We found the amount of ways to "entertain" our children on Hilton Head Island numerous, but expensive. So we didn't do any of it. We packed up and spent two days at the beach! There we saw dolphins playing (yes, very, very close to the shore. So close that my son said, "oh mommy, look the dolphins came to play with us.") We found sand dollars, star fish, hermit crabs, a horseshoe crab, sea birds fishing and little fish all for free. We put them back of course so that you can find them when you come, too. This experience was priceless and with little kids - age 6 and 4 - this was a larger than life experience for them. My 6 year old, said it was the most fun she had all summer. So, if you are on budget, or just want to keep from going broke skip the expensive claims to adventure and head to the beach!
Oh, if you aren't on the side of Hwy. 278 with the bike trail you'll have to drive your car and the beach access parking is $1 an hour. Not bad, but make sure to book a hotel on the right side of the highway and bring your bikes. Biking to the beach - FREE.
You can always take a Dolphin cruise for app. $20. Or stand on the beach anyday at high tide and watch them school past with their juveniles teaching them to feed on the small fish. Sometimes their only a hundred feet from the beach.
Hilton Head's beaches are wide and uncrowded. We never had anyone sitting less than 10 meters away from us during the five days that we were there. Anna loved building sand castles and searching for shells.
My family stayed on Hilton Head and our concierge suggested their resort photographer for our family beach portrait. The company name was Hilton Head Island Photography. Wow, what an experience! They took such care in getting great smiles with my two small children. The staff was professional, pricing competitive and when I received my pictures...they were beautiful...it was the highlight of our vacation. I would definitly use Hilton Head Island Photography again and recommend their services!
Our rental house was along this stretch of beach. As you can see, the area was expansive and we had it pretty much to ourselves!
It was great fun plucking sand dollars from the water or having a sand castle competition--the kids usually won, of course. It also gave us each time to get to know our nephews and nieces a little better. I'm thankful for these special moments spent together.
We loved finding sand dollars!! The best TIME to find them was at 11:00 a.m. a few feet into the water. The best WAY to find them, was digging around in the sand with your feet and then scooping them up.
After collecting them set them out to dry in the sun. A few days later, put them into a bucket or sink with hot water and bleach. They'll turn snow white and have no odor.
Forest Beach is very long. One end has a lot of houses, the middle has a lot of hotels/resorts/people, and the other end is almost deserted. If you like taking long walks, the best thing to do is start in the middle, and walk south. (Towards the right.) Eventually you'll end up without any people around. It is absolutely beautiful at night, because you can see the stars very clearly, and you can also see Tybee Island in the distance.
Hilton Head's wide, flat, uncrowded beaches are great for bike riding. There are a number of places around the island where you can rent a bicycle, including kid-friendly tandem bikes.
Just sit back and enjoy the sunshine. You will be pleased with the beauty of the beaches as well as not having to deal with too many crowds.