Hilton Head Beach Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212014
 

When we spent a week in Key West, Florida a few years back, we were disappointed to find that even though it’s an island, access to the water was limited to a few narrow beaches and they were crowded with people elbow to elbow. So we didn’t know what to expect when we went to the beach here on Hilton Head Island yesterday. We were pleasantly surprised.

While all of the beach is public, access is often private and controlled by resorts and condos. However, the Town of Hilton Head Island provides beach access at several locations. We spent the afternoon at Coligny Beach, parking the Explorer in the free parking lot and walking a short distance along a nice boardwalk to the beach.

Boardwalk to beach

On the street side of the beach there are clean modern restrooms, changing booths like these, and showers to wash the sand off.

Changing room

The beach was wide, clean, and seemed to stretch on forever.

Hilton Head beach view 2

Beach water

And though there were people out enjoying the sun and the water, it wasn’t crowded. Everybody had lots of space.

Hilton Head beach umbrella

Hilton Head beach view

There are a lot of beachfront condos and such, and given the cost of real estate here, I think a nice ocean view unit would set you back more than my limited budget would allow. That’s the great thing about being a fulltime RVer – when I go to a resort I take my house with me!

Hilton Head condos

It was in the mid-70s and a lot of people were out in the water. Some folks take their lawn chairs and set them right in the water. Can you think of a better place to read your Kindle? The next time we go to the beach we may take our Strongback Chairs with us.

All of that sunshine and sea air can work up an appetite, so when we left the beach we walked to Anglers Beach Market Grill, a nice little restaurant with both inside seating and outside on a deck at tables shaded by umbrellas. Somebody recommended their low country boil, but it’s no longer on the menu. So instead, I had a seafood combo with fried shrimp and scallops and blackened fish and it was all very good. Miss Terry had crab and shrimp salad on an English muffin with sliced beefsteak tomato and melted cheddar cheese and she liked it. The service was fast and friendly, and we’ll definitely go back.

As I mentioned yesterday, our hosts told us they won’t be here to use their site at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort until early November and said we were welcome to stay longer, so yesterday I stopped at the office and extended for another week. That will have us leaving the 30th and I think our next stop will be St. Augustine, Florida for a few days. We had planned to stop at the Passport America campground in Hardeeville, South Carolina, just a few miles from Savannah, but their rates have gone up more than I’m willing to pay for what they have to offer. We can easily drive into Savannah from here and play tourist. Of course, with us you never know what to expect, since we never know what to expect. At any moment we might shake up the Jello and go in in another direction if the mood strikes. That’s the freedom of our lifestyle.

Thought For The Day – Opportunity may only knock once, but temptation bangs on the door every day.

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  6 Responses to “Hilton Head Beach Day”

  1. Beautiful area. Our daughter and her family live in St. Augustine. Joyce and I volunteered at Anastasia State Park a few years ago and hope to do that again next year.

  2. Nick, where’s all the Bikinis or did Terry gouge your eyes out !!!

  3. I’m surprised I didn’t see any kite flying.

  4. Bob – A little too cool for bikinis, and trust me, most of the women were not bikini material. I almost felt out of place in my Speedo.

    Jan – There wasn’t quite enough wind for kite flying.

  5. What price were you quoted for the Hardeeville Passport America campground? We will be pulling in there on Monday night if all goes as planned and it didn’t seem to be that expensive. Just curious.

  6. $25/night. No restrooms or showers, just dirt/gravel sites. But it is very close to Savannah, which is nice.

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