Dolphin Research Excursions at the Coastal Discovery Museum!

Everyone loves dolphins, but not many people know too much about them! Besides being cute and playful, dolphins are extremely smart and the Coastal Discovery Museum has announced a new boat cruise excursion to teach people more about these awesome creatures! 

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The cruise will be offered most Wednesdays in April and May from 10 a.m.-noon. The excursion will study acoustic communications between resident dolphins in the May River. While researchers from Dr. Eric Montie’s Lab at the University of South Carolina Beaufort visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Captain Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned about these fascinating cetaceans. The research goals are to determine abundance, location, and individual identification of dolphins in the vicinity of Montie’s acoustic recorders that are deployed at three stations in the May River.

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By going to one of these excursions, it is as if you are a part of some very important research to our island and to the dolphin community! You will be a part of a huge and important thing for these lovable porpoises!

Price: $55 per person (ages 10 and older only) and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or online at coastaldiscovery.org.

Dates: 

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Music and Taste on the Harbour

Music, Food, and the Harbour… what could be better? Throw in some deals and some beautiful weather, and you have the perfect night out! Music & Taste on the Harbour returns March 30, 2017 to Shelter Cove Harbour and continues on Thursdays each week through May 18, 2017.

Dance the night away while enjoying live music performances and great food at the Shelter Cove Harbour. Restaurants will offer specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails during this dining and musical experience!

Music & Taste on the Harbour is from 6-9 p.m. each Thursday during the spring, weather permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed, and limited seating is available so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Admission is completely free, which is a great bonus if you just want to sit down and listen to some great music in the wonderful Spring weather!

Here is the full lineup for the Spring 2017 Season!

2017 Music & Taste Schedule

Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Weather Permitting
March 30 • The Headliners
April 6 • Deas Guyz
April 13 • The Headliners
April 20 • Target
April 27 • The Headliners
May 4 • Deas Guyz
May 11 • Target
May 18 • The Headliners

Wingfest at Shelter Cove Community Park!

Love Barbeque? Can’t get enough of the myriad of sauces and dips for wings, and the delectable, mouth-watering and, sometimes even, wacky flavor combos? Then the WingFest on Hilton Head Island is a great event for you. Located at Shelter Cove Community Park along the water, WingFest is an event that has been going on for years in the Hilton Head Community and is a great event for locals and visitors alike.

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So what exactly is WingFest, you ask? WingFest is a food festival where 15-20 local restaurants will cook their hearts out to serve the community their best wings, in hopes of being crowned as having the Best Wings on Hilton Head Island. Beyond the food and drinks, which there is plenty of, there’s also great live music by local bands. There’s no better combo than wings, a cold beer, views of the ocean and sunset, and live music playing in the background!

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The Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Admission: $7 and free for kids 10 & under and food/beverages available for purchase. The money made at the festival benefits the Hilton Head Island Rec Center!
  • Bands Schedule:
    11 – 12:45 pm
    Souls Harbor Trio
    1:15 – 3:15 pm
    Deas Guyz
    3:45 – 6 pm
    Matt Parker & the Deacons

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This is a great full day event out along the water, and will be a perfect community event for you and your family to live like locals on Hilton Head Island– and chow down on some seriously good southern BBQ! If you’re hoping to make it to the island for the event, stay in one of our vacation rental homes or villas! Our properties in Palmetto Dunes would be perfect for this event, as Palmetto Dunes is just across the street from all of the festivities at Shelter Cove and a free shuttle runs from PD to the Community Park!

 

BP Myth Busters: The Only Thing to do in Hilton Head is go to the beach…?

Hmm… as great as the beaches are, we beg to differ that they are the ONLY activity to enjoy here– there’s tons to do on Hilton Head Island! We’re busting this myth with 5 examples of other great activities on the island– other than the sand and sun!

