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Everything you need to know about visiting Tybee Island. Your Guide To: Island Life Local Dining Accommodations Shopping & Events Your beach adventure starts with us!


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Welcome to Tybee Island


ybee Island is located at Latitude 32° N and Longitude 80° W. It sits at the mouth of the Savannah River and is Georgia’s northeastern-most and 11th largest barrier island, which comprise the outer section of the state’s Lower Coastal Plain region. Like the other Barrier Islands, Tybee consists of a sandy beach on its eastern shore and a tidal salt marsh on its western shore. The island is 2.5 miles long and 0.75 mile wide with about 3.5 miles of beach. It’s one of only four of Georgia’s barrier islands that are accessible by car. The Savannah River empties into the Atlantic Ocean just north of Tybee Island, placing the island in a historically strategic location. To the west, the marsh-lined Lazaretto Creek splits the island off from McQueens Island (the two-mile) stretch between the main western shore of Tybee Island and Lazaretto Creek is mostly marshland. Tybee Creek flows along the south shore of Tybee Island and joins the Atlantic at the island’s southeastern tip. Little Tybee Island, which consists mostly of protected wetlands, lies across Tybee Creek to the southwest. The size of the sandy beach at the southern tip of Tybee Island varies considerably in response to tidal changes. Native Americans, using dugout canoes to navigate the waterways, hunted and camped in Georgia’s coastal islands for thousands of years. The Euchee tribe likely inhabited the island in the years preceding the arrival of the first Spanish explorers in the area in the 16th century. “Tybee” is the Euchee word for “salt.” In 1520, the Spanish laid claim to what is now Tybee Island and named it Los Bajos. It was at the northern end of the Guale missionary province of Spanish Florida. During that time the island was frequented by pirates who used the island to hide from those who pursued them. Pirates later used the island’s inland waterways for a fresh water source. After the founding of South Carolina in 1670, warfare increased between the English and their pirate allies and the Spanish and their Native American allies. In 1702, James Moore of South Carolina led an invasion of Spanish Florida with an Indian army and a fleet of pirates. The invasion failed to take the capital of Florida, St. Augustine, but did destroy the Guale and Mocama missionary provinces. After another invasion of Spanish Florida by South Carolina in 1704, the Spanish retreated to St. Augustine and Pensacola; the Sea Islands were depopulated, allowing the establishment of new English settlements such as the colony of Georgia. In 1733 English settlers led by James Oglethorpe settled on Tybee Island before moving on to settle eventually in Savannah. Tybee Island’s strategic position near the mouth of the Savannah River has made the island’s northern tip the ideal location for a lighthouse since Georgia’s early settlement period. First built in the year 1736, the lighthouse was made of brick and wood, and stood 90 feet tall, making it the highest structure in America at that time. The original lighthouse has been replaced several times. The second lighthouse was built in 1742 when beach erosion threatened the first. Part of the third lighthouse at the site that was damaged in the Civil War, was built in 1773, still stands as the bottom 60 feet of the present lighthouse. The top 94 feet of the current lighthouse were added in 1867 and stands 154 feet tall, which makes it the oldest and tallest in Georgia. The distinctive black and white Tybee Lighthouse is one of the best preserved lighthouses in the US. The Tybee lighthouse is unusual because all its support buildings are intact: a headkeeper’s house, two assistant keeper’s houses, a summer kitchen, and fuel storage building. The light at the top of the tower is still active, and you can climb 178 stairs for excellent views of the beach, marsh, ocean and river. The current black and white tower markings are a reversion to its fourth day mark, first used in 1916. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of just a handful of 18th century lighthouses still in operation in North America. Cockspur Beacon lighthouse - The 46-foot tall Cockspur Beacon lighthouse, built in 1857, sits on an islet about 12 miles from Savannah. This little lighthouse has had an interesting history, too. Look for it on the left as you head to Tybee Island. Depending on the tides, it may be totally surrounded by water.

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Tybee Island’s Most Recent Accolades:

“Best Beaches for Families” Parents Magazine “Top 10 Vacation Rental Hotspots for 2010” TripAdvisor “Top 10 City Beaches in America” AOL

“#1 Healthiest Beach in America” Health Magazine

Come walk with me along the sea where dusk sits on the land. And search with me, for shells are free and treasures hide in the sand. The travelocity gnome visited Tybee Island!

“Readers’ Choice Best Beach” Georgia Magazine “Best One Tank Trip” Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Beach Retreat” Creative Loafing Atlanta “Bicycle Friendly Community” League of American Bicyclists “Best Day Trip & Most Fun Place to Take the Kids” Savannah Magazine


here is no free parking on Tybee — Tybee is a “Pay to Park Community.” This is how the city funds critical island services and emergency services for visitors and residents, such as, keeping lifeguards on the beach, keeping the beach clean, taking care of stray and wild animals, providing July 4th and New Year’s Fireworks Displays, warning everyone of impending inclement weather from the wind and tides, and generally keeping Tybee a safe and pleasant place to visit. Parking regulations are enforced 8AM – 8PM, 365 days a year. Parking is open on limited Saturdays from Tybee’s Irish Heritage Weekend until Pirate’s Fest Weekend. A few spots still have meters, though most parking places have been converted to Pay & Display parking. When you park, be sure to pay the appropriate meter or locate the nearest Pay & Display Station to purchase time. Pay & Display Stations dispense a receipt that should be displayed securely and prominently on the dash of your vehicle.


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To Pay with Cash: Pay and Display rates, island-wide, are 25 cents for 10 minutes. Machines will accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar coins. Coin machines are conveniently located in the parking lots of 14th Street, the Strand (South Beach), along Tybrisa, and the North Beach lot. Change can also be obtained at City Hall during hours of operation. 1) Insert coins in slot for time desired. 2) Press print button. 3) Pull receipt from slot and display on dashboard. To Pay with Debit/Credit Card (Minimum charge amount is $3): 1) Press blue button (+), press again to add more time (adds $1.50 at a time.) 2) When desired time is reached, press green button (P) to confirm transaction. 3) Insert and remove credit card as shown on machine. 4) Pull receipt from hinged slot area and display on dashboard. You may park anywhere on the island with your receipt until your time expires. Your Pay-and-Display receipt is also honored at the meters. Multi-day passes can be purchased at the Pay-and-Display machines by adding hours till 8:00 p.m. of the current day. Additional days can be purchased by adding $18.00 at a time, to a maximum of three days.

North Beach Parking Lot: Beachfront lot in Fort Screven immediately across from the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Pay & Display Stations are used in these areas. Van Horne and Fort Streets: In close proximity to both Dog Parks and to River’s End Campground, it is a short walk from this lot to the river beaches or to the North Beach area near the Lighthouse. Pay & Display meter system is used. Dune crossovers: Most of the streets adjacent to beach access points have public parking available, either with a Pay & Display Station located on the block, or with parking meters.


Decals may be purchased from the cashier at Tybee City Hall at 403 Butler Avenue for $100 each and are valid for one year from month of purchase. Tybee residents whose vehicles are registered to Tax District 3 may receive a free decal by presenting the paid auto tag license receipt to the cashier at Tybee City Hall. Decals must be affixed to the driver’s side windshield to be considered valid; decals on the dash are ignored. Motorcycle decals should be placed high and visible on the right side front fork. Vehicles with decals may park at any legal parking space, including public parking lots, at no additional charge.

If you get a ticket

If you have any questions, or if you wish to contest a parking ticket, please feel free to contact the Tybee Island Parking Services Division at City Hall by calling (912) 786-5832. Tickets may be paid online at, or in person at City Hall. City Hall is open from 7:30 AM until 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Saturday.


South Beach Parking Lots: Beachfront lots between 14th and 18th Streets, adjacent to the main beach business district and the Walter Parker Pier and Pavilion. These lots are reached by travelling down 14th Street or Tybrisa. Pay & Display Stations are used in these areas. Your guide to tybee island 5

Professional Services


Local Lingo

U.S. Highway 80 on Tybee = Tybee Road


Local Trivia There are approximately 850

lighthouses left in the US and 450 are active. 15 still have their 1st Order Fresnel lenses. (Including Tybee Island)



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Simple Pleasures of Tybee Kids: When you’ve exhausted the beach, pool and ice cream... head off to:

Playgrounds - Parks - Nature Trails Jaycee Park

Located at Campbell Rd. on Van Horne. Grilling and picnic tables, playground, restrooms, lighted soccer and softball field, outdoor basketball court, scenic meandering waterway, ½ mile jogging track, gazebo (great for weddings!)

Kite Flying

Tybee Island is the perfect place to fly a kite. Go buy a kite at the local souvenir shop.

Memorial Park

Located directly behind City Hall and the Tybee Library on Butler Ave. Grilling and picnic tables, playground, restrooms, two lighted outdoor tennis and beach volleyball courts, lighted basketball court, covered lighted pavilion accommodates up to 150 people and small cemetery.

Park of 7 Flags

Located at the South end of Hwy. 80. Small all brick park with seats and a wishing fountain.

Sally Pearce Nature Trail

This short trail is located on the south side of U.S. 80 at Fifth Ave.

Blue Heron Nature Trail

North Beach Birding Trail

Located off the north side of U.S. 80 opposite Lewis Ave.

