Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Tybee Island Motorized Cart Rules

Motorized Cart Rules For Tybee Island

Motorized cart rules for Tybee Island have been announced. Golf carts are a convenient way to navigate Tybee Island for both our residents and visitors. Make sure you are up-to-date on the current regulations and permissible roadways for the best and safest experience!

No motorized cart may be permitted to operate on Highway 80/ Butler Avenue.
Carts may only cross at Highway 80/ Butler Avenue at these designated locations:

  • Highway 80/Butler Avenue at locations south of Park of 7 Flags
  • At the traffic-controlled intersection of 14th Street and Highway 80/ Butler Avenue
  • At the traffic-controlled intersection of Campbell Avenue and Highway 80
  • At the traffic-controlled intersection of Jones Avenue and Highway 80

Motorized carts that are appropriately registered and operated are allowed on all streets of the city except Highway 80/ Butler Avenue as stated above.
Do Not Drive on the Bike/Pedestrian Pathway in Memorial Park.

Rose's Folie Cottage
Rose’s Folie circa 1939


  • Every motorized cart must be inspected annually and registered with the Tybee Island Police Department
  • Carts must display the numbered registration sticker (T-sticker) on the bottom left of the windshield. Sticker is a one-time cost of $15.
  • The following operational lights are required: headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals and top-mounted amber/yellow, flashing/rotating lights
  • Carts must have a horn and seatbelts
  • The cart’s maximum speed capability must not exceed 20 miles per hour, otherwise, it is not considered a golf cart


  • Operation on sidewalks is prohibited
  • Operators must comply with all traffic regulations applicable to regular traffic
  • Only licensed drivers 16 years or older with minimum insurance of $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident, and $15,000 in liability may operate a motorized cart. Proof of insurance must be shown at registration and kept in the cart

All parking regulations must be observed, including the following:

  • Parking must be paid for via meter, ParkTYB app, or decal
  • At current rates, parking decals, cart inspections, and T-Numbers may be obtained at the South Annex, 1509 Strand Avenue (across from the pier). Free parking permits provided to local taxpayers are not supplied for motorized carts
  • If renting a golf cart, parking passes may already be installed by the company.
The Pampered Pelican
The Pampered Pelican


Motorized cart rules have been announced for Tybee Island.  Enjoy the convenience and the perks with your next stay with Mermaid Cottages.

sea turtle nesting season

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Sea Turtle Nesting Season has already begun! The season runs from May 1st to October 31st. Our friends from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project have provided a conservation initiative of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. We’re happy to share this with our Mermaid Cottages guests. 👫 Volunteers will be out at dawn to walk the beach every single day, looking for signs of nesting. Here are some reminders for the season –

remote work from mermaid cottages

Remote Work From Mermaid Cottages

Remote work from Mermaid Cottages is a brand standard for our collection of happy cottages. High-speed Internet comes with each cottage rental so you can stay plugged in when needed and really make the most of your quality time when you unplug. You’ll have the option of working from the kitchen, a bedroom, the porch or a deck. Some cottages have a private pool and working from a lounger works well, too.  It doesn’t matter if you’re here for a few nights, a few weeks, a month or longer, our Internet access is up to speed for all your needs. In fact. we’re celebrating the end of winter and we’re offering lowered rates at our remaining available cottages with spring dates open. Just imagine yourself remote working from one of these Mermaid Cottages.

Conch Cottage

Conch Cottage is the hidden jewel of beach cottages! This newest addition to our collection of happy little houses by the sea is a true, iconic Tybee Beach Cottage.

Conch Cottage

With three full bedrooms and two full bathrooms, it offers plenty of space including a roomy screened porch to relax after a day at the very nearby beach (it’s just two short blocks to the Second Street Beach!)

Conch Cottage

Conch Cottage is the perfect blending of old Tybee and new conveniences. To add to its already great guest-ready benefits, Conch Cottage is pet-friendly (dogs and cats are welcome) and offers a beautiful outdoor shower with hot and cold water amenities that beach guests love!

Conch Cottage

The backyard is fully fenced-in to allow dogs to be outside. Another new amenity available at all of our cottages is our electric bike service. Our friends at Bee Bikes will deliver your bike rental right to your cottage. Choose from Segway and traditional electric bikes and be sure to save 10% off the rental rate when you use our special guest code Mermaid 10 with your advance reservation.

Bee Bikes

The Mermaids are delighted to have Conch Cottage in our Mermaid Cottages family and, as availability begins to get limited, Conch Cottage is ready to welcome guests who haven’t yet secured a great Tybee cottage for their summer 2023 Tybee vacation! Call now as this great space will book quickly!

Pro Tips:


Complimentary off-street parking for 4 cars.

Minimum Age Requirement: Must be 25 years of age to rent this property.

All pet-friendly homes require an additional pet fee. Please pick up after your pets!

Please note: Longer minimum stay requirements of up to 7 nights will apply during certain times of the year including holidays and our summer season.

Call/Text 912.658.0714 for rates and availability and concierge services.