Monday, February 6, 2017

Hilton Head Island (Again)

(This was posted 4 years ago but was damaged and needed to be republished.)

We love Hilton Head Island. For about 25 years we had a vacation place here, starting out with a timeshare and ending with a very nice house. We sold that house in 2008, at the top of the bubble, lucky us. But we still enjoy coming back for vacations.

Hilton Head is billed as a family vacation spot and it is one of the best we have seen. And we've been all over the country, Canada, and Mexico. There are many places that are nice but none that surpass it.

First of all the beaches. that's what you go to the beach for, right? HHI has a contiguous 12 miles of white sandy beach. At low tide you can ride a bicycle the entire 12 miles.
Debbie and Frank riding bikes on HHI beach (four years ago)

There are a dozen designate public beaches. Each feature easy access with lots of free parking. Our favorite beach is the Hiliday Inn beach, more properly called Coligny Beach. the entrance has a water feature.

The entrance to Coligny Beach. There is a place to drop people and "stuff" off.
There are changing rooms, toilets, and cold showers

If the beach looks crowded that's because it is. It is the most popular beach on HHI.
Many of the major hotels. timeshares, and condos are nearby.
Also, the photos were taken at high tide. Everyone in crowded into a narrow strip of beach.
At low tide there's plenty of room

The parents and grandparents taking this infant picture may
 very well have had their own picture taken here as infants.

Hilton Head has 50 miles of paved, protected bike paths. There are over 120 restaurants. There are dozens of places to listen to live music most nights.  We went to a free concert in Shelter Cove Park featuring the Headliners, a great local group we have been paying dear money to hear for over 30 years.
Gregg Russell has been entertaining families under the Live Oak Tree in Harbor Town for 47 years.
Grandparents who heard him as children are now bringing their grandchildren to enjoy.
Many restaurants have outdoor seating with water views.

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