Walk west from the Tybee Island Lighthouse down North Beach into the Bird Sanctuary. Access the beach through the North Beach Parking Area, located behind Fort Screven on Meddin Dr.

Do it Yourself Activities: Crabbing

This is a great activity for kids. It’s easy, fun and inexpensive. Crabbing can be done from docks or in the creeks. What you need is a bucket, some string, a dip net, a 5 inch measuring stick, and a couple of chicken necks for bait. Tie a chicken neck to 8 Destination Tybee

the end of the string, then dangle the bait down about a foot or so into the water and wait. When a blue crab comes along and starts to pick at your bait, you’ll feel a tug. Slowly, gently lift the bait up through the water. If you move slowly enough, the crab will follow. When you see the blue and red colors of the crab in the water, scoop it up with your net. Measure the crab’s shell from point to point; if it’s five inches across or longer, put it in your bucket and keep going. The limit of blue crabs per person is 50 a day - if you can catch that many! Take them home, steam them in a pot and eat their sweet meat in melted butter.

Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion

Free to the public. Located at the end of Tybrisa Street. There are concessions, picnic tables and restrooms. The Pier extends 700 feet out into the ocean, making it a perfect place to fish and people watch. The pavilion can be rented for events through the Chatham county recreation department at 912-652-6780. The original Tybrisa Pavilion stood for three-quarters of a century as a landmark on the South Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1891 by the Central of Georgia Railroad, it became a well-known destination for day-trippers and seasonal visitors during a time when advertisements hailed Tybee as the “Premier South Atlantic Resort.” Its open dance floor amid a coastal setting made it a legendary stop on the “Big Band” tour and for five decades of entertainers. Fire destroyed it in 1967. Led by efforts of the people of Tybee Island, Chatham County built the Tybrisa Pavilion II and dedicated it on the 9th of August 1996. The Tybee Pier and Pavilion have become one of the premier entertainment centers in Chatham County. It was renamed the Walter Parker Pier and Pavilion at Tybee Island in 2007.

Tybee island library

Tree Tots Storytime Tuesdays at 11am. Bring your toddlers and enjoy songs, stories and fingerplays for ages 0 to 5. Hours: M, F, Sat 2-6; Tu 10-8; W 10-6; Thur, Sun Closed. For more info call 786-7733. 405 Butler Ave., Tybee Island, GA.

TYBEE ISLAND Marine Science Center

This organization promotes the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Georgia. The center includes aquariums with local and tropical marine life, reptiles, exhibits, a gift shop and a “touch tank.” They also offer educational programs and activities in the center, on the beach and in the marsh. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Located in the 14th Street parking lot, next to the pier, at 1510 Strand Ave., Tybee Island, GA. For more info call toll free 866-5579172.

Tybee Island Light STATION

Tours are self guided. At the Lighthouse and Head Keepers Cottage there are volunteers on hand to answer questions. Visit our Gift

Shops. Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9am to 5:30pm. We stop selling tickets at 4:30pm. Closed St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Admission: Adults $8; Seniors (62+), Military, Groups (10 or more people) with a reservation and Children (6-17) $6. Free for children 5 and under and Coast Guard (Must present ID). For more info call 912-786-5801. Follow the turtle signs to 30 Meddin Ave., Tybee Island, GA.

Tybee Island MUSEUM

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the museum is its location in Battery Garland of Fort Screven. Battery Garland was constructed between 1898 and 1899. It was originally used to mount a huge 12 inch “non-disappearing” rifled long range cannon on top of the battery. Within the walls of Battery Garland are seven rooms which contain artifacts and exhibits covering more than five centuries of history. Most of the lower rooms which now contain the Museum’s exhibits were originally used to store smokeless gun powder and projectiles which weighed over 700 pounds each. Battery Garland was named in honor of Colonel John Garland, Eighth Infantry, who “served with distinction in the Florida War, and died on January 5, 1861.” The Battery was used as part of America’s Coastal Defense System until 1947 when it was decommissioned. Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9am to 5:30pm. We stop selling tickets at 4:30pm. Closed St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Admission: Adults $8; Seniors (62+), Military, Groups (10 or more people) with a reservation and Children (6-17) $6. Free for children 5 and under and Coast Guard (Must present ID). For more info call 912-786-5801. 30 Meddin Ave.

Tybee Island YMCA

Hours of Operation: M - T: 5:30am - 9pm; F: 5:30am 8:30pm; Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm. For more info call 912-786-9622. 204 5th Street Tybee Island, GA.

Island Miniature Golf and Games

18 Hole Miniature Golf Course, where you play through streams, ponds and rock hazards. They also have bumper go-carts, softball & baseball batting cages, moonwalk bounce, arcade and refreshments. Conveniently located just before the Bull River Bridge on the way to Tybee Island. 7890 US Hwy 80 East Savannah, GA. Hours of Operation: March through May: Weekdays 1pm - 8pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am - 9pm; Sun. 11am - 8pm. June through September 11th: Weekdays 11am - 9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm; Sun. 11am - 9pm. For more info call 912-898-3833.


Oatland Island is the environmental education center for the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education. They have special events during in the spring and fall check out their website It is a delightful place to walk and experience the local wildlife and a barnyard - only here you might see a cougar, wolf, red fox, deer, bison, bob cats, alligators, birds of prey and reptiles. Oatland Island is open 361 days a year. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24-25 and

New Year’s Day. Open daily 10am - 5pm, ticket booths close at 4pm. Admission: Adults (18+) 45, Senior Citizens (65+), Military, Students, Child (4-17) $3; Child (3 and under) FREE. For more info call 912-395-1212. 711 Sandtown Rd., Savannah, GA. From Tybee Island: Follow US 80 West 10 miles through Wilmington/ Talahi Island. Bear to the right at the split of US 80 and Island Expressway/President Street. Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah will be on your left 1.2 miles after the split.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Here on April 11, 1862, defense strategy changed worldwide when Union rifled cannon first overcame a masonry fortification after only 30 hours of bombardment. Named for Revolutionary War hero, Count Casimir Pulaski, Fort Pulaski took some 18 years to build and was the first military assignment for a young second lieutenant fresh from West Point - Robert E. Lee. This remarkably intact example of 19th century military architecture, with its estimated 25 million brick and 7.5 foot thick walls, is preserved for future generations by the National Park Service as a reminder of the elusiveness of invincibility. Fort Pulaski contains 5,365 acres, including some of the most pristine and scenic marshland on the Georgia coast. Children ages 6-12 can become a Junior Ranger! Open everyday except Christmas Day, 8:30am - 5:15pm. Hours may be extended in summer. For more info call 912-786-5787. U.S. Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA.

Guided Activities: Kayaking

Enjoy the scenery of Tybee’s salt marshes by kayak. You can paddle a short distance over to uninhabited Little Tybee Island, which is actually more than twice the size of Tybee Island, and is only accessible by boat.You will possibly see dolphins and sea turtles along the way. Once there It is prime habitat for oysters, osprey, and hermit crabs.

Dolphin Tours

A family favorite! Watch the bottlenose dolphins play in their natural habitat. Dolphins are also common in the tidal rivers around Tybee. You’ll be surprise at how playful these dolphins are and how curious these mammals are; they will come up close to check you out, so bring your camera! You will also probably see other wildlife like sea turtles and birds, and see Cockspur Lighthouse up close.

Fishing Charters

You can book charter boats for deep-sea and inshore fishing trips. Deep-sea fishing of the Gulf Stream and snapper banks focuses on catching snapper, grouper, sea bass, triggerfish, shark, king and Spanish mackerel, barracuda, amberjack, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, tuna, and marlin. Inshore fishing focuses on catching trout, bass, flounder, sheepshead, tarpon, whiting, and shark.

For even more TO DO, Historic Savannah is just a 15 minute drive from Tybee. Your guide to tybee island 9

Local Dining


Local Lingo


Tybeeitis = Fear of crossing the Lazaretto Creek bridge

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n February 5, 1958, a U.S. Air Force B-47 Stratojet from Homestead Air Force Base, Florida jettisoned a nuclear weapon (specifically, a Mark 15 hydrogen bomb) off the coast of Tybee Island while conducting training exercises with a USAF F-86 Sabrejet. The two aircraft collided, with the pilot of the fighter ejecting and the crew of the bomber making an emergency landing at nearby Hunter Air Force Base. The lost weapon, known popularly as the “Tybee Bomb,” remained a security concern for several years, although the Air Force claims the bomb lacks a nuclear capsule and does not pose a serious threat. In 2004, retired United States Air force Lieutenant Colonel Derek Duke took part in a private search for the bomb. According to an article in the Savannah Morning News, Duke concluded that there were “high levels of radiation and unusual magnetometer readings” at a specific point in Wassaw Sound, just off the Tybee coast. Duke concluded, from these readings, that the bomb might be present “at a point just off the southern tip of Little Tybee,” an undeveloped barrier island near Tybee Island. In response, the Air Force launched a nine-month search for the Tybee bomb in 2004. The search team specifically investigated the area of Wassaw Sound in which Duke had located high radiation levels. The Air Force reported to the media in 2005 that the source of the high radiation is likely to be monazite, a sand which is naturally high in radiation. The Savannah Morning News headline ran “Duke Found Dirt.” Stop by AJ’s Dockside, on the Back River of Tybee, which is the headquarters of the Tybee Island Bomb Squad, to purchase your Tybee Island Bomb Squad hat, t-shirt, sweatshirt, fleece jackets, windbreakers, koozies and bumper-stickers. You might even stumble upon a Tybee Island Bomb Squad meeting and meet the creator of the Tybee Bomb Squad Joe Inglesby.

