Tybee Island Beach Rules
Welcome to Tybee Island. To help insure that you have a wonderful visit, we want you to keep in mind a few things when you visit the beach.
- PETS: No pets are allowed on the beach. Tybee Island is home to several species of protected migratory and nesting shore birds which can be negatively impacted from the presence of pets on the beach.
- GLASS: No glass is allowed on the beach. Each year our ocean rescue staff treats dozens of lacerations from people stepping on broken glass.
- LITTER: If you bring something onto the beach please take it off the beach. The Tybee Island littering ordinance is very strict. Litter must be contained at all times.
- TENTS: Don’t leave items, like tents, umbrellas, and chairs, on the beach from 9pm to 7am. These create an obstacle to the sea turtles that come onto the beach overnight to nest. Items left on the beach overnight will be collected by the garbage crew each morning and disposed of.
- Sandcastles and Digging in the Sand: One of the most fun things to do at the beach is build sandcastles and dig in the sand. We ask that when you leave the beach for the day, please knock down the sandcastles and fill in any holes. When these are left on the beach, they create obstacles to the sea turtles trying to come onto the beach to nest. They also pose a hazard to casual beach strollers who could be seriously hurt.
- SANDBAR: The sand bar that appears at low tide at the south end of the Island is very dangerous. Numerous people have drowned there after going out to the sandbar and getting caught in the swift currents that surround the exposed sand. As inviting as the sandbar seems, please do not walk or swim to the sandbar.
- FIREWORKS: Fireworks are not allowed on the beach or other public spaces on Tybee. Not only do fireworks pose a danger to other people on the beach, the litter they create is harmful to the wild life in and out of the ocean. They also pose a significant fire danger to structures in the area.
To learn more about the sea turtles and what you can do to help protect them you can visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Their website is: https://www.tybeemarinescience.org/. For a complete list of the Tybee Island Beach Rules, you can find it at: https://www.cityoftybee.org/173/Beach-Rules