Hospitality Served Here Since 1889
The legendary Hotel Tybee was originally built more than 124 years ago in 1889 in the same location that the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort occupies today. That hotel in Tybee Island, Georgia was acclaimed as the "Finest resort between Atlantic City and Miami on the Atlantic Coast." In its day the Hotel Tybee set the standard for resorts in the United States and featured a lavishly appointed dining room, a saloon, a dancing and group meeting pavilion, elevators, and an electricity generation plant to provide electric lighting to every room. It even had its own artesian waterworks which provided fresh water throughout the property. That Tybee Island resort witnessed hurricanes, wars, a riot, murder, gambling, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. It was the center of activity during Tybee Island's Golden Age in the roaring 1920s. The original Hotel Tybee, built featuring a unique Swiss Chalet type of architecture, burned down in 1909. The second Hotel Tybee, built in a majestic Spanish Revival style of architecture, opened on the same site in 1911. It was demolished by its previous owner in 1961.
To learn about our rich heritage you may buy our history book titled "Hotel Tybee" or read a Google preview on it at www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738590868/Hotel-Tybee. This book was authored by Ocean Plaza Resort's owner Harry Spirides. All of the author's profits from the sale of this book will be donated to restoring the Tybee Post Theater into an active performing arts and cultural center.
While staying at the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, you can discover Tybee Island's rich history. By visiting local museums, monuments and historic sites, you will learn how Tybee Island was first discovered in 1520 by Francisco Fordillo, a Spanish explorer. You can learn why Spain fought a bloody war with France over sassafras plants; why historians believe that Tybee Island is really the place where Blackbeard the Pirate buried his treasure; how a decisive Civil War battle between Confederate and Union forces was fought at nearby Fort Pulaski; how Fort Screven, located on the north end of the island, was a training camp for thousands of American soldiers during World Wars I and II, and how that fort witnessed the tragedies of war when Nazi submarines sank ships as they left the Savannah harbor during World War II. One interesting historical fact is that since Tybee Island's discovery in 1520, seven different flags have flown over Tybee Island. These flags were those of the Spanish, French, British, Pirate, Confederate States of America, United States of America, and the State of Georgia.
The Ocean Plaza Beach Resort is a hotel independently owned by a privately held Georgia corporation controlled by the Spirides family. The Spirides family has operated businesses in Tybee Island's downtown commercial district for the past 70 years, and they have owned the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort property since 1967.