Hilton Head Island is tucked neatly up against the South Carolina coast, so close that it is just a short drive over a marsh-lined causeway to get there, yet only a short distance from the cities of both Charleston and Savannah. Your first glimpse of the lush foliage and the businesses and resorts which are hidden away, well back from the road, gives you your first clue that this not your typical island getaway.
The island’s Natural Resources Division enforces the Land Management Ordinance which minimizes the impact of local development and even governs the style of buildings and how they are situated among the native trees. You won’t recognize the McDonald’s and Wal-Mart here; they are small, built of materials which blend into the environment, and surrounded by trees.
The beach at Hilton Head is amazing; it’s absolutely huge at low tide with plenty of tide pools for kids to splash in and hard packed sand for bike riding. Most of the island is sublimely private, located inside gated communities and resorts but there are also several public beach access points. One of the nicest resorts on the island is the recently renovated Sonesta Resort. Beautifully redone with a focus on orange and other colors of the beautiful island sunsets, the resort is located on 11 beautifully landscaped, beachfront acres which contain water features, gorgeous flowers and plenty of butterflies and birds attracted by the colorful foliage. The resort offers several swimming pools, an active kids program for 3 – 12 year olds, bike rentals, tennis, golf, a fabulous spa and some great dining options.
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