The beach is synonymous with romance. There is something about the warm sun, pink and purple sunsets, and the opportunity to share a quiet moment that draws couples to the sand.
While most beaches have the makings of a romantic evening, contemporary romantic author Nicholas Sparks gave Tybee's romantic appeal full validation by selecting the island for his film "The Last Song." Filled with sappy romantic beach moments, the 2010 feature tells the story of first love. Miley Cyrus and Liam Helmsworth may not have made it in the end, but plenty of couples who come to Tybee find their happily ever after.
Whether planning a first date, a "we're just friends, but maybe it could be more" date, anniversary date, re-light the spark date or even a proposal, Tybee can easily set the scene. Of course, the island has plenty of traditional romantic beach things, but it wouldn't be a trip to Tybee without something just a little bit different. Here are our top suggestions for a romantic beach date, Tybee-style.
Book a room at the Atlantis Inn. This small inn definitely does its part to keep Tybee quirky. With its romantic-themed suites such as Blue Lagoon, Endless Summer, Moulin Rouge, Poseidon's Palace and Rainforest boasting in-room hot tubs, the inn is sure to help set the mood. Only steps from the beach and restaurants downtown, the Atlantis Inn is the perfect setting for couples looking for a romantic evening at the beach.
Rent a bicycle built for two. Anyone can hop on two bikes and spend the afternoon exploring the island, but try testing your love by consolidating. Fat Tire Bike Rentals and Tim's Beach Gear both offer bikes meant for two peddlers.
Take a workshop with the artists of the Tybee Arts Association. Known for their humorous singing commercials and diverse group of talented local artists, the group offers workshops in a variety of disciplines.
Have a saucy photo shoot with Belle Eden Photography. Booking a boudoir package with the Tybee Island studio takes guts, but the professional, talented staff makes clients instantly feel comfortable, beautiful and sexy. The tastefully done photos make a great romantic gift for the adventurous. Husbands and boyfriends can get in on the action, too. Belle Eden also offers couples shoots and "dude-doir."
Finally, for those looking for the ultimate beach date: Book a date at the Tybee Wedding Chapel. The chapel itself was salvaged from "The Last Song" and is in the process of adding a beautiful new ballroom. The chapel has been featured in wedding blogs and magazines nationwide. Getting married on Tybee is the perfect excuse to come back year after year.
Everyone needs a little romance in his or her life. Only a beautiful 20-minute drive from downtown, Tybee is the perfect solution to the routine of dinner and a movie.
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