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.


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!

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 Frequently Asked Question About Hilton Head

Perhaps one of the most common questions we get asked is:

“What is there to do on Hilton Head – besides golf and tennis?”

Our response?

“Oh boy.. do you have a few minutes?”

Hilton Head Island has so much to offer for a variety of interests, tastes, and activity levels that it would be near impossible to list everything there is to do, so we wanted to give you an overview of some of our favorites!

There are great festivals year-round on Hilton Head and the fall season brings some that have been drawing both locals and visitors for years:

In September you have the Italian Heritage Festival, the Salty Dog Cafe’s Annual Fall Festival and Lowcountry Boil, and the Harbour Town Fall Fest.


While October gets really rockin’ with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance.  This mega-event is rivaled only by the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival.  The Salty Dog Cafe has got their Annual Oyster Roast, Lobster Fest, and Shrimp Festival, so they pretty much have all the shellfish covered!

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By the way, children’s activities are plentiful here:  Besides the natural draw of the beach and all that has to offer for children of all ages, one of our favorite places is the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.  With its trails, gardens, butterfly enclosure, and interactive experiences like “Lowcountry Critters” kids will be both entertained and enriched.


In Sea Pines, you will find a petting zoo at the Lawton Stables, as well as pony rides and trail rides on horses.

Also in Sea Pines there is the Forest Preserve, a 606-acre nature preserve where you can fish, visit historical sites, or just hike through the amazing natural landscapes of Hilton Head. You can go on a hayride through the Preserve each Thursday, or take an alligator & wildlife boat tour.

Alligator Catching Some Rays

Kayaking is a favorite activity in Palmetto Dunes which has an 11 mile lagoon system where you will be able to view golf courses, nature, and beautiful homes from the water.

hilton-head-island-travel-deals-and-packages We can’t leave out the Forest Beach area—home to Coligny Plaza and a variety of entertainment and activities held there throughout the year. For adults, the Tiki Hut Bar has beachside bar service and great live music! Add these to the numerous restaurants and shopping establishments all within walking distance, and Forest Beach is a happening place!


Rainy days are chock full of activities too. Kids can visit The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum located on Pope Ave, or they can burn their energy at the Island Playground located just off the Island. Adults can get their shop on at one of the two fabulous Tanger Outlet Malls, also located just off Island, or some of the nifty, unique shops and galleries around the Island.


Hilton Head has 3 movie theaters, 2 of which are small, independent houses that venture into foreign and offbeat fare, and then there’s The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina which has plays, musicals, and special performance events.

And hey!  Did we mention miniature golf?


Bottom line?  Wherever you decide to stay on Hilton Head Island, whether it is a home or villa, there is always something to do — and oh yeah, you can play golf or tennis too!!

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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!


A Walk in the Woods

Right in the middle of all the summertime hustle-and-bustle in the Sea Pines Resort is an unbelievably secluded spot of peace and tranquility.

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Entrance to Sea Pines Forest Preserve

A deer quietly slipping from view.  A tiny lizard scurrying along the boardwalk.  Huge trees and untouched vegetation.  This is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 605 acres of undeveloped, preserved land.

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Boardwalk through 18th Century Rice Field

“But what is there to do there?” the kids may ask.

Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tours – get a close-up view of the plants and wildlife, including native American Alligators!

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Alligators and Turtles Sunbathing

Fishing & Wagon Tours – go on an eco-adventure, catch some catfish!

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Lake Joe in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Check out the history – we’re talking prehistoric!

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Footpath to 4000 yr old Indian Shell Ring

Trail Rides – Lawton Stables offers one-hour guided horseback rides!

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Easy Rider

Or just explore on foot – Pretend you are back in time, in an era before cars, exploring unspoiled forests just as the Spanish did…

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The Forest Primeval

Whether you’re looking to engage with the environment, or just escape the madness, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is waiting for you to arrive, explore, and discover.

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Lowcountry Ghost Stories!

Lowcountry Ghost Stories
Friday, October 25,  7pm

Get warmed up for Halloween with an evening around the campfire within the Sea Pines Forest Preserve as we recount Lowcountry tales and spooky stories. Enjoy roasted marshmallows and a glimpse into our haunted history! Reservations are required. $10 per person.  843-842-1979

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Family Fishing Tournament!

Join in a family friendly fishing tournament in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve to fish for bass, bream and catfish at Fish Island. Try to win a prize in one of the tournament categories and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a fire. Reservations are required and may be made by calling  843.842.1979. $15/person including a fishing pole, or $10/person without a fishing pole.  Today from 9-Noon.

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Kids Fishing Tournament

Family Fishing Tournament

Run for RET 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, August 31 at 8:00 am is the seventh annual Island Run for RET, hosted by the RET Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  This race will take place on the roads and trails of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, a 605-acre, pristine maritime forest environment. The 5K run/walk, open to all levels and ages, will feature age brackets and overall prizes.

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Run for Ret

Run for Ret

Enjoy the Sea Pines Forest Preserve!

On an island where so much of the land is neatly manicured and behind gates, this 605-acre preserve feels like an oasis. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is located in the heart of the Sea Pines Community and includes forests, wetlands and ponds which are crisscrossed with 8 miles of hiking trails and a number of wooden boardwalks. You can visit the Indian Shell Ring, a mound of seashells left behind thousands of years ago by the nomadic Native American tribes who once inhabited the area. In spring, wildflower field is blooming with flowers and bird watchers will catch a glimpse of a wide variety of birds as they nest.  The stocked ponds are only fish-able once you have gotten a fishing permit from Community Services and have a number of picnic areas surrounding them for relaxing and enjoying nature.

Spending an afternoon in the Preserve is a great way to be one with nature, to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to embrace the slow relaxed feel of Hilton Head Island!

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Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Take a Horseback Ride at Lawton Stables!

The present day Lawton Stables in Sea Pines offers much to locals and visitors alike. It’s a full service Equestrian facility with boarding and training for locals, weddings and birthday parties, and summer camps. For vacationers to Hilton Head Island, Lawton Stables is a great place to visit, ride, shop and enjoy the beauty of the area.

A complete renovation took place in 2008 and this 24 –acre green space stables now includes a free small animal farm, pony rides and trails rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.  Trail rides are scheduled daily year around and are available for adults and children eight years old and older. Reservations are required. There is even a small gift shop located in the main building where horse enthusiasts can pick up a horse themed souvenir.  Lawton Stables is a great place to visit even if you do not take a trail ride.  The beautiful grounds provide plenty of places to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Island.

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Pony Rides at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines

Pony Rides at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines

Lawton Stables in Sea Pines

Lawton Stables in Sea Pines