TYBEE ISLAND GEORGIA I. ABOUT TYBEE 1. Sitting at the mouth of the Savannah River, Tybee is Georgia’s northernmost, but only 11th largest barrier island, boasting a wide 2.5 mile long beach, backed by sea oat covered sand dunes. Small, quaint & intimate, Tybee is only 0.75 miles wide. 2. Accessible by taking US Route 80 from Savannah and crossing the Lazaretto Creek Bridge from the mainland, Tybee is 18 miles east of Savannah. Historic US Route 80 either begins or ends on Tybee. The other end of Route 80 takes you to San Diego California. Right over the Lazaratto Creek Bridge, on Tybee, Route 80 turns into Butler Avenue, Tybee’s main thorofare. 3. Streets running west to east from the Bridge are numbered starting with 1st Street, at Tybee’s north end, and ending with 19th Street at the Southeastern tip of Tybee. These streets are crossed by named or numbered Avenues, starting with Butler Avenue(closest to the front beach), and ending with 6th Avenue and Chatham Avenue, closest to Lazaretto Creek, affectionately referred to as the Back River. 4. Tybee was originally occupied by the Euchee Tribe of Native American Indians. In the Euchee language Tybee means salt, a plentiful resource in the area. 5. Spanish explorer Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon discovered Tybee in 1520 & Tybee was then made part of Spanish Florida. 6. In 1733 General James Ogelthorpe established what would later become the great state of Georgia, as a military buffer zone(with Savannah as its capital), between the then colony of South Carolina and Spanish Florida. Recognizing the strategic importance of placing an outpost on Tybee to guard the mouth of the Savannah River, which led ships to the busy Port of Savannah, Ogelthorpe in 1736 built a small fort & lighthouse on Tybee. 7. During the Revolutionary War, when British forces took control of Savannah, French & American forces used Tybee as staging grounds for what would be the second bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War, the 1779 siege of Savannah. Only the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill(Massachusetts) resulted in higher casualties. 8. Fortunately, Tybee’s geographic makeup is such that it has not had a major hit from a hurricane in over 100 years. The most damaging hurricane to hit Tybee, occurred Aug 27, 1881. Historically, in season as hurricanes form, they hit other areas with different coastal geography(like the Outer Banks), & have not hit Tybee. 9. Tybee Island Average Temperatures: Jan(38high/37low), Feb(61/39), March(67/46). April(74/53), May(80/62), June(85/69), July(88/73), Aug(87/72), Sept(83/68), Oct(76/57), Nov(68/47), Dec(60/40). 10. Tybee Island’s natural beach sand(and all Atlantic Ocean beaches)is not as white and fine as the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Beach sand on the Atlantic Ocean & Gulf of Mexico beaches consist of three components: fine minerals, crushed seashells(calcium carbonate), and fragments from dead organisms like marine plants & animals. Some beaches, like in the Bahamas have a greater calcium carbonate concentration and are whiter. At Tybee (and all Atlantic Coast beaches), there is a larger concentration of fine minerals in the sand. a lot of which washes down to the beach from the mountains. Walking Tybee’s beach, when you hear the sand squeak under your feet, that is the angular, translucent crystal of quartz rubbing together. And the black streaks in the Tybee sand is pulverized granite, washed down from the Appalachian Mountains via the Savannah River drainage. 11. In July 2009 Health Magazine named Tybee , America’s healthiest beach/lake getaway. The magazine looked at some fifty beach/lake destinations, rating the locations on quality and cleanliness of air, water and sand; range of fitness opportunities( note walking/biking are the preferred methods of travel on Tybee); healthfulness of local restaurants; presence of lifeguards; proximity of a major trauma center; crime rate; and affordability of accommodations. Other locations on the magazines list included Monterey California, Zephyr Cove Nevada, Bonita Springs Florida, Weilea Hawaii and Provincetown Massachusetts. II. Our House: 1207 6th Ave, Tybee Island Georgia 31328 1. Built 1949 and updated, the cottage is 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The screened in porch is large, and the cottage has a private backyard with grill, outside shower and storage shed for the bikes, fishing poles and other vacation essentials. There is a wood burning fireplace, air conditioning & heating for the colder months. There is a washer & dryer, and the kitchen has a dishwasher. 2. The house, on Tybee’s south end, is a block & a half from the Back River, popular for fishing, crabbing & kayaking, & a short four block walk to the front beach. 3. RATES: PEAK* MID SEASON** OFF SEASON*** WEEK $1,480 $1,250 $850 NIGHT $270 $210 $150 * Peak season is March, April, June, July, August. ** Mid season is May, September, October. *** Off season is November, December, January, February. - New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day weeks, or minimum three night stay, rent at Peak season rates for the week/night. - Rates do not include 6% Georgia Occupancy tax, 7% Georgia Sales tax, professional cleaning fee of $100, and a $250 refundable damage deposit. - Sorry, no smoking inside the cottage, maximum occupancy is eight. Pets allowed, but be mindful they are never permitted on Tybee’s beaches. This is deemed a health issue by the town, and the ordinance is enforced- police write tickets for violations. Tybee Island has constructed 2 Pet Parks on the island. - Sorry, but our “No-Group” Policy means we do not rent to fraternities, college or high school groups on spring break or celebrating graduation, or groups celebrating prom’s.