What’s here: Hilton Head Island has 12 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean, over 20 world-class golf courses and a rich history dating back more than 15,000 years.
The ocean is: Foamy! That’s the wind whipping around. It’s like walking on shaving cream. We’ve never seen anything like it.
Favorite hotel amenity: Tiki hut bar on the beach.
As authentic as can be: If you didn’t know, Hilton Head is an “eco-friendly” planned resort community. From the very beginning, in 1952 with the Sea Pines development, community planners crafted neighborhoods to attract tourists while still maintaining the culture, community and environment of the area. With that in mind, Signe’s Bakery serves some incredible lowcountry breakfast and lunch items in its modest dining area. But you really want to come for the pound cakes, cookies and pies though they’re more comfort food than lowcountry.
Why are we dizzy? Hilton Head has dozens of traffic circles. It’s like being in Italy.
True Lowcountry dining: Roastfish and Cornbread may be off the beaten path, but the experience is pure Lowcountry native. Every item is plucked, picked or pulled nearby and prepared by Chef David Vincent Young who learned how to cook in his great-grandmother’s Gullah kitchen.
Did you know: The Gullah people are the descendants of the slaves who worked on the rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. When the U.S. Civil War began, the Union rushed to blockade Confederate shipping. White planters on the Sea Islands, fearing an invasion by the US naval forces, abandoned their plantations and fled to the mainland. When Union forces arrived on the Sea Islands in 1861, they found the Gullah people eager for their freedom, and eager as well to defend it. Many Gullahs served with distinction in the Union Army’s First South Carolina Volunteers. The Sea Islands were the first place in the South where slaves were freed. (Source: Wikipedia)
Eat like a real native: If you really want to eat like the original island tourists, have it on the half shell. Over 15,000 years ago Native American tribes would come to the shores of Hilton Head for a seasonal gathering. It is believed that the shells, left over from their fishing and feasting, mark the perimeter of the encampment. You can see the last remaining Shell Ring on Hilton Head in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.
Come here in November: Average daytime high temperatures are around 70 degrees, so you can still enjoy the foamy beach.