Welcome to Tybee Island
Tybee Island, historically known as “Georgia’s Playground”, was incorporated in 1887. The island is the northernmost barrier island in Georgia and is approximately 15 miles east of Savannah. Rich in history, authenticity and collaboration, the town is successful in preserving community, commerce and culture to honor past, present and future generations.
When you enter City Hall (circa 1930), a synopsis about the history of Tybee is on display in the lobby (Tybee's history (PDF) for all to enjoy.
An exceptional quality of life...
The city is progressive, friendly and welcoming which makes the quality of life exceptional.
The lifestyle afforded to those that live on Tybee is enjoyed by the natural surroundings, well maintained and safe neighborhoods, and parks and trails to relax. Details to help you settle in and enjoy living on Tybee are described in the Tybee Island Resident Guide (PDF).
In addition to the variety of amenities provided to residents and visitors, a vibrant historic downtown and other commercial areas are easily accessible and provide diverse shopping, dining, and service oriented businesses. Over 140 bricks and mortar businesses contribute to the economic base of the island year-round. Residents and visitors alike recognize the importance of supporting local businesses and merchants appreciate the support. Buying locally is important to maintaining a thriving community that is economically sound. Plus, your neighboring merchants appreciate your support. In true small town form, the city's Development Authority/Main Street Program offers a Locals Appreciation Card. Numerous merchants (PDF) honor the card by offering discounts and / or specials to cardholders. Cards are available to citizens with 31328 on their driver’s license and can be obtained in the Community Development Department’s Development Authority / Main Street Office.
Dedication, partnerships, hard work...
As mentioned, there are sixteen civic organizations that play an instrumental role in helping maintain Tybee's authentic character on the coast. These organizations work in concert with the local government and council appointed boards towards defined goals. Thanks to everyone's dedication and hard work, Tybee Island has earned numerous certifications and awards and accolades including:
* Bicycle Friendly Community
* A Bronze Partner for a Sustainable Georgia
* City of Ethics Certification
* National League of Cities
* Georgia Certified Local Government for Historic Preservation
* Georgia Exceptional Main Street designation
* Storm Ready Community
* Official Tree City USA designation
* United Way, Hands on Savannah: Government Partnership Award Water First Community
* “Top 10: The South’s Best Islands” – Southern Living (March 2017)
* “Top 5: Most Charming Beach Town Across America” (Redbook Magazine, April 2017)
* “Best Beaches in Georgia” (USA Today, April 2017)
Small Island. Big Picture.
Tybee Island has a total area of 5.2 miles - 3.7 of these miles is land and 1.4 miles is water.
As of 2010, the US Census reported that Tybee Island had approximately 3000 residents with a median age of 53, and 56% of households were considered family households.
Stories about the community are shared quite often. Starting in 2016, a video series of residents sharing stories began.
The video series is titled Local Lives and is an account of why residents choose Tybee as their hometown. These testimonials highlight aspects of the importance of preserving community and the sense of place only found here.
When you come home, it's time to enjoy life.
When you visit, it's time to relax.
Individuals may purchase a Memorial Plaque (PDF) for city benches located in the downtown area of Tybee.
Each bench can be memorialized with a permanent memorial plaque in honor of the loved ones that treasured Tybee and its heritage.