Hilton Head, South Carolina
When people ask me if I loved Hilton Head my answer is usually no. The reasons for this answer have very little to do with Hilton Head and a lot to do with bad timing. First, it was cold. Cold enough that we went to the beach in tracksuits. We rented a condo with an indoor pool knowing the weather wouldn’t be as kind as Florida weather but in the end it was still to cold to swim even indoors. Secondly, as a Torontonian, I am used to walking almost everywhere. Hilton Head is beautiful but because its is split up into many gated communities it is difficult to walk for any distance with a stroller. If you are going to visit, I recommend renting in one of the bigger communities with parks inside the gates.
Hilton Head also has good points. My favourite gem was the Hilton Head Library
which is run mostly by volunteers who love children. Will and I would often stopped by to use the internet and attend story time. It is a great place to hang out with a child and I remember it fondly. Hilton Head also had great seafood, a cool lighthouse and beautiful ocean views.
One of our favourite things to do was to take day trips to Savannah, Georgia which was approximately a 45 minute drive from Hilton Head. The city is mainly walkable and most of its sites are recognizable from the city’s starring role in the film Forrest Gump. My don’t miss recommendations are Bonaventure Cemetery
, Tybee Island
and the candy shops of River street.
For the brave, Savannah also has a National Wildlife Refuge
that is home to some very large alligators.
|Alligator at the Wildlife Refuge
Hilton Head is also only a two hour drive to Charleston, South Carolina which is a beautiful city with an incredible aquarium.
As I write this, I think I may return to Hilton Head with both of my children and give it another shot. I remember thinking the whole time I was there that if it were summer, Hilton Head would be incredible. Either way we are definitely heading back to Savannah as soon as we can because Mama needs some pralines.