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Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

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Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

Does anyone have thoughts on these places for two families in August. We found some condo's thru VRBO. I know the prices vary, HHR has bunk beds, but the others are close to Coligny. Is Coligny actually an active place for families? Which area would have more activities for kids 9-12? Any other close (within 5 minutes) to the ocean with larger pools for evening swims?

thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

You have an interesting comparison list...

Several condo complexes on the island have a master bedroom, bunk beds built into the walls in the hallway and one bathroom. They are typically around 530 sq/ft. Some with this design include Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort at Folly Field and also Breakers and Seaside at Coligny/Forest Beach.

HHR units don't typically have bunk beds unless the owner put them in one of the regular bedrooms. The two bedroom units are 830-850 sq/ft and the three bedroom units are 1150 sq/ft. There are no one bedroom units at HHR only twos and threes with two full baths.

Beach and Tennis has a huge oceanfront pool and is an easy walk to Carrabbas Restaurant and Adventure Cove miniature golf. Most of the units are one bedroom with bunks in the hall but there are also 2br units in the Tennis Villas buildings and a handful at Admiral's Row.

Hilton Head Resort has two outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis, two onsite restaurants, onsite fishing and the least crowded sandy beach.

If Shorewood fits your budget, that's probably your best bet. It's oceanfront in the middle of all the tourist activities, shops and restaurants.

North Shore is across the street from the beach.

Hope this helps.

- Jeff

(Haig Point Daufuskie resident, HHR owner and now a SCLREA)

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2. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

Thanks Jeff,

There are several units at HHR that I've seen with nice bunk beds in the 2nd bedroom. I know the kids are going to want to sleep together. We have stayed at Fiddlers Cove and thought the walk to the beach was a little too long. Are the prices at Shorewood, Sea Crest, Northshore or Villamare worthy of their amenities or is HHR or the Beach and Tennis club actually better for families. I would prefer to stay at Northshore and use Seacrest's pool but would rather just have a short walk back to the condo after the evening swims.

thanks

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3. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

HHR has a 7 passenger golf cart shuttle with a small trailer to haul all your stuff to the beach. It runs on the even hours. Makes it easy to head down for a day at the beach without hauling your own beach chairs and coolers.

Coco's has great food and drink at the end of our boardwalk right on the oceanfront. The restrooms and showers are here also. You don't have to walk back to your condo or hunt a public restroom. It takes about 7 minutes if you decide to walk across the boardwalk. There is no easy public access to our beach so it is never crowded. However, the number of vacation renters at HHR has skyrocketed since the new boardwalk was built so you won't be all alone as in past years.

Every building at HHR is close to one of the three swimming pools, either indoors or out. I've spent many evenings wearing the kids out in the pool before bed followed by a relaxing, quiet evening on my deck. The indoor pool comes in handy on those rare rainy summer days. It's a great place to escape the mid-day heat and blistering sun too.

Beach and Tennis is huge and always highly rated for families. We considered buying there in 1997 but one bathroom and the tiny kitchenettes were a drawback with two kids. Plus we knew the kids would soon grow out of the bunk beds. For your visit the one bedroom units may be perfectly adequate. How much time do you plan to spend indoors anyway? If you stay in a 2 bedroom Tennis Villa you'll have a longer walk to the beach but a much more comfortable-size unit.

Villamare is the first place I ever stayed on Hilton Head and probably my favorite. Great views and plenty of area restaurants and amenities. You can take the Palmetto Dunes Buggy shuttle to Shelter Cove Harbour and the Mall for more restaurants and shops. Palmetto Dunes is absolutely beautiful.

Seacrest is beautiful and direct oceanfront. There's tons of activities surrounding this resort and Aqua is a great restaurant. The beach in this area is going to be very crowded during spring and summer since it is directly on Coligny Beach Park/Coligny Circle.

Shorewood is similar and another great oceanfront choice. Google for pictures of both of these locations.

It's up to you to decide if they are worth the extra money. HHR, Fiddlers Cove and HHBT don't compare with Shorewood, Villamare or Seacrest. Their prices reflect this. It's a two star vs 3 1/2 star comparison. The next step up are probably the Marriott resorts.

The beach is the beach. There is very little difference between the beach at Folly, Singleton (HHR), PD, Shipyard, Coligny/Forest Beach or Sea Pines. Conditions don't really change until you get to the ends of the island and around to the sound side. At that point it starts to get pluff muddy.

If you want lots of people, nightlife, walk to shopping, etc, then Coligny is probably the best bet.

I really don't know much about Northshore as a vacation destination other than the few comments made on TA. You'll have to cross a relatively busy street to get to the beach, but you are so close you can see Sweet Carolina Cupcakes next to Piggly Wiggly so that may make up for it! ;-)

Personally, I think you have to work really hard to choose a bad villa complex to stay on HHI. You might find a bad individual owner, but the general property is typically well managed. The regime management company and the rental management companies are usually different entities even if they are onsite. Check reviews and rental policies carefully for any rental management companies that you are considering.

DHEC makes sure all the pools are kept up to code and operational. This government agency is unbelievably strict.

If the beach is across the street or there is onsite beach access or if you are inside PD, Shipyard or Sea Pines, you should be fine. One good tip is to find a VRBO listing and email the owner for detailed information. They'll be happy to tell you all the great features of their complex and what's nearby.