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Local Accommodations Beach rules


These Beach Rules are meant to keep Tybee’s beach a safe and You need a fishing license to fish on pleasant place and are strictly enforced. Tybee. You can obtain a license online at • STAY OUT OF THE DUNES or in person at CHU’S CONVENIENCE • SURFING AND FISHING ONLY ALLOWED IN MART (Campbell) 725 FIRST STREET ~ (912) 786-5904. DESIGNATED AREAS • • • •


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ATM’S on Tybee

First Chatham (parking lot at Chu’s & Campbell) - $2.75 Suntrust Bank (next to XYZ liquor) - $2.95 Chu’s (Park of 7 Flags) - $2 The Pier - $3 • The Quarter Bar - $3 Tybee Time - $2.50 Chu’s - Hwy 80 & Campbell - $2 Chu’s - Hwy 80 & Jones - $2 The Savannah Bank - $3 Ocean Plaza - $3 • Spanky’s - $3 Rockhouse - $3 • Shell Station - $3

We Deliver on Tybee

Burton’s by the Beach (until 3am) – 912-786-9655 How do I reserve Lighthouse Pizza (after 5pm) – 912-786-9874 City-owned facilities? Pizza on Wheels – 912- 786-5870 Reservations can be made by contacting the facilities The Rock House – 912-786-7176 coordinator at City Hall at 912-786-4573, ext 127.

Rules Strictly Enforced. Max fine $1,000

Can I reserve a spot on the beach?

How to get

Reservations are not required for groups on the beach, around on Tybee although you may be subject to availability of space on your Crab Cab – 912-786-2722 arrival. The City may issue permits for special events, such Island Hoppers – 912-656-0805 as weddings, company picnics, or other events; however, Pirate Pedicab – 912-346-2335 be aware that the primary purpose of the beach is for public Tybee Island use, and a permit for your event may not be possible. Call the facilities coordinator at City Hall 912-786-4573, ext. 5045 - to Information Hut discuss your event details. Look for the information hut located in the south beach parking lot in downtown Tybee. Also look for locals wearing these hats that will be walking around downtown Tybee who have a wealth of information and knowledge to share about Tybee Island.

cocktailS on Tybee

You may now buy alcohol on Sundays here. It is illegal for a person to drink any alcohol from a can, bottle or glass or to possess alcohol in open cans, bottles, or glasses on public streets, parking lots, sidewalks, walkways or the beach (this includes your cooler even though you might be pouring it into a plastic cup). Tybee City law allows possession and consumption of alcohol on the street of one alcoholic beverage in an open plastic container of not more than 16 ounces; no glass or breakable containers are allowed. Drink responsibility. Do not drink and drive (anything with a motor on it) or you will get a DUI. If you become intoxicated in public (or on a bike) you could be charged. 14 Destination Tybee

Accommodations on Tybee Island include hotels, vacation rental homes and condos, bed and breakfasts, cottages and a campground all which are located within walking distance to the beach.

River’s End Campground is just 1.5 short blocks from the beach. They have over 100 sites that offer services ranging from full hook-up capacity with water and sewer and free cable, to water and electric service only, as well as primitive tent camping sites. Some, but not all waterelectric sites also have free cable. They also have cabins that sleep up to six people. They offer a free Internet room during office hours and free Wi-Fi for those who enjoy net surfing from their RV or picnic table. The campground offers a swimming pool, air conditioned bath houses, coin operated laundry, limited groceries & RV parts store, small game room, and screened pavilion. Don’t forget the sunscreen. The



look is out!

Local Trivia The first-ever Days Inn was built on Tybee Island in 1970.


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Time to head to the beach and Pack your beach bag ☐ Bring a beach towel to sit on or a large family-

size blanket or quilt to spread out on beach, a beach towel to dry off with, a beach umbrella (if it’s too sunny) and you may want to bring chairs to sit on. Pack snacks and drinks. (lots of water and watery fruits such as grapes - stay hydrated!) Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen. Insect repellent (some sunscreens for kids contain insect repellent and vice versa) Pack sunglasses with adequate UV protection Pack a hat with a wide brim to protect your face Bring entertainment (magazines, books, radio or your iPod) Cell phone (Zip-lock bags for phone) Camera or video camera Beach toys if you have kids and water safety devices for young swimmers Clothes and flip flops - (You can’t go in stores and restaurants with them) Wallet and/or purse and cash (for ice cream and parking - sometimes we forget the most obvious things) Disposable wipes (or put damp paper towels in zippered plastic bags) Large beach bag for toting items (a mesh bag won’t allow sand to collect) Zippered plastic bags for collecting shells (or collecting wet suits) Baby powder-it’s the best when you are trying to get sand off of you!!! Your car will thank me! First Aid Kit-Very important! Shells are sharp and full of stuff you don’t want in your cut! Pack a long-sleeved over-shirt and a thin pair of pants. When the sun goes down, the Binoculars to see the dolphins go by Leave valuables at home. Sun and sand can wreak havoc on expensive jewelry, clothes and electronics. Seek medical attention if you become dizzy or nauseated.

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Lay the towel on the ground, stick the beach umbrella in the sand, set your beach chair, unpack everything on the big towel and relax! 16 Destination Tybee

Tybee is...

Paradise • A majestic white & black lighthouse blinking out messages • A mixture of old and new • Arts central, local plays • Restored cottages, picket fences and lovely lawns • Walking and bike riding, bike riders everywhere • Generations of families joined by loyal newcomers • The best dining, outdoor dining, easy dining and fun bars • A quiet oasis in the summer storm • Fishing, fishing and more fishing • Wind-driven kiteboarders flying over the water • Life the way it use to be • No chain stores - not a single one, totally unique shops • Fantastic shopping and favorite restaurants • Locals who are fiercly proud of their island • Perfectly suited vacation cottages, hotel, B&Bs and a campground • Sunset watching on the back river • Year-round residents and summer visitors • Simple beach cottages to oceanfront mansions • Summer night softball games • Oh, and those Ocean Rescue guards

eople are often surprised to learn of the variety of marine life they can find on Tybee Island’s beaches. Tybee is located in the middle of an overlap zone known as the Carolinian Province, that extends from Cape Hatteras, NC, southward to Cape Canaveral, FL. As a result, here on Tybee Island, we get to see many cold-adapted plants and animals from the north, and tropical species from the south, as they overlap each other along our coastline. Added to this, we have seasonal changes as species come and go along our beach further increasing the total number of species that can be found. It is truly amazing how different any two beachcombing trips can be along Tybee depending on when you go. Along with Tybee’s advantageous location and the influence of seasonal changes, there are a number of other features that create conditions that contribute to a large and diverse number of marine species here. The large tide range creates vast expanses of wet intertidal sand where burrowing, digging and tube building animals live. The nearby rivers, estuaries, and salt marshes harbor a large number of coastal animals that often show up along the beach. Rock jetties create settling space and hard structure for animals and seaweeds that require this sort of bottom; and the jetties often have interesting tide pools (and their inhabitants) along the rock bases. [But do not climb on the rocks; but only look along the sides. The barnacles and oysters are extremely sharp]. Not far off shore, hard bottom areas and reefs support different assemblages of animals, including sponges, sea pork, and soft corals; and often these animals wash up on Tybee’s beach. The vast off shore soft, sandy bottom areas provide habitats for shell-building animals such as bivalve (2-shell) mollusks and single-shell large snails or whelks. Our currents, tide action, and waves continually bring their shells on shore; and people are often surprised to realize the large number of different shells that you can find on Tybee. The plankton-rich waters along Tybee allow for marine food chains to flourish, and as a result our beach water contains lots of small fish, drifting and swimming invertebrate animals, and the larger pan-size fish that feed on them. It is truly amazing the variety of marine life on, in, and along Tybee’s beaches.

The Cannon Ball jelly might be found year-round on Tybee, but it doesn’t sting. Check closely and you might find a small spider crab living inside the jelly.

Lots of animals (including this Lettered Olive snail) burrow, dig and crawl under the sand along Tybee’s beach. (photo by Joey Wilson)

Frequent beachcombers of Tybee recognize that different sections of the beach often produce different treasures and sights. Most agree that the south beach area is the best place for finding sand dollars. But be very careful at the south end, and do not venture out onto the sand bar at low tide. The channels shift constantly and it is very easy to get caught out there by rising tide. Just inside the Savannah River entrance, near the Polk Street beach area, is probably the best place for spotting a manatee during the summer. The far northern end of the island, north of North Beach, is great for birds, and during the spring it is not uncommon to find live horse shoe crabs in the wet intertidal sand. So be sure to explore different sections of Tybee’s beach to increase your chances of finding and seeing the greatest variety of beach treasures.

This Lookdown fish is just an example of the variety of small fish that live in Tybee’s nearshore waters.

“You never know what you might find on Tybee’s beach!” Dr. Joe Richardson ( is a marine biologist who conducts research alongTybee Island and leads beach ecology trips throughTybee Beach EcologyTrips (

Baby Striped Burrfish, a type of puffer, grow in Tybee’s plankton-rich summer beach water.

