• 2021 Turtles are Hatching

    Right on schedule, the 2021 baby turtles are making their way from Hilton Head beaches back into the surf. An estimated total of 79 new Loggerheads have hatched and made it to the ocean. That number will increase significantly over the next few months, probably ending up close to 20,000. Unfortunately, it appears that 2021 will be a slightly below average year for nests on HHI. Over the past ten years, an average of 309 Loggerhead turtles have made nests on our beaches each summer, producing an average of 21,000 Loggerhead babies. As of July 21 we have seen 244 new nests, and while already above the 2018 total of…

  • 12 foot Great White visits Hilton Head

    Each year, Great White sharks migrate from the cold waters of New England to warmer waters south. It wasn’t until 2014 that there was proof that these giant creatures passed by Hilton Head Island. That is when local Chip Michalove started catching, tagging, and releasing the sharks a few miles offshore. From December to February Great Whites can be found if you know where to look – and Chip certainly does. He has landed over 30 of them, and about as many have gotten away before he was able to reel them in. This particular 12 foot, 1,000 pound Great White was caught in early February 2021 and was fitted…

  • The 25 Best Island Beaches in the World

    The traveler site Condé Nast just released the results of their 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, and we were not that surprised to see that Hilton Head Island made the list. It was surprising to discover that it ranked thirteenth, coming in ahead of incredible spots like Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda, Sunset Beach on Oahu, and even the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands. They list Hilton Head as a “firm family favorite, with a full 12 miles of wide, empty beach (perfect for long bike rides).” They also mention Coligny Beach, an area just a little south of Captains Walk, as a full-service place, with food…

  • 140 Year Old Lighthouse a short distance from Captains Walk

    About 1.5 miles from Captains Walk is a small park that holds two of the oldest things on Hilton Head Island – a lighthouse built in 1880 and an oak tree that is between 435 and 450 years old. The lighthouse is no longer in service, and you can’t go up inside of it, but you can walk around the area and look at it and the beautiful tree.  There are also several other buildings on the site. To get there, turn left out of the Captains Walk parking lot and proceed about one half of a mile.  You will pass the Omni hotel and an entrance to the Lemington…

  • Where to see the sunset on Hilton Head Island

    Sunrise from Captains Walk is outstanding – a short walk to view it from the beach or, in colder months, the perfect view from our private balcony or even the master bedroom.  But since our villa faces mostly east, you will need to go somewhere else to view the sunset.  Here are some of our favorites. Skull Creek Dockside, Boathouse or Hudson’s 2 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island.  All three of these restaurants sit directly on the water of Skull Creek, facing Pickney Island, and offer fantastic sunset views, and the food at any of these is some of the best on the island. Shelter Cove Park 1 Shelter Cove…