Today I’m filling your brain with my best Tybee Island vacation tips.
We are avid travelers. And it’s rare that we end up vacationing or visiting somewhere within driving distance. Jet setters at heart! We picked the island because of its small size and beautiful location. Our trip was four days long but trust me, I would have stayed forever.
Tybee Island Restaurants
One of my favorite things about the area is the lack of chain stores and restaurants. Everything is locally owned, and I believe, the only chain is the Arby’s at the end of the strip.
My number one recommendation is Stingray’s Seafood. Located on the south end, it is our FAVORITE spot. Listen, you have to go if you plan on visiting the area. There isn’t another seafood restaurant that compares and their crab legs are the best I have ever had. The wait can be upwards of two hours if it’s a busy night. But don’t let that deter you because it’s well worth waiting for.
Next on the list is Raw Ingredients. Most people head to the coast for the seafood, but if you love sushi, you have to visit Raw.
My husband got three sushi rolls and I got a sushi burrito with spicy kani salad. Just writing this makes me wish I were there. Y’all, SO. GOOD.
Lastly, if you are in the mood for something sweet, head to Seaweed’s Sno-balls and Ice Cream. We all got Rum Cherry and holy smokes. It was probably the best ice cream I have ever had. It’s a hole-in-the-wall joint that packs a freaking punch.
Tybee Island Vacation Tips
Okay, I’m ready to spill the tea. I feel like I have so many tips but can only fit a few into this post.
Firstly, if you are choosing the rental or Airbnb route (and not the hotel path) do yourself and big favor. Reach out to them before booking and ask them how low their air conditioning goes down to. CRAZY RIGHT? Our rental condo only went down to 70 degrees. And on HOT days, that just doesn’t fly. We were sweating at night. With that said, if the heat doesn’t bother you, skip this one!
Secondly, there is only one spot on the island to grocery shop and it isn’t Walmart. It’s a very small, locally owned market located on the south end. If you absolutely need to hit up a Walmart or chain store, you’ll have to drive out to Savannah.
Next, pay attention to the bacteria level signs on the beaches. Honestly, they aren’t big enough and we missed them the first day. If the beach you are on has a high bacteria level, drive to the other side of the island. Chances are, you’ll be able to swim since they are very different locations. One mile can make a big difference!
Unfortunately, high bacteria levels are way too normal on the east coast beaches. As a result, you nee to stay hyper-aware of the levels in your area. You can check them online.
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