If renting a five-star beach house, a pastel island cottage, or a waterfront condo in a complex with a pool and tennis courts is your coastal-Georgia dream stay, check out Tybee Vacation Rentals. This family-owned business has grown because the managers are so friendly and accommodating, and, given that they now represent more than 230 properties, they are the one-stop shop for booking a vacation rental on Tybee Island. One-bedroom condos start at around $129 in the peak season, and some dip below $100 in the off season. Most properties require a two-night minimum; some are pet-friendly.
All rooms provided by Tybee Vacation Rentals are fully furnished and vary based on type and size of the property. In general, be prepared for laidback beach chic and homey Southern charm. An updated company website featuring full property descriptions with real customer reviews will help you decide which will best suit your trip.
Bathrooms will also vary based on the property. Guests have great things to say about the company's general cleanliness and attention to detail.
While not a lobby in the traditional sense, Tybee Vacation Rentals has an Information Center and concierge service to advise on local activities and answer questions about accommodations, along with a free hospitality app.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Tybee Island is a small beach community that hosts several large events throughout the year that make logistics and parking difficult for unsuspecting visitors. Whether you're in search of a quiet stay or a party, be sure to check the event calendar at TybeeIsland.com.
Some of the condos, cottages and homes for short-term rental have private pools available to their guests.
Many dining options and points of interest on Tybee Island are walkable. Alternatively, you could rent a beach cruiser bike. Parking can be tricky on the island, so opt to walk or bike when possible.
For a delicious, sophisticated meal with a laidback vibe and the best view around, try The Deck Beachbar and Kitchen (short drive away). Besides the fact that it's the only truly beachfront restaurant on the island, the Australian owner knows great seafood. Tybee Island Social Club (5-minute drive or less) has a well-heeled beach bungalow ambiance. Try the manchego skillet and a jalapeno margarita. Looking for a truly excellent dining experience? Don't let its strip-mall location fool you: the Sundae Cafe (5-minute drive or less) is divine. Don't miss the seafood cheesecake appetizer.
Huc-A-Poos Bites and Booze is always a solid choice for a real taste of Tybee. The screened-in porch, with its kitschy decor, is prime local-watching real estate. A-J's Dockside Restaurant will dish you up some tasty fried foods, but its real charm lies in its marshside location -- perfect for a cold beer and a sunset.For those oenophiles who can't be parted from their super Tuscans, 80e Gastropub is the place to be. It's dark, secluded from pier foot traffic, and a bit more sophisticated than many of the bars on Tybee.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A short-term vacation rental in a fully furnished property is the ideal homebase to enjoy what the beach bunny locals call "Tybee Time." It's a no-fuss way to explore the hidden gems of the island by foot or bike, then stroll home for quality "you" time or family gathering.