Criteria for a short vacation in October for 3 adults and two kids, 5 and 2:
- Somewhere new
- Warm weather
- Relatively near an airport
- Rental house with 3 bedrooms
… and it’s a bonus if there is great shopping, bike rentals, and a few good restaurants nearby.
We dashed to put on our swimsuits and headed for the beach. A short walk led to a wood-slat elevated ramp taking us up and over the protected dunes. We had arrived! Small shells dotted pristine sand, almost no one else in sight, and waves tame enough for our little grandsons.
We explored the island on rented bicycles. On one outing the boys quickly climbed to the top of the lighthouse. We then pedaled to the Crab Shack, where we dined on the deck overlooking the water and marsh. It was the perfect place to have crabs in the shell and shrimp – and the boys loved every bite. The Crab Shack displayed exotic birds and alligators in an enclosed pond. Cats are everywhere. Our grandsons were captivated.
The town center was very small and, in our view, only good for an occasional ice cream, water toy purchase or quick lunch, but that was in our favor as we concentrated on the important things: being together at the beach each day, walking and riding bicycles everywhere, playing, and reading books. Tybee Island was a real get-away for us.
We’ll remember Tybee for it’s happy beach colors.