Hilton Head Strong
Hurricane Matthew wasn't fun for anyone and gave Hilton Head a big bruise to recover from but we are on our way! On October 8 between 2-4am our beloved island got hit by Hurricane Matthew who was at that time a category 2. Our piers and marinas were destroyed, we had devastating flooding, and trees down everywhere! We couldn't get back on to our island, and even if we could, we wouldn't have water or power. Everyone had mixed feelings of loss, devastation and frustration, which tend to make a bad combination but we handled it like champs! We all came together to give our island some tender loving care and help bring it back to its normal, beautiful self. We still have a long way to go, but they recovery efforts are progressing and we are almost back to living the island life yet again.
Most shops and restaurants are open as of now as well as other important places such as grocery stores, the winery, and the Rum Distillery. We still have some beach parks closed such as Bradley Beach, Folly Field, Islander's Beach and Mitchellville Beach Park. Chaplin Park (where you park for Burke's Beach) is still closed as well. If you're looking to get out on the water, you may be waiting a bit. Palmetto Bay Marina is closed and is currently under construction, so no boats will be leaving from there for a few months as of now. Also, there is an advisory in place for boats due to debris so definitely call any business of interest to see if they are taking tours out on the water prior to adding it to your itinerary.
Harbour Town in the Sea Pines Resort is open, and most of those shops and restaurants are open as well. The lighthouse is up and running, however, again, the pier is under construction so there is no access allowed at this point, and most of the boats are docked elsewhere at the moment.
Recovery is going smoothly however if there is a place you are interested in specifically, call them directly to see if they are open and running normally. We are an island in healing right now but we are strong. Thank you to everyone for your support and positive vibes!