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!

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!

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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!

Our October Photo Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Joan Small from Cary, North Carolina on her winning photo she entered in this month’s Beach Properties of Hilton Head photo contest! Her submission of this beautiful Great White Egret has earned her a $50 Visa gift card!

If you would like to enter our monthly photo contest for your chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card click on this link.

Any photos submitted become property of Beach Properties of Hilton Head and can be used in any marketing or social media outlets, even if they are not deemed a winner.

10 Things Not To Miss On Hilton Head Island

#1 Harbour Town Marina

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Located in Sea Pines, Harbour Town might just be the most iconic landmark in the Lowcountry. Harbour Town is filled with activities, restaurants, and shopping as well as beautiful yachts in the harbor. It is home to the Heritage Classic Professional Golf Tournament where every year people from all over the world come to watch talented professionals compete on the Harbour Town Golf Course.

#2 Shelter Cove Town Center

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A relatively new location on Hilton Head Island is the Shelter Cove Town Center located just down the street from the Palmetto Dunes Resort. The Town Center has a great venue for shopping and quality dining not to mention a vast array of festivals, live music and events in the Community Park Area.

#3 Lawton Stables

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Tucked away deep into the Sea Pines Plantation is Lawton Stables. Tourists and guests are often seen riding horseback from Lawton Stables and around the plantation.  It is a great place for horse lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

#4 The Coastal Discovery Museum

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The Coastal Discovery Museum, located at Honey Horn, offers a great selection of events for all to enjoy, especially children. Explore the cultural history and environmental aspects of Hilton Head Island.  Offering kayaking tours, shrimp trawling expeditions, Blue Crab Discoveries, and much more, the Coastal Discovery Museum never fails to wow its tourists and deliver a spectacular adventure.

#5 Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

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Located 5 minutes west of Hilton Head Island is Pinckney Island, home to the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The Lowcountry is well known for maintaining plenty of un-spoiled wild terrain for exploration.  This is a perfect place to walk on peaceful trails exploring nature and seeing plenty of wildlife. The best part of Pinckney Island is that it is FREE and open to anyone.

#6 Dolphin Tours

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Any resident of Hilton Head will tell you that Hilton Head Island’s waters are filled with dolphins. Take a guided dolphin tour from any one of the many charters and literally come with in a few feet from the oceans most loveable creatures!

#7 Fishing Charters

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Hilton Head Island has some great fishing. With 10 off shore man made reefs near by you will not be disappointed. The best way to experience off shore fishing on Hilton Head Island is to book a fishing charter with one of the island’s experienced fishing companies.

#8 Golf

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If there is one thing Hilton Head Island is famous for it is definitely golf. Hilton Head Island has a great selection of top notch, high quality courses. Many of them were designed and built by world famous golf course architects and former golf legends. With warm temperatures throughout the year, golf can be played in any month.

#9 Tennis

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If you love tennis then you are in luck. There are a lot of various spots to play tennis throughout the Island. A good place to start is in the Palmetto Dunes Resort, Sea Pines Plantation, or Shipyard.

#10 Island Cycling

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One very over looked activity on Hilton Head is cycling. Tourists love to ride bikes on the beach, especially at sunrise or sunset where you can catch some beautiful Carolina Sky. Enjoy over 60 miles of riding trails on the Island,such as in Sea Pines Plantation on the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Much of the Island’s south end is accessible via bike. Ride to dinner with the kids, or ride to the beach to meet up with friends. Enjoy a vacation without even needing to drive!

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Click here to see why Hilton Head Island is not just a summer destination but also a great place to vacation in the fall & winter months. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has been voted the best vacation company on the Island for the last 7 years! Click here to see how you could save on all of these activities above by being a Beach Properties guest. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some spectacular offers for fall & winter stays going on right now. Go to our website to see how much you could save booking with us this holiday season!

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The Best Gift For Any Holiday!

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The best gift for anyone this holiday season is a new memory, for them to remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.  The best memories are those spent with loved ones and friends, especially while on vacation. Give your family the best gift of all this holiday season!  Come to Hilton Head Island and enjoy nice warm weather, practically empty beaches  all to yourselves, less traffic on roads and golf courses, plenty of activities and restaurants to keep your time and stomachs filled, and comfortable luxurious accommodations all while saving money.

