When we arrived in the area, we searched around Savannah for things to do. Tybee Island popped up immediately and at the top of the list. We wondered, "Why haven't we visited Tybee Island before?" We couldn't answer that question.
Our decision to visit Tybee Island today, Monday, January 31, 2022, which was the first nice day in several, was locked in when we visited the Forsyth Farmers Market in downtown Savannah on Saturday. One of the vendors was a couple who own Tybee Bakery with Cafe Miss Korea. Their kimchi was the most flavorful we have ever tasted, and it brought back memories of many Asian meals we have tasted where kimchi was served.
Tybee Island is the easternmost point in Georgia, yet the Port of Savannah, which is accessed on the Savannah River north of Tybee, is the westernmost U.S. seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The island is the northeasternmost of Georgia's Sea Islands, which comprise the outer section of the state's Lower Coastal Plain region. Like the other Sea Islands, Tybee consists of a sandy beach on its eastern shore and a tidal salt marsh on its western shore. The interior consists of a maritime forest and freshwater sloughs. The Savannah River empties into the Atlantic Ocean just north of Tybee Island, placing the island in a historically strategic location.
In 1958, the Air Force accidentally dropped an atomic bomb near the island. Though the "Tybee Bomb" did not detonate (and, according to the Air Force, was not armed with a fuse), there has been ongoing concern, since the Mark 15 nuclear bomb lost during the mishap was never found. In more recent years, probes with radiation detection devices suggest that the bomb may be buried underwater near Little Tybee Island. We decided that the signs warning of a $1,000 fine for trying to wade across to Little Tybee Island might be based as much on the lost bomb as on the risk of drowning in unpredictable tides.
Despite the risk of death from atomization, this morning we headed out to Tybee Island:
So, all in all, this was a pretty huge day. We think we explored most of the most interesting features of Tybee Island and we hope this interests you in exploring it further yourself.