Florida may have taken the biggest hit by Hurricane Irma, but much of the east coast was also battered and flooded. Our beautiful island was no exception. Now that the rain has cleared, island locals have ventured out to take stock of the damage. We’re happy to report that everyone is fine! What’s more, much of the island is ready for visitors to return.
Here’s what we know:
Parks Are Open
The town and community parks are open to the public. Be on the lookout for standing water in some places, but most areas are perfectly safe play.
Beaches Are Open
The town beach parks are open, too. Keep in mind, these are just the ones managed by the city. If you’re planning to visit a place with private beach access—such as your hotel or vacation rental—be sure to check before you take the family out for some fun in the sun.
Pedestrian Pathways Are Open
You can walk throughout town without fear of closures. Again, remember these are the pathways throughout the city. Some of the pathways to the beach may still be closed due to flooding or repair. Checking before you venture out is your best bet.
In other words, many of the areas on the island are open and waiting for you. Be prepared, however, to encounter some closures. If you rent a bike from us, check that all the bike paths are cleared before you head out for the afternoon. If you’re planning to rent beach equipment, check first to make sure your chosen beach is ready for visitors. Some of the beaches experience significant flooding, which eroded the sand and damaged the dunes. The Hilton Head Island you’ve known since last year’s Hurricane Matthew has changed yet again.
Some of the island’s most popular destinations have also reported damage. Sea Pines and Harbour Town areas both experienced flooding and will need significant repairs to many of the structures.
In spite of the trouble, the island is still thriving. We’d still love to see you here during your vacation this fall. As always, we’ll work with you and your vacation rental provider to ensure you have all the items you need to make for a comfy stay.