This Lightning Whelk is an example of the animals that live in the soft, sandy bottom. Every beachcombing trip on Tybee Island will be different because many species come and go depending on seasons, and recent weather and tide events affect what has washed up. 18 Destination Tybee

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A. Tybee Island Lighthouse B. Fort Screven Museum C. Police Station D. Jaycee Park E. Community Center F. Chimney Creek & Marina G. Public Boat Ramp H. Lazaretto Creek Marina I. Tybee Pier & Pavilion

J. Tybee Island Marine Science Center K. Atlantic Beacon Gallery & Hall of Frames L. Fishing Pier & Boat Ramp M. Back River & Marina N. St. Michael’s Church O. Tybee Arts Association Bldg P. Memorial Park Q. City Hall

“Come back often, but leave only your footprints.”

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Because the island is small, biking is a favorite way to get around. And the beach is hard-packed enough to ride down the length of it. The Top Ten Rules of Bicycle Safety 1) Always wear a helmet – the law for riders under 16, for every ride, and use lights at night. 2) Conduct an ABC Quick Check before every ride. 3) Obey all traffic laws: ride with traffic, on the right, with slowest traffic farthest right. 4) Ride predictably and be visible at all times. 5) At intersections, ride in the rightmost lane that goes in your direction of travel. 6) Scan for traffic, and signal lane changes and turns. 7) Be prepared for mechanical emergencies with tools and know how. 8) Control your bike by practicing your bicycle handling skills. 9) Drink before you are thirsty, and eat before you get hungry. 10) Have fun! {Tip: Please be aware of Bike Routes. Some streets, such as Jones Avenue are not designed to be bike friendly!}

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Don’t Be Alarmed! The City has voice warning sirens that announce emergencies when they arise, so there will be no confusion as to what a siren signal actually means. Instead of one centrally located siren, there are four announcement systems distributed on the Island.  This system is tested at noon on the first Wednesday each month. (This test will be foregone if severe weather conditions occur at the time of the test.) If you are warned to seek shelter in an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CURRENT SHELTER, such as your home or room - the safe site locations shown on page 22 - Battery Brumby, the Tybee Gym, and the Ocean Plaza meeting rooms - are safe sites intended for beach goers and visitors without any other place of refuge. Your guide to tybee island 23

Want to live in paradise?

Whether relocating to Tybee Island, upgrading or downsizing from your current home, investing in a property, or searching for the perfect vacation home for you and your family, Tybee Island offers an extensive variety of properties to choose from, in varying price points and has exactly what you are looking for!

Tybee Shuttle Information The shuttle leaves from the Savannah Visitors Center daily at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 5pm. The first stop on Tybee is at the Tybrisa / Strand Roundabout (approx. 30 – 45 minutes from Savannah departure) and then it stops at North Beach near the Tybee Island Lighthouse (approx. 15 minutes after the Roundabout stop). Cost is $3 / way / person.

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Island Watch You can be an extra set of eys and ears to help Tybee police keep everyone safe and having a good time. To report a problem or a violation that you have seen, call 912-786-5600.

For emergencies dial 911.

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October 4th-7th - 8th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival. Swashbucklers of all ages will be converging on Tybee Island to participate in the 8th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest! Featuring a Pirate Victory Parade, Live Entertainment, Costume Contests, Children’s Activities and the Thieves Market filled with treasures, grog and grub! October 13th - 6:00pm-8:30pm - Tybee Island Historical Society Fall Festival at the Tybee Light Station, #30 Meddin Drive. Autumn is in the air at the beach, and it should be a perfect weekend for an evening of fun at the Tybee Lighthouse! Family-friendly activities include games, prizes, hayrides, cake walk, hotdogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and drinks, not to mention a “dunking booth” featuring Tybee Island locals and a few surprise guests sitting in the “wet seat“. Admission to the grounds is open to all ages. Be sure and catch the spectacular, panoramic nighttime view with a climb to the top of the lighthouse. All proceeds from the event will benefit the repainting of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. For more information please call 912-786-5801. October 14th - 9am-4pm - Market at the Lighthouse. Something for everyone...Arts, Crafts, Pottery, Jewelry, Candles, Purses and Pillows, Homemade Soaps and Lotions all Earth-friendly, Hand-turned and Hand-made Wooden Pens, Knives and Bowls, Mosaic Tile Work, Hand-knit Items, Tabby Ornaments, Hand-made Baskets, Homemade Pasta and Sauces, Fresh Honey, Hand-made and Vintage Jewelry, Fresh Produce, Homemade Baked Goods, Driftwood Art and Ships and so much more. Come by and check out all our new artists participating this month some new and exciting vendors ! And make it to The Market and enjoy some good food from North Beach Grill and music from Shockwave Entertainment... Hope to see everyone there ! October 18th - 5:30pm-7:00pm - Third Thursday on Tybee. The Lot at Tybee Oaks Performer and songwriter, Jeff Beasley will delight all ages with his “One Man Band” musical talents during this month’s outdoor family-friendly free music concert. October 27th - Puttin on the Ritz. Tybee Island Historical Society and Lighthouse invites you to our 1st Annual Lighthouse Gala and a night of 1930s glamour on the Tybee Island Pier. After enjoying an assortment delicious food, provided by Sundae Café, Ocean Plaza, Papas and North Beach Grill, dance the night away in 1930s costume. The 1930s was a time when Tybee Island was at its most popular. Big bands such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey would have played at Tybee Island’s pier and pavilion during this era. Come and relive this history by dancing under the stars to the sounds of the JEREMY DAVIS AND THE FABULOUS EQUINOX ORCHESTRA. All of the proceeds from this lavish and elegant costume party will go towards the repainting of the Tybee Lighthouse one of Tybee Island’s most important landmarks. Tickets are limited and expected to go quickly for this 1930s themed costume party 26 Destination Tybee

so please purchase them soon and we hope to see you there. November 2nd-4th - Tybee Arts Association Show and Sale. Paintings, Prints, Glass Art, Photography, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber Art, Mosaics, Art Quilts and Note cards Art Demonstrations, Music and Door Prizes. Hours are: Friday Opening Reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Most shows will be held at Tybee Arts Association Building, 7 Cedarwood Dr. More details and any changes to hours or location will be posted on website at www. November 15th - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Third Thursday on Tybee. Tybrisa / Strand Roundabout Annie Allman & Duane Damiani will provide the grand finale of the Fall Series with their musical talents during this outdoor family-friendly free music concert. November 17th - 3:30pm - Purple Stride Savannah 2012. Walter W. Parker Pier & Pavilion / Beach area for the race this event creates awareness of and raises funds for pancreatic cancer in collaboration with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. November 22-December 31 - Tybee for the Holidays. Please make plans to join the Tybee Island Community for a month long celebration of the holiday season. Starting Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day this whimsical paradise will be full of events, activities and special occasions to be enjoyed by Island Locals and You! Holiday lights, a parade, special days to shop, and a jump in the ocean with the “Polar Bears.”


The Tybee Coyote

ith the publication on Facebook of more coyote pictures, interest has again peaked in capturing our infamous coyote. Animal Control has tried using a live trap to capture the animal, but coyotes in general are very rarely captured in live traps. Some success has been reported using eggs, watermelon, or sour milk and salmon roe as bait, for those willing to try, but coyotes do not like entering enclosures and are extremely wary of set traps. A coyote trapper charges $500 per week with no guarantee of success, and the leg trap used could seriously hurt or kill a cat or other small animal, which is a risk that staff declined to take. If this coyote is trapped and removed, it is highly likely that another would move onto Tybee from Ft. Pulaski, where there are several. It is best that residents do not try to domesticate or feed the coyote, because that is when any wild animal becomes a nuisance. The coyote is much more of a threat to raccoons and opossums than to dogs or cats in close proximity to humans. While it is very unlikely to approach any people, whether or not accompanied by their pets, it would be wise not to approach the animal in neighborhoods or on the street. Wandering cats or loose dogs are the pets most at-risk from the coyote. It is not safe to tether a small dog unattended outdoors - tethering of dogs

is also against city ordinance. The coyote is well-adapted to utilize a wide variety of foods – their primary diet will consist of small rodents, birds, and reptiles, but they are just as likely to consume fruit and vegetables when available. They will gladly consume pet food left outdoors, and root in garbage for left overs. Keep such sources of food indoors or well-contained to avoid attracting the coyote, as well as possums and raccoons, who will eat the same things. While Animal Control may yet successfully trap the coyote, the likelihood of success is small, and continuing encroachment of the species would be expected. Pro-actively police your yard and home to keep any temptations from attracting such pests, and you and your pets will be best served.

December 07 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm - Lights on for Tybee. Tybrisa/Strand area Tybee’s annual tree lighting celebration with holiday joy and excitement. Enjoy downtown with singing, dancing and more. December 08 - 1:00pm - Tybee Island Christmas Parade. Celebrate and share the joy of the holiday season as participants parade from 14th Street to the Tybee Island Gym during the annual Christmas Parade. December 31 - New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Bring in the New Year with a bang! Enjoy the show launched from the Tybee Pier at the stroke of midnight at one of Tybee’s many restaurants and bars, or watch it from the beach. It promises to be spectacular!

