Dec 18 2015

5 Things to Know about Seabrook Island

Pristine beaches, laid back yet well kept atmosphere near Charleston and untouched golf courses make Seabrook island one of the top destinations on the East Coast. Check out our list of 5 things you may not have  known about Seabrook and start planning your visit today!

1. Dolphins often frequent the shorelines and along the coast of Seabrook island during strand feeding season. What is strand feeding? Between the months of April and November dolphins communicate by whistling to each other as they round up fish towards the shoreline. Some have witnessed these adorable creatures near the coast while on vacation! Although, we wish it happened more often.

2. When you think of places like Charleston and Hilton Head you often think of large, live oak trees. Seabrook Island has an abundance of these trees dating back more than 300 years. You can see these trees along bike paths as well as beautifully weaving throughout the island in untouched locations.

3. Anyone who has ever been to or heard of Seabrook thinks of the Golf Courses on the island when you say the name. What many do not know is that the golf courses are preserved by the Audubon Society, who protects wildlife along the golf communities in the area. These stunning golf courses have it all, along with nature that we would not change.

4. During your visit to Seabrook Island, you might catch some locals assessing the beach, but they aren’t looking for seashells. They are looking for turtles. There are more than 150 volunteers in Seabrook Island who work as a turtle patrol. They look for and protect nests of loggerhead turtles. Adult loggerheads come back to the same beach that they hatched in during nesting season so they can lay upwards of 450 eggs in one visit. This may seem like a lot, but the eggs are vulnerable to natural predators and rising tides. In order to keep these threatened species safe, volunteers search beaches beginning in May until October to document and oversee the nests, build barriers for protecting against animals of prey, record hatchlings, and move nests that are endangered.  

5. Seabrook Island’s history dates back to before Colonial times: during the Revolutionary War it was a place of conflict and has ties to a man notorious for his pirate dealings. The town’s namesake was the lineage of Robert Seabrook, descendent of William Seabrook, who, in 1816, bought the island. With the expansion of the port city, it grew to be a favored target of the pirates. Robert Seabrook, a politician and businessman, had been condemned for trading with these pirates. Seabrook Island possess a past of being a wild community. Regardless of its illustrious history, it wasn’t formally established until 1987, making it younger than thirty years.

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