Thanks to a committed staff at the Coastal Discovery Museum as well as conservationists and caring volunteers, the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project is gearing up for another nesting and hatching season which runs from May 1 through October 31.

• The Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is the state reptile of our state. Weighing in between 300 – 400 pounds as adults, they have brownish or yellow skin and top shells which can measure from 30 – 42 inches in length.
• Temperature and moisture of the sand determines optimal habitat and Hilton Head’s sandy shores make for great nesting.
• Females nest on all areas of the beach starting the first or second week in May with most nests laid along the open-facing beach.
• Females lay four…

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MHilton Head Beach Renourishmentother Nature has bestowed some of her finest work along the pristine shores of Hilton Head Island. Our beautiful white sand beaches are treasured, nurtured and photographed by generations of islanders and visitors alike, but we must also protect our shores. Beach sand here moves from the center of the island toward its end, dictated by Port Royal Sound to the north and Calibogue Sound to the south. Hilton Head Island is a “transgressive” relic coastal barrier and this type beach erosion---the massive and continual movement of sand---is a naturally-occurring phenomenon.


As part of the Town of Hilton Head’s long-term strategy for restoring and maintaining our beaches, beach renourishment is necessary every seven to ten years, depending on weather…

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Palmetto DunesLocated in the heart of Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort rests along three miles of sparkling white sand Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Revered as one of the finest resort destinations in the world, Palmetto Dunes’ offerings include three championship golf courses (Georgia Fazio, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront), an award-winning tennis center with 25 courts (23 clay and 2 Nova ProBounce), six miles of paved leisure trails which meander through the 1,800-acre resort connecting to the island-wide bicycle trail at the resort’s main entrance, and 11 miles of beautiful winding lagoons which provide a natural preserve for wildlife as well as kayaking and boating enjoyment for residents and guests.

Palmetto Dunes is uniquely…

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