Restaurants You Can Walk to After the Perfect Beach Day

Salty Dog Hilton Head Beach Restaurant

After experiencing the perfect beach day on Hilton Head Island what better way to top it all off than by enjoying one of the local Hilton Head restaurants within walking distance. That’s one of the best parts of vacationing or living on Hilton Head Island – everything is really close to wherever you’re standing (or residing!).

Salty Dog Café

232 S. Seapines Dr., Hilton Head Island

Old Oyster Factory Restaurant

101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head Island

Cocos On the Beach

663 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island Read More

Open Summer Weeks in Our Finest Beach Houses

Open Summer Weeks in Our Finest Beach Houses

This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to warmer weather and we find ourselves daydreaming about a summer vacation. It’s also the best time of year to book one of our finest beach houses on Hilton Head Island. Don’t delay until the best you can do is to be waitlisted. Taking the time to choose now allows you to select from among the best oceanfront beach homes still available for this summer.

Here’s a listing of the homes for which we still have availability:

Beach House
6/18–6/25   7/16–7/23   8/6–8/13 Read More

Hilton Head Named “Can’t Miss Beach”

With its more than 12 miles of beaches, it should come as no surprise that Hilton Head Island was named a “Can’t Miss Beach” this past summer by CNN.

In the article posted June 2015 entitled “So long, summer: 15 U.S. beaches for a last hurrah” they named a total of 15 beaches including our own Hilton Head Island.

Beaches specifically mentioned in the CNN article was Dolphin Head Recreation Area located in Hilton Head Plantation, a gated community. Also mentioned as accessible beaches were Driessen Beach Park and Folly Field Beach Park. Read More

5 Amazing Tennis Courts On Hilton Head Island

If there’s one thing tourists know about Hilton Head Island SC besides its wealth of gorgeous beaches, it’s the island’s plethora of world-class tennis facilities. Unfortunately, though, because of how hugely popular tennis has become in the area, many lesser-quality tennis facilities have popped up in an attempt to cash in.

Thats why I’m here.

Using the knowledge I’ve gained over my many years of living in Hilton Head (along with the insights I’ve gleaned by talking with local tennis players), I will lay out in detail the Tennis Courts you absolutely must check out the next time you’re in Hilton Head Island SC. Read More

Guide To Private Tennis Courts On Hilton Head Island

Playing Tennis in Hilton Head Island Is Fun!

Hilton Head Island is a place well-known for many things. From the island’s unrivaled beaches to its renowned golf courses, visitors are never far from a great time. What may surprise some first timers though, is the world-class Tennis courts found here.

In fact, almost all of the private tennis courts listed here have been featured in Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Greatest US Tennis Resorts”! How’s that for a little known gem?

With so many world-class tennis courts on Hilton Head Island, the only real problem is figuring out where to play. This article with serve to recommend some of our personal favorites, and give you the information you need to decide which private tennis court is the perfect choice for you. Read More

Best Places to Get Tennis Lessons In Hilton Head

Continuing on with our series on the great tennis options in Hilton Head is our newest post on the best places to get a tennis lesson in Hilton Head.

If you’re visiting the Hilton Head area, you’ve likely caught wind of their world-class tennis facilities.  But with so many options, it can be hard to find the perfect choice for you.  This list is all about tennis lessons, and will give you a peek into the best places to improve your skills in Hilton Head SC.

Sea Pines Racquet Club

Let’s start our list with the internationally-renowned Sea Pines Racquet Club.  This tennis facility is run by the former US Open and Wimbledon world champion and former US Olympic Men’s Coach Stan Smith – hows that for credibility?  With over 40 years in the business of giving tennis lessons, Sea Pines offers a large variety of teaching clinics, instructional programs, and tennis vacation packages.  In fact, it was ranked as one of “America’s Top Tennis Destinations” by Tennis Magazine.  The Club has 21 clay courts, 4 of which are lit for night play.  Sea Pines offers private and group lessons for all skill levels. Read More

Guide To Public Tennis Courts On Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known far and wide for its spectacular golf courses and wide sandy beaches but if you talk to the more active residents and visitors to the island, you’ll likely hear them raving just as loudly about the outstanding tennis courts that dot the island.

