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Help Tybee Island Set a New World Record!

Looking for a fun and fabulous way to welcome 2012? Take advantage of December 31st falling on a Saturday and spend the weekend on Tybee Island! Ring in the New Year in paradise this year. Come join in the fun as we attempt to set a new world record!

Join us and make history!

Announcing the 2012 Tybee Polar Plunge. It’s the 12th annual celebration, and this year, everyone registered to participate will be counted in the Guinness World Records® Official attempt to break the world record for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swimming Caps!” The current record is 546and was set on July 3, 2011 in Japan…but we just know Tybee can beat it! Please, join us January 1st at the Tybee Island Pier…you can be a part of history! Spots are limited, so make sure to register today! Participants are invited to wear crazy costumes as they jump into the waves, so let your imagination go wild! All event proceeds benefit the restoration of the Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island. Participants will receive a 2012 Polar Plunge t-shirt and swim cap with registration.

PRE REGISTRATION for the Polar Plunge and World Record Attempt begins December 31, 2011 at 1-4 PM at the Tybee Round-about. Come pick up your plunge packet and get your swim cap and beat the rush! It’s just $25 each to register, so don’t miss your chance! You can contact Amy Kagan at or at 912-663-1099 for information and forms, you just download the forms here.

The festivities begin with the Guinness World Recordsâ„¢ attempt at 11:45 a.m. January 1st, 2012, then we quickly follow with the 12th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge at 12 noon. Have more questions? Don’t miss a minute of the fun! Come be a part of history on Tybee Island and bring in 2012 with a bang…register today!

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Caroling Fun on Tybee!

Every Mermaid Cottage along with all of  Tybee Island seems to be alive with the spirit of the holidays! Look around the island and you’ll know that Christmas has come to paradise. Everything is definitely merry and bright!

And, speaking of merry, if you are wanting to find seasonal fun this weekend…look no further! This Saturday, December 17th, the Tybee Christmas Caroling Trolley is coming! This is the 7th year for the event and it is sure to be a blast. Tickets for the trolley are on sale now and they always go fast, so hurry and pick your up today!

There will be holiday drinks and appetizers beginning at 5 pm at this year’s sponsor, The North Beach Grill, and the trolley departs at 6 pm, rain or shine. Flashlights are a good thing to have, too! So if you have loads of holiday cheer that needs to be spread around, join the caroling fun this weekend! For more information, please send an email to Make sure to visit the Tybee for the Holidays page for even more up coming holiday activities around the island too…Merry Christmas Y’all!

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Christmas Fun on Tybee Island

Christmas is in full swing around here, and we couldn’t be happier! We sure do love decking our halls each year and adding to the festive spirit of Christmas here on Tybee Island. There’s nothing better than the holidays in paradise, that’s for sure!

We are so honored to say that, for the third year in a row, Mermaid Cottages was named the Best Decorated Business on Tybee! It couldn’t have happened without every single Mermaid and Merman in our group, so we want to send out a huge Thank You and Job Well Done to our entire Mermaid Cottages family for all their hard work making every single cottage merry for the holidays. The entire island does a fabulous job with decorating, so being honored this way really warms our hearts! Just look at these beautiful pictures from Fish Camp Cottage, Paws and Paddles Cottage, Dutton-Waller Cottage, and Paula Deen’s Y’all Come Inn!

Just a few of our cottages showing their Christmas spirit!

Makes us all warm and fuzzy just looking at those! If the holiday lights and decorations haven’t sufficiently helped you to be jolly, don’t forget there are still loads of events happening on Tybee for the Holidays. In fact, this weekend is packed full of Christmas cheer!

The 3rd Annual Floating Christmas Parade is always a fun not-to-be-missed event at The Crab Shack! The festivities begin at 6:30pm with a Hot Dog & Chili Bar that is available until 7:30pm. The Hot Dog & Chili Bar will be FREE for parade participants with a Second Harvest canned food donation and $5 for spectators with a Second Harvest canned food donation.  Participants will also receive FREE docking for Friday and/or Saturday night! The boats depart The Crab Shack Docks at 7:15pm and return at 8:30pm. Awards will be given at 9pm for The Best Decorated, The Most Lights, The Most Enthusiastic Elves, and The Longest Voyage. There will be music from 6:30pm – 10pm as well!  Clear your weekend calendar and come celebrate the holidays while supporting a good cause!

