i need info about spring break in hilton head

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By: kristy
3/8/2007 12:09 AM

please help me with a dilema...my college daughter is going to south carolina to visit a friend and wants to go to the beach with her. is hilton head a safe place to go or is it full of drunken college kids and police arresting everyone under a certain age for things like just crossing the street in a traffic jam like in myrtle beach/

By: heartsinSC
3/8/2007 12:38 AM

It's nothing like that.
Mostly families, golfers and senior citizens. There are some college kids who go there for break, but I think they are probably kids who have been there before with their families.
The biggest traffic problem is on Saturdays when everyone is either coming or going for their week and the traffic circles, which people can't figure out.
It's also sometimes difficult to find stores and restaurants since they have strict signage laws. The mile markers help a lot.

Your daughter should be very safe and she should have a very good time.

By: kristy
3/8/2007 1:25 AM

thanks so much! im still worried but its nice to know that it isnt like myrtle beach or datona beach.

By: Steve
3/8/2007 1:29 AM

Welcome to the board Kristy. It is always nice to see new members come on board. Regarding your question, Hilton Head is NOT Myrtle Beach! The worries that you described would be almost a daily happening at Myrtle Beach, but HH is a whole different ballgame, very safe and not nearly as much emphassis on partying.

By: Will
3/8/2007 2:34 AM


Welcome! As HeartsinSC and Steve mentioned, Hilton Head is nothing like Myrtle Beach. It is family-oriented and laid back. If your daughter wants to go somewhere for Spring Break, Hilton Head is a good choice.

If you have any other questions about Hilton Head of the HiltonHeadLife.com site, please post them.


By: gotohhi
3/8/2007 4:36 AM

Most places don't rent to people under 21 years of age. In most cases a parent has to take responsibility and make the rental.

That keeps down a lot of the riff-raff and drunken post-adolescent behavior.

If her group is looking for a place to get wild, then they will most likely go home completely dissappointed. If they are looking to get a tan, meet people, great food, great recreation and get back to nature, then they will be very happy.

There really aren't that many bars or nightclubs on the island, especially ones catering to the under 25 group. If she's under 21 it will be difficult for her to find alcohol (not impossible, but difficult). If there is anyone in their group 21+ then all bets are off.

If you trust your daughter to make good choices when faced with them, then Hilton Head is probably the safest place she could go to practice being a grown-up.

Tell her to have a great time and text you constantly "Because you will be so jealous that you want to know everything she's doing"...


By: trigger11
3/8/2007 12:59 PM

we let close friends college kids use our house for spring break occasionally. they all say it is a good time, and like jeff said a little laid back. one year part of a group got a little bored and broke off to daytona beach for more of a party place. like others have said it is as safe a destination as you could find for a young person break away and experience spring break.... please give us some feed back when she returns... good luck....

By: kristy
3/8/2007 1:18 PM

I guess I am feeling better about this, it is a scary experience to let go after 20 years of mothering. My daughter is 20 and usually responsible, but she is giving me the typical "you're treating me like a kid" and "Trust me, I could do this and that at college but I don't." Unfortunately one of the people in her small group is 21.
I guess I have to let her go and hope she uses her best judgement. At least Hilton Head isn't Daytona or Myrtle Beach, and from what I have read from people responding to my cries for help. there are a lot of wonderful people there.
I will let you know how it works out. Again, thanks for the information and the reassurances. Now you all have me wanting to go there this summer to check it out. It sounds like beautiful relaxing place, just what I need after a stressful year of work and raising 2 college children attempting to break away.

By: heartsinSC
3/9/2007 2:37 PM

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)

By: IsleBeBack
3/9/2007 6:40 PM

Is this the voice of experience? :wink:

Seriously, also, while we're discussing alligator etiquette, please do NOT feed them anything. This teaches them to equate people with food, and they become quite....brazen.


By: heartsinSC
3/9/2007 11:50 PM

Laughing smiley
Wow Scott, THAT will make her want to visit. Or not. :wink:

My husband, the weird one, likes to find lost golf balls. Why I do not know because he collects a bag every year from HH and the next year I end up tossing them out. Who needs all those golf balls anyway?!
He rides his bike at dusk through the course in Shipyard. He's been surprised by a gator or two. He got too close one time and was charged. He got away, but it scared the daylights out of him. 99% of the time they ignore everything going on around them, but my husband has no common sense. :P I told him this year he needs to go fishing instead.

By: Jenn - NY
3/10/2007 1:24 PM

Wow! I though the better ocean view was a good reason to request a high floor at our Timeshare villa. Now I know that "alliators" are an even better reason! I hope you look to see who's at the door before you answer it. lol

By: IsleBeBack
3/10/2007 2:21 PM

Well, the whole story is that this is a highly unusual occurrence. Apparently this guy was famished, and the couple was grilling some chicken teriyaki that had an irresistible smell! This Island Packet article made world news.

Realizing this could scare some folks, rest assured millions of folks visit Hilton Head visit each year without incident.



By: Jenn - NY
3/11/2007 1:42 AM

Oh, we've been to HHI around 7 times already, we'll be back. My husband and 2 sons saw a bunch of alligators in a pond/lake in Port Royal by the condo we were staying in that year - the ones the Westin owns. They went to feed the turtles and ended up attracting the alligators. My husband and older son stayed to see them, but my younger son came running back to the villa. Other than that, they've never come a knockin.

By: Darlene
3/11/2007 1:31 PM

If I opened the door and saw an alligator, I would probably have a heart attack on the spot. I have no desire to see an alligator on Hilton Head or anywhere else. I am a big sissy!

By: Paula
3/13/2007 4:01 PM

Kristy, Is your daughter on Hilton Head Island? O to be young and on vacation with your friends. She will have a lovely time and probably make you take her to Hilton Head again this summer. You will love it too.

By: InLoveOn915
3/13/2007 9:52 PM

Kristy I don't think you have anything to worry about.... In May there are three of us girls going down there we're 21-23, and we cannot find but maybe two or three places to go to!!!!!!!! I'm talking about night life, clubs, etc. We were there last year and it's just a nice place overall.... beach. If I was still a teenager there I don't think I could see myself getting into too much trouble at all.

By: Will
3/17/2019 8:12 PM

It took me a minute to realize the original post was from 2007. It's been a while since I've seen some of the names on this thread. Good times.


By: Will
5/6/2019 6:30 PM

Last Tango,

I just saw your reply. I take it you know Kristy? What a small world it seems sometimes.