By Carissa Hickok
Savannah is a charming southern city with its Spanish moss trees and relaxing river walk along the Savannah River lined with boutique shops, antique stores, art galleries, brew pubs, tasty restaurants, night hangouts, and welcoming inns and hotels. Savannah will draw you in and make you never want to leave its southern charm.
As you stroll through the cobblestone streets of Savannah Historic District, you will see museums, churches, mansions, monuments, and forts from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Here you will also find art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, and mom and pop restaurants as oppose to chain restaurants. People here exude true southern hospitality.
Savannah offers activities for people of all ages. You can take a bike tour, a trolley tour, or a boat cruise to take in the sight of the city. There are golf courses for those who prefer to spend their time on the green. For those who like the water, you can take a dolphin tour, go jet skiing or parasailing or kayaking. Fishing is also available.
About twenty minutes east of Savannah and next to the Atlantic Ocean is Tybee Island. With five miles of public beach, Tybee is perfect for sunbathing, strolling, biking, sailing, fishing, or dolphin watching. The beach is divided into five sections. South Beach is the most populated beach, conveniently located adjacent to Tybee’s main business district and within two blocks of bars, hotels, and restaurants. Here, the Tybee pier and pavilion is that a favorite for fishermen and strollers alike. Mid Beach is for those who prefer less people. Mid Beach can be accessed at every numbered street and is more popular with the locals. North Beach is at the mouth of Savannah River, lending it as the perfect location for dolphin and ship watching. The Tybee Lighthouse is also located here. Savannah River Beach is popular with families for its low waves and dolphin spotting. It can only be accessed through the North Beach Lot. Back River Beach boasts low waves and a fantastic view across the river at Little Tybee Island. Little Tybee Island is twice the size of Tybee Island but it can only be accessed by boat and remains uninhabited. Camping is allowed on Little Tybee as its kayaking. Little Tybee displays rich salt marshes, pristine beaches, natural dunes, and subtropical forests. Little Tybee is also home to many species of birds.
The Tybee Island Light Station was originally built in 1736 and is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in the state of Georgia. The lighthouse is still functional today as its light can be seen as far as 18 miles offshore. Guests can walk 178 steps to the top of the lighthouse, which offers an amazing view of Tybee Island.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.