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Discover local favorites on Tybee Island!

Welcome to Tybee Island, known for its pristine beaches, historic lighthouse, and laid-back vibes, is a popular destination for tourists looking to soak up the sun and enjoy some coastal charm. However, for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore some lesser-known spots on the island, there are plenty of hidden gems and local favorites on Tybee Island waiting to be discovered. Here are some suggestions for getting off the tourist track and experiencing the island like a local.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Cockspur Island Lighthouse While most visitors to Tybee Island head to the Tybee Island Light Station, located at the southern end of the island, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse is a lesser-known alternative. Located on nearby Cockspur Island, this lighthouse is only accessible by boat, but it’s well worth the trip. Built in 1856, the lighthouse played a key role in the Civil War and is now part of the Fort Pulaski National Monument.

Little Tybee: A Hidden Gem

Get ready for an adventure like no other! Just a short distance to the south of Tybee Island lies an uninhabited nature preserve named Little Tybee Island. Despite the name, it’s actually twice the size of our barrier island and only accessible by boat, kayak, and paddleboard. Even though visitors are able to see it from Back River Beach, guests are often unaware of it. With miles of unspoiled beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes, it is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re up for a hike, birdwatching, or wildlife spotting, Little Tybee Island has it all. Check out North Island Surf and Kayak for your kayak and paddleboard rental needs to take the trek.

Local Favorites on Tybee Island: Huc-A-Poo’s Bites and Booze

For an authentic Tybee Island experience, head over to  Huc-A-Poo’s Bites & Booze and indulge in their delicious homemade pizza, refreshing cold drinks, and other delectable bar bites such as nachos, wraps, and salads. This local institution is an island favorite, and with its eye-catching blue exterior, it’s hard to miss. The walls are adorned with an impressive collection of quirky memorabilia including dollar bills, signs, and license plates. While it’s not your typical New York slice shop, Huc-A-Poo’s puts a Tybee twist on pizza and that’s exactly how we like it!

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Discover the captivating Tybee Island Marine Science Center, a place that offers visitors the chance to connect with the ocean and learn about marine life conservation. Located in Georgia, this center is more than just an aquarium; it’s a hub of knowledge and commitment to promoting the welfare of the marine ecosystem. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by an enchanting display of tanks and exhibits featuring various marine species, including colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and stingrays. In addition to its exhibits, the Tybee Island Marine Science Center also provides educational programs that cater to all ages. Kids can participate in summer camps, while adults can attend lectures and workshops on topics such as oceanography, marine conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation

Local Favorites on Tybee Island: Back River Beach

While most visitors to Tybee Island head straight to the Atlantic Ocean, locals know that the island’s back river offers some of the best beaches around. Back River Beach, located on the island’s western shore, offers a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere than its oceanfront counterparts. Plus, the views of the sunset over the river are truly breathtaking. Back River beach is one of the quieter beaches on Tybee Island. Beachgoers have the chance to enjoy a quiet day away from crowds or take a nice stroll to hunt for shells. The sand is nearly white, and softer than you’ll find at Tybee’s other beaches. And the waves are calm enough for anyone looking to paddleboard or kayak. Anglers also love this particular stretch of beach, as the beach and Fisherman’s Walk Pier are great spots to fish.