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About Me & My Family

We're a globe trekking, fun-loving, bilingual family always planning our next adventure. From art museums to alpine skiing, we're ready for anything. We are USTA rated tennis players, professional artists and musicians, golfers, foodies, budding chefs, gardeners, swimmers, skiiers, sailors, engineers, kayakers, and more!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, scheduled, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Longboat Key Club which is located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Paradise!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever we go next! Thanks to Trekaroo, I always have a great group of reviews to help me plan a fantastic vacation!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
During the winter, anywhere with snow and easy airport access. Golfing, tennis, spa, ski, and culinary resorts are ideal!
Favorite Vacation Memory
One of my favorite vacation memories was the first time my daughter saw snow at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. She's still talking about ski school years later! The Innisbrook Golf Resort and Indaba Spa near Tampa Bay, Florida. What an amazing experience! A home exchange holiday in France.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Dangerous weather conditions, unexpected airport and security delays.
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Family Friendly Spring Break Ideas for Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island, Georgia is known as Savannah's beach but it's so much more than that.  It's a great place for families to relax, explore, and unwind together.  Oh, the food is pretty delicious, too.  

There are so many special events throughout the year including Spring Break season.  Be sure to see what will be happening during your stay.  It might be a parade, food festival, or historical event at the Lighthouse or nearby Fort.  There's always something special happening on Tybee!


P.O. Box 2802
802 First Street Tybee Island, Georgia

Feel like you are staying at your own private beach house by booking your vacation rental home through this wonderful agency. They offer a wide variety of properties to suit any budget and family size.

reviewed on: April 24 2012

"Vacation home away from home"
On our recent visit to Tybee Island, we stayed in an absolutely lovely three bedroom two bath condo overlooking the beautiful beaches of Tybee and the Atlantic Ocean.  

We checked in at the rental office to pick up our keys and map to the condo.  The staff was friendly and the paperwork was easy to complete.  

We had a parking space in a covered garage next to the elevator which made unpacking the car much easier than usual.  

The fully furnished condo was tastefully decorated in a colorful, fun beach theme.  The fully stocked kitchen made it easy to prepare some tasty meals together during our stay.  Everyone had plenty of room to stretch out and relax.  Having a washer/dryer in the condo helped more than I would have thought!

The extra room and home like setting made us feel like we really got away to our own personal vacation home.  We found out that there are rental properties in all price ranges and homes/condos to suit any size family.  This is a great way to stay while on your family vacation!

Disclaimer:  We received complimentary lodging.  As always, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


30 Meddin Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia

Climb to the top of the light! The landings every 25 steps make it super easy. Be sure to look for the two cats who make this lighthouse property their home.

reviewed on: May 03 2012

"Climb 178 stairs to the top!"
We learned from the friendly and informative docents that this is Georgia's oldest and tallest lighthouse.  We explored the grounds, toured the lightkeeper's house, watched a short movie on the history of the lighthouse, as well as wandered through several other traditional Tybee buildings on the property.  

When we arrived at the Light Station, we were told that guests are allowed up to the top of the lighthouse in small groups rather than all at once.  Since it was not too crowded, we only had to wait a few moments before it was our turn to make the climb to the top.  Later in the day, the wait time was about 15 minutes.

We had a blast climbing the 178 steps to the top!.  The bird's eye view was fabulous!  We saw north to Hilton Head, SC, up the Lazaretto Creek to Fort Pulaski and all across the beautiful Tybee beaches.  There are landings about every 25 steps which makes it easy to take a break, if needed.  

There are two cats on property.  They seem to enjoy having their photos taken but also like their space.  We found them lounging in the sun near the fragrant flower beds.

Be sure to plan for a visit to the fort across the street, included in your admission price,  to see a wide variety of artifacts.  You'll learn about the interesting military history of Tybee Island.

