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Hilton HeadUnited States of America

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

Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States of America

Sea Pines

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

While visiting Sea Pines, you might make a stop by sights like Harbour Town Lighthouse and South Forest Beach.

Sea Pines
Walkway to the beach.

North Forest Beach

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

While visiting North Forest Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Coligny Beach and Coligny Plaza.

North Forest Beach
Three palmettos.

Oceanside

If you're spending some time in Oceanside, South Forest Beach and South Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Oceanside
Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States of America

Harbour Town

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

While visiting Harbour Town, you might make a stop by sights like Harbour Town Lighthouse and Calibogue Sound.

Harbour Town

Top Hotels in Hilton Head

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $184 per night

Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Singleton Beach, Arthur Hills Course, and Legendary ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,028 reviews)

"Went to Omni Hilton Head for a quick family getaway. The rooms and hotel were clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. Everyone wore masks and maintained the social distance. My 6 year old enjoyed the pool area and the beach. The food was ok, a bit pricey and could be better. This was not an ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2 Grasslawn Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $161 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Hilton Head Island resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Coastal Discovery Museum, Harbour Town Golf Links, and The Sandbox. Sea Pines ...

4.2/5Very Good! (906 reviews)

"This place was great! The food was good, great service, and plenty of amenities. The only complaint is that there were never enough chairs at the pool which was frustrating with little ones. Would definitely go back!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is $179 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (948 reviews)

"Very good, customer service excellent the Facilities very clean."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa

Getting around Hilton Head

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 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.

Popular places to visit in Hilton Head

Coligny Beach
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Coligny Beach

4.5/5(566 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Coligny Beach, a popular beach in Hilton Head Island. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside, or seek out the golf courses.

South Forest Beach
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South Forest Beach

4.5/5(172 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at South Forest Beach, a popular beach in Hilton Head Island. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or seek out the golf courses.

Harbour Town Lighthouse
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Harbour Town Lighthouse

4.5/5(777 reviews)

Find out about the history of Harbour Town Lighthouse, one of the top monuments in Hilton Head Island. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Hilton Head Island Beaches
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Hilton Head Island Beaches

4.5/5(100 reviews)

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Hilton Head Island Beaches during your trip to Hilton Head Island? Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area, or seek out the golf courses.

Harbour Town Golf Links
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Harbour Town Golf Links

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Enjoy a round of golf in Hilton Head Island at Harbour Town Golf Links. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Shelter Cove Harbour
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Shelter Cove Harbour

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Shelter Cove Harbour and enjoy other activities such as golfing in Hilton Head Island. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Hilton Head

Guided Dolphin Cruise from Hilton Head
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Guided Dolphin Cruise from Hilton Head

$35
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Hilton Head Island Pirate Ship Adventure
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Hilton Head Island Pirate Ship Adventure

$30
Per adult
America's Cup 90-minute Afternoon Sail
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America's Cup 90-minute Afternoon Sail

$53
Per adult
Shrimp Trawling Expedition Hilton Head
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Shrimp Trawling Expedition Hilton Head

$42
Per adult
Hilton Head Island Kayaking Tour
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Hilton Head Island Kayaking Tour

$40
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Hilton Head Island Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour
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Hilton Head Island Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

$38
Per adult

Reviews of Hilton Head

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
877
5 - Excellent 65.54559043348281%
4 - Good
381
4 - Good 28.475336322869953%
3 - Okay
64
3 - Okay 4.783258594917788%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 0.5979073243647235%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5979073243647235%

5/5 - Excellent

Fain

Jun 5, 2020

This is the best beach area in the United states

5/5 - Excellent

Keith

Jun 3, 2020

Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place. This was a last moment work related overnight stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Bring your clubs for the full experience. Golf was excellent!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I loved it. I would go back.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Hilton Head is a victim of its own success - the island is nice but the traffic is hell and the beaches are quite crowded which takes away a lot of the pleasure of spending time at the beach.The overall experience was not relaxing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

The Poseidon restaurant and Old Oyster Factory were great !

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