By mid-September, Labor Day has passed, the kids are back in school and Tybee Island begins to ease into a gentler pace.
With temperatures still bikini-worthy, Tybee Island considers this time of year its second summer. Just 20 minutes from downtown, Savannah residents can easily slip into Tybee time and enjoy fall at the beach.
Now that there is a little more room to stretch our beach legs, we wanted to know how the locals spend their days during this quieter time of the year. We asked Brenda Marion, an eight-year Tybee resident, for her favorite fall Tybee highlights.
What are you looking forward to this fall on Tybee?
Marion: "Cooler temperatures; Tybee Community Day on Sept. 29; Pirate Fest Oct. 10-13; and trick-or-treating on Lewis Avenue."
What can people expect to find when they visit Tybee Island during the off-season?
A slower pace and more parking than during the summer!
What does your ideal Tybee day look like?
On a weekday, riding bikes to the new charter school with my second-grade son, then taking the dog for a long walk, maybe a bike ride over to Huc-A-Poo's for a slice of pizza, and then back to school at 3:30. Later, perhaps, a cocktail at sunset on the Back River with my husband, son and friends.
On a weekend, more bike riding around the island, walking on the beach, maybe kayaking over to Little Tybee to look for shells and back in time for dinner at Tybee Island Social Club, Sting Ray's or North Beach Bar and Grill.
Aside from the taking the kiddos to the beach, what is there for families to enjoy on Tybee?
There's so much to do here, from climbing to the top of the lighthouse after touring the old fort museum to family game nights at the library on the first Tuesday of the month.
There's also skate nights at the YMCA, bingo at the American Legion every Friday night, the Marine Science Center, and The Crab Shack is great for feeding the alligators, chasing cats and seeing the tropical birds.
Outdoors, we enjoy stand-up paddle boarding lessons, and Tybee Beach Ecology Trips offers hands-on beach walks with a discussion of any critters found.
Dolphin tours are a great way to see Tybee from the water, and if you don't want to wait in line to eat at the Breakfast Club, Sunrise Cafe has a family-friendly all-you-can-eat buffet on weekends.
Any local insider tips you can share with DO readers to make the most of their visit to Tybee?
Check out the American Legion for their Thursday night dinners.
You don't have to be a member to dine in or take it to-go, and for around $10 per person, you can get fried chicken or fish or a Lowcountry boil.
Gallery by the Sea and Seaside Sisters are both great for souvenir browsing, picking up a jigsaw puzzle, game or book for a rainy day or fun hostess gifts.
The T-shirt shops in Tybee Oaks have some fun Tybee options that you won't find anywhere else (and of course, AJ's is the only place you can find Tybee Bomb Squad apparel) and Salt on Tybrisa has some lovely soaps, bath salts, lotions and other items to remind you of your trip or tuck away for a Christmas stocking stuffer.
Tybee Island has a thriving nightlife scene. What do you recommend for those looking to hit the town after the sun goes down?
North Beach Bar and Grill has lots of great outside seating with occasional live music, an outdoor tiki bar, a creative menu and amazing desserts.
CoCo's Sunset Grille and AJ's are the best spots to cheer the sunset, unless you just want to bring your own chairs and a cooler (no glass allowed!) to the back river. Tybee Island Social Club has a great menu, fun trivia nights and live music in a funky, shabby-chic beach setting.
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