Tybee Island

Years ago, Phil and I saw a House Hunting episode where they were looking for a house on Tybee Island. Ever since watching that episode, Tybee Island was somewhere we wanted to visit. It is funny because while visiting Phil told me, "I have always wanted to come here since watching an episode of House Hunters." I then replied, "Me too! We watched that episode together!"

We drove up on a Tuesday morning and were relaxing on the beach by 2pm. It was wonderful not to dedicate an entire day to travel, only a half day.  It was lovely having a couple solid hours at the beach followed by a lovely dinner after the drive.

We ate at a sushi restaurant called Raw Ingredients. It was very delicious. You order at the register then they bring your sushi over to you on a lovely platter, rather than having a waiter. I highly recommend if you are visiting the island!

After a long day of driving, the beach, and dinner, we walked around a little bit then back to our Airbnb and called it a night.

The following day our main goal was to relax at the beach. We slept in then walked to get breakfast at the Sunrise Restaurant. We both ordered pancakes which were yummy. This restaurant looks like an older diner. The prices were low and the food was what you'd expect. I'd give it a solid 4 stars out of 5. There is another breakfast place, The Breakfast Club, right around the corner from Sunrise Restaurant. It also had very good reviews and a wait outside but we didn't try it.

After breakfast, went to the grocery store to pick up lunch. It is called IGA Tybee Market. There is a small deli in the back where they also make sandwiches to order. The sandwich was SO GOOD! I wish I'd taken a picture of it. I could not stop telling Phil how good it was!

After breakfast and lunch were taken care of, we went on a long walk on the beach.

Fun fact: You can see very large ships go by on the north side of the island. They are headed to and from Savannah.

After the walk, we  plopped down for the rest of the day. It was a mix of reading under the umbrella, swimming in the ocean, and bringing up my chair and sitting by the water.

Thunder and rain began around 3. We headed inside for a couple hours. We decided to get a proper seafood dinner, being so close to the water. We went to Sting Ray's Seafood. See our feast for two below. My favorite was the crab legs. There was so much food that neither one of us ended up eating the corn or coleslaw! Highly recommend Sting Ray's Seafood! The wait staff was friendly and there was a great live musician performing outside.

After dinner, we walked to the pier on the beach to check it out.

You can fish off the pier and this gentleman caught a small shark!

The following morning we woke up early to catch the beautiful sunrise and went on a very long walk. Over 4 miles!

As a Floridian, I am used to beautiful beaches. Tybee Island is not the most beautiful beach I've ever been to. It isn't even in the top 10. If you are looking for a beautiful beach with turquoise water and soft, white sand, that is not what you'll find. You will find nice waves since it is the Atlantic so body surfing or boogie board surfing is possible (not as possible in the Gulf of Mexico). You'll find a great beach to walk and bike on. The town is adorable, small, and very walkable if saying closer to the pier. Even though the beach isn't spectacular, we had a great time and got away. It is fun to explore somewhere new, mission accomplished!

The town is an older beach town. The restaurants and area are not super modern or updated. It reminds me of Daytona Beach. It is much different than Hilton Head or Sandestin which are more upscale. This did not bother me but you won't find super posh hotels on Tybee Island (or we did not find them if they exist) but there are some beautiful houses!

Have you been to Tybee Island? What did you enjoy about it?

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