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Tybee Island Places to Stay: Top Tybee Island Rentals

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If you’re planning a trip to Tybee Island, GA, you need a place to stay. Learn more about Tybee Island rentals, hotels, VRBO, and more to know what’s available on Tybee Island.

I recently had the chance to check visiting Tybee Island off my must-visit list, and now I’m sharing all the intel about this special place with you to help you with planning your own trip. Check out my Ultimate Tybee Island Guide.

Many thanks to Visit Tybee for helping us to plan our visit and Mermaid Cottages for sponsoring this post! You can see home rentals on VRBO for local Tybee Island homes.

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Today, as part of my series about visiting Tybee Island, I’m talking all about Tybee Island rentals and other places to stay during your visit.

Our Tybee Island Rental

Having never been to Tybee Island before, I had no idea where to book our accommodations. I reached out to the Tybee Island Visitors Center for recommendations regarding places to stay, and they very quickly sent me suggestions for Tybee Island vacation rentals.

After receiving the list of recommendations from Visit Tybee, I reached out to Mermaid Cottages to inquire about their options.

Mermaid Cottages responded offered us a 2-bed, 2-bath pet-friendly home named Sea Largo. Each home has a name along with the year it was built – Sea Largo was constructed in 1962. 

Sea Largo Cottage

I was assigned a personal travel agent, Mermaid Mona, to assist me. She was a whiz and handled every detail of our accommodation arrangements efficiently and thoroughly. 

Everything about the check-in process was electronic. It was a well-thought-out process that was easy to follow step-by-step and complete. There’s even an app for your phone called Hospitality where you do everything. I clicked a few buttons and we were ready to go – I love when it’s uncomplicated like that! 

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Outdoor deck @ Seal Largo

Mermaid Cottages specialize in renting vintage homes and cottages, which I love. As a bonus, most of the cottages are pet-friendly. That fits, since the owners of Mermaid Cottages also run a dog rescue.

Our cottage had nice linens, a well-stocked kitchen, tasteful and updated decor, and a screened-in porch where we enjoyed lots of people watching!

I would highly recommend Mermaid Cottages if you need to book a Tybee Island vacation rental – I’m sure you’ll love it and the location (mid-beach). We loved it so much that we would totally stay there again.

Sea Largo
Sea Largo Home with Mermaid Cottages

Additional Tybee Island Vacation Rental Options

Just in case Mermaid Cottages is booked when you want to travel, or you are looking for something a little different, I thought I should mention a few other popular Tybee Island Rental options you can check out.

First, check out Visit Tybee for their recommendations. They have you covered on everything from vacation rentals to Tybee Island hotels, campgrounds, and bed & breakfasts. 

There are also VRBO options you can check out (separate from Visit Tybee).

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Here are a couple of quick mentions to check out:

DeSoto Beach Hotel and DeSoto Properties

Bright, beachside lodging with three properties that offer a variety of rooms & suites, plus an outdoor pool & free hot southern breakfast. The Georgianne Inn and Suites is part of the DeSoto properties.

The property also offers the closest B&B to the beach so it is very popular. With only three rooms it offers an intimate setting with an oceanfront pool.

Whichever DeSoto property you pick you will be pleased with the long list of amenities. They offer free wifi, a hot southern breakfast, breezy porches and a heated pool.

Tybee Beachview Inn and Spa

Located in a mansion that dates back to 1910, this B&B offers 13 guest rooms, a sauna, salt room, steam room, beach bikes, beach chairs, delicious food, free parking, fantastic service, and much more. This National Registry Inn & Spa on the Southend of Tybee Island has recently been restored.

It is just a stroll from the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island and offers luxury accommodations.

Hotel Tybee

If you are looking to be just steps from the beach, the local nightlife, shopping and restaurants you will want to check out Hotel Tybee by Tybee Pier. Located on the bustling North side of the island, Hotel Tybee was voted “Best Place to Stay” by South Magazine for 2017 and winner of “Best of Best Hotel” in the Coastal Empire for 2019. This historic hotel has been serving guests since 1889! More than 129 years!

Hotel Tybee offers pet-friendly accommodations and great off-season rates as well for those looking for a deal.

Surf Song Bed and Breakfast

Surf Song is off the beach by one block but still offers amazing amenities and has great reviews.

If you are looking for a charming victorian beach experience this is your spot. This bed and breakfast offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the character and beauty of a historic home with updated beach furnishings. Circa 1898, the home is one block to the beach, has a private pool, remodeled in 2013 from top to bottom, and has a gorgeous wrap-around porch. The suites were designed by well-known designer Jane Coslic.

Accommodations on Tybee Island

There are many other fun options that may fit your budget and planned travel time too. Check out Visit Tybee for more recommendations.

With several Tybee Island rentals to choose from, picking just one may seem challenging. For those traveling with pets, I highly recommend Mermaid Cottages. If you want to check out other options, check out the local recommendations that Visit Tybee provides – they didn’t steer me wrong!

