Tybee Island is a seamless blend of beach life and southern charm; eclectic shopping, historical sites and great home cooking line this sliver of Atlantic shore. It’s simply Georgia at its best.

Eat at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp
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Eat at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp (Nearby Hotels)

What happens when you mix crazy good shrimp and tender southern barbecue? You get Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp. The open-air dining areas allow you to soak in sea breezes while enjoying the best seafood fusion restaurant you may ever try. You should put the homemade limeade, jalapeño hush puppies , brisket and crisp cucumber salad on the top of your list; but my goodness, you absolutely cannot leave without trying the fried shrimp.

Eat Sweets at Seaweeds Sno-Balls and Ice Cream
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Eat Sweets at Seaweeds Sno-Balls and Ice Cream (Nearby Hotels)

What’s a trip to the beach without night time ice cream trips? Seaweeds is very small and only takes cash payments, but it’s a simple, fun place to stop for great shaved ice, or “sno-balls”, and unusual ice cream flavors like Marsh Mud, Blueberry Cream Cheese and Caramel Machiatto!

Eat Authentic Seafood at Bubba Gumbo’s
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Eat Authentic Seafood at Bubba Gumbo’s (Nearby Hotels)

If you’re looking to get straight to it, bypassing the frills of higher end seafood joints, go to Bubba Gumbo’s. It doesn’t look like much, and it is tucked away near an old marina, but they have some of the freshest seafood on the island. Once you try the complimentary hush puppies, you’ll likely order a whole basket. The low country boil is perfection, while keeping it simple and straight forward. It’s just really awesome, traditional seafood.

Go Out On a Boat
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Go Out On a Boat (Nearby Hotels)

Getting out on the water is a must with any seaside destination. Jet ski, kayak, paddle board; those are all great ways to literally dive in. But an ecology and wildlife tour can be particularly enriching, while making one more deeply appreciate the nature of the area. Tybee Island Charters takes guest out to see dolphins, talk about wildlife and eat delicious coconut brownies. If you want those brownies, book the picnic tour.

Try Beach Yoga
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Try Beach Yoga (Nearby Hotels)

Find an even deeper state of beach serenity by joining a yoga session right at the water’s edge. It’s deeply relaxing and brings you to a point of great appreciation for the beautiful ocean waves. Aikya Yoga-Yoga on the Beach winds you down from all that vacation hustle and bustle; you’ll be refreshed for the next adventure after your class.

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Hop on a Bike (Nearby Hotels)

Tybee Beach Bike Tours are leisurely, and a prime way to see the island up close. You miss so many details when scooting through in your car. The tour guides are informative and share lots of Island facts.

Climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse
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Climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse (Nearby Hotels)

To take in all of Tybee Island in one sweep, climb the 178 steps to the tip top of the historic lighthouse. The Tybee Island Lighthouse is full of history and hosts an informative museum. Visitors can even peek into the keepers quarters.

Tour the Tybee Island Marine Science Center
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Tour the Tybee Island Marine Science Center (Nearby Hotels)

This small, ocean life center is a true gem for kids and anyone wanting to learn about and meet local rescue animals such as turtles and birds. It’s an intimate experience and staff is right there to answer questions and guide you through each demonstration. While being extremely educational, it’s a ton of fun and very interesting.

Get Coffee and Scones at Tybean Coffee and Art Bar
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Get Coffee and Scones at Tybean Coffee and Art Bar (Nearby Hotels)

This bright aqua building is surprisingly missed by too many visitors, but locals know this is where to get the best coffee on Tybee. The scones and other pastries are out of this world, but the smooth, bold brew is where it’s at. The atmosphere is very “Island”, the perfect beginning to a beach morning.

Shop at Seaside Sisters
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Shop at Seaside Sisters (Nearby Hotels)

Everyone wants to find a special souvenir to remember their trip by. It can be hard to find authentic goodies, but Seaside Sisters quaint shop is loaded with local, handmade shell art, jewelry and other artsy trinkets. To top it all off, a vintage trailer out front sells amazing icecream.

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