0610_summerfun_jetskiWe see them zip by with little time to even catch a glimpse. These speeding vessels might look a bit scary, but taking a PWC — or personal watercraft — out on the water can help make your vacation a special adventure.

More than 1.2 million Americans annually ride personal watercrafts, which are more commonly known by their brand names, such as Waverunners.

Though some models can seat up to three people, many prefer to ride solo like a motorcycle. They’re powered by an inboard motor and pump jet, and riders steer and accelerate using throttle handles. Just a squeeze gives the rider a chance to cruise the water with the wind in their hair.

0610_summerfun_paddlebLooking for a new core exercise while enjoying the outdoors? Paddle boarding is the sport for you.

“It’s been a sport of royalty in Hawaii for generations,” said Mike Overton, founder of Outside Hilton Head.

Paddleboards are similar to surfboards, but instead one stands on the board while paddling on one side at a time.

Animals on the beach
Animals are not permitted on Hilton Head beaches between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

0610_summerfun_beachWhen you get down to brass tacks, there is one major reason Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Southern oasis. And lucky for us, we own it and it’s free, making it not only the best, but also the most economical source of summer fun.

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Hilton Head Island residents Jack and Barbara Finnegan will travel on an all-expense paid vacation for six days and five nights to the Reefs Hotel and Club in Bermuda this July — all thanks to their son, Tim and his wife, Caroline.
After spending their honeymoon at The Reefs, Tim and Caroline heard about a contest the resort was running encouraging past guests to “Show Your Love” of the resort or island in a submitted essay.

Imagine a prom where it's not fashionable to be late and you've only skimmed the surface of the Cinderella Fella Ball's appeal.
Started more than a decade ago by a crew of teachers, staff and parents at Battery High School, the dance is organized for special needs students and young adults with disabilities ages 14 and older across Beaufort County.

An old, dilapidated shack that has stood on Gumtree road for more than 80 years is about to become the focal point of Gullah history on the island.

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Are you looking for a gift for that special graduate? Click here for a few of Monthly’s favorites.

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In this special annual medical section, we focus on how you can stay healthy from head to toe.

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These local moms are on the frontlines in the truest sense of the word. Click here for their stories.