Don’t worry, there’s still more fun to be had if parades aren’t your thing. Don’t miss the Candle Lantern Tour at Fort Pulaski December 9th and 10th or the Tybee Teddy Bear Tea Party December 11th at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel! There’s loads of holiday fun to be had this weekend and all month long here on Tybee! Make sure to check out the list of events at! Merry Christmas Y’all!

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Be a Mermaid for the Holidays!

Oh my goodness…where did November go?! It sure is hard to believe the Christmas season is already here and the New Year is right around the corner. I mean, wasn’t it July just yesterday?!

This time of year might be a slower season on Tybee Island, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! Tybee is still beautiful during the fall and winter months, and you can still enjoy long lazy days of strolling with the beach all to yourself! Just look at these beautiful pictures from our very own Mermaid Margo, owner of Fish Camp Cottage. Pure beach bliss!

Thanks to Margo Cook for these amazing pictures from our corner of paradise!

We love to decorate for the holidays!

The holidays are just about one of our favorite times of year here in paradise. Our celebrations are not-to-be-missed, and we definitely deck the halls…Tybee style, of course! That’s the good news; want the great news? There’s still plenty of time to plan a holiday trip to last a lifetime! We’d love to see your family on Tybee for the Holidays. We still have many cottages to choose from for your gathering. There are even dates available right now running from the first day of Hanukkah, to Christmas, straight through New Year’s Eve!

Christmas...Mermaid style!

Want to make a memory to cherish year after year? Let Mermaid Cottages help! Book you trip online right now, or give us a call at (912) 313-0784. We love helping you find your perfect dream cottage! The holidays are coming fast, are you ready? We look forward to hearing from you soon!

"Merry Christmas Y'all!" Decorations at Paula Deen's Y'all Come Inn!

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Tybee’s Holiday Shop and Stroll is Here!

The big day is getting close…are you ready for the shopping? Well, if you are looking for wonderful places for fabulous gifts, look no further than Tybee Island! We have so many wonderful places to get unique and wonderful gifts it’ll make your head spin! And this weekend, you can explore them all during the Holiday Shop and Stroll, going on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th, right here on Tybee!

Of course, Seaside Sisters has everything you need for the holidays, so make sure you visit them! From classy to sassy, classic coastal to Tybee quirky, they are the place to go! Also, pick up all your Mermaid Cottages stocking stuffers like Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee or Beach Bum Biscuits at Seaside Sisters as well. Those are feel good presents too, since every purchase helps out the Tybee sea turtles and our sponsored service and guide dogs, respectively! The ladies at the shop have all sorts of fun, sassy, and definitely unique gift ideas, so don’t miss it!

Tybee also has loads of wonderful art galleries and other shops, perfect for anyone on your Christmas list! Stop by the Atlantic Beacon Art GalleryLatitude 32, and Gallery By the Sea, and Tybee Fish Art and more for gifts of all kinds, from clothing to handmade art from local and regional artists. So, if you are shopping for the mermaid-at-heart in your life, why not come to Tybee and knock a chunk outta that shopping list? See y’all soon!

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Lights On for Tybee Island!

It’s finally here! Christmas time! You know what that means…it’s time for the annual tree lighting on Tybee Island!

Lights On for Tybee is this Friday, December 2nd, and it is always a fun time you don’t want to miss. The festivities start up at 6:30 p.m. at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. Come on down to Downtown Tybee Island and enjoy musical performances, dancing, and entertainment! Take a stroll through our beautiful little paradise and shop the quirky mix of shops and restaurants, or just enjoy the Pier and Pavilion. You can make the season even more special by stopping by the “Park of Giving” in the Park of Seven Flags! Donations for the Toys for Tots, Tybee’s Rising Tyde Food Pantry, and The Milton Project will be going on there.