Good luck and have a great vacation!

- Jeff

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4. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

Coligny is very active, Sea Pines and Coligny are usually where we spend our time. And Coligny is closer to Sea Pines than PD or HHR, HH Beach and Tennis. Coligny has magician, clown for entertainment during the summer months...free movie on Wed a.m. at the Coligny theatre and all the shops and restaurants and of course Coligny Beach Park. It all depends on how much you want to be in the car. We don't mind it so much especially since we get the A/C relief but if you like to walk places, look at the villas near Coligny.

We've stayed in Villamare (our favorite) and HHR. You really can't compare. Villamare is spacious, beautiful landscaping, right on the beach, great bike paths. The rooms all have washer/dryers and most have been recently updated w/new floors, carpets, kitchens. We love it. HHR right now fits better into our budget and the kids wanted to try it for the summer because it's something different. Much smaller than Villamare, most don't have washer and dryer unless you are in a 3 bedroom (they do have coin operated ones) and you have the walk to the beach. Yes there is a golf cart that picks you up but it doesn't run constantly. Coco's looks fun, it wasn't open in November when we were there so we'll try it this summer. With 3 kids, the room felt cramped but maybe that's because we are used to all the space of Villamare. HHI is not like Myrtle Beach w/all the resorts w/lazy rivers, amusement parks etc so in order to keep it "new" we've stayed at Disney, Beachside Tennis in Sea Pines, Villamare, Barrington and HHR...we'll probably end up in Coligny too, I guess we see what each part of the island has to offer.

Good luck.

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5. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

thanks to both of you. I was hoping for your responses. I booked 2 condos in building one at HHR on Aug.7. We will try it out. We like the idea of the pool and boardwalk being close by. We will only be driving for dinner/entertainment each evening and the island is small to where that is not a problem. The kids are already excited about the bunk beds and the onsite fishing. So it will be good.

any other ideas, feel free to let us know. Otherwise, thanks again and enjoy tomorrow.

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6. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

Happy to hear you are giving HHR a try. I was in building one today and the outdoor pool is being completely refurbished and retiled. All of the pools are getting upgrades to meet new DHEC depth signage codes. We are using this as an opportunity to do a complete overhaul.

That pool is a very happy place in the summertime.

The deli next to the building one outdoor pool offers take-out pizza in addition to everything else on their menu. Good burgers and excellent fries. They also have breakfast, a pool table, very reasonably priced souveniers, take out beer, movie rentals and an internet cafe in case you left your pc at home. Food prices are very family-friendly. You can call in a lunch or dinner order and go pick it up hot and fresh.

Coco's on the Beach will probably have live music on Friday and Saturday nights again this year. Be sure to join their facebook fan page, check out the pictures and read all the comments. Their website is www.cocosonthebeach.com

HHR Insider's tip...

On Tuesday night, you can skip the crowds at Shelter Cove and watch the fireworks from our beach.

Walk down the boardwalk at least a half hour before dusk and turn left on the beach. Walk all the way to the Folly (the creek) and past a large rock formation. Go around the rocks and slightly up the creek until you can see the top of the HHR buildings. Set up a chair, enjoy the sunset and the ocean. At around 9 pm the Tuesday night fireworks will be visible over the tops of the buildings.

Be sure to take a flashlight for the walk back in the dark. The boardwalk is lighted so once you get on it, there's no problem seeing your way back. If there's no moon, the beach can be pitch black. Watch out for turtle nests just above the high tide line. Folding chairs and beach towels come in handy. You can grab food and drink at Coco's as you pass by, but remember NO Alcohol on the beach island-wide. The town will fine you if they happen to patrol your area.

You can walk or bike ride to Shelter Cove (1 mile) but I don't recommend seeing the fireworks that way. Getting there is not a problem but getting back in the dark and through the hundreds of cars and traffic is very dangerous. Your kids sound a little too old to enjoy the Shannon Tanner show at Shelter Cove Harbour but they may like the Island Rec Center's Family Show at Shelter Cove Park behind the mall. Check the tourist guides when you get here to see what program they are putting on this season. In past years, Ross and Holly Brown have put on a great show for the rec center. These shows take place on other nights besides Tuesday, but Tuesday has the largest crowds because of the fireworks at dark.

Also, don't miss Harold's Diner for breakfast or lunch, Tues-Sat. Walk out the HHR front gate, turn right on the bike path/sidewalk and it's only a block up on the right at the corner of 278 and Singleton Beach Rd. Voted best burger on the island in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine. They also have the best philly steak and cheese that I've found so far. Make sure you have your visitor cards with you so you can get back through the HHR entrance on foot.

Their motto is "Eat here or we'll both starve!".

The golf cart shuttle is somewhat different "in season" than off-season. The shuttle runs on the even hours but it runs until there's no-one left standing at either end. Occasionally last summer it was so busy, that it simply ran back and forth continuously for an hour or more.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Think beach!

- Jeff Morgan

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7. Re: Northshore,Shorewood or Hilton Head Resort for families

Jeff...Great tip on the fireworks! We hate going over there because you have to fight for parking, watch the 10 minute fireworks and then fight to get out! I know exactly where you are talking about past the rocks. Thanks!!

Jennifer

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