Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is one of our guests’ favorite places to #StaySonesta, and it’s easy to see why! This sprawling oceanfront resort features multiple restaurants, a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, an award-winning spa, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary shuttle service around Shipyard Plantation, bike rentals, dog-friendly rooms, and access to endless stretches of sandy beaches.

The natural beauty of Hilton Head is treasured by our guests and our Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island team, and the resident sea turtles are a beloved and important part of that.

Did you know that from May through October, the sea turtles on Hilton Head Island come ashore to lay their eggs? After the eggs are safely in the nest, the mother sea turtles go back to the ocean. After 45 to 60 days, the eggs begin to hatch and the baby sea turtles have to find their way back to the ocean. Hatchlings use reflected light to guide them to the ocean at night and artificial lighting can confuse them, stranding them and leaving them vulnerable.

In order to protect the future of these fragile creatures, Lights Out for Sea Turtles runs May 1 through October 31. During this time, guests and residents are asked to minimize lighting after 10PM near Hilton Head’s coastline for the sea turtle’s annual nesting and hatching season. During this time, female loggerhead sea turtles come up on the beach to bury as many as 125 eggs in a single nest.

Keeping the beaches of Hilton Head is another way that our team and guests are able to help our sea turtle friends, and it ties in perfectly with the Sonesta #CultureofCaring. At Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, the recreation staff recently led an event to pick up trash and keep the beaches beautiful and safe for the turtles and other wildlife.

  • Why is the cleanup important?
    • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is part of the 5 Star Program on Hilton Head Island, which helps protect the Logger Head Turtle.  One part of this program is to set up beach cleanup times that involves guests participation.  This is also a way we can give back to our community and environment.
  • How often does the resort do these cleanups?
    • The program requires doing the beach cleanup at least once a month, but the resort is hoping to schedule two a month.
  • How many bags were cleaned up?
    • During their latest cleanup, our team and resort guests collected two full large trash bags, when they combined everyone’s contributions. 

We love that our employees and guests care so much about the ecosystem on the island!

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