Tybee Island is the delightfully beachy sister city to Savannah, Georgia, where sea turtles show visitors how to get around. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
You can say Savannah, Ga. has a dual personality, so meet her beachy sister -- Tybee Island. It may be hard to separate oneself from the allure of Savannah, but there Tybee Island is a quick getaway that shows another side to the city.
Savannah's beachfront counterpart, Tybee Island is 18 miles to the east. That's about a 20-minute drive through marshlands and past Civil War-era Fort Pulaski.
Called "Savannah Beach" back in the 1950s, feisty Tybee reclaimed its name and that quirky independent streak that puts many barrier islands on the map.
Tybee's main draw for sweating Savannahians is its five miles of beaches. Its working 18th-century light station and adjacent museum is a popular stop as well. The lighthouse has been guiding mariners into the Savannah River for nearly 300 years. To raise money to paint the lighthouse, special sunset tours are offered through the summer.
Getting around Tybee is easy -- just follow the sea turtle signs.
Remember, there is no free parking on Tybee from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., so pay and display the receipt.
A fun yet touristy place to take the family is the Crab Shack, a salty dog kind of outdoor restaurant. Here, dining can be family-style, with a seafood sampler piled high on the table with built-in trash cans for the shells.
After eating, the kids can feed the baby alligators with special treats doled out at the bar. Before leaving, visit the tropical rescue birds who might surprise you with a word or two. Sadly, in my case it was off-camera.
For more information, visit www.visitsavannah.com.