Tybee Island is one of those cliché destinations-a well-kept
secret that you hate to share for fear you'll ruin what is best
about the place: its laid-back charm and funky feel.
Tybee is a 15-hour drive from Chicago and a 15-minute drive from
Savannah, Ga. My family and I were invited to visit last spring and
fell in love with both Tybee and Savannah, two historic, natural
and gastronomic wonders.
The expansive beach is the big draw. But if you're visiting
during the spring, bring a sturdy jacket. The ocean breezes have a
bite in April. On days that aren't beach friendly, rent a bike and
ride up and down the streets, with stops to see the Tybee Island
Marine Science Center and climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse for a
view over the island. Or drive over to Cockspur Island and learn
some Civil War history at Fort Pulaski. Weather permitting, hitch a
ride on Captain Mike's dolphin tour boat to see Tybee from the
Don't miss breakfast at the Breakfast Club. The entrees are a
little pricey, but the gritty atmosphere of this eatery owned by a
former Chicagoan left us smiling. For dinner, head to the Crab
Shack. My non-fish-lover kids didn't dig the food, but they loved
pushing their garbage through the hole in the middle of the table.
If you're a foodie, head into Savannah and grab some takeout from
Zunzi's, a fusion of Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch
cuisines that even my pickiest eater loved. If you prefer more
traditional fare, try the barbecue at Wiley's Championship BBQ, a
nondescript spot in a strip mall on Highway 80 East.
We stayed at the Beachside Colony in a spacious, beautiful
three-bedroom condo with an ocean view. If you're willing to forgo
the ocean view and the heated pool, consider one of the cute little
cottages a block or two inland.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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