Tybee is also just a 20-minute drive from Savannah. If you are looking for a quieter spot to lay your head at night, and enjoy the beach, Tybee Island is a great choice for your Savannah trip.

What I love most about Tybee Island is the vintage feel. Its dedication to restoring and maintaining its vintage homes and Inns on the island is apparent. Many of these homes are painstakingly renovated to keep their original charm from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is like being taken back in history when you are strolling or biking through the neighborhoods of Tybee Island. There are a ton of fun family activities available on Tybee as well.

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46 responses to “Tybee Island Places to Stay: Top Tybee Island Rentals”

  1. Angela Avatar

    Looks like a lovely place, thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Angela! We loved our time there.

  2. Charlene Avatar

    I did not get to spend as much time on Tybee as I wanted the last time I went through. We were on our way to St. Augustine and only stopped for an afternoon. There’s more that I need to see, for sure!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You definitely should stay a couple more days to get the full experience. You will love it!

  3. Stacey Avatar

    Great information! Very informative on where to stay and why!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Stacy! There is such a variety too!

  4. Cindy Avatar

    Tybee Island is definitely on my travel list! I can’t wait to explore there.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  5. Cathy Boatright Avatar
    Cathy Boatright

    Tybee Island is on my short list of places to visit, and now I really want to go! Looks likes a great getaway.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love it. Family-friendly and very small town. They really strive to keep the vintage feel there.

  6. Laura Kelly Avatar
    Laura Kelly

    Never been to Tybee Island so thank you for a list of places to consider.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you for looking Laura!

  7. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    These look like great accommodations in Tybee Island. I noticed that dolphin tour from Savannah, that would be so fun!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes! Get Your Guide offers some great options!

  8. Melissa Avatar

    I love using vacation rental homes…thanks for the tips!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too especially vintage homes! And there are plenty to choose from on Tybee.

  9. Taquia Avatar

    I have always wanted to visit Tybee Island! Hotel Tybee looks like a great place for families. I love that it’s right on the beach!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Beachfront living is the best living!

  10. Donna Garrison Avatar
    Donna Garrison

    It’s so great when towns prioritize saving their older homes, it makes such a great experience as a traveller. The mermaid cottages look perfect for families, I like that they have a well stocked kitchen, which I prefer for those times I am not wanting to eat out for every meal. Happy to hear about the electronice check-in process.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Donna! We really loved the process too. And I agree, eating out can get old. I love to cook so it is not a chore for me.

  11. Barbara Avatar

    Beautiful place to explore!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Barbara! I hope you get to Tybee soon!

  12. Jessica Avatar

    This is a great overview and round up – it can be so tricky to figure out the best places to stay when you’re traveling somewhere new. I didn’t make it here yet, but would love to at some point in the future!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I can’t wait to hear about your trip when you do! Thanks Jessica!

  13. Elaina Mogren Avatar
    Elaina Mogren

    I feel we always get a better feel for the way of life when we stay at a rental versus a hotel/motel. My favorite thing to do when we arrive is go for a walk around the area and find hidden gems.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We do the same! We love to drive to different neighborhoods as well and admire the homes.

  14. Michele Avatar

    As much as we go to Tybee I had not heard of Mermaid Cottages. I will have to check them out. We always have friends visiting that are looking for somewhere to stay!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  15. Kendra Avatar

    These are great recommendations of places to stay on Tybee Island. The place that intrigues me most is Surf Song Bed and Breakfast. I love charming, historical houses!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love it at the Surf Song then. Staying at a Bed and Breakfast is so romantic!

  16. Bonnie Avatar

    This looks like a great vacation spot!!!!

  17. Darby Avatar

    What a cute place to stay! Definitely need to check this place out!

  18. Cindy Mailhot Avatar
    Cindy Mailhot

    I never think of vacation rentals beyond hotels and motels.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love having a kitchen. Restaurant food is so heavy.

  19. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    The Mermaid Cottages look really cute! This is on my list, it is a perfect girls trip.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is the perfect girls trip! The beach there is rejuvenating!

  20. heather Avatar

    Mermaid Cottages sound perfect. Lately we have been staying in rentals that have amenties similar to this. With the boys we need more space to stretch out. I love how it is pet friendly as well.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The whole town loves pets! It is amazing!

  21. Cathy Avatar

    The cottage looked very nice! I have always wanted to go to Tybee Island to see the lighthouse. Were you able to visit the lighthouse on your trip? I will definitely keep this as a reference when I plan our trip to Georgia!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We stopped by but it was not pet-friendly so we just took some photos without going to the top. We planned on going back but never made it.

  22. kmf Avatar

    I’ve had Tybee Island on my list for some time. Thanks for all this background info on where to stay. Mermaid Cottages sounds like my kind of place.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I hope you get there soon. You will love it!

  23. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    Tybee Island has some awesome looking rentals! Definitely going to have to go sometime

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Alexis! I hope you get to Tybee soon!

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