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Month: December 2011

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!

Have a Merry Christmas on Tybee!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The big day is only four days away! Hard to believe 2011 has flown by so very fast. 2012 is definitely nipping at our heels! But, before the New Year, Christmas has finally made it to Tybee Island.

Though we’ve been busy shopping and baking, it’s not about those things at all, but family, friends, and the true reasons for the season. If you are celebrating Christmas here with us in paradise, there will be plenty of local Christmas services to enjoy! Here’s a list of local churches and their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services:

St. Michael’s Catholic Church † 801 Butler Avenue

Christmas Eve Service Decemebr 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Service December 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Trinity Chapel United Methodist † 911 Butler Avenue

Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:00 a.m.

All Saints Episcopal Church † 804 Jones Avenue

Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Chapel by the Sea † 811 Butler Avenue

Christmas Day Service December 25 at 11:00 a.m.

We hope everyone here on Tybee, locals and guests alike, have had a wonderful Christmas season so far. Welcome to all and feel free to attend any of the above services, because all are welcome! For more information about all of Tybee Island’s holiday events, make sure to check out the event calendar over at Tybee for the Holidays. There’s even a Holiday Dining Guide! We hope to see you out and about this season! Merry Christmas everyone!

Say Merry Christmas with Mermaids!

You might think Christmas and Mermaids don’t mix…but we know they do around here! We’ve seen some fabulous ornaments for your tree and gift giving for that special coastal lover, but one thing we found really made our jingle bells ring! Look at these merry and bright Christmas cards featuring, what else, mermaids!

Just a sample of the whimsical work of artist Camille Grimshaw!
Look at this lovely lady!Who hasn't gotten tangled in lights at least once during the holidays?

These festive, beautiful cards are the work of Camille Grimshaw and you can find them in her shop, Camillion Creations on Etsy, along with loads of other amazing mermaid art. Camille is one talented lady, and we can’t get enough of her beautiful work. All of them are fabulous, but these Christmas cards are the perfect touch of whimsy for any one wishing to send coastal holiday cheer. I especially love the lovely lady busy checking off her Christmas shopping list! Make sure to stop by her shop and browse all of her work, because everything is fabulous…andas far as we are concerned, mermaids are in style all year-round!

Have you seen a mermaid? Well, we’d love to hear about it! Please send your mermaid sightings and stories to We’d love to share your sighting with our Mermaid Nation, right here on our blog!

Mermaid Tale: The Shrimp

Welcome to 401 4th Street, Tybee Island, GA and one of our favorite cottages…The Shrimp! If you love Tybee’s quirky cottage style, The Shrimp is definitely for you. This home is full of Tybee style! The Shrimp was featured in the 2006 Tybee Tour of Homes as well as in the January 2009 Coastal Living Magazine‘s Guest Book article!

Need a family retreat or longing for a girlfriend getaway? The Shrimp sleeps six comfortably, so it’s perfect for any group wishing to while away the days in our little corner of paradise. Your cottage is located next door to the Key Lime Parrot Cottage as well. It’s the perfect set up for family groups wanting to vacation together, but still enjoy their own space. It’s even ground level for anyone looking to avoid stairs.

Your cottage sits directly across the street from Memorial Park with wonderful family fun activites! The park includes a large children’s playground, tennis courts, and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, so there are plenty of opportunities for fun. When you catch the beach-combing bug, Tybee’s gorgeous beach is a short 3 block walk through the park! Don’t want to walk? Check out the wonderful rentals at Tim’s Beach Gear…from bikes to beach gear, they have everything you need to be the beach bum you have always wanted to be!

After a long day of sight seeing and beach combing, return to your oasis of a cottage. At The Shrimp, the screened porch invites you to slow down and enjoy island life and ocean breezes. You can watch tv at your leisure, enjoy a cozy corner and catch up on your reading, and even stay as connected as you’d like with the complimentary high speed internet and WiFi. The Shrimp truely is the perfect Tybee Island escape!

Don’t wait another minute, plan your visit to The Shrimp today. You can book your stay online, or give us a call at (912) 313-0784 and we’ll do our best to make your Mermaid dreams come true! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 2011!

Photo by Margo Cook

Hey, Y’all!  The New Year will be here before you know it, so let’s make plans to spend more time together in 2012!

There are lots of exciting events coming to Savannah and Tybee Island and you know you want to be here.  Book your 2012 staycations with us by December 31 and you can stay with us in 2012 at 2011 prices!

Tybee Polar Plunge

January 01 2012 thru January 01 2012
The 12th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge features an invigorating New Year’s Day dip in the Atlantic. This year, all registrants get to participate in a Guinness World Records® Official Attempt to break the record for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps”. Participants are invited to wear crazy costumes or funny hats as they jump into the waves. All event proceeds benefit the restoration of the Tybee Post Theater. Guinness World Records® Official Attempt at 11:45 a.m.
and the Tybee Polar Plunge at noon by the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion at Tybrisa St. and Strand Ave. on Tybee Island. Visit or call 912-663-1099 for more info.

Critz Tybee Run Fest

February 03 2012 thru February 04 2012
5K Friday night at the Lighthouse
10K Saturday morning at 7:00am
Half Marathon Saturday morning at 8:30am
2.8 Mile Beach Run Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm
1 Mile Run Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm

You can do 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 events – whichever you choose. If you participate in all 5 events, the distances add up to 26.2 miles – a full marathon. We are very excited about bringing this event to you and hope you will be excited about taking on the challenge!
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4th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee

February 17 2012 thru February 18 2012
Join in the fun for the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee! Festivities include the Masquerade Ball, the Mardi Gras Tybee Parade & the Mardi Gras Tybee Street Party with free live entertainment & more!  Visit for all the details. …