Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge


A wild, minimally developed coastal barrier island and 10,053-acre refuge where you can enjoy bird-watching, beachcombing and hiking around the beaches, live-oak and slash-pine woodlands and salt marshes. You can only get there by a 30-minute boat ride (around $50), which can be booked with charter services at marinas around town. Outfitters also provide tours.

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8.77 MILES

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2. Wormsloe Historic Site

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3. Little Tybee Island

9.33 MILES

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4. Tybee Pier & Pavilion

10.99 MILES

Tybee's main beachside hub, with public bathrooms, concessions and a long fishing pier. Tables in the pavilion are available to rent by the hour.

5. Fort Pulaski National Monument

11.54 MILES

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6. Bonaventure Cemetery

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7. Tybee Island Light Station & Museum

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8. North Beach

12.68 MILES

With fewer services and a vibe that feels more remote, this stretch of beach is a great place to relax. You can watch massive container ships drift in…