Monthly Archives: August 2012

Your Guide to the 12 Miles of Hilton Head Island Beaches

Hilton Head Island is home to twelve miles of sparkling sand beaches where you can walk the flat sand banks of the Atlantic Ocean or wade in the surf.

Feel like a kid again and hide in the rolling dunes and natural grasses on one of the best beaches in South Carolina or gaze towards the clouds to admire kite tricks and parasailing – it’s what makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing vacation spots anywhere.

Hilton Head Island Beach

All of the Hilton Head Island beach is public, from the ocean to the high water mark.  Access to the beach, however, is often private.  The Town of Hilton Head Island beach access is provided at the following locations:

  • Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Drive
  • Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle
  • Fish Haul Park, at the end of Beach City Road
  • Driessen Beach Park, at the end of Bradley Beach Road
  • Burkes Beach Access, at the end of Burkes Beach Road
  • Folly Field Beach Park, off Folly Field Road
  • Islanders Beach Park, off Folly Field Road

The following Hilton Head beaches are equipped with the mats that make them wheelchair accessible:

  • Alder Lane Beach
  • Coligny Beach Park
  • Driessen Beach Park
  • Folly Field Beach Park
  • Islanders Beach Park

The beaches of Hilton Head are absolutely breathtaking, and if you get there early enough or stay late enough, the sunrises and sunsets are some of the most memorable you’ll see!

What’s your favorite time of day to be on the beach?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Get to Know Hilton Head Island, SC

Though only twelve miles long and five miles wide, Hilton Head Island manages to pack a lot in—real natural beauty, world-class golf, award winning restaurants, quality shopping, elegant homes, and friendly locals characterize this community.

Charming plantation communities are balanced with extensive wilderness areas to create a home that invites habitation while protecting the natural features that make this place so special. Strict building codes aim to preserve the surroundings, chain stores and the like are less commercialized and much of the local signage is low to the ground, minimizing clutter.

Hilton Head’s northern end—near the bridge to the mainland—is more residential than the resort orientated southern end. Windmill Harbor along the Intracoastal Waterway has lovely homes that reference historic Charleston style architecture, and the award winning South Carolina Yacht Club. A superb waterfront sports center also caters to residents. Peaceful Spanish Wells faces Broad Creek and has streets lined in moss-draped ancient oaks. Many Spanish Wells homes have private docks, and the community also sports a private golf course and club.

Hilton Head Plantation is one of the islands largest residential neighborhoods, and it sits between Port Royal Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Four top-notch golf courses, a recreation center, several tennis courts, swimming pools, boating facilities, and miles of bike and jogging trails keep residents healthy and happy, and there are two lovely nature conservancies within the community as well.

Seabrook Farms has garden space, and there are over two miles of clean white beach to enjoy. On the subject of beaches, Hilton Head has over 6 miles of soft white sand, and locals enjoy a wide range of water sports, attested to by the number of boats in the island’s ten marinas. Cruises and tours take you up close to dolphins and other wildlife, and kayakers often enjoy a peaceful trip along the region’s wildlife rich inland waterways.

Hilton Head is well equipped for recreation in general, with several top-notch tennis facilities, recreation centers, and swimming pools, and a high number of sport fields and wilderness parks for a region of this size. Biking, horseback riding, and hiking trails crisscross the island and enable residents to get up close to herons, egrets, wood ducks, Carolina chickadees, jays, bluebirds, and yellow-rumped warblers, not to mention turtles, white-tail deer and small brown rabbits!

Renowned across the country for the caliber of its golf courses, Hilton Head was named one of the nations “Top Ten” best destinations by Golf Digest. With over 20 courses in the immediate vicinity, it will take you a while to experience all there is to enjoy here.

A popular holiday destination that sees an average 2 million visitors annually, Hilton Head has many world class resorts, sophisticated restaurants, and upscale shopping areas alongside family friendly seafood joints, funky specialty stores, and fun open air markets. There is a good local history museum and a family fun center, and a varied range of community events and festivals each year.

LOCATION
Beautiful Hilton Head Island is just off the southern coast of South Carolina and is part of Beaufort County. Highway-278 (locally known as the William Hilton Parkway,) runs down most of the island and connects it to the mainland. About 18 miles west of the island, SH-278 intersects with I-95, a major coastal interstate. I-95 journeys south to Savannah, Georgia (about 40 miles from Hilton Head) before traveling through Georgia to Florida and down into Miami. I-95 north travels to Florence and into North Carolina and beyond. Bluffton is about 6 miles from Hilton Head, and is just off SH-278, and Beaufort, the County seat, is about 35 miles away.

TRANSPORTATION/AIRPORTS
Thanks to its popularity as a holiday spot, Hilton Head Island is extremely accessible. The 12 mile island has its own centrally located regional airport, and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is only about 45 minutes away by car. With 53 flights daily to 16 major cities across the southern, central, and eastern states, this larger airport connects locals and visitors alike to national and international centers.

The Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority operates a bus service throughout Beaufort County and surrounding counties, linking Hilton Head and Bluffton with Beaufort and other Lowcountry towns and centers. The LRTA also has a dial-a-ride service, offers transport to those on Medicaid, and coordinates vanpooling. Amtrak operates out of Savannah, with trains traveling to major east coast centers.

With 10 marinas on the island, it’s not hard to enjoy the water in a big way. Many residents own their own water craft, but a variety of powerboats and waverunners can also be rented at several of the marinas. Charter companies offer tours to see outlying islands, dolphins and more, and kayaks and waterskiing gear can also be rented. The County completed the relatively new Cross Island Parkway in 1999, designed to alleviate traffic during the summer peak-season. The Parkway is paid for by toll, and residents can use a ‘Palmetto Pass,’ which saves them 50% on the cost.

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Bluffton Dog Days of Summer Sunset Party

Just because the summer is starting to wind down doesn’t mean there is a lack of events happening here in Hilton Head Island!  The Bluffton Dog Days of Summer Sunset Party is a music, food and beer sunset celebration that will be held at The Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on May River this Friday, August 17th from 5:00 until 9:30 pm for the Palmetto Animal League.

This fun event will feature two local bands, a $3 Craft Beer Garden, a Hot & Spicy Food Court and other fun activities that every member of your family will enjoy!  The Palmetto Animal League will also have dogs available for adoption from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Kicking off the Dog Days of Summer Sunset Party are “The Chiggers” at 5:30pm, followed by “Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project” at 7:30pm.  These two fantastic Hilton Head local bands will bring you live rock, blues, and country music to keep the party going and make sure you have a great time with family and friends…all for a great cause!

The great cause I’m talking about is benefiting the Palmetto Animal League, a No Kill Animal Rescue and Adoption organization serving homeless animals in the Lowcountry.  While tickets to this events are $5 (children 12 and under are free), a percentage of the proceeds will help the organization.

So come by boat, golf cart, bike, or any other means and even bring your pets (on a leash) for a night of fun, music, food, and hopefully another classic Hilton Head Island sunset.  Oh, and don’t forget your cameras!

What other events are coming up in Hilton Head?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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