the soft sandy beaches of Tybee Island! Well, we are ready for you. Mermaid Cottages is also pet-friendly so don’t leave your furry family members behind; bring them with you! There are loads of restaurants to choose from and you can also rent bikes to ride around all over the island. Come join us!
By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Age is no factor when it comes to having fun! Tybee Island, Georgia offers a myriad of senior-friendly activities. Let’s explore them, shall we?
We have a variety of historical monuments and museums that will surely catch your eye, but if it’s romance you’re looking for, we would suggest a sunset walk along the beach. There are also beach swings placed conveniently around the island where you and your sweet pea can sit for a spell and watch the waves crash along the sandy beaches.
If you’re worried your legs may get tired walking along the sand, no problem! Stop by the Tybee Island Ocean Rescue Headquarters and rent a beach accessible wheel chair, made available by the City of Tybee. The best place to wheel onto the beach is at the 18th Street boardwalk where there is an extended walking tarp making it easier to get across the soft sand.
Enjoy a long walk or ride on the beach, but don’t forget the sunscreen and water bottle! We love our seniors, so if you have any questions while at the beach our local lifeguards will be happy to lend a hand.
By Ashley Toro, Mermaid Cottages
Transportation on Tybee Island is very unique in that they offer many different varieties.
Because 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!
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:
North 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.
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!
The 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).
“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:)”
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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!
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