Tybee Island: Beach, Pier, and Lighthouse

Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier
Tybee Island Pier

Tybee Island, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Tybee island was named by the Indians who first inhabited in this island. They came from interior to hunt and fish. They settled since the beginning of Georgia. Tybee came from Euchee Indian word meaning salt”. This beach is the easternmost of the state of Georgia and it is directly facing the Atlantic Ocean.

This island is not actually “island” since its land is still connected to Savannah land. The beach looks beautiful with a fairly long shoreline of white sand beach. The sea surface is fairly calm. For me, this beach is one of the best beach in the state of Georgia or may be in the United States.

Beautiful Tybee Island pier and pavilion was built on the beach in 1996. There are tourism information and restrooms in the base point of the pier. Visitors could see many seagull and other species of birds live along the pier. Some people also fish on the tip of the pier. The pier opens everyday from 6 a.m to 11 p.m., while the pavilion opens daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tybee Island holds an annual Beach Bum parade in May. The parade route comes down the main road in Tybee, Butler Avenue, and when parade floats come by onlookers have been known to shoot each other with water-guns. This parade was held since 1987.

White Sand Beach in Tybee Island, Georgia, USA
White Sand Beach in Tybee Island, Georgia, USA

There is also an old lighthouse that was built in 1736. This 27-meter-high lighthouse is made of brick and wood. With such high, this lighthouse was once the tallest building in America at that time.

There is a marker in front of the lighthouse showing the history of Tybee Island, stated as follows:

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“Tybee Island was named by the Indians who came from the interior to hunt and fish. Settled since the beginning of the colony of Georgia, it was the scene in 1775 of the first capture by the first Provincial vessel commissioned by any Congress in America for naval warfare in the Revolution, when a Georgia schooner captured an armed British vessel laden with military stores. In 1776 the royal Governor, Sir James Wright, broke his parol and escaped to a British man of war in Tybee Roads. The Council of Safety ordered all Tybee houses sheltering British officers and Tories destroyed and a raid on the Island by the Patriot forces accomplished this purpose.

In 1779 a large French fleet under Count d’Estaing anchored off Tybee for two months during the siege of Savannah by the French and American forces. In the War Between the States, Federal troops erected batteries here for the reduction of nearby Fort Pulaski. Troops were trained on Tybee Island during both World Wars.”

Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse

Tybee Island beach is also a home to the endangered marine reptiles, Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta). Every year, the those turtle will come to this beach to dig the sand and make a nest for her eggs. After laying eggs and bury it with sand, they will be back again to Atlantic ocean. After 60 days, the baby hatch and make their own way to the ocean. Usually, only one in 3000 hatchlings will survive. 

Location:

Tybee Island, Savannah, Georgia, USA (around the coordinates 32.003378, -80.842786. This beach is located 18,1 miles from Savannah. From Atlanta, it takes about 4-5 hours drive or 265 miles away from Atlanta.

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