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

Beach House Resort Hilton Head
Beach House Resort Hilton Head
3 out of 5
1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
The price is $259 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (957 reviews)
"Very friendly staff, very relaxing stay would definitely return the property offers something for all ages and interests. Live music every day and night was fantastic!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Beach House Resort Hilton Head
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
4 out of 5
130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
The price is $299 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Location and layout of property very nice. Staff mostly helpful, friendly and accommodating. Facility is dated and in need of updating ( worn chairs, dripping shower head, running toilet). Only one restaurant for this size facility is too little. Landscaping, although laid out beautifully, needs ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928-5121
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $299 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,084 reviews)
"Great pool areas and beach access. The rooms were older and needed some updating. ( mold in bathroom - it needed an exhaust fan) The property is a great location and had everything we needed . Friendly staff ."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
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.
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
3.5 out of 5
66 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (372 reviews)
"Beautiful property overall. Plenty of room in the condo. The concierge was a little difficult when trying to purchase tickets. But we got them so no biggie just had to go across the street. Also the lady told us we had to go online & reserve our spots before we could purchase them at the discounted ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Coral Reef Resort
Coral Reef Resort
3 out of 5
12 Valencia Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Stay at this 3-star golf vacation home in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"The property was perfect for those who want more space to spread out on vacation and have a more relaxed venue. The full kitchen provided us the opportunity to eat at home and even pack up snacks for the pool and the beach. It was a wonderful experience!"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Coral Reef Resort
Island Links Resort by Palmera
Island Links Resort by Palmera
3 out of 5
1 Coggins Point Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Stay at this 3-star golf aparthotel in Hilton Head Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (175 reviews)
"The property is very family-friendly. My only complaint, and it is minor, is the push to get you to attend the “buy a timeshare here” seminar. Otherwise, everything is well above-grade."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Island Links Resort by Palmera
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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