by Ashley Murphy
Looking for a fun trip this summer that's compatible for everyone of all ages? Try Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! This beautiful coastal town has a piece of paradise for everyone. Great family friendly beaches and locations, numerous golf courses, wonderful restaurants and a little bit of night life for you night owls. Good thing, from Cleveland, the drive is only about 6 to 7 hours long...depending on your choice of speed limit! So pack up the kiddies, even the pets too, and head out for a good trip to the beach.
I recently got back from my first trip to HHI and before leaving everyone was telling me what a "senior" town it was. I'll admit, it was full of the older crowd and families with a million kids. But there were also several groups of people around our age and plenty of fun things for us to get into. But usually, as long as I have a clear spot on the beach and can get a safe distance away from the kids, then there's not much more you need besides the sand, ocean, a towel and a bathing suit. And don't forget the sunblock!
If the kids get to be too much for you, take a stroll down the beach. On several different sides of the island you'll find various beach bars to stop and relax. At the Hilton Head Resort where we stayed there's a cute little shack-type structure known as Coco's on the Beach. It's a wonderful, laid back open air (but covered) deck. They serve a full bar, various fried foods and burgers and even accommodate for the young one's with snow cones.
Just beware, alcohol is not permitted on the beaches in HHI. A lot of places say that and most people get away with it, but if caught, you can receive a hefty fine that could end your lovely beach trip. So spend the morning on the beach, make a stop, then head back out. Another warning for the beachgoers, during the summer peak season, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Which is really upsetting, because my dog is very much like my kid! I'm sure she behaves better than most, too.
After a long, lazy day on the beach, you may start to get that all too familiar rumbling in your belly for some yummy food. Coastal towns are always a wonderful place for some fresh seafood. But I have to go ahead and admit it now...I don't eat seafood. I've always been a strange one about food and sickness, so ever since I repeatedly came down with food poison type symptoms after eating shrimp as a kid, I just don't do it anymore.