I spend a lot of time in and around Hilton Hunger, SC. Long known as Mecca for golfers and retirees, I find the island extremely enjoyable and I am alone.
One of my favorite attributes of this old-fashioned city is a wide range of locking options. This is both a blessing and a curse.
For the first time a visitor to Hilton Glad, one of the main dilemmas is whether to stay in one of the chain hotels near the beach to stay in the Sea Pines Plantation plantation or the Palmetto Dunes Plantation.
The Marine Pines and Palm dunes are called "Plantations," as they are explored by vast acres and green areas. They offer closed guards in most areas, and each has its own municipalities with restaurants, beaches, shops, and so on. … so the visitor should never leave the plant in technical terms.
In this blog I offer my opinion on what I think is the benefit of each area and what to see while you are there.
South Forest Beach
If I stay at a hotel while I'm on the island of Hilton Island, I usually reside in this area. It features Holiday Inn Oceanfront, with the famous "tiki bar". If you stay in this hotel, you sacrifice luxury for your location in terms of accommodation, but you still pay the luxury price if this is the high season. In this area, you are almost always in close proximity to many shops, grocery stores and restaurants. Most of the nightclubs in this area revolve around the Tikki Bar at the Holiday Inn Hotel or on foot to one of the local bars. Here you will find places and tourists in most of the nearby dining establishments.
The beaches here are crowded during the high season; this is not unbearable. South Beach Beach is probably my favorite beach area on the island, you will have daily travelers, locals and holiday families combined in this area. Also, keep in mind miles and miles of bicycle paths that you will discover through Hilton Head Island. Check out Billy bike and he'll deliver you to the hotel.
Marine Pine Plantations
Marine pines are probably the oldest of the Hilton Heads; and the best-known plantation. It is over 55 square kilometers and contains approximately 33,000 people (according to the 2000 census)
It is home to the Heritage golf tournament and has millions of dollars, hostels, and luxury suites available for rent .
Every time I go, I usually rent an apartment through ResortQuest.Com or through a physical person at Vacation Rentals By Owner.com. Keep in mind that each of these units is individually owned, so be sure to see pictures of the property before arriving. If you arrive late, ResortQuest.com has a clock for the keys, and in Sea Pines the property owners can leave the keys at the head office and call you at the gate of the gate.
There are many different neighborhoods and each area has a lot to offer. If I stayed in the Marine Pines, I would try to stay in the area of the harbor or the South Beach area. At Harbourtown you have beautiful shops and dining venues and in any area you have access to some of the best golf courses in South Carolina. Keep in mind that in this area you are not close to the beach. You will either have to ride, ride a bicycle or catch local transport to the Sea Pines Beach Club. It would only be for 5-10 minutes by car.
If you stay in the South Beach area, you still have shopping and dinner, and the world-famous salad café (do not forget to take a T-shirt here … you are not cool if you do not). This area comes alive during the summer and the abundance of entertainment and ice cold drinks are abundant. There is also a small secluded beach area (South Beach) nearby, where you can admire the fantasy of Gilligan Island, as it is usually abandoned. This beachfront also has no public toilets.
There are also many rental homes in this area, and you are about a 10-minute drive from the Sea Pines Beach Club, featuring facilities, a bar and seafront dining.
As stated, if you have bicycles, you can travel through the plantation of miles of bicycle paths.
Palmetto Dunes Plantation
Palmetto Dunes Resort is the world's # 1 family resort by Travel + Leisure Magazine. It has a contract of nearly 2000 acres and has 3 miles of beautiful coastline.
Like the sea pines, it is also a very closed community, except for the port of Marina. It features 3 golf courses, shopping and dining at the resort. There are 2 public beach access areas, The Dunes House and Disney Beach House. Both facilities provide fantastic beach areas with chairs and umbrellas, as well as seafront dining, bar and toilets.
There are shopping within the resort as well as in the Marina Shelter Cove area along with the Shelter Cove Mall, which has many of the major retailers. Grocery stores and many other shops are within walking distance. Bicycle paths are really useful here, and even if you stay on the road in the harbor area of Shelter Cove, you can enjoy cycling along a path that runs past the main highway in Palmetto Dunes so you do not have to cross the road.
I would say that facilities and access to the beach are better in this area. During summer and off-season you can find entertainment and dinner in the harbor area. You can sit in the millions of dollars of yachts and watch the sun come down. You can be in almost all resorts within a few minutes by cycling in the Palmetto Dunes.
To repeat from above, whenever I go, I usually rent an apartment through ResortQuest.Com or through a physical person at Vacation Rentals By Owner.com. Keep in mind that each of these units is individually owned, so be sure to see pictures of the property before arriving. If you arrive late, ResortQuest.com has a clock for keys, and in Palmetto Dunes, property owners can leave keys in the security office and call you at the gate of the gate.
- Black Marlin -86 Guide, Hilton Glad, SC, Great Breakfast / Brunch, Affordable food, Fantastic water view from the outdoor terrace. Try shrimps and nipples.
- Signe Bakery- 93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head, SC, Nice Stop for fast pastries and coffee or breakfast on site. On island island and serve some wonderful pancakes
- French Quarter Café of Kenny -70 Pope Ave. Ste A, Hilton Glad, SC, Cajun Style Breakfast, with Boudin, Crawfish, grill, plus a traditional breakfast.
- LUNCH / DINNER
- Jim & Nix Barbeque -872 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SK, Great Smoked BBQ!
- Rouan Tai -811 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Glad, SK, fresh ingredients, great prices and really good Thai food. Their soups are fantastic.
- Skull Creek Boathouse -397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head, SC This is a great place to eat out in the evening. They have an excellent outdoor dining area off the coast and an atmosphere that can not be combined with the island. Large trees provide a canopy for the dining experience. They are really good Ceviche, steaks and seafood.
- Crazy Rrab -104 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, SC One of the island's most popular seafood spots … this is a bit expensive but worth every penny.
- BLACK MARLIN -View the address above. This is probably my favorite spot at Hilton Head for every meal!
I really struggle to recommend one of these areas over the other. I tried to outline the laws of each one and, frankly, if you are on the island somewhere near the beach, there are not too many bad places to stay. If this happens for the first time at Hilton Slag, I will probably stay on one of the above plantations, I would not recommend to book directly through the plantation because you pay more money without any extra benefit. Stick to Holiday Rentals from Owners.com or Resortquest. As I mentioned, both of these areas are favorable for families with children, couples or singles. If I were single, I would probably stay at Holiday Inn, because although it is good for families, it has easy access to the nightlife.
I've lived in South Carolina all my life and I'm very proud to have areas like Hilton Head to attract tourists. I hope this post will help you make your decision easier and I hope you will get true Southern hospitality while you are in this great country. Once you visit, it's really hard to leave, on my last trip to Palmetto Dounes, I actually had a man who told me he had moved from the north because his wife was crying every time they left to go back home! I hope you will experience the same!
Source by W Creech