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MOVIES Filmed On Tybee Island

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

The Last Song (2009) Drama/Romance, starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston and Greg Kinnear. The Last Song is a coming-of-age drama film written by Nicholas Sparks and starring Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston and Liam Hemsworth. A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect. Filming locations: Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA; Savannah, GA; Tybee Island, GA.


ybee Island beaches are important nesting areas for endangered sea turtles. They return each year to nest from May 1 to October 31. Please help protect these magnificent creatures by remembering a few simple things: § It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act. § Avoid using flashlights or flash photography while on the beach at night. § Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach at 9 pm during the nesting season. Lights disturb nesting turtles and hatchlings. § Dispose of garbage and recyclables properly. Pollution can severely harm marine life. If you see any sea turtle activity, please call the Tybee Island Marine Science Center at 912-786-5917 or 912-695-6922.


Local Lingo

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The General’s Daughter (1999) Crime/Drama/Mystery, starring John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton and Daniel von Bargen. When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point. Filming locations: Tybee Island, GA (Trailer Park Scene); Wormsloe Plantation Savannah, GA (Long tree-lined drive); Steamboat Slough, CA; Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles, CA.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) - it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” ~ e.e. cummings

Kiss of Fire aka Claudine’s Return (1998) Drama/Romance/Mystery, starring Christina Applegate, filmed on Tybee Island. An Italian drifter strikes up a romance with an emotionally troubled young woman, whom works as a motel maid/laundress and stripper in a small coastal town in Georgia. Filming locations: Savannah, GA; Tybee Island, GA.

View the beach at Tybee on our beach cams!

The Gingerbread Man (1998) Thriller, starring Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah and Robert Duvall. Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nutcase father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Filming locations: Opening credit aerial shots of the marsh and rivers on Tybee Island, GA; Guyton, GA; Savannah, GA.

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Gator (1976) Action/Drama/Crime, starring Burt Reynolds. Agents force an ex con to help them nab a corrupt politician. Filming locations: Tybee Island, GA; Savannah, GA; Valdosta, GA; Lakeland, GA. Wild America (1997) Action/Adventure/Comedy, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa and Scott Bairstow. Three brothers - Marshall, Marty and Mark dream of becoming naturalists and portraying animal life of America. One summer their dream comes true, they travel through America, filming alligators, bears and moose. Filming locations: Alberta, Canada; Fort Smith, AK; Jasper County, SC; Monument Valley, UT; Sedona, AZ; Rincon, GA; Savannah, GA; Tybee Island, GA. The Slayer (1982) Horror/Mystery, starring Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn and Carol Kottenbrook. Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings. Filming locations: Savannah, GA; Tybee Island, GA. The Judas Project (1990) Action/Drama, starring John O’Banion, Ramy Zada and Richard Herd. How would you react if Christ had re-appeared on earth today? Would man kind repeat their mistakes or accept? This movie is about a modernized 2nd coming of Christ. Instead of facing Romans there are different obstacles in this modern times that he’d have to face. Filming locations: Fort Pulaski National Monument - Savannah, GA; Tybee Island, GA. Short Films: Madly Unto Eternity (2011); Threnody (2010); Inkblots (2010) and Mr. McAllister’s Cigarette Holder (1994) Documentaries: America’s Lost H-Bomb (2007) and In Search of Real America (Revisited) (2008)


Movie Trivia:


Filming of the X-Men was originally set to take place on Tybee Island, but a producer browsing on the online map program Google Earth found Jekyll Island to be a more suitable location.

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Movie Goof:


The Last Song takes place on Tybee Island, GA (as indicated by the Tybee Island Baptist Church sign) and yet Will volunteers at and takes Ronnie to the Georgia Aquarium which is actually located 260 miles away in Atlanta.

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• On average, the warmest month is July, and the coolest month is January. • Highest temperature on record is 107°F in July 1986. • Lowest temperature on record is 4°F in January 1985. • Maximum average precipitation occurs in August.


• Average high is 84° – Record high is 98° • Average low is 69° – Record low is 46° • Average water temperature 1st-15th 83° • 16th-30th 80°


• Average high is 77° – Record high is 97° • Average low is 59° – Record low is 32° • Average water temperature 1st – 15th 75° • 16th-31st 70°


• Average high is 70° – Record high is 88° • Average low is 50° – Record low is 23° • Average water temperature is 64°


• Average high is 62° – Record high is 83° • Average low is 43° – Record low is 10° • Average water temperature is 54°


• Average high is 60° – Record high is 85° • Average low is 40° – Record low is 4° • Average water temperature is 51°



f you’ve ever felt the sting of a jellyfish, you know to steer clear. These graceful ocean dancers can ruin the best of beach days. Jellyfish are common in all waters and each jellyfish tentacle can house millions of stinging cells, called nematocysts, which eject a barbed thread and sometimes poison. Contrary to popular belief, jellyfish do not consciously sting; barbs are automatically released when an object comes in contact with the cells. Dead jellyfish can also be hazardous to beachgoers. Jellyfish stings can be serious, but are seldom fatal. Usually symptoms include a burning sensation, redness and welts, and swelling of the lymph nodes. In rare cases, a jellyfish sting may induce anaphylactic shock and require hospitalization. If you are stung by a jellyfish: 1) Immediately alert the lifeguard on duty, who is trained in first aid and can call for assistance if necessary. 2) Brush off any tentacles using an object, do not use your hands unless you are wearing gloves. 3) Pour vinegar over the wound to disable the stinging cells. If vinegar is not available, rinse the wound with sea water or saline solution. (Research suggests that this may reduce the chance of the cells continuing to sting, as compared to rinsing the wound with fresh water.) 4) Ice the area to minimize pain.


Beach Warning Flags

2012/13 Best Fishing Days

Flags posted on the beach and flying from lifeguard towers represent ocean hazards and surf conditions. Please remember that ocean conditions can change quickly. Check with the lifeguard on duty if you are unsure of safe conditions.

• Average high is 63° – Record high is 84° • Average low is 43° – Record low is 15° • Average water temperature is 52° Here’s a list of the best fishing days and times for 2012, when the Moon is between new and full. • March 22–Aptil 6 • July 19–Aug 1 • Nov 13–28 • April 21–May 5 • Aug 17–31 • Dec 13–28 • May 20–June 4 • Sept 15–29 • Jan 11–26 • June 19–July 3 • Oct 15–29

Best Times for Fishing

• One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides. • During the “morning rise” (after sunup for a spell) and the “evening rise” (just before sundown and the hour or so after). • When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.) • When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.) • When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east. • When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind. 30 Destination Tybee

Green Flag – Low hazard with the possibility of larger waves and rip currents. Exercise normal care. Yellow Flag – Medium hazard with moderate rip currents/surf conditions. Use extra care. Red Flag – High hazard. Dangerous rip currents/surf conditions. Avoid entering the water. Double Red Flag – Water and or beach closed to the public Purple Flag – Sea pests present (jellyfish, man-of-wars, and/or sea lice). This flag may be flown along with any of the other flags

Incident at Tybee Island By Rowan Wolfe. When are the terrorists going to detonate the bomb? Fact: On February 5, 1957, a B-47 carrying a nuclear weapon was involved in a mid-air collision off the coast of Georgia. Fiction: (or is it?) After the events of 9/11, the renewed Air Force search for the bomb takes on new meaning, but it soon becomes apparent that someone has beaten them to it. “Rowan Wolfe has cleverly crafted fact into fiction and is an accurate account of what really happened. The book is a thrilling, wellwritten fast-paced read that kept me turning pages. Colonel Howard Richardson. USAF (Ret). Pilot of the B-47 who jettisoned the bomb. Tybee Days and Sand Between Our Toes By Ellen Lyle Taber and Polly Wylly Cooper. Tybee Days chronicles the lives of Army, lighthouse, and island children and their adventures. The authors interviewed more than 400 families to recreate stories of life on Tybee that are meant to both entertain and educate. Sand Between Our Toes: The Tybee Island Family Photo Album spills over with hundred of photos from private collections. Captions and anecdotes, true-life wit and witticisms introduce the locals and the famous, and reminds all islanders and visitors that times may change, but the magic of Tybee remains the same, a thrilling adventure for its children. Tybee Island: The Hidden Treasure By M.D. Gustave “Stavie” Kreh. This elegant coffee-table book is a lavish photographic tribute to the power, mystique, and grace of the area. Tybee Island is a place where the salt waters co-mingle with the land to create a treasure that is pristine and rich in natural beauty – soft winds whisper through Spanish moss, Loggerhead turtles nest, egrets wade and pelicans soar. Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island By Vonda Skinner Skelton. For ages 10+. Set on Tybee Island, Georgia, the story is told by Bitsy, a twelve-year-old tomboy whose imagination and curiosity repeatedly get her into trouble as she searches for hidden treasure, discovers a skeleton, and faces a kidnapper. TYBEE ISLAND By James Mack Adams. Tybee Island guides the reader through over two hundred years of history. This visual journey begins with the building of Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, and continues through Tybee’s involvement in the Civil War. Vintage photographs recall earlier days on Tybee, when the island was known as “Ocean City,” “Savannah Beach,” and, to some, “the best kept secret on the East Coast.” Tybee Island Terror Plot By Glenn C. Smith. An Air Force bomber and fighter collide at 35,000 feet during a training mission over Savannah. The bomber crew is ordered to drop its atomic bomb into the waters near Tybee Island. The al-Qaeda Islamic Brotherhood mounts a successful search for the bomb’s plutonium core and blackmails the USA for $5 Billion.  Hiding Places: A Memoir from the Pirate Princess of Tybee Island By Deborah Elizabeth Merriman. Deborah Elizabeth’s bicycle capers on Tybee Island took her to her favorite hiding places within the sand dunes where she became a Pirate Princess unnoticed within the sea oats, building forts and spying on unsuspecting passersby’s who strolled the shores. Tybee Island: The Long Branch of the South By Robert A. Ciucevich. From Guale Indians and Spanish explorers to its glory days as the queen of south Atlantic beach resorts and beyond, Tybee Island’s quiet charm hides a rich and occasionally violent history. Soldiers, rebels, and rumrunners all found their place in history here as great battles, fires, and hurricanes played out over time. A History of Tybee Islands, Ga., and A Sketch of the Savannah & Tybee R. R By Richardson Beale H. This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Running with the dolphins and other Tybee tales By Michael Elliott. This collection of short stories captures the natural beauty of Tybee Island, a small island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. A Walk On The Beach: A True Love Story From Tybee Island By Buddy McCoy. The courtship of Buddy and Olivia blossomed after that first meeting, but there were challenges. Tybee became their playground with long walks on the beach, dinner parties and romantic sunsets. Share the intimacy, humor and trials of this true love story as it unfolds. Your guide to tybee island 31

