Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Terrific Times await at Tybee Island

AJ's Dockside on Tybee reminded me a bit of Smacknally's
Moat and earthworks at Fort Pulaski - a Civil War treasure!!
They say there is a first time for everything, and this Lowcountry native made his inaugural visit to Tybee Island recently! They like to refer to this area as the 'coastal empire' but it sure looks a lot like the Lowcountry that can be found just across the Savannah River in the Hilton Head area. Tybee is the beach community located just 20-minutes form Savannah, and I saw the beach town in off-season mode and it reminded me an awful lot of Folly Beach or perhaps Edisto Beach - with older homes and plenty of character. Looking for some lunch we needed a map and directions to find AJ's Dockside but sometimes hard to find equals good eating, and that was exactly the case with AJ's as we enjoyed blackened mahi and shrimp with a creek view. Other things to do include visiting the Tybee Lighthouse and museum which are kept in immaculate condition, and is located next to an older battery similar to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island that offers a commanding view of The Atlantic Ocean, the Savannah River and Calibogue Sound! Lots of tourists were at the lighthouse on Super Museum Sunday which offered free admission and guided tours. But the real gem of Tybee has to be Fort Pulaski, which is operated by the National Park Service. Pulaski is the sister to Fort Sumter in Charleston and is very similar in design and construction, with the one difference that it is not surrounded by water so a moat was dug to surround the fort with water and is complete with drawbridge for maximum defense capabilities. Outside the fort are large earthworks that were designed as powder magazines and taken as a whole the entire fort is a joy to visit. The Tybee Coast Guard Shares Cockspur Island with the Fort and the causeway and drive into this federal land is stunningly gorgeous for those who enjoy palmettos, live oaks and old cedar trees that have unusually wide canopies. There is lots of history on Tybee Island to explore, and while the beach looked inviting with public swings located every so often, it was too cold to linger during this February visit.

To view past blog entries from my visit to historic Savannah click 2014, 2013.
Cannons still FIRE at Fort Pulaski

Tybee Island Lighthouse - Who doesn't love a lighthouse?!

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