Airports and Transportation
Hilton Head Island (HHH) – 10-15 minute drive from the Academy
Savannah, Georgia (SAV) – 50 minute drive from the Academy
Smith Stearns will pick up boarding students from both airports. Hilton Head Airport transportation is free. For the Savannah Airport there is a $75 one way transportation fee or $150 for round trip transportation.
Please visit either our Housing Page if you are interested in boarding or our Sea Pines Resort and Accommodation Specials page for more information about the many options inside the Resort. Hilton Head island’s #1 rated luxury hotel The Inn & Club at Harbour Town is located directly next to our tennis courts as well as a variety of villa rentals.
What to do on Hilton Head Island
World Class Golf
Heralded as a Platinum resort among GOLF Magazine’s Premier Resorts, The Sea Pines Resort offers three incredible courses set amid scenic Lowcountry landscapes and is considered a must-play golf destination in the Southeast. The world-class Sea Pines Resort features the highly acclaimed Heron Point by Pete Dye and the all-new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III golf courses. The resort is also home to Harbour Town Golf Links, famed host of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event. On an island where golf is king, this legendary Hilton Head golf course is true royalty. Play all three for a truly unique and unforgettable golf experience. Read more here.
Sea Pines is home to over 5 miles of pristine beaches and coastline where you can experience a variety of beach activities. Make sure to try the inviting beachside atmosphere of the Sea Pines Beach Club which also includes the restaurant Coast, oceanfront beach bar, Surfside Market, and Ocean Lounge.
Sea Pines Beach Club is located at 87 N. Sea Pines Drive.
With the incredible waterways surrounding Hilton Head Island, its no wonder that locals and visitors enjoy a variety of exciting watersports at The Sea Pines Resort. From high-speed adventures on the sea to more leisurely pursuits, such as kayaking and sailing, The Sea Pines Resort offers fun experiences to suit all ages, interests and skill levels, with experienced captains and guides to ensure your safety. Read more here.
Surrounding The Sea Pines Resort’s picturesque yacht basin, Harbour Town features an extraordinary selection of fine apparel and home décor boutiques, custom gift and craft shops, signature jewelry shops, and one-of-a-kind art galleries. You’ll also find a variety of top-rated restaurants and casual outdoor cafes serving fresh seafood, perfectly prepared steaks, grilled sandwiches, salads, classic children’s fare, handcrafted specialty cocktails and more. Above it all, the historic Harbour Town Lighthouse, with its iconic red and white stripes, provides a stunning aerial view of the marina for those who climb to the top. Read more here.
Whether you are seeking casual fare or traditional Southern cuisine, a quiet dinner out or an evening of exciting entertainment, The Sea Pines Resort offers the finest dining and entertainment options, as well as the most unique and beautiful views on Hilton Head Island. Read more here.
The Shops at Sea Pines Center
Located a half mile from our courts and the site of our Smith Stearns Sports Performance Center, The Shops at Sea Pines Center plays host to an interesting variety of customized retail shops and boutiques with a mix of top-quality jewelry, resort casual men’s and women’s clothing, decorative accessories, antiques as well as a great selection of books and a full-service day spa. The Shops at Sea Pines Center is also home to a number of popular dining spots providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. For your convenience, Sea Pines’ only gas station is located at the east entrance, and a post office is nestled within the promenade. Read more here.
Every major activity within The Sea Pines Resort is connected by a beautiful 15-mile network of leisure paths, and Hilton Head Island’s hard-packed beaches are perfect for bike riding. As a result, bike riding is a preferred mode of transportation for many resort guests and visitors. The Sea Pines Resort Bicycle Shop, located next to the Plantation Golf Club, offers a wide selection of bicycles and accessories including adult/child bikes, kiddie karts and more, so you can rent a bicycle and have fun exploring Hilton Head Island on two wheels. New bicycles, accessories and repair services are offered as well. Read more here.
Every year we have multiple families relocating to Hilton Head Island to attend the Academy and we are fortunate to work with some of the areas best realtors. Please contact Joanie in admissions for our recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.