“Wintering Shore Birds” Illustrations by Mallory Pearce

Tybee Island, part of the colonial coast birding trail, is an excellent locale for birders to visit. Tybee is a coastal barrier island that is part of the Georgia’s coastal salt marsh system. Georgia has close to 500,000 acres of salt marshes which are home to many species of wading birds: egrets and herons (nine local species), white ibis, and the endangered woodstork. These conspicuous birds can be seen from the roads that cross the marsh, including McQueen’s Island, next to Tybee Island (part of Fort Pulaski National Park), or from one of Tybee’s several restaurants that overlook the marsh. The best way to see the marsh birds is to charter a boat that will take you through the marsh creeks. The birds illustrated below are shorebirds that visit Tybee in the winter only.

Bird Watching on Tybee Island

Tybee Island Must Haves Espy’s Tomato Chutney • Latitude 32 Hat

Map of Tybee Island (Atlantic Beacon Gallery)

Tybee Island Bombsquad T-Shirt at AJs Dockside Restaurant

Travelocity Gnome & Crab Shack Hot Sauce and Seasoning Mix at the Crab Shack

Espy’s Tybee Island Tomato Chutney is available at the following locations: Seaside Sisters, Tybee Island Salon Isobe, Tybee Island Tybee Market IGA, Tybee Island Atlantic Beacon Gallery, Tybee Island 32 Destination Tybee

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“Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.” —Unknown September 2012 Date Day

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7.1 7.0 6.9 7.0 7.1 7.3 7.6 7.9 8.1 8.3 8.3 8.2 8.0 7.7

107pm 211pm 314pm 416pm 515pm 610pm 700pm 746pm 828pm 907pm

8.1 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.8 7.6

Low Tide

316am -0.2 357am -0.1 436am 0.1 514am 0.4 551am 0.7 630am 1.0 713am 1.2 802am 1.4 857am 1.5 957am 1.4 1055am 1.2 1149am 0.9 1223am 1.0 110am 0.5 156am 0.2 242am -0.2 327am -0.4 413am -0.5 500am -0.4 550am -0.2 643am 0.1 741am 0.4 847am 0.6 956am 0.7 1101am 0.6 1200pm 0.5 1232am 0.3 120am 0.2 204am 0.1 246am 0.1

Low Tide

335pm 418pm 459pm 538pm 617pm 700pm 747pm 842pm 942pm 1040pm 1134pm

0.1 0.4 0.7 1.0 1.4 1.7 1.9 2.0 2.0 1.7 1.4

1241pm 0.5 132pm 0.2 222pm -0.1 311pm -0.2 400pm -0.3 449pm -0.2 540pm 0.0 634pm 0.3 732pm 0.6 836pm 0.9 942pm 0.9 1044pm 0.8 1141pm 0.5 1253pm 143pm 229pm 312pm

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5

October 2012

Georgia, Savannah River Entrance


Moonrise Moonset

Date Day

High Tide

659am 700am 700am 701am 702am 702am 703am 704am 704am 705am 705am 706am 707am 707am 708am 708am 709am 710am 710am 711am 711am 712am 713am 713am 714am 715am 715am 716am 717am 717am

747pm 746pm 745pm 743pm 742pm 741pm 739pm 738pm 737pm 735pm 734pm 733pm 731pm 730pm 729pm 728pm 726pm 725pm 724pm 722pm 721pm 720pm 718pm 717pm 716pm 714pm 713pm 712pm 710pm 709pm

813pm 846pm 920pm 955pm 1033pm 1114pm 1159pm

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Georgia, Savannah River Entrance High Tide

1034pm 1113pm 1155pm 1143pm

6.7 6.4 6.3 6.2

1254pm 147pm 242pm 337pm 433pm 528pm 622pm 714pm 806pm 859pm 955pm 1054pm 1156pm

7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.7 7.9 8.0 8.0 7.8 7.6 7.4 7.2

133pm 228pm 321pm 412pm 502pm 549pm 634pm 715pm 754pm 832pm 909pm

7.4 7.2 7.0 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.6 6.4

Low Tide

409am 0.6 446am 0.8 524am 1.0 504am 1.2 548am 1.3 640am 1.5 739am 1.4 844am 1.3 947am 0.9 1046am 0.5 1143am 0.1 1238pm -0.3 1247am -0.7 140am -0.9 232am -0.9 324am -0.8 417am -0.6 511am -0.2 608am 0.3 710am 0.7 816am 1.0 921am 1.0 1020am 1.0 1112am 0.9 1159am 0.8 1203am 0.3 1245am 0.2 125am 0.2 205am 0.2 243am 0.3

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Low Tide

441pm 517pm 554pm 535pm 622pm 714pm 812pm 910pm 1007pm 1101pm 1154pm

1.0 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.3 0.9 0.5 0.1 -0.3

132pm -0.6 225pm -0.7 317pm -0.7 409pm -0.6 501pm -0.3 555pm 0.0 652pm 0.3 750pm 0.5 849pm 0.5 943pm 0.5 1033pm 0.4 1119pm 0.3 1242pm 124pm 203pm 240pm 317pm

0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

N 32° 02.0' / W 80° 54.1'


1248am 140am 235am 333am 432am 534am 636am 741am 847am 954am 1101am 1207pm 110pm 208pm 300pm 346pm 427pm 505pm 539pm 612pm 645pm 719pm

758am 856am 952am 1048am 1143am 1236pm 128pm 218pm 306pm 350pm 432pm 511pm 549pm 625pm 702pm 739pm 819pm 903pm 951pm 1044pm 1142pm 1243am 146am 248am 350am 450am 548am 646am 742am

N 32° 02.0' / W 80° 54.1'

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We


Moonrise Moonset

Date Day

741am 742am 742am 643am 644am 645am 646am 647am 648am 648am 649am 650am 651am 652am 653am 654am 655am 655am 656am 657am 658am 659am 700am 701am 702am 702am 703am 704am 705am 706am

633pm 632pm 632pm 531pm 530pm 529pm 529pm 528pm 527pm 526pm 526pm 525pm 525pm 524pm 524pm 523pm 523pm 522pm 522pm 521pm 521pm 521pm 520pm 520pm 520pm 520pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm

837pm 925pm 1017pm 1011pm 1106pm

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

1203am 101am 201am 304am 409am 517am 627am 737am 844am 945am 1038am 1125am 1205pm 1242pm 116pm 149pm 221pm 255pm 330pm 408pm 449pm 533pm 621pm 712pm

1237am 135am 231am 326am 421am 515am 608am 700am 750am 837am

921am 959am 1038am 1119am 1204pm 1232am 122am 215am 308am 401am 455am 548am 639am 729am 817am 906am 957am 1051am 1150am 1210am 113am 216am 317am 415am 511am 603am 651am 735am 815am 854am 931am

8.1 8.0 7.8 7.5 7.3 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.3 6.6 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.4 8.8 9.0 9.0 8.8 8.6 7.5 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.7 7.9 8.0 8.1 8.1 8.0

December 2012


1005am 1054am 1140am 1122am 1202pm 1239pm 115pm 149pm 225pm 302pm 342pm 427pm 518pm 616pm 718pm 824pm 931pm 1035pm 1137pm

High Tide

Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Mo

High Tide

922am 959am 1040am 1125am 1215pm 1250am 146am 244am 343am 444am 543am 640am 735am 829am 922am 1016am 1111am 1206pm 1229am 124am 217am 309am 401am 452am 540am 626am 708am 747am 824am 900am 935am

7.5 7.3 7.1 7.0 6.9 6.4 6.7 7.1 7.5 7.9 8.3 8.6 8.8 8.8 8.6 8.2 7.8 7.3 6.9 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.9 7.0 7.1 7.3 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.2

946pm 1024pm 1104pm 1146pm

7.4 7.1 6.8 6.5

1252pm 144pm 237pm 330pm 423pm 516pm 608pm 659pm 748pm 836pm 925pm 1015pm 1110pm

7.1 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.4 7.6 7.8 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.2 8.0 7.8

