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Beaches and Family Fun!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina was the site of many of our summer family gatherings. The first two times we stayed here we rented a condo with a community pool. Thereafter, our family rented houses on the beach which were better suited to the various ages of our group. All of us were free to pursue our own activities and that seemed the best way to go.

Palmetto Dunes was our favorite spot on Hilton Head Island. The beach was pristine, shopping closeby and there were plenty of restaurants to choose from. Several times we rented bicycles by the week--the streets and bike trails made it easy to pedal around. A golf course was located in this area, too.

Since we always journeyed to Hilton Head in July, we faced hot, humid vacations there. Our solution was to spend time on the beach in the morning and in the late afternoon. The mid afternoon was spent shopping. The stores were air-conditioned so it was perfect for this time of the day. We saved the evening for dining out, playing mini golf or walking the beach, etc.

One year when renting a condo with our family, an alligator was on the prowl. Many local cats had disappeared. An early evening walk on a golf trail led us to a wild discovery--an alligator strolling on the same trail ahead of us. You can bet we high-tailed out of there fast!!

We have many happy memories from our family get-togethers here in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island. We'd recommend it to anyone!

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  • Pros:Sunny Weather; Wide Sandy Beaches; Family Destination
  • Last visit to Hilton Head Island: Jul 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    YOu and I got the same type picture in rocker at Harbor Town. In 1976 I was part of a bank takeover of Sea Pines and other island plantations. Over 3 years we resold the real estate, and I visited here 20 times; always nice and classy

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Paying a return visit here and enoyed reading about all you did with your family! Just thinking we might use our Disney Vac. Points here this summer for a 1st time visit.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Good place for a relaxing family holiday & I see you managed some shopping time too!!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    Great idea to stay together but allow everyone to "do their thing". Looks like it worked out beautfiully.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    This is a great look at your vacations while your children were growing up...I assume. Loved the warning about the cabana!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    This is indeed a lovely area to visit. Great updates and photos. I love finding sand dollars also. The trick is getting them home in one piece.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2006 at 11:08 AM

    Looks like you had a great time doing things AND relaxing!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2006 at 8:38 PM

    Not just Golfing at Hilton Head Island eh Veronica Looks very nice here .Thanks


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