Beach, Around the Heel

The island’s heel is a curving sliver of sand (at high tide) bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound.

“In 1663 our namesake explorer, Captain William Hilton guided his ships ashore using this easternmost facing point as a landmark. Old mariner’s maps soon called the prominence “Hilton Head.” Today the entire island bears the title, remembering both the seaman and the land.” (Ballantine, 1983, p 16)


Hilton Head Island is not known for great “shelling”, but your best chances are around the heel and in this post I explain briefly why this is so. So whether you are seeking a beautiful beach walk or some awesome finds (or both!), you really must ventire to the heel of the island. It is worth the walk, I promise you.

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