Disclaimer:  We received complimentary admission tickets to explore the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.  As always, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


PO Box 787
Tybee Island, Georgia

We saw so many dolphin on our short trip! At the end of the boat tour, they offer a discount for meals at the dock restaurant.

reviewed on: May 24 2012

"Dolphins in the wild"
In early April, we hopped aboard the bright yellow "Dolphin V" boat for an hour long dolphin cruise.  Kids were asked to strap on life jackets while on the dock.  Once on board, the crew gave an informative safety overview before setting sail.  Guests have the choice to sit under the shade canopy towards the middle and rear of the boat or stand towards the front of the boat.  Our group chose to stradle the line so we could do either.  We cruised past shrimp boats and fishermen on the shores on our way out towards the Atlantic Ocean.   At different moments throughout the trip, sea sprayed up from the bow which made the kiddos squeal with delight.  The water was chilly but no one got soaked.

During the trip, the guide gave interesting historical details about Tybee Island, the Tybee and Cockspur Lighthouses, Fort Pulaski and fun facts about the wildlife that call Tybee Island home.  We especially enjoyed learning more about the dolphins.

It took about 15 minutes before we spotted the first group of dolphin.  We were thrilled!  As the dolphin appeared and disappeared under the waves, we scanned the waters for the next glimpse of a fin.  It was fun to hear folks on board call out once they spotted a dolphin and even more fun to be the one to spot a fin first!  My six year old counted 37 different dolphin sightings on our cruise and spotted over 75 birds (mostly pelicans and sea gulls).  

I could have stayed out there for hours watching the waves for fins but most folks were ready to return to the docks after about 45 minutes.  The waves were steady but not rough.  I would gladly go back out on a dolphin tour with Captain Mike.

Disclaimer:  We received complimentary tickets for the dolphin tour.  As always, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


14th St. south to 18th Street
Tybee Island, Georgia

The beaches are great for sandcastle building, dolphin spotting, and swimming. Usually, the surf is pretty calm so it's great for families.

reviewed on: May 06 2012

"Cool waters and wide beaches"
During our family vacation to the Tybee Island beaches in April, we had a wonderful mix of cold and warm weather.  When we arrived in town, it was a bit too chilly for us to put on our bathing suits but we could not resist going out to splash in the surf.  We even made some sandcastles!  We nearly had the beach all to ourselves.  We watched the birds diving for fish and tiny sandpipers dash in and out of the surf.  

The very next day, the weather was absolutely ideal for a day at the beach.  The sun's warmth was balanced by a nice cool breeze off the Atlantic Ocean.  We watched the sunrise as we unpacked our chairs and umbrella.  There were a few beachcombers out early and kiddos were already building their sand masterpieces.  The waves are low to moderate depending on the season.  The lifeguard stands have weather and surf advisories displayed and the lifeguards can offer advice on where to swim.  

If you're visiting the North Beach area, be on the lookout for dolphins!  We spotted a few pods during our visit but could not capture them on camera.  We'll just have to go back for another visit!


1613 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia

Overlooking the Atlantic, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat.

reviewed on: May 06 2012

"Overlooks the beach"
We came off the beach in search of a light lunch and found a great choice in Fannie's on the Beach.  It's a three story restaurant just off of the beach near the Pier.  We were able to find a close parking spot in the pay parking lot between the beach and the restaurant.  We had the pizza and it was tasty.  


1605 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia

Overlooking the Atlantic, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat.

reviewed on: May 06 2012

"Overlooks the Atlantic Ocean"
Be sure to sit on the second floor so you can get a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and pier from your table.  We had to wait a bit for a table at this popular beach side casual restaurant.  There are lots of fried fish menu choices and a full bar serving frozen drinks.  It got a bit loud while we were there but it was all fun.  The ocean breezes were a nice part of the dining experience.


301 1st Street
Tybee Island, Georgia

They serve up so much more than sweets! This is one of the most affordable places to eat on Tybee but the food is quite tasty!

reviewed on: May 06 2012

"More than milkshakes"
We thought that all we'd find at The Sugar Shack would be sweet but we soon found out that they also serve a pretty tasty breakfast and massive hamburgers for lunch and dinner.  The menu has a great selection of sandwiches and seafood platters.  Of course, they have plenty of soft serve and hand dipped ice cream which made it hard to choose which flavor to try first!  The place has been locally owned and operated since 1971.


