Monday, November 3, 2014

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Well, surprise! Let's start out with touring the highlight of the Island....the Hilton Head Island Lighthouse. This beautiful island has so much to offer. We toured the island, went on a dolphin trip and visited the nearby island of Daufuskie, access only by boat. Below are pictures of the area and of the lighthouse....enjoy.

By now, everyone knows I love lighthouses and what service they provide our sea faring brethren. This unique structure was not built to assist sailors on the open sea. It is a private structure built by Charles Fraser in 1970. The construction of the lighthouse was ridiculed by many in the area as unnecessary and nothing more than a tourist item. However, upon it's completion it was instantly popular and today is the most widely recognizable symbol of Hilton Head Island.

Pay a small fee to enter Sea Pines Plantation and another small fee to enter the lighthouse and you can climb to the top of the structure. There is a gift shop at the top. For those having difficulty climbing the metal spiral staircases found in most lighthouses, you'll be pleased to find this one has regular stairs. I was still near the top when I snapped this picture of Debi catching up.

Finally reaching the top, this sign welcomes all visitors.

What better way to view the Island than from 100' up? Here is the Sea Pines harbor. Most of the yachts here are privately owned.

Looking at the parking lot and the sailboats below. This is from the north side of the lighthouse.

All of these vessels  moored here offer charters from dinner cruises, fishing trips or dolphin cruises.  You name it and one of these captains can fulfill your request....for a price, of course.

The island in the distance is Daufuskie Island. We will visit that island later.

Probably one of the most recognizable holes in golf. This is the 18th hole of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, where The Heritage Golf Tournament is held every April. Tune in this coming April 13-19, 2015 and you'll see the players from this vantage point on the lighthouse. 

I don't know who owns that yacht anchored there, but it was beautiful.

Moving around to the other side of the tower, we get another view of the island and Sea Pines.

The weather was picture perfect!

One interesting feature of the lighthouse is each level depicts a panorama of history of South Carolina. If you visit, be sure to take the time to read each display.

Back down on land again. I love to watch the sailboats move across the bay.

At the base of the lighthouse are many shops and restaurants. Spend an hour or two, or spend an entire afternoon here. There is also a beautiful little park with picnic tables adjacent to the shopping areas.

Here's our site at the Hilton Head Island RV Resort.

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