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Destination Spotlight: Hilton Head Island

By Bethany Tap

It’s only twelve miles long and five miles wide, but Hilton Head Island still manages to contain everything you could want. In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, this island provides the ultimate retreat, a vacation filled with fun in the sun along the ocean. It’s one of the Top 10 islands in the United States according to Trip Advisor, and a premier place to relax or find adventure.

The island boasts 24 world-class golf courses, 350 tennis courts, and over 250 restaurants. There are also tons of ways to enjoy the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, from guided kayak tours to paddle boat lessons. Visitors can go fishing, tubing, waterskiing, surfing, sailing or parasailing. You may even see dolphins off the coast on your own, or on a dolphin-watch cruise.

hilton head lakes 1Once you visit, you may not want to leave. Hilton Head Lakes is a community located just minutes from the island. It’s the perfect place for your well-deserved retirement or for a quick getaway. It’s the area’s only boatable lakefront and golf community, built around 155 acres of freshwater lakes and canals. With 20 miles of shoreline connecting the community, you can visit your neighbors by boat while you enjoy the beauty of the foliage and fauna. Amenities at Hilton Head Lakes include an 18-hole Tommy Fazio-designed golf course and The Lake Club, which has a pool, private beach area, and fitness center.

On the island itself you’ll find even more amenities. Go bird watching or biking. Visit the Penn Center or the Coastal Discovery Museum. You can attend a theater performance or a music concert. Plus, there are many guided tours that will offer you a look at the history of Hilton Head Island and its timeless beauty.

Although it was only recently incorporated into a town in 1983, Hilton Head Island has a recorded history dating back to the 1520s, when the Spanish were the first Europeans to set foot on the island. The French Huguenot colonists sought shelter from persecution in their homeland in the 1560s. But the island got its name from William Hilton, who, in 1663, sowed the seeds for the first plantation there.

While little is known about the native Escamacus Indians who lived at Hilton Head Island when William Hilton arrived, there are beautiful remnants of a civilization that existed prior to recorded history. The remains of strange shell rings measuring 9 feet high and 240 feet across can still be found on the island, although their origins are as mysterious as those of Stonehenge.

Centuries later, in 1956, the first resort was built at Hilton Head Island, and the area has been a place for tourists and residents to relax ever since. Whether your idea of a vacation is lying out in the sun and reading a book or magazine, or if you like to get out in the water and swim or surf, there is plenty to do at Hilton Head Island, and plenty of time to do it. And if you don’t want to leave this place, so rich in history and beauty, remember that Hilton Head Lakes is nearby, waiting for you.


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Logan Homes - Home Builders in South Carolina

Logan Homes - Home Builders in South Carolina

Ridgeland, South Carolina

At Logan Homes, they strive to turn your dream home into a reality. From traditional to contemporary, grand to cozy, Logan Homes offers personalized floor plans, quality craftsmanship, superior designs and decades of building experience. Whether you want to live close to town or in the country, near the beach or on a golf course, the Builder Specialists at Logan Homes can help you find the ideal community or home site to suit your lifestyle perfectly.
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Long Cove Club

Long Cove Club

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Long Cove Club is the hidden jewel of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. A private residential club filled with spectacular homes and warm and friendly people. The world renowned private Pete Dye Golf course is just one of many amenities and experiences that make life at the Club so engaging. Behind the gate, you'll find a rich palette of lifestyle options to suit every taste.
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Hilton Head Lakes — Retire to the Lowcountry

Hilton Head Lakes — Retire to the Lowcountry

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Whether you?re looking to relocate permanently for that well-deserved retirement or a weekend retreat, you can find your dreams fulfilled at Hilton Head Lakes.
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Colleton River Club

Colleton River Club

Bluffton, South Carolina

Lowcountry luxury lies at the base of Hilton Head's bridge at Colleton River. This peninsula community delivers on its promise of world-class golf, pristine natural surroundings, and an unparalleled water experience. With nature as the centerpiece, Colleton River's 1,500 acres epitomize Lowcountry serenity, with Spanish moss draped Live oaks and palmetto trees lining roadways. Trails wind through a blend of beautiful homes, natural terrain and 7 miles of expansive water and marsh views. The peninsula is also anchored by adjoining Victoria Bluff, an 1,100-acre nature preserve
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Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Your Latitude! You've earned a life where every day feels like an escape. Find your paradise at Latitude Margaritaville, the 55-and-better lifestyle where fun and relaxation meet. Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, this is where life rolls easy, neighbors are friends and the party never ends. Awesome recreation, FINtastic dining and entertainment will make the town center the place to be and just a golf cart ride away. Masterfully crafted new Latitude homes let you hang your hat where your heart is.
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Celadon

Celadon

Beaufort, South Carolina

Located in SC's Lowcountry, a mere three miles from downtown Beaufort, this beautiful master-planned community allows you to focus on a simpler, happier, healthier life.
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Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island, South Carolina

Callawassie Island is centrally located two miles off of Highway 170 between historic Beaufort, South Carolina and the nationally known resort of Hilton Head Island.
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Haig Point Club

Haig Point Club

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Haig Point is on a sea island and the lifestyle here is very special. It has the serenity and seclusion of a most idyllic, sea island life. But extraordinary privacy isn't the only thing you'll enjoy at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island
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