1510 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia

Located near the Pier, this is a great place to learn about the local marine residents.


40 Estill Hammock Rd
Tybee Island, Georgia

This place has to be seen to be appreciated. You can sit outside or in one of the screened in porches but the kids will probably just want to feed the alligators! They have a pond and sell alligator food in the gift shop. It's very Tybee!

reviewed on: May 24 2012

"Friendly dive and alligator feedings!"
This is one interesting and totally unique place to take the kiddos!  

There are just under 80 live alligators in an enclosed pond in front of the restaurant.  For $3, we bought a bag of gator food, baited a hook on cane fishing poles and dangled the bait for the gators to eat.  When we were there, the gators were sleepily sunning themselves and not too interested in the bait but it was a blast trying to get them to take a bite.

There was a short wait for a table so we wandered around in the gift shop and saw all sorts of parrots in the aviary.  
There are lots of cats wandering around the property which adds to the charm.  

The Crab Shack has a good selection of regional seafood and bbq choices.  The wait staff was helpful when we were unsure of what to order.  We ordered a bit of both and were not disappointed.  There's tons of food and plenty to share!

We chose to sit outside rather than in one of the screened in dining areas but every table seems to have an interesting view.   This is truly a casual restaurant and oh so much fun.

There are so many unique things about this place that make it a must see on your visit to Tybee Island.  

Disclaimer:  We received a complimentary lunch and a bag of gator food.  As always, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


30 Meddin Avenue
Tybee Island, Georgia

This National Park is so much fun to explore! The Junior Ranger program will engage your kiddos and you might even learn a thing or two.

reviewed on: May 06 2012

"Tybee historical displays"
We were happy to learn that our admission fee to the Tybee Island Lighthouse also included the Tybee Museum at Fort Screven which is just across the street from the lighthouse.   We were able to explore the fort interior and also stand on top of the fort to overlook Tybee's North Beach.  What a view!  There are two coin operated telescopes to gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean.  Our kiddo especially enjoyed spotting dolphins and birds!  

We enjoyed watching the brief film in the fort and learned quite a bit about Tybee's unique military history.  There are lots of informative historical displays as well as an overview of the entertainment options available on Tybee throughout the decades.  This is one truly American treasure of a town!


304 First Street
PO Box 2496 Tybee Island, Georgia

This is a favorite with the locals. Lunches are HUGE and the food is really good. Worth the wait!

reviewed on: May 25 2012

"Daily Lunch Specials a must try!"
The Sundae Cafe is easy to spot off of the main highway on Tybee Island.  We heard about this tiny restaurant from several locals who raved about the delicious and affordable $8 daily lunch specials.  We had to wait a bit to find a parking spot and also about 15 minutes to be seated in the small, bustling dining room.  The fish n grits special was delicious and was large enough to share.  


33 Meddin Drive
Tybee Island, Georgia

This place was made famous by Miley Cyrus but it's a great place to grab a bite to eat after you visit the Lighthouse.

reviewed on: May 25 2012

"Outdoor beach restaurant"
After visiting the Tybee Lighthouse, we decided to have lunch outdoors while shaded by a colorful umbrella.  Located on Tybee Island's North Beach, this casual, beach front restaurant was popular with the locals long before Miley Cyrus made it even more famous in her recent movie, "The Last Song."   The service was a bit slow but the beach front atmosphere kept us entertained while we waited.  The dress code is very casual and some guests were wearing only their bathing suits at nearby tables.  Anything goes here!


1213 E. Hwy 80
Tybee Oaks Shopping Area Tybee Island, Georgia

Very popular with locals, it can be a challenge to find as it is nestled in a neighborhood away from the main beach area. Food is great!

reviewed on: May 25 2012

"Casual, outdoor bar/restaurant"
Popular with the locals, we heard about Huc-A-Poos from several different folks so we knew that we had to give it a try.  It's located in a lovely, shaded shopping area among unique shops and outdoor equipment rental places.  The locals are very willing to chat with visitors about what makes Tybee unique.  It was fun!