Hilton Head is a golfer’s paradise combined with endless walkable beaches. In 1663, Capt. William Hilton sailed from Barbados, landing here to explore lands granted by King Charles II to eight Lord Proprietors (whose job it was to oversee the Carolina territory). King Charles II was popularly known as the Merry Monarch. He and his wife had no children, but he acknowledged at least twelve illegitimate children by various mistresses. Merry indeed!