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article imagePhoto Essay: Tybee Island, where summer lasts all year long Special

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By Kay Mathews     Dec 2, 2012 in Travel
Tybee Island - It's early December and there are sunny skies over, and temperatures in the seventies on, the beautiful coastal Georgia town of Tybee Island.
Tybee Island is one of eight U.S. islands "where summer lasts all year long," according to Budget Travel.
With its "average highs of 61/67 in February/March," Budget Travel describes Tybee Island as a less-expensive travel destination with "five miles of sugary beaches fringed by sea oats."
Year round, there are plenty of things to see and do on Tybee Island, including visiting the lighthouse, viewing huge cargo ships, bird watching, and fishing. And, of course, when it's too cold to swim in the ocean, building sand castles is always fun.
As Budget Travel notes, the Tybee Island lighthouse is "picture-perfect enough to make it onto a postage stamp." Officially called the "Tybee Island Light Station," it "has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years."
Tybee Island Lighthouse.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island Lighthouse. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Throughout the year, visitors to Tybee Island can see large cargo ships entering the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean, or emerging from the Savannah River on their way out to sea.
A family walks toward the Savannah River in order to get a better view of a cargo ship making its wa...
A family walks toward the Savannah River in order to get a better view of a cargo ship making its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Located on the Colonial Coastal Birding trail, Tybee Island hosts more than two hundred and eleven bird species.
Pelicans flying just above the ocean  and dinner.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Pelicans flying just above the ocean, and dinner. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Fishing is a popular past-time on Tybee Island.
Fisherwoman on Tybee Island  Ga.
Fisherwoman on Tybee Island, Ga.
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For youngsters, and those young at heart, the sugary beaches provide plenty of sand for building castles when it's just a bit too cold to swim in the ocean.
Little girl building a sand castle.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Little girl building a sand castle. Tybee Island, Ga.
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