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Beach Properties of Hilton Head has been voted the best vacation company on Hilton Head Island for the last 7 years in a row now. We have the best selection of high quality, luxurious  accommodations with top notch amenities, close to and on the beaches of Hilton Head Island. We have some great deals and specials for fall & winter stays this year to help you save money as well as our Advantage Discount Program which will also help you save money.

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Whether it’s a night out to dinner, a day at the spa, a short term gym membership, a boat excursion to see some dolphins, a shopping spree,  a private chef cooking gourmet meals for you on the beach, a zip-line course, or even a game of mini golf, we have you covered. With over 100 various local island businesses offering our guests a discount, you will have done more on your vacation with us and spent less than any other company could offer you on the island. You don’t even have to check in! We will ship you everything in the mail so that you and your crew can just drive right to your vacation property with express check in! Click here for more information on the perks of vacationing with us on Hilton Head Island this fall & winter.

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So give your holiday plans a little more thought and keep us in mind. Remember, there is no better holiday than a holiday spent at the beach!

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A Great Day Trip Near Hilton Head Island

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Only an hour or so away from Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Wildlife Refuge called “Botany Bay Plantation“. The tour of the refuge is FREE and is guaranteed to open your eyes and fascinate you with huge, lush trees, wide open marshes filled with exotic wildlifewinding trails, natural beaches, and historic landmarks.

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Take the tour at your own pace, spend as much time at the beach as you’d like and re-enter for free if you need to take a break. The Botany Bay Plantation is supported and protected by the DNR and there are plenty of ways to donate to the refuge on site.

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It is located at 1066 Botany Bay Road, Edisto Island, SC, 29438. If you want more info click here or call (843)869-2713.

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In case you didn’t know, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers and deals going on right now for fall/winter & holiday extended stays right now. Click here to learn about why Hilton Head Island is such a great place to stay in the cooler months of the year and how you could save vacationing with us this holiday season!

Barrier Island Ecology Presentation on Hilton Head Island

The Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head is offering a really intriguing program for people interested in the ecology of the low country. The program is called “Barrier Island Ecology” and will cover the important features of South Carolina barrier islands (such as Hilton Head) and what we can learn about tourist/resident growth patterns as well as how we can avoid impacting animal habitats and water quality. The program will also cover how local government makes their shoreline management decisions. The program will be presented by the South Coastal Office Director of the Coastal Conservation League, Kate Schaefer.  The presentation will be from 3pm-4pm on August 24th 2016. It’s only $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext: 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

In case you didn’t know Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers for extended fall & winter stays going on right now. Check out our specials page specials page and see how much you could save vacationing with us over the holidays!

Hilton Heads Diverse Wildlife!

On Hilton Head Island, there is a huge array of wildlife from flaura to fauna, and everything in between. From the little green guys that climb on your Beach Properties rental homes‘ windows, to the big-finned friendly creatures swimming in the distance, Hilton Head has it all! Here’s a little infographic on some of our creatures and some fun facts about each!

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Fishing in the “Off-Season”

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In the lowcountry, you may see people’s cars pulled off the road with a marsh nearby and then spot a person standing out in the water, rod in hand, casting away at the reeds. Well, this scene you’re witnessing is the beautiful art of fly-fishing.

IMG_6067When you think of fishing, you probably don’t think of colder months and wearing a jacket while standing in the water… but if you want the real secret to reeling in the “big ones”, that secret is Fall and Winter. During these months, the ocean water clears up a little because of the smaller amount of activity and living algae in the water. This creates a perfect opportunity to sight cast to fish as you see them wriggle through the water beneath you. The most common fish you’ll see doing this will be Redfish, with their spotted tail and sometimes a blue edge on the back fin.

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The art of fly-fishing is a little more tricky than your spinning reel. Rather than cast out and wait for a bite, you actively watch the water, waiting patiently for a fin to break the surface. You then cast out to the fish, aiming you cast to the fish in hopes that it will immediately scoop up your fly and then the fight begins.

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If you find this type of fishing appealing and are a pro or even a beginner, Hilton Head is a great place to start a fly-fishing journey. There are so many great spots to wade in, and some of Beach Properties Vacation Rental Homes have marshes right in the backyard that you can fish from.

Beyond the appeal of the better fishing conditions, there will also be tons of discounts all over the island, whether you want a guided fishing trip, some lessons, a rental home, or even restaurants will all have wonderful “off-season” deals going on! There are so many great reasons to visit Hilton Head in the Fall and Winter– plus, we even have an amazing deal going on right now for extended stays on the island where you can “live like a local” for the best deal per night you can get all year!