Tybee Island summer vacation 2022 is now in the books. Are you wondering where in the world is Tybee Island? Well, it is a little island on the Georgia Coast about 20 minutes outside of Savannah. This translates to a 3 hour drive for everyone except our daughter who lives in Savannah!
One of the reasons we chose Tybee is because of its proximity to our whole family. Since Victoria works retail in Savannah, she often can’t take the whole week off. This location allows her the flexibility to spend time with us and easily get to work if she has to.
Another benefit of Tybee is that it is not over developed. Somehow this little jewel has managed to hold on to its charm and still welcome tourists. The best way to discover Tybee is by golf cart or bicycle. The island is small enough to get just about anywhere you want to go by “manpower”!
While these transportation options are great, we chose to drive everywhere because of the “littles” in our family. Car seats are required in the golf carts and if you’ve ever installed/reinstalled a car seat, then you know why we let them be! LOLOL
What We Did
We rented a lovely home about 3 streets back from the beach. The home was named “Three Sisters” and had mermaids as a theme throughout the inside and outside of the home. There were bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone as well as an expansive open kitchen/living area. A large screened in porch on the back looked over a small pool and 5 hole putting green.
This home provided plenty of space for all seven of us and the screened porch was “my sanctuary”. I spent each morning there, sipping my coffee and reading my bible. In the late afternoons it was wine and reading time …. oh how I enjoyed that porch!
The “littles” loved the tiny pool. It was the perfect temperature for swimming anytime of day and that’s exactly what we did. Who needs clothes when you can just wear a swimsuit all day!
The beach was lovely and absolutely covered with wonderful shells and dolphins swimming just offshore. The “littles” enjoyed wave surfing and shell finding and running free on a “not too crowded” beach! They even found a “real life mermaid” and she was fabulous! When hunger set in, we just went back to the house and ate poolside. Naps usually followed, for the adults at least!
Where We Dined
Our son-in-law wore the chef hat and cooked breakfast every morning. Our youngest daughter was the bartender and kept the “frozen” beverages coming. I thought I did a great job of delegating duties!
Tybee Island does have some wonderful restaurants and beach bars that offer visitors easy access and a beach casual atmosphere. A cover-up and flip flops are all that is needed to get in. Our family fully embraced this very casual living. The biggest wardrobe decision was which flip flops to wear!
The first restaurant we visited was The Crab Shack. This Tybee Island staple was once a fishing camp and marina in the backwater area of Tybee. It has grown to become one of the most popular stops on Tybee with outdoor seating, a gift shop, small aviary and baby alligator lagoon where you can feed the gators! I mean, of course we had to take the “littles” here.
The experience did not disappoint. We bought “gator treats” from the waiter, ate our very fresh seafood and then proceeded to the highlight of the visit – gator feeding. We tossed a few treats in and also used poles with string to lower treats to the gators. The gators loved it and the “littles” as well as the adults were all smiles. The evening ended with a stop in the aviary and t-shirt purchases in the gift shop. We totally embraced the tourist banner on this one! BTW: The last pic is NOT a real gator!!!!
On our last night, we dined at Pier 16 Seafood Restaurant. There weren’t any gators to feed but rooftop dining left us delighted. The food was terrific and the view with the beach breeze couldn’t be beat.
During the week we also had “take-out” from the local pizza and Mexican restaurants. The food was great, all “diets” went out the window and everyone went to bed full.
The five hole putting green beckoned us for a little fun. The “littles” simply enjoyed and there were no rules for their putting. The adults, however, added a little flavor with “beverages of choice” and one handed putting. Let’s just say the ladies prevailed in this challenge!
The trip favorite was a game called “Apples to Apples“. Both the adults and the “littles” could play this together and we had a blast. Our stomachs ached from laughter and no one really knows who the champion was.
I would rank this trip as one of my favorite vacations. There was an ease about it that left all of us not wanting to leave. Isn’t that the goal of a family vacation – time with each other – reconnecting, laughing, enjoying life. I’m quite confident we will be returning to Tybee Island.
Before I close out this post, just for fun, I’ll leave you with a list of our most used phrases and you can use your imagination:
- What’s that door code?
- Who has the parking app?
- Can I put my swimsuit on yet?
- Can I have a snack?
- Where’s my phone?
- Who’s phone is this?
- Pina Colada?
- And the one that smacked all of us in the tiny pool: “Hey watch that last step!”
Wishing you all a fabulous summer!