A great way to see all the sights on Tybee Island is to rent a comfortable beach cruiser from Tybee Island Bike Rentals. Located on the North end of the Island, Cora and Dave Rulon own Tybee Island Bike Rentals and rent beach cruisers so anyone can have an exciting 2-wheeled adventure. They provide you with a comfortable bike which includes a basket, a cup holder, a lock and a Tybee map to get you on your way. You can reach Tybee Island Bike Rentals at (912) 656-5123. Easy reservations will get you set up for your day or vacation visit.
With the Island’s flat terrain and low traffic on the suggested bike route, you can take your time seeing some of the places that makes the Island special. Load up Spotify and search for Tybee Island Bike Rentals Playlist to give you the Island feel as you ride.
If you’re starting the day early, head over to Tybean Art and Coffee Bar located at The Shops at Tybee Oaks at 1213 Hwy 80 East for a scone and coffee. This is a local favorite coffee shop with its friendly staff and friendly cat, Bean, who may come by to say “Hi”. The drinks are great as well as the baked items.
If you’d like to sit down to eat a breakfast with a little bit more substance, perhaps a delicious Tybee Omelet from the Sunrise Restaurant or a Smackwater Jack at The Breakfast Club. Both restaurants are located on Butler Ave between 15th and Tybrissa Streets.
After a big breakfast, take a ride over to the Tybee Light House on the North End of the Island. Climbing the 178 steps to the top of the 145’ lighthouse will help you work off that breakfast. The view at the top is something to behold as you view the expanse of the Island. While on the lighthouse grounds, also take the time to visit the three Light Keeper Cottages that make up the Tybee Light Station’s history.
Across the street from the Lighthouse you’ll find North Beach. Here you can view the 1899 Military Battery which houses the Lighthouse Museum. Passing under the North Beach arch will lead you to the North Beach Grill and the new location for the Tybee Marine Science Center. If you didn’t have a big breakfast, now is the time to grab a fish taco or a juicy burger at the North Beach Grill. The North Beach Grill’s new deck is a great place to relax in the shade while enjoying your lunch.
Finally, it’s time to head to the beach for some sun and relaxation. Take your bikes onto the sand and find your lazy spot. Tybee Island Bike Rentals mention that you’re welcome to ride the bikes on the beach during mid to low tide when there is plenty of hard, dry sand to make your ride easy. Please stay away from the water and wet sand as the salt water will damage the chains and bearings of the bikes.
Most of the great places to see on the island can be reached from the designated bike route on 2nd Avenue which runs parallel to the busy Hwy 80 and has little to no vehicle traffic. It is a perfect way to get from one side of the island to the other. You will also find some perfect ice cream and candy shops along the way too. The Sugar Shack and Savannah Pralines can both be found at the corner of 2nd Ave and Butler. Both are wonderful places to stop to cool down after your time at the beach. Grab some afternoon candy from Savannah Pralines or a milkshake from The Sugar Shack.
Continuing along 2nd Avenue to the South End of the island, you’ll find shops and the Pier along Tybrissa Street. Lock your bikes up to the provided bike racks or to a lamp post and walk around. Here you will find everything you need to enjoy the beach or fun items to remember your Tybee Island biking adventure.
If you’d like to stay on the North End of the Island, ride your bike to The Shoppes at 1207 Hwy 80 and visit JustaBreeze, Seaside Sisters or Kelly & Company Essential Oils. Local artists contribute to the stores and you can find some great paintings, crafts, photography or other items by local talent. The basket on the front of your bike is the perfect spot to put a newly purchased item by your favorite Tybee artist.
But if you are on the South end of the Island, take a ride over to Chatham Ave on the back of the island and visit both Alley 3 and Fisherman’s Walk. Each is a short street off Chatham Ave which takes you to the back river. Alley 3 is easy to find as it is located where Tybrissa, Chatham Ave and 5th Ave merge together. This location is where locals put in their kayaks, jet skis and paddleboards. Fisherman’s Walk is a couple of blocks East of Alley 3 and has the lesser known Back River Pier.
The entire Island is a great place to explore and venture by bicycle. Whether you’re on the island for a day trip of for a week of relaxation, renting a bike from Tybee Island Bike Rentals will complete the experience.
Tybee Island Bike Rentals is open year-round and offer Free Deliver and Free Pick Up service to your Tybee Rental location. Daily rentals are also offered if you’re coming in for the day from Savannah or the area. Call (912) 656-5123 for easy bike reservations and they will be very glad to help you. When you reach Tybee Island Bike Rentals, Cora or Dave Rulon will be happy to get
you set up. You can also visit www.TybeeBikes.com or email TybeeIslandBikeRentals@gmail.com.