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


  • 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

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!

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 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!



Seaside Treasures: 9 Lands End Way


There’s something about the walk up to the door at 9 Lands End Way that just instantly transports you to exactly what you’re imagining when you conjure up an idea of a quant beach cottage vacation. With the sea breeze souring through the front walkway and the little flower box at your feet, you’re welcomed to your temporary home with open arms.


Located in the highly desirable South Beach area of Sea Pines Plantation, this “Key West Style” villa has magnificent views of the Calibogue Sound. A large deck, with built-in benches and a variety of seating, is the perfect spot to watch shrimp boats passing by, dolphins playing in their natural habitat, or viewing a breath-taking sunset. Guests can grill out, sunbathe or take a stroll down a wooden walkway leading to the beach.


This is a three bedroom-four bathroom home that can sleep 6 people comfortably! There’s a community pool within walking distance not to mention South Beach Marina Village (home of the famous Salty Dog Restaurant and much more) is a short walk away as well. The beach is just a boardwalk away right outside your screened in porch, and there’s endless outdoor activity to be had right outside!


This Cape Cod duplex offers all of the amenities of a premier vacation home. The living room, dining room, and the kitchen all have beautiful wood floors, creating a warm ambiance. The kitchen has been completely renovated and features an island with a range and oven, granite counters, and new cabinets. Elegantly decorated, the living room leads to a screened porch with table and chairs, wood floors, and a view of the water. A separate den offers guests a chance to relax with a good book or watch TV on a new flat panel.


The first floor master bedroom offers a king bed, private bath with double sinks and large shower, and a view of the Calibogue Sound. It also has a mounted flat panel TV. There is also a full hall bathroom on the same level.


Upstairs the queen bedroom features a private bath with double sinks and shower only, gorgeous views of the water and tall pine trees, and a flat panel TV. The third bedroom with 2 twin beds has new furniture, a mounted flat panel TV, and a private bath with shower only.


The screened in porch is a great option for an outdoor dinner coupled with the sound of the waves crashing as the sun sets below the horizon. With little indoor features, outdoors, it becomes a cozy spot for morning coffee, or for reading a book while the kids play in the sand all within your eyesight.


Whether enjoying breakfast with your morning coffee on the screened porch, watching the seagulls, or sipping a cold lemonade mid-afternoon on the back deck, guests are sure to have a wonderful vacation in this delightful villa.

Book your vacation here with us now!

May Happenings on Hilton Head Island

May Happenings on Hilton Head

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Guest Photo Contest Winner – April 2016

“The sand may brush off. The salt may wash away. The tans may fade. But the memories will last forever.”

May is upon us and beach season has begun here on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. With average daily temperatures in the 80’s, many visitors and residents have started to fill up the beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Are you ready for some fun in the sun?

There is a lot happening on Hilton Head in the month of May, starting with the Beer, Bacon & Music Festival on Saturday, May 7th. This extraordinary culinary adventure features bacon sampling and full sized bacon cuisine, bacon confectionery delights, live music from some of the area’s top bands (who also love bacon), local breweries and full service bars with beer, liquor, wine and bacon themed cocktails.

May also ushers in the seasonal opening of the Butterfly Pavilion at the Coastal Discover Museum. Take a guided tour with a docent to see and learn about our native butterflies.  Discover the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and learn how to save the butterflies!  You can also enjoy any number of other tours and events sponsored by the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Spend Memorial Day weekend at the beach on Hilton Head Island this year! This weekend kicks off many of the summer activities and entertainment. Enjoy live music while overlooking the ocean; soar high above the waves while parasailing or catch dinner while on a fishing excursion. Want to relax after the long school year…spread your blanket on our sandy beaches, or spend the day at the spa. Whatever your choice, Hilton Head Island has it. Join us!

Book Your June Stay Now! Stay in select properties between 6/4 – 6/25/16, and you can save up to 20% off! Get more info here.

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May is here and the weather is perfect for spending time on the court! The tennis court that is. Hilton Head Island has eight of the world’s top 100 tennis courts! And when you stay with Beach Properties of Hilton Head, you are just steps away from a variety of tennis camps, clinics and tournaments.

Beach Properties of Hilton Head offers a number of homes and villa that include 1-hour per day of tennis court time. If you opt to stay in one that does not include tennis, you can use our Advantage Discount Card to secure your court time at a discounted rate.

The Locals Recommendation


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Three Tips to Make Your Vacation a Vacation

A lot of work goes into planning your vacation!  Figuring out the dates everyone is available, selecting the perfect Hilton Head Vacation Rental, then organizing activities for everyone.  And that is all before you even get a chance to think about packing!  The last thing you want to do when you get to Hilton Head Island is more planning!

We would like to offer up a couple of tips to make your vacation more of a vacation.  These are services offered that can help you have more time to relax and enjoy the beauty that is Hilton Head Island!

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Forest Preserve Revisited!

We do have the MOST talented guests!

Nikolas Harris, who was staying at a Beach Properties house in Sea Pines, saw our blog post about the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and sent us his photos from his own visit there.  Nikolas is 15 years old, lives in London England, and has already won awards for his photography!

Check out his beautiful shots:


The jungle ahead…


From the Rice Field observation deck…


Tranquil forest… is that a deer?

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Send us your photos!  We’d love to see what you’ve been up to while you’re here.

Stay where the MOST talented people stay!

Coastal Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Day!

Explore Honey Horn’s Programs and Activities at the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Day!

Discover Blue Crabs

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Learn about Loggerhead Turtles & Horseshoe Crabs

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Visit the Butterfly Enclosure

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And much more!  Friday, August 14th, 10am – 3pm

No Charge for Admission – Donations are Appreciated

Book your next Hilton Head Island vacation now!

One Drove Under The Osprey’s Nest

Hilton Head Island has a fantastic array of wildlife, and visitors are always charmed and amazed at the everyday, commonplace sightings of them… The alligator sunning itself on the lawn, the deer nibbling grass in the yard, the white heron in the parking lot at Wal-Mart.

Yes, the mix of ecology and commerce that is so unique to Hilton Head keeps things interesting!

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One of the most unique and eye-catching examples of this delightful co-existence of folks & fauna is right above the Island’s only highway.  The Cross Island Parkway is not generally thought of as a Wildlife Hotspot, but it does have a couple of famous inhabitants… A family of Ospreys have built a very successful nest up in the metal pipework of the Gumtree Rd exit sign.  You can’t miss it, since it’s almost as big as a one of the Smart Cars that pass underneath!


It’s hard to catch them at home, but when you do, it is a rewarding sight:

DSCF2120Ospreys are large fish-eating birds-of-prey, and tolerate a wide variety of habitats, so their nests can be found in all kinds of locations around the Island:

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These huge nests are renovated and reused year after year, sometimes for decades.

In the spirit of wildlife preservation that exists here on Hilton Head, the Palmetto Electric Company has adopted a “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude and has a webcam, er, “Osprey-cam” on one of their towers:

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Osprey Cam!

Check it out here:

Talk about a “bird’s-eye view”!

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