  1. Sea Pines Forest PreserveImage result for forest preserve hhi
    The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is one of Hilton Head’s greatest treasures. From a myriad of wildlife, beautiful serene paths and bridges, and Spanish moss hanging all around, this is an oasis away from the beach, with hours of exploring for you to do. From the swamps, to the lakes, to the tree covered walkways, you truly feel as though you are in a different and very special untouched world. Another great piece to the forest preserve is the picnic benches overlooking the lake, for a picnic after a little exploring. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is an absolute must on Hilton Head, and is so easily accessible from all of our properties— especially those that are in Sea Pines Plantation.
  2. Coastal Discovery Museum
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    Whether you’re into snakes, butterflies, turtles, or shells, the Coastal Discovery Museum in Honey Horn Plantation is the place for you. Between their educational tours and classes that run every day, to their fun interactive museum, there’s tons to do here. There is a butterfly enclosure, live snakes, a beautiful gazebo and dock that walk out over the marshes for a beautiful view, and amazing employees who are more than willing to give you some information about whatever you’d like! This is a great spot for adults and children alike, and a wonderful place to get out of the sun for a couple of hours.
  3. Old Town Bluffton
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    From Old Town charm, amazing restaurants, a bustling farmer’s market, and tons of shops and history, this is a great place to spend an afternoon strolling the oak draped streets in Bluffton. There has been a recent boom of business in Old Town Bluffton that has made it a great new hub for tourism just minutes off of Hilton Head Island. From cute boutique stores, an amazing and expansive farmer’s market on Thursday’s, and wonderful restaurants just oozing with southern charm, this is not a place to miss!
  4. Shelter Cove Marina & Shelter Cove Towne Center
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    With a myriad of shops, restaurants, entertainment, and much more, Shelter Cove has always been a famous Hilton Head Island stop. Recently, the Shelter Cove Towne Center opened up across 278 featuring even more shops, a great park, a wonderful view of the marsh and ocean, and restaurants, activities, etc. Both of these are great places to spend some time with your family, get out of the sun, and maybe even have a little shopping spree!
  5. Pinckney Island

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Maybe on your drive to or from Old Town Bluffton, you can make a stop at the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, nested right in between the two bridges that take you off of Hilton Head Island. This is nature at it’s finest, and more pure. From bird watching to just sitting down and taking in the sounds of nature uninterrupted, we recommend this spot for anyone just needing a little quiet getaway.

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That’s it for this myth, but we will be back with even more myth busting and tips! Follow this blog, or head to our website for more information on a vacation on Hilton Head Island with Beach Properties!

Coastal Discovery Museum Events!

Image result for coastal discovery museumDo you love gators, birds, oceanography, and all things nature? If you do– the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island is a great place for you to visit and gain some awesome new knowledge.

Even better, in the months of January and February they have some great events going on for you to catch! Here’s the schedule:

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BALD EAGLES OF THE LOWCOUNTRY – Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 3PM – Coastal Discovery Museum Tom Murphy, retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the principal investigator for the state’s Bald Eagle Program, will share the story of the Bald Eagles in the Lowcountry. From near extinction to recovery, this presentation will trace the success and the challenges facing the Bald Eagle. Learn why our national bird nearly went extinct, about the efforts to bring them back and what should we do to secure the future of this magnificent bird.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LOWCOUNTRY – Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 3PM Dr. Chris Marsh will give an overview of current patterns of climate change that are occurring locally and globally. He will describe the science that drives weather patterns and how scientists are using this information to predict what the future holds for sea level rise and climate change in the Southeast.

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URBAN TREES VS. URBAN FORESTS: Why Biodiversity Matters- Wednesday, February 1st- 3 PM Join Sally Krebs the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for the Town of Hilton Head Island and learn why urban trees and forests matter. One of the most sustainable actions we can take is to help preserve earth’s biodiversity, the many different forms of life with which we share our planet. But why should humans be concerned about this? One emerging field of research is finding links between biodiversity and human health. This presentation hopes to get you thinking in a whole new way about our urban forests and the organisms that live there!

SHORE BIRD MIGRATION –Friday, February 10th- 3 PM Every spring, thousands of shorebirds utilize South Carolina’s beach and marsh habitats. These habitats provide critical stopover areas for birds on their northbound migration to breeding sites, while others will nest in these beautiful coastal landscapes of South Carolina. Come learn about the important role SC plays in the life-cycle of spring migrants and local nesting species, and what we can do to protect this incredible part of our state’s natural heritage. Nicholas Wallover is currently the Regional Biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and Manager of the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point. He has worked on numerous coastal protected species including sea turtles, shorebirds, and dolphins.

Image result for coastal discovery museum_________________________________________________________________Visit Hilton Head for a great combo of the beach and relaxation and a great opportunity to learn something with the kids or inspire a future naturalist in the family! Head over to our website to make reservations at one of our amazing homes and villas here!