1253pm 157pm 258pm 356pm 452pm 544pm 633pm 719pm 801pm 840pm 919pm 956pm

8.2 8.0 7.8 7.6 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.1 6.9

Low Tide

325am 0.2 403am 0.4 439am 0.6 516am 0.9 554am 1.1 635am 1.4 722am 1.6 816am 1.6 917am 1.6 1019am 1.4 1118am 1.0 1213pm 0.6 1234am 0.4 124am 0.0 213am -0.4 302am -0.6 351am -0.6 441am -0.5 533am -0.3 627am 0.1 726am 0.5 831am 0.8 940am 0.9 1045am 0.9 1143am 0.8 1205am 0.4 1251am 0.3 134am 0.3 215am 0.3 254am 0.3 332am 0.5

Low Tide

353pm 431pm 507pm 545pm 624pm 708pm 758pm 856pm 955pm 1052pm 1144pm

0.7 0.9 1.1 1.4 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.3 0.8

107pm 0.2 159pm -0.1 251pm -0.4 342pm -0.5 433pm -0.4 525pm -0.2 619pm 0.1 716pm 0.4 817pm 0.7 920pm 0.8 1021pm 0.7 1116pm 0.6 1235pm 123pm 207pm 248pm 327pm 405pm

0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8

N 32° 02.0' / W 80° 54.1' Sunrise


Moonrise Moonset

718am 718am 719am 720am 720am 721am 722am 722am 723am 724am 725am 725am 726am 727am 727am 728am 729am 730am 730am 731am 732am 733am 733am 734am 735am 736am 737am 737am 738am 739am 740am

708pm 707pm 705pm 704pm 703pm 701pm 700pm 659pm 658pm 657pm 655pm 654pm 653pm 652pm 651pm 649pm 648pm 647pm 646pm 645pm 644pm 643pm 642pm 641pm 640pm 639pm 638pm 637pm 636pm 635pm 634pm

754pm 831pm 911pm 954pm 1041pm 1131pm

Georgia, Savannah River Entrance High Tide

945pm 1024pm 1107pm 1156pm

6.3 6.2 6.1 6.2

Low Tide

321am 0.4 359am 0.5 439am 0.7 522am 0.8 610am 0.9 108pm 6.9 707am 1.0 204pm 6.9 811am 0.9 302pm 6.9 917am 0.7 402pm 7.0 1021am 0.4 502pm 7.2 1122am -0.1 600pm 7.3 1220pm -0.4 656pm 7.5 1226am -1.0 751pm 7.6 122am -1.2 844pm 7.6 216am -1.3 939pm 7.5 309am -1.2 1035pm 7.3 401am -0.9 1132pm 7.1 452am -0.5 545am 0.0 100pm 6.9 642am 0.5 152pm 6.6 743am 0.9 244pm 6.3 847am 1.1 335pm 6.1 947am 1.1 427pm 6.1 1041am 1.0 518pm 6.1 1130am 0.8 606pm 6.2 1215pm 0.7 651pm 6.3 1216am 0.1 732pm 6.4 1259am 0.0 810pm 6.4 141am -0.1 846pm 6.3 221am -0.1 922pm 6.3 300am -0.1 958pm 6.3 338am 0.0

Low Tide

353pm 429pm 508pm 550pm 638pm 732pm 831pm 932pm 1032pm 1130pm

0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.1 -0.3 -0.6

115pm -0.8 209pm -1.0 301pm -1.1 351pm -1.0 440pm -0.8 530pm -0.5 621pm -0.2 714pm 0.1 808pm 0.4 903pm 0.4 956pm 0.4 1045pm 0.4 1132pm 0.2 1257pm 137pm 216pm 253pm 329pm 405pm

0.5 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0

1224am 120am 217am 316am 417am 520am 626am 734am 843am 952am 1059am 1201pm 1256pm 145pm 227pm 306pm 341pm 414pm 447pm 519pm 553pm 630pm 709pm 751pm

838am 933am 1027am 1120am 1211pm 1259pm 144pm 226pm 305pm 343pm 419pm 455pm 532pm 611pm 654pm 742pm 835pm 933pm 1035pm 1139pm 1242am 144am 244am 343am 439am 535am 631am 726am 820am 913am

N 32° 02.0' / W 80° 54.1'



Moonrise Moonset

707am 708am 708am 709am 710am 711am 711am 712am 713am 714am 714am 715am 716am 716am 717am 718am 718am 719am 719am 720am 720am 721am 721am 722am 722am 723am 723am 723am 724am 724am 724am

519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 519pm 520pm 520pm 520pm 520pm 521pm 521pm 521pm 522pm 522pm 523pm 523pm 524pm 524pm 525pm 525pm 526pm 526pm 527pm 528pm 528pm 529pm 530pm

805pm 900pm 955pm 1052pm 1149pm 1248am 150am 254am 402am 511am 619am 724am 823am 915am 1000am 1040am 1116am 1150am 1223pm 1256pm 131pm 208pm 247pm 331pm 417pm 507pm 600pm 654pm 750pm 846pm

921am 1001am 1039am 1114am 1149am 1222pm 1257pm 134pm 215pm 302pm 355pm 455pm 600pm 708pm 817pm 923pm 1026pm 1126pm 1224am 120am 215am 309am 403am 456am 546am 635am 720am 802am 840am 917am

Surfing Etiquette is an unwritten rule of order for your behavior in the water. These rules allow safety and harmony in the lineup among surfers. If no one followed these rules in the lineup, it would be more chaotic than it normally is!!

These are the BIG FIVE rules that will help create harmony in the lineup:

Rule #1 - Don’t Drop In On Another Surfer - Dropping in is considered to be the cardinal sin of surfing. Dropping in on another surfer and obstructing or interfering with their right of way on a wave is dangerous and disrespectful. Here is an example - if you are paddling for a right and a surfer on your left is also paddling for the same wave, you should yield to that surfer and allow them to catch the way, or, if you are paddling for a left and a surfer on your right is paddling for the same wave, then let them have the wave. Rule #2 - The Surfer Closest To The Peak Has Right-Of-Way - If a surfer is paddling for a wave and is closest to the peak, then that surfer has the right of way.   If two surfers are paddling for the same wave and the surfer closest too the peak does not catch the wave, then it is ok for the other surfer to catch the way. Rule #3 - Paddling Surfer Yields To Surfer Riding Wave - When you are paddling out to the lineup from the beach, don’t paddle straight into the lineup where the waves are breaking. Do your best to avoid any areas where the peaks are breaking and surfers are normally up and riding. Rule #4 - Don’t Ditch Your Board - It is very important to remain control of your board at all times while in the line.  Boards and heavy and some are very large.  Boards can have as many as four sharp fins on them.  A loose board can do damage to people and other boards.  You can’t always rely on your lease to keep your board with you, so it is up to the individual surfer to protect his board. Learning to turtle roll on a long board and to duck dive on a short board will help you control your board in the lineup. It is best to keep a safe distance from other surfers and never paddle out directly behind another surfer. Rule #5 - Don’t Be A Snake - A “snake” in the water is a surfer that will paddle around you in order to gain the right of way on a breaking wave that you are trying to catch. Aggressively jockeying for position or acting as a wave hog is just plain rude and will gain your any respect in the water. These are just the BIG FIVE rules that will keep the lineup fun and safe. Occasionally, you may accidentally break one of these rules and it will happen because of the various situations that happen out in the water. If you do break one of these rules, it is best to just man up and apologize to the offended party. Explain what happened and tell the surfer your sorry and would never do that on purpose. Surfing is a great way to enjoy a day and as a surfer myself, I love to see new enthusiast out in the water. Doing your absolute best to follow these simple rules will allow you gain respect in the lineup and have a fun and safe day in the water.   — Article & Photos by Joey Wilson  

Surfrider Foundation Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter: Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District: Find us both on Facebook!

Your guide to tybee island 35

Tybee Island is a beautiful location to hold a wedding or special event. Even though the beach is public, there are many guidelines that need to be followed in order to preserve its natural splendor. To ensure that you have the best possible event, the Tybee Island Wedding Association strongly recommends that you hire a local wedding and event planner.  However, if you still want to organize and execute your beach wedding yourself, PLEASE follow and obey the laws and guidelines listed below.

Do you need a permit?

If you just want to walk out onto the beach to get married (for just you or a large group): Just do it, for the beach is public. You do not need a special events or beach permit. For large or special events and setups on the beach (arch, chairs, columns) you must obtain a “Beach Permit.” All beach permits must be obtained from the Facilities Coordinator of the City of Tybee, or a wedding planner that works directly with him. There is a $25 fee. Download the permit at: BeachPermitApplication2011.pdf.

Marriage License

To obtain a Marriage License please contact the Chatham County Probate Court located in the Court House room #509 on Montgomery St. in Savannah, Georgia or call (912) 6527267 or Fax: (912) 652-7262.


Park in legal designated parking spaces only; this includes loading and unloading ceremony materials. Parking is paid parking 365 days a year from 8am - 8pm. For bigger parties, shuttle buses can be contracted. Parking lots (like the beach locations) are public and cannot be restricted.


The sand dunes around the beach are protected areas and are off limits to any foot traffic.


