Tybee Island, Georgia is a small barrier island boasting five miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. A popular destination for beachfront vacation rentals, Tybee Island is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and shell collecting. Visit the Tybee Island Museum to discover the history of the region, or take a walking tour through the Fort Pulaski National Monument. Hop on a boat and take an evening tour through the marshlands, or cross the water to uninhabited Little Tybee Island to view fascinating wildlife. Check out 10 of the most popular Tybee Island vacation rental locations.

1. South Beach

Gather up your fishing gear and head to the South Beach to reel in the catch-of-the-day. Choose the Tybee Beach pier and pavilion, or the Back River Fishing Pier. Close by, the Marine Science Center has aquariums with marine life native to the area. Enjoy marsh views, beach front restaurants, and the visitor‘s information center which provides information on all the attractions in the area.

2. Fort Screven

Fort Screven is located on the north side of Tybee Island. You can find vacation rentals directly on the beach or face inland. This part of Tybee is home to one the United States oldest lighthouses. Climb to the top and enjoy the views or use the opportunity for photos. Sign up for a paddle boarding class, go kite-surfing, or rent a jet-ski and catch the waves. When you are ready to dry off, head to one of the many gifts and specialty shops, or schedule an appointment at a local spa for a massage.

3. Savannah

Enjoy a variety of activity options when you stay in Savannah. From historic homes to apartments and condos, there are plenty of spots to choose from. Stop by the Cotton Exchange for a bite to eat and drinks. This massive monument serves as a reminder of how important cotton was to the south before the Civil War. Explore Forsyth Park with its large Spanish moss draped oak trees and beautiful fountains, or grab a bite to eat at the cafe located within the park‘s boundaries. The Public Market is one stop that you can‘t miss. Walk through the outdoor mall and stop in at the galleries and quaint boutiques. You can opt to ride a horse-drawn carriage or hop on a bus in the evening for a spooky ghost tour.

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4. Wilmington Island

Just southeast of Savannah lies Wilmington Island. Here you can take in a baseball game, tour the local historic district, go on an architectural tour, or grab a kayak and skull down Half Moon or Beard Creek. If you aren‘t a fan of the ocean, grab a pair of trunks and go swimming in the Wilmington Park pool or let the kids play on the playground. Play tennis, take a long walk, or bring a picnic and sit under a tree and people watch. There is also a dock for boating or fishing, or you can play a game of basketball on one of the outdoor courts before heading back to your vacation rental to relax and enjoy the sunset.

5. Talahi Island

Experience the friendly people and laid back atmosphere of the South in Talahi Island. Located just to the north of Wilmington, Talahi is a small neighborhood along the Bull River. Play a game of miniature golf or take part in a fishing charter. Visit the Bull River Marina for a panoramic view of the area, take a sunset tour, or stop in the dockside shopping center for drinks and snacks. Rent a golf cart to save time when navigating the marina on land, or take a water taxi to Daufuskie Island for a night of dancing.

6. Skidaway Island

Experience the solitude of Skidaway Island where a variety of island animals live and play. The Skidaway Island State Park is the perfect place to convene with nature from the comfort of your rental. Take a hike along the wooden boardwalk that sprawls over and around the salt marsh, climb up the observation tower and watch the birds. Check out the 20-foot giant sloth replica and a reptile room, pack a picnic lunch, rent bikes, play volleyball, or even go geocaching.

7. The Isle of Hope

The Isle of Hope is a small neighborhood with secluded vacation rentals and residences near Savannah. Breathtaking 19th and 20th-century mansions and live oaks line the streets. Among them, the Wormsloe Plantation was featured in the movie ‘The General‘s Daughter‘. Coast a canoe down the Wilmington River, or stop at one of the restaurants for fresh friend shrimp, pulled pork, ribs, or southern Brunswick stew. Downtown hosts live music and dancing on weekends, or stop in one of the sports bars and watch the big game on a big-screen TV.

8. Hilton Head

Embrace the culture of the South at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Just to the North of Tybee, Hilton Head offers plenty of room for hiking, biking, surfing, swimming, and boating. The Hilton Head Island bike trails meander all around the island and provide access to all points of interest. Sign up for the Black Sparrow Pirate Ship Adventure, and act like a real pirate on the open seas. There are several art galleries, the Baynard Plantation Ruins, and the St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral to explore. Sample beverages at a local brewing company, or take a wine tour and bring a bottle of vino back to your vacation rental.

9. Pooler

From quaint cottages to spacious condos, there are a variety of vacation rentals in Pooler, Georgia. Stop by the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force to view artifacts and memorabilia, or head to the Tom Triplett Community Park for hiking and fishing. Tanger Outlets offer bargains for all ages, or you can play putt-putt, go to a bowling alley, or spend the floating down the lazy river at the Surf Lagoon Waterpark.

10. Richmond Hill

Go slightly off the beaten path to Richmond Hill, which is home to the Richmond Hill Historical Society Museum where you can learn about the history of the region. Stop by Fort McAllister State Park for photo opportunities of a Confederate fort. The Green Creek Trail provides miles of hiking and biking, or grab the kids and head to the Rainbow Play Center for wall climbing, a playground, and outdoor trampoline. To see the are from a different vantage point, hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad.

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