 

Four Scenic Views You Can’t Miss on Hilton Head Island

There are so many amazing views to catch on Hilton Head Island, but there’s a few, that seem to be the one’s you can’t help but take a picture of. This is our list of those must have views for your Hilton Head Island vacation!

  1. Sunset at The Skull Creek Boathouse: With live music, fresh seafood, and a view like this that is only obscured by the oak trees and Spanish moss, how could you not feel like you’re on vacation? sunset-photo-at-skull-creek-boathouse
  2. South Beach Marina: Home of the famous Salty Dog Cafe, South Beach Marina is full of fun, bright colors, that take you back to your childhood and bring a vintage vacation vibe full of memories! satly-dog-cafe-south-beach-marina2
  3. The Harbor Town Lighthouse: This view is iconic to Hilton Head Island, and whether you see it at sunset or in the middle of the day it is just as fulfilling. Hello, Hilton Head.gray-cloudy-skies-turned
  4. Is there really any view better than the view of the beach from your beach chair? We didn’t think so either…1

If you’re craving any of these views– especially the last one– go on our website to book a wonderful beach vacation home in Hilton Head Island where the views are spectacular and the memories are even better.

Unleash Your Pup on Hilton Head During the Fall and Winter Seasons!

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In the height of summer on the island, you likely won’t see any dogs on the beach… why is that? Because they are actually not allowed on the beach during the Summer from 10am-5pm due to high crowds and even higher heat!

The great news, however, is that your pup can roam free in the sand and water from October 1- February 28 whenever they please! Bring a tennis ball and let your dog swim to retrieve it, or laze the day away with your best friend by your side. The weather is so much more forgiving during the time of the year anyways, so your pup will surely thank you!

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If you and your pup need a vacation, click this link to our website to view our pet-friendly properties, so you can both travel luxuriously and be just steps from your beloved beaches! We can’t wait to see you and your fluffy friend!

Hilton Head Island Beach Treasure Hunt

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Can you find these 5 items at the beach by your

Beach Properties Vacation Rental Home?

  1. A Hermit Crab: if you find one of these shells don’t take them home! There is a good chance that shell is a little hermit crabs home and if you wait long enough, he will probably crawl out of his shell and walk around!hermit-2
  2. A Dolphin Swimming in the Ocean: Have no fear if you see something like this swimming in the distance! These are just our playful dolphins swimming through! 3050e5ec5e55b9bdceb616f161334317
  3. A Sand Dollar: You may find one washed up in the waves, or even feel one under your foot as you play in the water, because sand dollars are plentiful here in Hilton Head! If you happen to find one far from the water, be sure to throw it back to its home in the ocean!3371502500_28b937937b
  4. A Sandpiper: These cute little birds love to sit by the crashing waves and eat up tiny crustaceans in the sand! 9fc919f6c45704956d3969dc34551ddd
  5. A Beautiful Sunset View: Why not finish off your scavenger hunt with the best prize of them all– a gorgeous sunset! There are plenty of these to find in Hilton Head so this one shouldn’t be too hard to check off your list!hilton.head.jpg

We hope you had fun finding all of these fun creatures and sights! Or if you were just looking at the post for some vacation inspiration, head on over to our website and book your vacation with us now!! How can you resist those adorable dolphins, and a view like that!

Cycling Fun On Hilton Head

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Click here to view specials on bike rentals for Beach Properties of Hilton Head Guests.  Go on our website and look at our fall & winter specials and see how much you could save on your next vacation to Hilton Head Island today!

 

How To Find Dolphins on Hilton Head Island

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Dolphins are not hard to spot in Hilton Head’s waters. Dolphins usually are spotted feeding at low tide each day in the near by creeks and rivers, such as Skull Creek, Chechessee River, Colleton River, and the Broad River. Use this tide chart to figure out the best time each day to go out and find Dolphins. At high tide, you can also find dolphins, usually socializing and playing in larger herd numbers. They are more playful and social at high tide because they have already eaten at low tide.

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Many of our properties at Beach Properties of Hilton Head are on great locations to see Dolphins. We also have several boating excursions on our Advantage Program that take you right out up close and personal with Dolphins. Check out our website and current specials going on for the holiday season to book your next vacation. Hilton Head Island is a great place to vacation in the final months of the year and especially a great place to spend your family holiday. Remember, there is nothing like a holiday at the beach!