The Mayor’s Motorcade begins to evening of Lights On for Tybee, but the fun continues all weekend with the always-fabulous Tybee Island Christmas Parade and the Holiday Shop and Stroll! Complementary refreshments will even be available at participating locations through the evening. It’s a fun time for everyone, and we sure hope you make it out to Tybee to enjoy the holiday festivities! Joy us and kick off the holiday season right…Tybee style!

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PurpleStride Walk is Coming!

Please come out to Tybee November 12th and join the Savannah Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for The PurpleStride 2011 event! This is the perfect event to bring the whole family, meet others, and create memories. There are great incentives for fundraising and all proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Stride with others who are just as passionate about finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Come enjoy a 5K run/walk and PurpleLight vigil to honor and remember loved ones, music, kids’ activities, refreshments, and much more!

     Registration for this event is ongoing online at the group’s website. Fees are $25 for adults (or $30 day of event) and $10 for ages 3 through 15 ($15 on the day of event). Survivors, volunteers, and ages 2 and under are FREE!
The fun will be centered at the Pier and Pavilion here on Tybee, and registration opens at 2:00 pm the day of the event. Come on down and get registered! The 1/4 mile Kiddie Run begins at 3:00 pm, followed by the Adult 5 K Walk/Run at 3:30 pm. There will be a Closing Ceremony at 5:30 pm, so make sure you don’t miss a minute!

     The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in their own words, “is the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach, and advocacy for a cure.” You can read more about the group and their efforts at their website, just click the link above. You can also learn more about pancreatic cancer and how you can help there as well!
This is a fun way to raise money for a great cause…not to mention a wonderful excuse to come to the beach! We hope to see you there!

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Lewis Avenue Trick-or-Treat Event

Are you looking for something fun and family friendly to do this Halloween? Well look no further! Come to Tybee for your trick-or-treating!  Trick-or-treat on Lewis Avenue is back again this year. Monday, October 31st, if the big day and Tybee is buzzing with excitement!

We hope you have your costumes ready because the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m. The Lewis Avenue Halloween event is attended by guest from all over the Savannah area and any assistance you can provide will help out both the island’s public safety staff and Lewis Avenue residents more than you know!! In preparation for the big night, there will be a barrel in the lobby at City Hall as well as at the Fire Station at Jones and Fifth Street. These barrels are where non-Lewis Avenue residents can donate candy to be given out the Tybee Island Fire and Police Departments. Please stop by and donate if you’d like!

Remember to be safe and look both ways while out haunting, no matter where you might be. We sure hope to see all you boys and ghouls on Lewis Avenue this Halloween!


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Tybee for the Holidays!

It is hard to believe October is passing by so quickly. It’ll be December before you know it! Well, just because the summer months are a thing of the past doesn’t meant the fun on Tybee Island has to stop. Get your island fix this holiday season and join us for Tybee for the Holidays!read more

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Pirate Fest 2011 is Here!

It’s finally here…Pirate Fest! The island will be taken over and the swashbuckling fun will be had by all! There are so many events going on this weekend, it’ll make your head spin. The festival is happening this weekend, October 7th through October 9th. Get ready, because it’s always a blast!

Whether you’ve experienced Pirate Fest before,  or you are discovering the fun for the first time, you certainly won’t be disappointed! Come out to Tybee in your finest pirate garb and enjoy live entertainment, costume contests, fabulous grub, the Pirate’s Victory Parade, and the treasures of the Thieves Market. The festivities go on all weekend, so there will be something to fit everyone’s fancy.


Don’t miss a minute of the fun! Follow the Tybee Pirate Fest on Facebook and make sure to check out the website for more information and a schedule of events. Come out for the day or make a weekend of it- call us today at (912) 313-0784 to book a cottage! We still have openings available! We can’t wait to see you this weekend. Ahoy! Drop your anchor on Tybee Island today!

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