A year-round mild climate and over a hundred courts on the island make Hilton Head Island one of the top tennis vacation destinations on the east coast.

In this first in a series of articles about the best places to play tennis on Hilton Head Island, we’ll take a look at the public tennis courts located around the island.  These courts, as the name suggests, are open to the public.  

Chaplin Community Park

Address: 11 Cast Net Drive The Chaplin Community Park has plenty to offer, but tennis players get excited when they see its six well-maintained courts.  These lighted courts are available for an $8 per hour rental fee between Memorial Day and Labor day, and at no charge for the rest of the year.  Visit the Island Recreation Association’s website to reserve a court.

Cordillo Courts

Address: 2 South Forest Beach Drive For convenience, it’s hard to beat the four hard courts located just off Pope Ave.  The Cordillo Courts are just steps away from Coligny Plaza, the premier shopping district on Hilton Head Island.  It’s easy to imagine playing a few matches in the morning and walking across the street to grab a coffee, smoothie, or sandwich as one of the many shops in the area.  The Cordillo Courts are lighted and do not require visitors to schedule a court time.

Hilton Head High School and Hilton Head Middle School

Address: 70 Wilborn Drive

Looking to mix it up with the kids?  Kidding, of course, we all know they would win.  If you feel like a throwback to your high school domination of the courts, the local school district has you covered.  There are six courts located on the high school campus and four more next door at the middle school that are open to the public.  During the school year, courts are available in the evenings and over the weekend.  During the summer, these courts are available anytime on a first come first serve basis with user fees. Read More

Hilton Head Recognized As A Bike Friendly Community

One of the biggest reasons visitors and residents alike chose Hilton Head Island is the chance to enjoy the magnificent low country landscape found on and around this coastal paradise.  More and more locals and guests are discovering a better way to enjoy their surroundings.  Rather than speeding around in a car, Hilton Head Islanders are choosing the human powered transportation of a bicycle.  

While the thrill of cruising around the island on a bike has been common knowledge locally for years, Hilton Head Island is beginning to get a little national recognition for its bikeability. This summer when the League of American Bicyclists gathered to make their list of the best communities for cycling, Hilton Head made the list of the top 25 bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S.

While Hilton Head had been given a silver-level status by the organization in the past, the community took an exciting step forward this year by winning gold-level status as a bikeable community.  As one of only 21 gold-level bike-friendly communities in the country and the only one located in the Southeast, Hilton Head is quite proud of this honor.  

As with any award, this one comes as the result of lots of hard work by the town and it’s residents.  Everyone involved has been putting in plenty of time to make Hilton Head a bike-friendly community.  Two specific initiatives stand out as reasons the town was given gold status this time around. Chamber Of Commerce Bike And Dine Week One of the most exciting events of the year for the cycling community On Hilton Head Island is the annual Bike and Dine Week sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  After realizing years ago that residents and visitors to the island can get nearly anywhere they needed to go by bike, the Chamber decided to encourage folks to get out and take a ride to their favorite dining spots.  Many restaurants have gotten behind the initiative by offering discounts to those who show up on a bike.

Building An Extensive Network Of Bike Trails What would a bike friendly town be without a great network of trails?  Cyclists of all ages and skill levels have come to see the nearly sixty miles of bike paths and shared roadways as a vital part of their daily lives.  These paths take cyclists into the center of town for dinner and entertainment as well as out through the forests and marshes of the island.  Visitors have no fear of getting lost thanks to the kiosks located all along the paths with an island-wide map on one side, and a local route map on the other.  

Didn’t have room in the car for your bikes on this years vacation?  Hilton Head Island has you covered with plenty options for bike rentals.  Check out one of these great local companies on your next vacation for bike sales, rentals, or service.

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    3 Fabulous Ways To Enjoy The Waters Around Hilton Head Island

    There is something soothing about being out on the water.  The rhythmic motion of the waves and the beauty of nature has a way of putting the mind at ease.  As the name suggests, Hilton Head Island is surrounded by water, including acres of marshland, a number of local creeks and rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the mighty Atlantic.  Visiting the island and want to get off of dry land but don’t know how?  We put together a list of some of our favorite ways to get out on the water. Read More