Global Discovery Vacations Review: Hilton Head, SC, is More than Beaches

When you already live near the beach, you’re probably not going to seek surf and and sand in your travels. This is true of Global Discovery Vacations member Maribeth A., who traveled to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and discovered more to the area than the beach. She shares her findings in this week’s Member Monday!

Where would you recommend a fellow member go to…
We were very happy with the restaurants we chose to dine in. The concierge at Island Links made some good suggestions when we checked in. We particularly enjoyed the Fishcamp on Broad Creek for a gorgeous waterfront sunset under 100-plus-year-old oaks. They also had indoor dining, although I can’t imagine why anyone would choose that.

We did not do a lot of shopping, but there were plenty of charming shopping opportunities.

Have fun/attractions:
We live at the beach (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) so the beach at Hilton Head was not a large attraction for us. It did turn out to be very pretty with accessible beach areas and ample parking.

We spent much of our time bicycling. We drove and took our bikes with us, but there are many places for bike rentals. What impressed us the most about Hilton Head was the biking trails! They were designed to run adjacent to the roadways, but with beautiful and wide buffers of mature trees and landscaping. We rode our bikes almost every day.

We also took a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina (about a 30-minute drive), and enjoyed touring that historical town and its lovely homes.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity:

Island Links is a beautiful resort. It is heavily treed and landscaped. Our unit, as many of the buildings, backed up to a golf course, but there was a green space and trees in between.

We had a very large two-bedroom unit. It was spotlessly clean and very well appointed. There were lots of windows and a screened porch with table and chairs off the master.

The kitchen had EVERYTHING we needed, including matching service for 12.

There was an oversized jetted tub in the master bath, which is very resort-like. We were provided with eight sets of towels and there was a nice washer/dryer.

Also resort-like was the pool area.

Place to go in the destination:
Visit Harbour Town and Sea Pines Plantation. There are lots of golf courses, the beach, fishing and other water sports, and bicycling.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
We chose Hilton Head because we’ve been interested in going there for a while and it was available for a November condo Sale!

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
The beauty of the island.

Any tips for a traveler going to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
Bicycles! Or you can rent them when you get there. If you go during Peak Season (we hear), the traffic can be bad and you will be glad you have bikes.

About you

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
Two years.

Why did you join the club?
We joined because we’re recently retired and empty nesters. We’re looking forward to traveling a lot!

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
We were not real comfortable with using the website our first year. Since then, we’ve taken two cruises – Caribbean and Alaska.

We are super excited to be spending time in Europe in spring 2018. Because we now have two memberships, we were able to book back-to-back weeks in five different locations in France, Italy and Greece!

We also have two weeks booked in Breckenridge, Colorado, for September 2018.

Why do you think traveling is important?
In our case, we worked hard and raised a family, and didn’t travel much at all during that season of our lives. Now is our time and travel is what we want to do! Global allows us to do this.

Photos courtesy of member Maribeth A.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.