Hilton Head Island, SC

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This South Carolina barrier island attracts visitors for its laid-back atmosphere and activities, including beachcombing, golf, nature hikes and fine dining.

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.

Where to stay in Hilton Head Island

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $169 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Singleton Beach, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,017 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $206 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 5.1 mi (8.1 km) from Coligny Plaza, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Harbour Town ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,192 reviews)
"The property is expertly maintained, on the beach with plenty of options for visitors. The staff was amazing and welcoming. There was no shortages of anything we needed. Always a smile and notifications of things going on in the hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
4 out of 5
130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $179 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Singleton Beach and Arthur Hills Course. Legendary ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"We enjoyed our three night stay at Sonesta. Beautiful resort and grounds. Staff and service was good. Spa was great!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
3 out of 5
836 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $155 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (239 reviews)
"Clean and convenient. Would stay there again!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
3.5 out of 5
66 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC
This family-friendly Hilton Head Island aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Coligny Plaza, The Sandbox, and Coligny Beach. Sea ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (331 reviews)
"We just returned from our stay at this property. The condo/room was very nice and was updated. We had a one bedroom and it was spacious. Only downside was the pool bar was closed (only open memorial day/labor day). Pool is very nice. I would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Marriott's Grande Ocean
Marriott's Grande Ocean
3.5 out of 5
51 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $287 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Nestled on the beach, this South Forest Beach condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of South Forest Beach and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. South Beach and Coligny ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"Spacious, clean, great amenities!"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Marriott's Grande Ocean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Hilton Head Island

There isn’t much in the way of public transportation on Hilton Head Island; however, a handful of private bus companies connect the island to Bluffton, Beaufort and other towns nearby. Do as the locals do and jump on a bike. The island’s coastline is very scenic and small enough that it’s easy to cycle around. Find cycle paths and bike rental companies across the island. Visit the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority website.Browse Hilton Head Island rental cars.

Best time to visit

For the perfect combination of blossoming trees, warm weather and reasonable hotel rates, visit Hilton Head in the spring, when you can be sure of a spot on the island’s beautiful white-sand beaches. Summer is more crowded and expensive and can get very hot, while fall is another great season to visit, with many festivals to enjoy. Winter is cheaper, but many hotels and restaurants close at this time of year.

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