My husband’s grandparents bought into a timeshare in the Shipyard quite some time ago. In high school and college he would spend a week in Hilton Head with his grandparents, parents and uncle on Kingston Cove in the Shipyard. The unit is on the golf course and there is a community pool at the end of the street. The beach is a short bike ride or car ride away and is accessible only to the Shipyard.
Since our marriage we have continued his family’s tradition of ending August with a week in the Shipyard of Hilton Head. We just returned home.
As the life guards at the beach explain, Hilton Head is on a “shelf” and so rip tides seldom become a problem. The water is fairly shallow and the waves are usually very gentle. I grew up visiting beaches along Cape Cod Massachusetts where the ocean side waves are much rougher and colder. In Hilton Head my kids spend hours wave riding with their wave boards or using skim boards to skim along the beach.
When we visit in August there are usually jellyfish in the water. Normally we will get one or two mild stings while there and the lifeguards have a spray bottle with solution to help lessen the sting. Sometimes one of the kids may be stung by a stronger jellyfish, but that is a rare occasion. If a tropical storm passes through the area then there will be quite a few jellyfish washed ashore and in the surf.
The storms compensate with more than jellyfish though. This year for the first time there were living sand dollars in the water. One morning after a stormy night, we found several rolling around in the surf. Another morning someone else on the beach found a whelk. And we have found washed up horseshoe crabs shells too.
In addition to the beach and golf my family enjoys the wildlife in the area. There are blue herons and white egrets fishing in the water along the golf course. There are turtles. And we see alligators regularly as well. I’ve never seen a fish jump up out of water and “fly” several feet before, but I saw it happen quite a few times on this most recent trip.
Our favorite places to go on the Island; The Crazy Crab; family style sea food restaurant. There are two one in Harbour Town and one on Jarvis Creek. We love them both but Jarvis Creek is our favorite location. Everybody stops at least once at the Salty Dog Cafe. There are two ice cream shops in Coligny Plaza (I believe they are both cash only) and my favorite clothing shop Jamaican Me Crazy. As we visit in August we usually spend a rainy day at the outlets attending to school clothes shopping. This year we caught a movie at Sea Turtle Cinemas in Bluffton.
We always enjoy our time there. It is a great place to vacation with family or as a couple.