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This popular resort and residential community is located mid-island, sitting on 1,800 well-preserved acres. Inside its guarded gates are three miles of world-famous Atlantic Ocean beaches, 11 miles of winding lagoons, and one of the largest tennis centers on the island, with 25 courts. Palmetto Dunes is also home to the Hilton Resort and the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, previously the Hyatt Regency Hilton Head Resort. Its three public, 28-hole golf courses were designed by PGA favorites George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, and Arthur Hills. The community ranges from year-round residents to weekend visitors due to the wide range of lodging available. Within Palmetto Dunes is the private community of Leamington.
Shelter Cove Harbour is the largest deepwater marina on Hilton Head Island. It encloses the end of Broad Creek at the island’s center across Highway 278 from Palmetto Dunes Plantation. Shelter Cove is a major tourist attraction because it hosts impressive local and world-traveled boats and yachts, has many fine restaurants and shops, and is the site of some of the island’s signature annual festivals. Such events include Harbour Fest, an annual summer-long celebration known for its fabulous fireworks displays every Tuesday night from May to August, and Wine Fest, the largest outdoor, tented wine-tasting event on the East Coast. Shelter Cove Harbour has 665 high-rise villas for rent and sale overlooking the marina.
Families with children relocating to a home or villa in Palmetto Dunes or Shelter Cove have multiple options for schools to best fit individual schooling needs. The schools on Hilton Head Island include: Hilton Head Elementary School (IB, Creative Arts), Hilton Head Middle School, Hilton Head High School, Hilton Head Heritage Academy, Hilton Head Preparatory Academy, Hilton Head Christian School, St. Francis Catholic School.