Reasons to Visit Tybee in 2024
With 2023 coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to the year ahead — and start thinking about your travel plans. The world is full of exciting exotic and domestic locales, but Tybee Island is a special slice of heaven here in the Southeast that’s definitely worth visiting in the new year. If our beloved barrier isle isn’t on your 2024 travel shortlist, here are a few compelling reasons why it should be.
With its prime location just off the Georgia coast, Tybee enjoys temperate weather year-round. Expect warm, sunny days from May through October, with cool, mild weather settling in from late fall to early spring. Tybee rarely sees frigid temperatures, which is why it’s very popular among snowbirds. And it’s not uncommon to see 70- and sometimes 80-degree days in the offseason. Like any beach community, Tybee thrives through the summer, but with its comfortable climate, any time of year is a great time to visit Tybee.
The Coastal Empire has seen a lot of economic growth over the last few years, and Tybee isn’t immune to that. While the island still has its charming small-town feel, Tybee has seen an influx of new businesses adding to the community’s unique appeal. Quite a few restaurants have opened up in the last year or so, such as The Surfing Goat, Back River Brewery and Zunzibar. And new tour companies like Tybee Shark Teeth Tours and Tybee Tour Company have found success on the island. Beyond the new, Tybee is also home to a bevy of longtime businesses that have served the island for years and even decades. Each business contributes to the fabric of our society, offering locals and tourists alike unique experiences that leave lasting impressions. Our businesses are a big reason why lots of visitors come back year after year, and why many people decide to make Tybee home.
Tybee boasts several fascinating attractions that make visiting a must. The island’s rich history is celebrated at places like the Tybee Island Lighthouse and museum, Fort Pulaski, Cockspur Lighthouse, and the Tybee Post Theater. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers a fun-filled educational experience that the whole family can enjoy. And of course, there’s our most lauded natural attraction, our pristine beach. All of these awesome attractions are great reasons to visit in the new year.
One thing about Tybee is that there’s always something going on. The island hosts several signature events and celebrations throughout the year that draw in crowds from all over. It all kicks off in January with the annual Polar Plunge. Then in March, we welcome multitudes as people flock to neighboring Savannah and Tybee for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Before summer arrives, we engage in the South’s wettest water fight during our annual Beach Bum Parade. Other noteworthy events include the SCAD Sand Arts Festival, the Pirate Festival and the Tybee Music Festival, all of which are well worth coming to town for.