Kristy you should definitely go check out the island! The only problem is you'll want to keep coming back. Hilton Head gets under your skin.
It was the South end of the island that did it for me. Very little traffic, lush natural landscaping and extensive wildlife. I'm from the North East and seeing the alligators laying around the ponds was a shocker. :lol:
They scared me in the beginning because I didn't know any better. Now I'm sad if I don't see them. Unless you got right up next to them and tried to poke them with a stick, they won't bother you at all. Very peaceful creatures who have allowed us to share their territory.
The second or third year we visited, I was swimming in the ocean about forty feet from the shoreline. It was the first week of May and the beach was deserted. A couple of dolphins came within ten feet of me! It was a Mom and her baby, probably not more than a month old. She seemed to be teaching it something. They were jumping and flippping out of the water and would stop and look at me as if asking why I wasn't doing the same. I was very still and just watched, partly out of fear and partly out of fascination. They stayed about fifteen minutes until some people came on the beach and starting making noise. It was a magical moment and made me fall in love with the island even more. I've gone to that same spot every year since and have never been able to repeat the experience. I do go to the spots where I know they feed and watch them. They are lovely animals and so smart.
There is so much for your daughter to do on the island that doesn't involve drinking. If her friends were set on that they would not have picked Hilton Head, they would have gone to Myrtle or Daytona. They can drink in Hilton Head, but again, they can drink anywhere.
I think once they are in college, you have to let go or you'll drive yourself crazy. I have three kids in their 20s and it's hard to let go, but I know I must. I'm finally to the point where I can go a few days without talking to them without thinking something horrible has happened. It's taken me 25 years to get to that point, so it's a one step at a time process. :lol:
We are taking all three of my twenty somethings and their fiancees/ boyfriend/girlfriends to Hilton Head next month. They are past that spring break phase and love Hilton Head as much as we do. It will be our first whole family vacation since they were teenagers and I'm very excited. We will relax, golf, ride our bikes, go on a few boat tours, eat, shop and relax some more. I can't wait! 8)