If you post temporary signs directing your guests ANYWHERE onTybee Island, please remove them immediately after the ceremony/reception. Advertising/posting a business name directly on the beach and elsewhere on Tybee Island is against the City of Tybee Island sign ordinance. Wedding Photos  Tybee’s beaches offer many natural and beautiful settings to pose for your wedding photos. Please obey the environmental rules when choosing a site and obey the beach signs (keep off the rock jetties, stay out of the dunes...).


Live or pre-recorded music volume should be limited to your ceremony location.


the beach (silk, plastic, nylon, etc.). Having a flower girl drop flower petals in the bride’s path is always a fun tradition to add to a wedding ceremony. Dropping artificial flower petals is littering. Please use REAL, un-dyed flower petals.


No fire, glass, pets or animals. No tents larger than 10’ x 10’ “pop-up,” generators, extension cords, or motor vehicles allowed on the beach. Respect other beach goers Beach weddings are popular and you may encounter another wedding or event near you. Please respect everyone’s special day (including yours!).  Beaches are still public even if you have a beach permit to set up.
If there is a wedding set up on the beach that is not yours, please do not use the materials there.


Leave only your footprints. Do not leave arches, ribbons, bubble bottles, beverage containers, cigarette butts, decorative stones or seashells behind. Also please do not use birdseed or rice; it is hazardous to our birds. Basically, if you bring it out to the beach, please take it with you after the event. Clean up after yourself and your guests. Receptions    Receptions are not allowed on the beach. Tybee Island has many different commercial venues for your wedding reception. One thing to look out for is having a reception in a vacation rental in a residential zone. Your guest count should not exceed the recommended number for the house. Please contact the Tybee Tourism center or your wedding planner for suggestions for suitable locations.


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(not valid on existing reservations)



your extra food and flowers to the Tybee Nursing Home!

Book 3 nights and get an additional night free on select homes.

Please help us in keeping Tybee Island a beautiful and wonderful place to have a wedding. If you see anyone violating the Law, city ordinance or these guidelines, please report them to the proper authorities. To schedule your event on the beach or in one of the City’s facilities, please contact Karen Reese, Facilities Coordinator via email at kreese@, or telephone at (912) 786-4573 ext. 5045.

Artificial flowers or flower petals are not permitted on

Tip: Share the joy of your day with others! Consider donating

Free Fall Special!



Timing is important. If it is your dream to have a sunset wedding, visit to determine the exact time the sun will be setting on your special day!

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Tybee’s Best Fried and Steamed Seafood! DOGS ON THE BEACH

ogs are not allowed on the beaches anywhere on Tybee Island. Violators are subject to a $290 fine on the first offense! Cars get deadly hot in the summer time after only a few minutes, and animals found in closed vehicles will be rescued even if it means breaking a window on the car. Not being allowed to take your dog on the beach is no excuse for animal cruelty! Make sure you make arrangements for proper care for your pet before heading to the beach!


HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY DAWN TO DUSK 1) There are two dog parks. The one immediately on Fort Street is for small dogs of 20 lbs or less. The larger park, accessible from Van Horn or Fort Street is for larger dogs. Please use the parking spaces on Van Horn and do not park in the police impound lot! 2) The off-leash dog area is for dogs, their handlers and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed. 3) All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated, and shall wear a visible dog license. 4) Dogs under 4 months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited. 5) Dogs must be on leash when entering and exiting the off-leash dog area. 6) Dogs must be under the control of their handler and in view of their handler at all times. 7) Spiked collars are prohibited. 8) Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area; children ages 9 - 15 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. 9) Handlers must be 16 years of age or older. 10) Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times. 11) Handler is limited to a maximum of two dogs. 12) Handlers must “scoop the poop” and fill any holes dug by dogs under their control. 13) Food and drinks in glass containers are prohibited; training treats are allowed. 14) Dispose of trash and recycling in provided receptacles. 15) Dogs must be removed from the off-leash dog area at the first sign of aggression. 16) No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area. 17) Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control. 18) Users of the facility do so at their own risk. The City of Tybee Island is not liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog. To report immediate safety concerns call TIPD at 912-786-5600. 38 Destination Tybee

There’s a definite art to cleaning a blue crab so that you get every little morsel of meat out of that tricky shell. Here’s how you do it: 1) Remove the two large pincer claws by breaking them off at the body. Set the claws aside for cracking later. 2) Hold the crab in one hand and lift up on one point to remove the top shell. 3) Cut off the “face” of the crab where it joins the lower shell and remove the internal organs by scraping them out with a knife. It is not necessary to wash the crab at this point. 4) Make a straight cut from the back of the crab, just above the leg joints. This cut is important; be sure to make it deep enough. Repeat the process for the other side of the crab. Set the two pieces removed aside. 5) Cut off (do not pull off) the remaining legs where they join the body. It is advisable to keep the thumb pressed securely over the backfin meat when making these cuts. Note where the flat, paddleshaped swim fin or backfin is attached to the body. 6) Locate the large chunk of white muscle on either side of the body of the crab (the “backfin” or “lump” meat) and remove it with the knife. (This muscle is located where the backfin was attached.) 7) The rest of the white meat in the body of the crab is located in the chambers separated by thin walls of cartilage. Remove the meat from the chambers by sliding the knife under and lifting it out. This meat is called the “flake” or regular meat. 8) Remove the meat from the two pieces cut off the top of the crab in step 4. There will be one chunk of white muscle (the top of the backfin muscle) that comes off easily, revealing a piece of cartilage. Make a diagonal cut just under this piece of cartilage and remove the rest of the meat from the chambers. 9) Tap the claw just below the pincher to make a straight, clean cut in the shell. Gently break the claw open and remove the meat with your knife. Repeat the procedure for the other claw.

Open 7 Days 11:00 - Until • Full Bar • Inside & Outside Dining • Live Music Voted Tybee’s Best Seafood 2005-2011 • Place to Watch UGA Games 2010-2011 Place to Watch Parades 2009-2011 • Best Jello Shots 2011 • Best Tybee Fisherman 2011


Hannah’s Hush Puppies Cheese Sticks Sting Wings SPICY Calamari Buffalo Fingers SPICY Fresh Fish Fingers Crab Balls Conch Fritters Shrimp Cocktail Buffalo Shrimp SPICY

$3.95 $6.95 $7.95 $7.95 $7.95 $7.95 $8.95 $8.95 $8.95 $8.95


Stingray’s Signature Crab Stew Lobster & Crab Bisque House Salad Salad Topped with Chicken Grilled or Fried

Salad Topped with Fried or Steamed Shrimp


$5.95 $5.95 $5.95 $7.95

Grilled or Fried

$8.95 $6.95 $6.95



Lucile’s Fish Po’ Boy Shrimp Po’ Boy Oyster Po’ Boy Crab Cake Sandwich Soft Shell Crab Sandwich Fish Tacos

$7.95 $7.95 $7.95 $8.95 $8.95 $8.95

with or without Cheese

*Seasonal Items 1/2 lb.

Louisiana Crawfish Littleneck Clams Mussels Shrimp $9.95 Alaskan Snow Crab $9.95 Dungeness Crab $12.95 1/2 doz. Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell $6.95 *********** * Judy’s Blue Crab Appetizer * Gunner’s Blue Crabs

1 lb.

$8.95 $8.95 $10.95 $15.95 $15.95 $18.95 1 doz.

$10.95 $12.95 $Market

FROM THE STEAMER with Slaw & Corn

1/2 lb. Shrimp Clay’s Low Country Feast

$12.95 $15.95

Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes & Corn

with Fries, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Pickle

Tybeedi Burger - Meatless Chicken Sandwich


1 lb. Shrimp $17.95 Snow Crab Platter - 1 1/2 lbs. $19.95 Sly’s Tybee Island Combo $19.95 1/2 lb. Shrimp & 1 lb. Snow Crab

Dungeness Crab Platter Sting Ray’s Platter

$22.95 $26.95

Shrimp, Snow Crab, Crawfish & Mussels and Blue Crab when available.


French Fries Cole Slaw Corn on the Cob Red Potatoes Side Salad Sausage

$2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25 $2.95 $4.95


with Fries, Slaw & Hushpuppies

Chicken Finger Plate $8.95 Scallop Plate $11.95 Shrimp Plate $11.95 Fish Plate $11.95 Oyster Plate $11.95 Deviled Crab Plate $11.95 Combo Plate - Any 2 of above $14.95 Flounder Plate $14.95 Crab Cake Plate $15.95 Shrimp & Flounder Combo $15.95 Shrimp & Crab Cake $16.95 Soft Shell Crab Plate $16.95 Large Shrimp Plate $16.95 Tybee Fisherman’s Platter $22.95 Shrimp, Fish, Scallops, Oysters & Deviled Crab

CHILDREN’S MENU with Fries & Hushpuppies

Hot Dog Corn Dog Shrimp Plate Fish Plate Chicken Plate

$4.95 $4.95 $5.95 $5.95 $5.95

Key Lime Pie Mud Pie

$4.95 $4.95


Tybee’s Best Kept Secret! - 14th Street at Butler Avenue • Tybee Island, GA 912-786-0209 Menu and Prices Subject to Change. No Substitutions Please.

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Destination Tybee Fall/Winter 2012  

Destination Tybee Fall/Winter 2012

Destination Tybee Fall/Winter 2012  

Destination Tybee Fall/Winter 2012