After a recent vacation to the area, we loved HHI---so much so, we're giving it serious consideration as our place to finally stop moving and raise our kids. While it certainly has a "premium" for living on the island (and that's OK if, with that premium, it brings some benefits), we want "out" of Alabama. Having lived in Florida for many years, where people were from all parts of the country (including many locals), we found HHI to be much the same, but with better more 4-season like weather (something we like). With the diversity in terms of people from all parts, people appeared to be very friendly. We cannot quite say that in our current "home" town, as we're not native to the area, and have little in common (both Midwesterners). So we have a number of questions, such as:
(1) Is our impression of the overall friendliness of the island correct?
(2) what about the public schools on the island? I recognize that our home state, along with Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina, as a whole, don't have the best school systems. But, there are always pockets of good schools everywhere. Is the HHI public school system decent? Our kids are currently at the elementary school level
(3) What about diversity of things to do? When we lived in Florida, routinely going to the beach became uninspiring. Don't get me wrong, we love the beach, but are looking for an assortment of things to do. Is the drive to Savannah, a far larger city, worth the trip every couple of weeks? Things we like are history (I know of the Savannah and Charleston immense history), aquariums, museums, good restaurants, etc. Basically, we want to expose our kids to MORE THAN just college football and bar-b-que!
(4) How problematic is the seasonal flux of tourism on HHI? THis is something we saw quite a bit of while residing in Florida--to the point that we avoided "going in town". It may not be too bad on HHI, but am asking for personal experiences, please.
Any input ---looking for GOOD and BAD----is appreciated!