For thousands of years before the Spanish settlers arrived in the 16th century, native Americans, the Euchee in particular, navigated the ocean waters around today's Tybee Island. Tybee is the Euchee word for "salt". In 1520, the Spanish took over the island and named it Los Bajos. Pirates roamed the island and today, Tybee Island celebrates the annual Tybee Pirate Festival, a rousing tribute to the plundering and marauding band of rogues.
Beachcombers flock to the island in the summertime where a long expanse of sandy beach awaits. There are two piers, the one in the photo below is on the ocean side and the back river pier. Very prominent stands Tybee Island Light, once a beacon for guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah river, and now a museum with five historic buildings situated on a five acre site. Up 178 stairs to the First Order Fresnel lens, one can view miles and miles ocean and surrounding scenery.
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