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Tybee Island Review
Tybee is an Indian word meaning "salt." The Yamacraw Indians came to this island in the Atlantic Ocean to hunt and fish. These days, the island is chock-full of seafood restaurants, chain motels, condos, and shops—most of which sprang up during the 1950s and haven't changed much since. Fun-loving locals still host big annual parties like fall's Pirate Festival and spring's Beach Bum Parade. Tybee Island's entire expanse of taupe sand is divided into three public beach stretches: North Beach, the Pier and Pavillion, and the south end. Beach activities abound, including swimming, boating, fishing, Jet Skiing, sea kayaking, and parasailing. Newer water sports have gained popularity, including kiteboarding and stand-up paddle boarding.
Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum. Well restored and considered one of North America's most beautifully renovated lighthouses, the Tybee Light Station has been guiding Savannah River mariners for more than 270 years. This is actually the fourth lighthouse on this site; the original was built on orders of General Oglethorpe in 1732. You can walk up 178 steps for amazing views at the top. The lighthouse keeper's cottage houses a small theater showing a video about the lighthouse. The nearby museum is housed in a gun battery constructed for the Spanish-American War. Check their website for information on the monthly Friday Sunset Tours. 30 Meddin Dr., 31328. 912/786–5801. www.tybeelighthouse.org. $9. Weds.–Mon. 9–5:30, last tickets sold at 4:30.
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