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Vacation Time of Hilton Head Island, Inc. is a full service, family owned and operated company, established in 1976. Vacation Time’s services include Real Estate Sales, Oceanfront Vacation Rentals, Long Term Rentals as well as Property Management. Its offices are centrally located at 3 Lemoyne Avenue in the heart of the South Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island.



Secret to Success:
Each year families of all shapes and sizes pack the minivan or Mini Cooper with pool noodles, boogie boards, pails, shovels, and sunscreen and make their way to I-95’s Exit 8. Getting off the interstate, and winding down Highway 278, the anticipation grows. Taking in that first glimpse of salt marsh and sea while crossing over first one bridge, then two, and finally arriving for their week of letting go on Hilton Head Island, the final step in their journey brings them to their accommodations. Cozy beds and efficient kitchens, clean towels and cable TV greet moms, dads, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; all made ready by Vacation Time of Hilton Head Island, Inc. It truly is vacation time on Hilton Head.

It would be difficult to find a family or a vacation rental company who have greater staying power, or who know Hilton Head Island and its visitors better than the extended family of Dennis and Jean Lowes. In 1976 the Lowes purchased Hilton Head Island’s Adventure Inn on South Forest Beach Drive with a ground-breaking vision for the resort … timesharing. “Timesharing was an unknown product at that time,” says Michael Notartomaso, CEO and husband to the Lowes’ daughter Terry Notartomaso.

Terry and Michael are only two of the many Lowes family members working in the business today. Having ridden the timeshare boom, Notartomaso now says, “The continuous threads running through the history of the company have been property management, real estate sales, and vacation rentals.” The Lowes siblings all work for the business: Terry – VP of Marketing/ Broker-inCharge; Laurie Fons – VP/ Manager of Sutton Place Design; Linda Roberts – VP of Villa Rentals; and Tim Clark – VP of Special Projects.

Laurie and her husband Gary Fons, now President and COO, ran the Adventure Inn’s iconic restaurant Fitzgerald’s for 30 years before it closed in anticipation of the redevelopment of the property. Tim’s wife Lois Clark is Manager of Timeshare Operations, and as further testament to the business’s staying power, Clark Fons, the company’s Long Term Rental Manager/Associate Broker represents the third generation of family members operating this empire.

Managing over 600 resort villas, including over 250 rentals, and substantial real estate assets there has to be a secret to their success. “The family has always stayed together as a cohesive unit. We’ve been able to put aside personal interests and personalities for the good of the family and for the good of the company, and we have some very focused and dedicated individuals within the family that have adapted well to change,” shares Notartomaso. He says that perseverance and family unity along with some committed, hard working non-family team members are the keys to their success.

In 1976 when Dennis and Jean packed their moving van, there was no Exit 8, and pool noodles hadn’t been invented; however, due to their courage and three generations of commitment and hard work, visitors can now count on that cozy bed waiting at the end of a day at the beach.

Vacation Time of Hilton Head Island is located at 3 LeMoyne Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. 843-785-5151 or 800.845.9500

Real Estate Sales:

“Helping Visitors Become Islanders” has been our mission statement for over thirty years. Vacation Time and its licensed real estate specialists are members of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and the Multiple Listing Service of Hilton Head. While South Forest Beach is an area of special expertise, Vacation Time of Hilton Head Island's real estate team is well versed on all areas of Hilton Head, Bluffton and the Low Country of South Carolina.

Contact Terry Notartomaso - 843-422-5250,

Start your own search or sign up for real estate information on our website

Clark Fons – 843-384-8784,

Vacation Rentals:

Vacation Time of HIlton Head represents over two hundred one, two, three and four bedroom oceanfront and ocean oriented vacation rental properties, primarily in the South Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island. All of Vacation Time’s properties are ocean front, ocean view or ocean access, within steps of the beach.  The variety of property size and prices available mean that there is something for anyone who wants a memorable vacation on Hilton Head Island. Multiple properties in the same complex are ideal for larger groups or family reunions.  Talk to one of our vacation specialists below, they will be happy to recommend accomodations to fit your needs.

Property Management:

“Vacation Time of Hilton Head Island, Inc., is one of the island’s best kept secrets in the Hilton Head property management industry” quoted an owner. Property Managers are very pro-active and visit each property on a daily basis- 5 days a week.

All contracted repairs are overseen by property managers.

Our contract agreement is tailored to each regime’s needs, but include:

  1. All funds to be deposited in local banks
  2. Requiring a Board Member to co-endorse each check written
  3. Board approval on all expenditures over $1500
  4. Furnishing monthly financial statements.

Contact: Gary Fons or Steve Herron at 843-785-5151 for additional information

Long Term Rentals:

Vacation Time of Hilton Head offers a full service long term rental program specializing in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas. We handle a variety of properties ranging from one to three bedroom homes and villas. Our long-term management services are designed for property owners who wish to rent their home or villa for six months or longer, either furnished or unfurnished. For more information please contact Clark Fons at (843) 384-8784 or email at

Timeshare resales:

Vacation Time of Hilton Head was a pioneer of the timeshare industry. Beginning sales in 1977 and completing active new sales with our Ocean Dunes Villas product around 1990. Since sell out, we have offered our timeshare members an in-house resale program. For more information regarding the purchase or sale of a timeshare, please contact Terry Notartomaso at 1-843-785-5151 or or continue to our timeshare page for listings and prices.

Timeshare Resales

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Vacation Time of Hilton Head PO Box 5646 Hilton Head, SC 29938 +1 (800) 845-9500

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