This clean, beautiful, spacious, and quiet beach stretches from the curve at 1st Street to 14th Street. It’s a place of choice for many locals though not too crowded in general. If you’re looking for a party atmosphere, loud music, and big companies, you’d better choose another holiday spot – Mid Beach has more of a family atmosphere, and most visitors here are families with kids, older adults, and elderly couples. Sometimes this beach gets too crowded, but it’s expansive, and you’re likely to find a spot for yourself – to swim, tan, and relax – at any time.
Access and parking
Parking is ample, but it may be difficult to find a vacant space near Tybee on busy days – then you should try driving a few blocks away from the pier, where most visitors tend to go. There is no free parking, all the beach parking is paid and costs 1.50 dollars per hour. You can pay either with quarters or with a credit card at a street kiosk.
Take note that sometimes getting to and off the island can be a kind of a problem – get ready for long waits on summer weekends due to heavy traffic and higher accident probability.
Services and amenities
On Mid Beach, you’ll find such standard amenities as public restrooms and showers to rinse the sand and saltwater off. Some of them are located across from the lighthouse. On-site, you can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas if you like.
Cleanliness and swimming conditions
Mid Beach is rather clean and well-maintained most of the time, though some visitors complain about litter on busy days, such as cigarette butts and beer cans. Otherwise, the sand is clean and easily walkable in bare feet. The water isn’t stunningly beautiful but good – warm and clean. The beach is flat, and you can go very far into the ocean before you reach deeper areas at low tide. Lifeguards are on duty, so you don’t have to worry much about safety. Nevertheless, if you stay at the south end, take care to watch for the swiftly changing tide.
Pleasant walks and beautiful views
Mid Beach features good piers and viewing points – great for pensive walks on one’s own or for romantic evenings with a partner. There are such constructions as piers and a lighthouse. At some point, you can easily observe the shipping channel and watch cargo ships coming. You can also find wooden swings – a nice place to make a pause and just watch the ocean. In addition, this quiet beach is great for watching sunrises or the full moon rising over the ocean.
Fauna at Mid Beach
Quite close to the shore, you can spot dolphins, which show up almost every day. You also have a chance to spot a stingray or a loggerhead turtle.
Dogs are not allowed, even in low season. You can go to Hunting Island State Park or Hilton Head beaches if you want to take your pet with you.