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Explore Tybee’s River Beaches
With more than five miles of beach to explore along the Atlantic Ocean, Tybee Island is a paradise for beach bums, sand castle architects, and shell collectors. But unlike most other coastal destinations, Tybee Island has two beaches that don’t face the ocean: the Tybee Back River Beach and the Savannah River Beach, located at the southern and northern ends of Tybee Island respectively. Read on to learn more about each of Tybee’s river beaches!
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About Tybee’s Back River Beach
Tybee’s Back River Beach is located at the south end of Tybee Island, at the very end of Highway 80. The Back River beach is home to some of the best sunsets on the island and offers wide stretches of sand, gentle waves, and plenty of opportunities for dolphin sightings. The Back River beach overlooks Little Tybee Island and Tybee Creek, offering a perfect location for waterfront dining, drinks, and entertainment.
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 Back River Fishing Pier are great spots to catch fish. Some of the more common catches are red drum, black drum, and sheepshead, but you may also find some Spanish mackerel, flounder, speckled trout, and maybe even a stingray!
There is limited parking available at Back River Fishing Pier located off Chatham Avenue, but there is also $2/hour metered parking available throughout the area.
With its laid-back beach vibes and world-class sunsets, it only makes sense that Tybee’s Back River would also be home to waterfront bars & restaurants serving up the freshest seafood and southern comfort staples. While Tybee Island only has one oceanfront restaurant, there are several waterfront restaurants here in the Back River- many of which with parking for cars and boats alike. A-J’s Dockside is a Tybee Island staple, serving up some of the best food on the island with views that are second to none. The Crab Shack is best known for its classic Lowcountry boil dishes. From their BBQ options to the kid’s menu, there’s no going wrong here. If you’re looking for something sweet we recommend heading to Seaside Sweets for some great homemade ice cream and gelato.
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