A Road Trip to Tybee Island, GA
A couple of weeks ago, Stephen and I took a little road trip from Athens to Tybee Island for a quick weekend away. We’ve done a little traveling lately, but hadn’t taken a trip that was just the two of us in a while! And before this weekend, I’d only been to Tybee to grab lunch and take a quick walk on the beach during a trip to Savannah with my girlfriends. (If you’re visiting Savannah, Tybee Island is a quick 25 minute drive from the city!) It’s a small, quirky island and was a great little place to get away and relax for a couple of days.
We made the trip in a cute little red CH-R that Southeast Toyota lent us for our road trip. If you’ve ever been to Tybee Island, you know that the parking is tough…this little car was perfect for the island. We were able to whip in and out of the tiniest parking spots–especially when we were trying to find somewhere to park at the beach. Plus, we were able to pack just enough for a couple of days in the car and had plenty of space for the weekend!
We packed up that little Toyota CH-R on a Friday morning and started our trip to Tybee Island. We made a quick pit-stop in Greensboro, GA and were on our way to find the beach and all the good seafood we could find. Here’s what we did…
Where to Eat in Tybee Island, GA
- The Crab Shack We had an early dinner at The Crab Shack on our first night in town. That night, we wanted fresh, steamed seafood and the crab shack was the perfect place for it! It’s a great casual spot for a beachy meal, especially when you are looking for some classic seafood. I ordered the crab legs and shrimp, and Stephen ordered the shrimp with sausage. And that meal was just what we wanted!
- Java & Juice When we checked in at Oceanfront, they told us that we could find the best iced coffee just around the corner from the cottage. Y’all know I was excited. Java & Juice is right next to a little Bed & Breakfast and just about two blocks from where we stayed. We grabbed coffee and one of their frozen juices, but just browsed the breakfast because it was crowded on a Saturday morning.
- Tybean Art & Coffee Bar This was our last stop before we left Tybee to come back to Athens and it was the cutest little coffee spot. It’s tucked away in a artsy little area right off the road on the way out of town. The shop itself is pretty small, but it’s worth a visit if you’re a coffee lover!
- AJ’s Dockside If you like a local spot with a view of the water and dockside seating, AJ’s Dockside is the one to check out. This was our last meal on Tybee Island (we each ordered a poboy, one shrimp and one fish) and it didn’t disappoint. I think my shrimp poboy was the best seafood meal I had the whole trip!
- Cafe on 80 After spending a good bit of Saturday exploring the island, we were craving a deli-style lunch. We found this little cafe and popped in to see what was on the menu. It’s definitely a take-out spot, and we ordered a Spicy Goat Cheese Salad and a Low Country Cuban, plus a couple of asiago cheese bagels for Sunday morning. 10/10 would recommend.
- Seaside Sweets We always end up wandering around with ice cream after dinner when we travel, so we went looking for local ice cream shops both nights that we were in town. This was the first night and it was SO good.
- Seaweed’s Ice Cream Saturday night we stopped at Seaweed’s mostly because it was on the way back to the cottage. But also because there was a line going out the door. I mean, that means it has to be good, right? RIGHT. And Seaweed’s and REAL good waffle cones.
Other Recommendations We Didn’t Get to Try:
Places to Explore on Tybee Island, GA
Tybee Island Lighthouse This lighthouse has a ton of history on Tybee Island. It was originally built in 1736, but has been re-built a few times since then. The current lighthouse is from 1916 and you can walk the 178 steps all the way to the top of it. The view is honestly worth all the steps (even though it was 90-something degrees outside). You can explore the entire lightstation property, including the Tybee Island Museum in the 1899 Military Battery across the street.
Tybee Island Beach
Since it was mid-June, we didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the beach. It was crowded and it was HOT. Plus, we had that private pool to enjoy back at the cottage! But we were so close to the beach, we did have to visit it a couple of times. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I grew up going to Gulf Coast beaches. East Coast beaches are pretty different, but I really enjoy visiting them! I’ve also been to Tybee Island in the early spring when it’s not crowded, and it makes for a nice visit to the beach.
Where to Stay on Tybee Island, GA
We spent our weekend in a beautiful cottage that you can find through Oceanfront Cottage Rentals. This house can’t be beat for a weekend on Tybee Island (and I have a full post coming all about the house very soon). Stephen and I had trouble making ourselves leave the swing on the front porch or the private pool in the back during our stay. If we had been there longer, we would’ve stocked the kitchen with groceries and never left the property!