Unlike most towns, Hilton Head does not have a “city center”. It is more a collection of strategically placed shopping and gathering areas. But, if you ask local residents, Coligny Circle and the surrounding Forest Beach and Lagoon Road area would be voted the “most likely” downtown – the Island’s heart and soul.
The reasons are numerous. It is easy to find and it is freely accessible (no gate fees) by foot, car and bike. It is located at the end of Pope Avenue at South Forest Beach Drive. It’s also on the most popular public beach. Plus, there are many shops and restaurants.
Coligny Plaza first opened for business in 1956 making it the oldest shopping area on the Island. It is a delightful place to wander, spend some money, and unwind. Frosty Frog Café and Daiquiri Bar is famous for their 100 kinds daiquiris, indoor and outdoor dining, and live entertainment.
Across the Forest Beach Road is the Beach Market with more shops and restaurants.
A culinary walking tour is available that will take you to some of the Coligny area’s more popular restaurants where you will sample delicious foods, drinks, and sweet treats while your guide shares the Island’s interesting history with you.
And then you come to Hilton Head’s most popular and busiest beach. Although it can get crowded, you don’t need to walk far to find plenty of space in which to spread out. Don’t miss the new interactive water fountain, playgrounds and volleyball nets, rest rooms and changing rooms, a picnic pavilion and rental concessions, vending machines and showers.
The beach is wheelchair accessible and public parking is available.
For more information, contact:
Frosty Frog Cafe and Daiquiri Bar (843-686-3764)
Frosty’s Closet (843-686-2533)
Savor the Lowcountry Tours (843-301-1005)