Atlanta’s Vacation Getaway: 5 Reasons to Love Tybee Island

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Tybee Island features the tallest lighthouse in the state of Georgia. (Credit: Matt Holmes, LocalPOV.com)

Tybee Island features the tallest lighthouse in the state of Georgia. (Credit: Matt Holmes, LocalPOV.com)

From restaurants to recreation, Tybee Island is a long-time favorite for Atlantans looking to get away and enjoy a summer weekend.

For families with school-age children, summertime is pretty much over. Busses started rolling through the neighborhoods this week, dragging kids back for the start of school. But for everyone else, there’s another month of prime vacation time left. So where to go?

There’s always the north Georgia mountains or any number of lakefront resorts in and around Metro Atlanta, but with temperatures stuck in the nineties, the best place to cool off and run out the dog days is the beach. St. Simons, Jekyll Island and Sea Island are all nice, but Georgia’s best beach is also its northernmost.

Just a four-hour drive from Atlanta, sitting on the other side of Savannah, is beautiful Tybee Island. For years, Tybee was a popular beach among the locals, and its charms are now pulling tourists in from Atlanta and all over the East Coast.

The island’s shoreline is dotted with plenty of hotel and condo options, but there are hundreds of small, charming beach cottages for rent within just a couple blocks’ walk of the shore. Tybee’s delicious restaurants have vacationers covered at breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, happy hour. And the island has a plethora of fun recreation options for those who need an alternative to swimming and tanning.

So get ready to dive into the top five reasons why you should consider Tybee Island for your next vacation getaway!

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