Thanks to some pretty darn good planning and $1.4 million from the Town of Hilton Head Island, the “gateway” to the island’s beaches, Coligny Beach Park, has taken a turn for the better.
While the island has a half dozen beach parks, Coligny is the island’s centerpiece. Located at Coligny Circle at the east end of Pope Avenue, the park now offers a wider view of the Atlantic, plus more boardwalks, changing rooms, restrooms and pavilions, and offers greater beach access to everyone.
The highlight of the refurbished park is a ground level fountain with 26 choreographed water jets for the kids to play in. What a great way to wash off the sand!
If this is your first visit to the island, know that Coligny Plaza, adjacent to Coligny Circle, is really the heart of the island for visitors. While many consider the beautiful Harbour Town a “must see’ (and it is), Coligny is THE PLACE for the younger crowd to “hang.” There are over 60 shops and restaurants. The eateries all have family fare.
While we love all that is Coligny, and it’s tough to pick favorites, our suggestions would include the Island Fudge Shoppe, Java Joe’s, and Skillets for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Can’t go wrong. Now, here is a real insider’s tip. Whether you are a fisherman in search of live bait, or just simply curious, you must visit Coligny Hardware. They feature all sorts of island mementoes, bait (live and frozen) for all types of fish, and at least one of everything else. Plus, they’re good people.
Coligny was the “original” meeting place for visitors to Hilton Head and it still is … original. Enjoy.