Tybee Island, an Atlantic Ocean
barrier island, located only 20 minutes from historic Savannah,
became the site of the first lighthouse to be erected on the
South Atlantic coast in 1736. "Tybee" pronounced
(Tie-bee) is an Euchee Indian word meaning "salt."
This beautiful island has become home to pirates, soldiers,
fisherman, beachcombers, vacationers and local residents over
hundreds of years.
The Tybee Island Lighthouse's
original structure, built of brick and cedar was 90 feet high
and served as an unlit "day mark" until being
destroyed by a storm. A second tower was built in 1748 and was
just the third lighthouse in America. The lighthouse that stands
today is 154 feet high and welcomes ships from around the world
into the Port of Savannah. Tybee Island has many wonderful
elements to offer visitors including: many
restaurants, quaint shops, the pier and pavilion, the
Tybee Lighthouse & Museum, Civil War era Ft. Pulaski
and Fort Screven, Tybee Marine Science Center,
fishing, kayaking, dolphin watching, boating, sailing,
and much more.
For those looking
to spend some time visiting Tybee Island, Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals
offers many accommodations
on or near the miles of sandy beach lined with
picturesque sand dunes. On the beach you may see surfers riding
the waves, boaters enjoying the waterways, dolphins playing
only a short distance from the shore, and if near the pier -
fisherman, or hear music from the pavilion.