Hilton Head Island, located in the US State of South Carolina (in an area called Lowcountry), is a resort locale with 12 miles (19 km) of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Its fine powdery sand and plethora of golf courses make it a popular spot for both golfers and beachgoers. A few weeks ago I met my family there for a bit of swimming, sailing and sunning.
For wildlife watchers (like me), the island is home to many species that live both on land and water (and some who live in both!). You may be lucky enough to see alligators (look on the banks of ponds and estuaries), manatees, large birds such as pelicans and snowy egrets, sea turtles (I saw a loggerhead nesting area which was roped off with warning signs to prevent human interference) and dolphins. Regarding the latter, we were enamored by a pod of several hundred dolphins while sailing from Harbour Town.
The 90 foot tall (27.4 m) Harbour Town Lighthouse, built in 1969, has undoubtedly guided many ships into the thriving Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Inside this unofficial symbol of Hilton Head, you will find a 9-level museum and gift shop. If you want to see the view from the top of the lighthouse (without actually climbing to the top), click on their live webcam.
Hilton Head is only 20 miles (32 km) from Savannah, GA. Savannah is the quintessential “Southern” town where you will find horse-drawn carriages clopping through Spanish Moss-lined cobblestone streets. You will also find lots of great food (for me that means biscuits and grits, I’m a southern girl after all), hordes of friendly people and boat loads of Southern charm (y’all come back anytime!). Living by New York City, it’s not often that I hear a group of people addressed as “y’all”, but it sure is comforting and familiar.
Have you been to South Carolina? What do you like most about it? The friendly people, the golf or the sandy beaches? Or maybe it’s the shrimp and grits or the rich confections like cupcakes and fudge?