• 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…

  • 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…

  • Does Mandatory Evacuation mean you have to leave?

    No, but it does mean you should seriously consider it. The declaration of Mandatory Evacuation (which actually doesn’t appear in South Carolina law) will start the evacuation of retirement home residents, the closing of schools and government offices, and a host of other things.  It may even cause a Sherriff to encourage you to leave.  But because there are no penalties in the law for those that decide to stay, it is ultimately up to you. Some things to consider: It may be difficult to get back into a mandatory evacuation zone if you leave because of road closures Many grocery stores and gas stations will probably close Most restaurants…

  • Watch out for Rental Scams

    You don’t want to have your vacation plans stolen by someone who is just looking to take your money!  Make sure that when you are renting you are dealing with the actual owner or property manager.  The recent report of a lady who thought she rented a Sea Pines condo for a few months but was actually scammed out of almost $2,000, is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. Some tips: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is (always a good tip!) Your safest bet is to rent from one of the established Property Managers on Hilton Head, like Beach Properties (who manages our unit).  And if…