Vacation Goals: Keep the kids active, happy, entertained, and (most importantly) tired out by sundown. The suits are on, the sunscreen’s rubbed in, and you’re parked in your beach chair. Having a go-to list of game ideas for the munchkins means you get to relax longer and with minimal distractions. We’ve got the ideas; you just worry about finishing that book that’s been on your nightstand for a month.
“Get Your Plaid On” April 10-16 for Hilton Head’s legendary golf tournament!
By Blanche T. Sullivan, Contributor
Hilton Head Island has a well-established reputation as a premier vacation destination, but did you know that it was a golf tournament that helped to secure the tropical hotspot’s place on the world map nearly 50 years ago?
The late Charles Fraser, considered by many to be the pioneer of Hilton Head, was a passionate visionary and entrepreneur who believed that hosting a prestigious golf tournament with golf icons would spotlight the island’s beauty and garner positive attention regarding its unrivaled offerings. Fraser’s plan was to have the initial Heritage golf tournament take place Nov. 27-30, 1969, during Thanksgiving weekend, on the island’s newly created Harbour Town Golf Links.
Your Guide to Hilton Head Island’s Diverse Wildlife
Hilton Head Island was recently voted #1 Island in the Continental U.S. by Travel & Leisure magazine – with over 12 miles of sunny beaches, hundreds of fantastic restaurants and bars, and picturesque landscapes. The lowcountry is also home to an abundance of wildlife – from the iconic American alligator, to the elegant Great Egret. A trip to Hilton Head is the perfect time to enjoy nature, and spot some beautiful animals in their natural habitats. Here you’ll find details about the local critters, where to go for the best views, and a fun checklist for the whole family to keep track of what you’ve seen!
Low Country Day Tripping
By Erin Laytham Lentz
If you’re lucky enough to be spending your vacation nestled on Hilton Head Island, you will be equally enticed by some of the day trips that await in and around the region called the Low Country. There are points of interest that will enthrall any traveler’s recreational pursuits, from shopping, boating, dining, exploring and the arts. The Low Country locations of the south have a certain way of charming its’ visitors with its emblematic characteristics like the signature live oaks with Spanish Moss, sweet tea, barbecue, shrimp & grits, grand architecture and rich history. Many of these popular destinations are strongly influenced by Gullah traditions including storytelling, cuisine, crafts, farming and fishing traditions. The Gullah early ancestors were brought to the SC & Georgia Low Country through the ports of Charleston and Savannah as slaves. Here are some of the local and visitor favorites:
Your Guide to a Successful Day of Thrifting on Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head has plenty of boutique shopping and the amazing Tanger Outlets right over the bridge in Bluffton, but the HHI locals know that we also have some incredible thrift stores…and everyone loves a good bargain, right? We’ve got the details you need to save a little green and have some fun at these thrifty spots. Complete with the most convenient route and some delicious lunch spots to check out along the way!
Beyond its world-class golf, dining and shopping opportunities, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina attracts millions of visitors annually who come to enjoy the island’s beautiful, award-winning beaches.
Here are 5 great reasons to love Hilton Head beaches: Read More
What an amazing place we live! We have beautiful beaches where sea turtles nest and begin life every year from May to October.
There are seven kinds of sea turtles in the world, loggerheads are the species we predominantly see on Hilton Head Island. Loggerhead sea turtles are reptiles weighing upwards of 350 pounds. Females slowly crawl up our beaches to nest, burying on average 120 eggs in the hopes that at least one will live and be the next generation. It takes an average of 60 days for the eggs to incubate in the nest. Temperature will determine how many males and females are in the nest. The hotter temperatures produce females and cooler temperatures males. Female sea turtles will nest 4-6 times in a season, coming ashore every two weeks with a new clutch of eggs to deposit in the sand. One in 100 hatchlings will make it through the first three days. One in over 1,000 will make it to be a reproductive adult at 25 years of age. The odds are against them and all sea turtles are threatened or endangered. That is why Hilton Head Island takes so many measures to help protect the sea turtles that visit our beach. Read More
Memorial Day is near, and our 13.5 miles of beautiful beaches will soon be full of beachgoers. Shore Beach Service is the Beach Patrol for Hilton Head Island. Our staff will soon swell to over 80 lifeguards. Some are local, but most from across the country and around the world.
Below are a few safety tips that all beachgoers should follow to make a day on the beach safer and more enjoyable.