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Hilton Head, or Hilton Head Island, is a barrier island resort on the Atlantic coast of the USA. The island’s sandy beaches cover over 12 miles (19 kilometers). Many say these are among the most attractive resort beaches in the country. Sports are a big part of life in Hilton Head and there is wildlife to be seen too, including dolphins and alligators.
Rent a bike and travel between the beaches and other attractions by making use of the 50 miles (80 kilometers) of bicycle trails.
Golfers will appreciate the resort’s large number of courses. George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort is a championship course open to the public. You’ll find numerous tennis clubs, as well. The Sea Pines Racquet Club at the Sea Pines Resort is managed by former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Stan Smith.
Go to Audubon Newhall Preserve to see snowy egrets, ospreys and other birdlife. Cross over to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge between the north shore and the mainland. While here, look for the white-tailed deer and alligators. Go horseback riding through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, or join a bottlenose dolphin cruise from the marina.
Hilton Head has an interesting cultural history, which you can explore at the Coastal Discovery Museum. This site has some of the island’s oldest buildings and a Southern red cedar tree dated from 1595. Find work by local artists and photographers in the Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
Don’t miss out on a night of live music. Hear the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the First Presbyterian Church, or head to the Jazz Corner, a venue that has hosted well-known musicians, including Freddy Cole and the George Shearing Quintet.
Locally caught seafood is a specialty of Hilton Head’s culinary scene, which includes more than 250 dining establishments. Sample traditional dishes, including shrimp gumbo and sweet creek shrimp cooked in beer. The love of food and drink is celebrated at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival and annual Chili Cookoff.
Choosing a welcoming hotel or apartment is a key ingredient of any trip. Expedia lists the most sought-after Hilton Head hotels.
Discerning travelers with a taste for life's finer things will be sure to enjoy The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, at 2 Grasslawn Ave, and the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, at 1 Hotel Circle. Alternatively, the Holiday Inn Express Hilton Head Island, at 2 Tanglewood Drive, and the Red Roof Inn Hilton Head Island, at 5 Regency Pkwy, are two more budget-friendly choices that are sure to please.
This hotel in a garden setting is on the western side of Hilton Head Island, about a mile from plantations and ocean beaches.
Located in Shipyard Plantation, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and Van Der Meer Tennis Center. Shipyard Golf Course and The Village at Wexford are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located on the southern end of Hilton Head Island, the Beach House is only steps away from the white sand of Coligny Beach in South Carolina, and less than three minutes walking distance to over 60 shops and restaurants at Coligny Circle. Located only a few miles from 12 championship golf courses and a 10- minute drive from Vandermeer Tennis Center, this resort is the perfect location for any trip to Hilton Head Island.
Situated in Hilton Head Island, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and The Golf Courses of Palmetto Dunes. The Village at Wexford and Palmetto Dunes Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Centrally located in Palmetto Dunes, this Hilton Head Island resort offers access to a white-sand beach and activities for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts.
This 10-story hotel, located within a 2,000-acre residential-resort community on Hilton Head Island, offers access to 3 miles of beach, 3 championship golf courses, and a tennis center.