IT’S TURTLE TIME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Something magical happens in late summer and early fall on the beaches of Hilton Head Island. The “Ancient Mariner of the Sea”, the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, emerges from the ocean to nest and lay her eggs.  Their nests or “clutches” will have as many as 100 eggs each.  They incubate in the warm sand for 50-60 days and then the hatchlings dig towards the surface when the sand temperatures are cooler and daylight fades. There have been a record number of nests on Hilton Head, close to 500 recorded in this 2019 turtle season.

We have had a rare Green Turtle the second largest of the Sea Turtles species build her nest here. She was 4’ long and 3’ ½’ wide and this week a hatchling was born with 2 heads. It was dubbed Squirt and Crush by the turtle patrol after the 2 adorable turtle characters in Disney’s “Finding Nemo”

We can help protect Hilton Head Sea Turtles in a number of ways:

  • Keep our beaches dark at night by turning all exterior lights off after 10 PM
  • Remove all items from the beach. Tents, chairs, trash, etc.
  • Fill in all holes
  • Do not walk on turtle tracks

If you are lucky enough to see the babies hatch, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will never forget it.  This phenomenon gets locals and visitors excited every year.  Book your Hilton Head rental for this fall, and come see for yourself!

Summer Fun on Hilton Head Island

I can’t think of any place I’d rather spend my summer, than on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Families from all over the world come to vacation and enjoy our beautiful beaches, our lush green landscape, our fabulous restaurants, the wildlife, golf, bicycling or just relaxing with a great summer read.

One of the family favorites is Harbour Fest in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Harbour Fest is an all summer long celebration with fireworks, spinning hats, carnival games, face painting, music and much, much more. 

Summer Fireworks at Shelter Cove Hilton Head Island

The headliner is our very own Shannon Tanner. He has been entertaining crowds on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years with his unique blend of ’60s standards, sing-a-longs, original ballads and children’s favorites.  Children are invited on the stage to perform as well. I have taken my kids and now my grand children to sit on his knee and sing.

Come stroll the harbour, have dinner al fresco in one of the many wonderful eating establishments. Get your face painted and your picture taken with Cappy the Clown.

The festival events begin on Memorial Day weekend and will continue through Labor Day. 

Tuesday and Thursday nights will hold a special flair, with fireworks glistening over the water.

See you there!