The Idyllic Islands of Georgia
By Jonathan Lerner
Tybee Island, Georgia is a popular getaway for Savannah residents.
A quirk of geography -- the Atlantic seaboard's long inward curve between
Just 12 miles from the city is
There are five miles of broad ocean beach. On the bay side, there's the seemingly endless world of marshes, creeks and islands -- water sports heaven. A perfect way to explore it -- quietly, at sea level -- is by kayak through Sea Kayak Georgia. A half-day guided tour to gorgeously natural
Top Tybee Attractions
Tybee attractions include a lighthouse dating from 1773, which you can climb for a dazzling view. Oddball 19th-century Fort Screven now houses private residences, but is also the site of a local history museum.
Mostly, Tybee is a place to lay back. There are a few white-tablecloth restaurants. But the scene is more authentic on a waterfront deck where diners might arrive in bathing suits and flip-flops. Lively
AJ's Dockside faces the bay and marsh, with a straightforward seafood menu, a stunning sunset view and a Margaritaville vibe.
Reynolds Mansion. Tel. 912-437-3224 (tours) and tel. 912-485-2299 (lodging reservations). Mansion reservations are based on availability and require a minimum of 16 guests and a two-night stay; the mansion can accommodate up to 29 guests. Rates start at
Sapelo is also the site of tiny Hog Hammock, among the last remaining original Gullah communities. Gullah people (also known as Geechee) are descended from slaves who worked on island plantations. Due to the isolation on the
The village has a few guesthouses and eating spots, and guided tours are offered. There's also a campground with hot showers. Expect to walk or bike on sandy lanes to explore the island's empty beaches, haunting plantation ruins and an ancient American Indian shell ring. [Read more about Gullah culture in the South.]
Manicured where Sapelo is wild, and dressy where Tybee is casual,
Activities include tennis, golf, boating, fishing, riding, shooting, shopping and luxuriating in the spa.
This largest and southernmost of
Nature in its splendor is the real draw here. Wildlife viewing -- including sea turtles, alligators, wood storks, egrets and feral horses -- fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking and beachcombing are the real reasons to come.
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