SAND & SUNSHINE: Hilton Head lies on the Intracoastal Waterway and encompasses 42 square miles of semi- tropical, Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos, magnolias and live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach. The Island's weather is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sunshine with subtropical climate year round.
LOCAL EATS: Dining is a serious pastime on the Island. With access to both salt marsh and coastal woodland abundance, it's no wonder Island chefs make these fresh, local ingredients the stars of their menu. While our distinctive Lowcountry cuisine rightfully receives much attention, Island restaurants and eateries offer variety in both cuisine and atmosphere. From the casual-style barbecue joint to fine dining al fresco under starry skies, eating out at one of over 250 local restaurants satisfies.
GET OUTSIDE: Launch from heights of up to 75 feet as you zip through an ecotour with ZipLine Hilton Head. Eight interconnected ziplines fly over live oaks as you spot boats and Broad Creek below. Feeling brave? A 900-foot dual cable lets adrenaline junkies race to the finish line. For those happy keeping both feet near ground, the Island is a bicyclist's heaven with over 100 miles of paved pathways. Practice casting a shrimp net and pulling a crab pot aboard a hands-on water excursion or try the four-hour night shark fishing trip - local outfitters take families out to catch an up-close glimpse of nature's wonders and creatures. Dolphin fans will delight!
TAKE A WALK ON THE WATER SIDE: At the Island's six public marina villages, find shops, restaurants and plenty of ways to play. Broad Creek Marina in one of the Island's quietest neighborhoods, this laid-back marina offers water sports and nature tours.
A marina-in-the-round, Harbour Town Yacht Basin is surrounded by cafés, shops and galleries. This popular Sea Pines Resort destination features the Island's iconic candy-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse, water activities and family entertainer Gregg Russell performing under the Liberty Oak tree.
The relaxed setting on Broad Creek makes Palmetto Bay Marina a great destination for dinner and drinks. The North End's Skull Creek boasts three fabulous waterfront restaurants - Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, an Island institution with a fishing fleet (they'll even prepare your own catch); Skull Creek Boathouse, featuring an outdoor buoy bar; and the stylish Chart House, where fresh seafood pairs brilliantly with Lowcountry ingredients.
Visit the home of Jake The Salty Dog at South Beach Marina with a fishing village vibe drawing visitors looking to relax by the water with a cold drink and southern food favorites.
Information provided by: Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau
With my hometown of Savannah, GA just a stone's throw away from Hilton Head Island, SC, I frequent this tranquil area filled with many hidden gems. Here are my insider tips on where to shop, dine, along with other activities in the Hilton Head area:
CQ's Restaurant is my favorite Hilton Head place to dine. This restaurant is on the upscale side, and tucked away beneath the trees just behind the Harbor Town Lighthouse in Sea Pines. Whether you prefer seafood, steak,
“When most people think about Hilton Head Island, they think of the top notch golf, the beautiful beaches, or the lighthouse. But, when I think about Hilton Head, I remember it as the place where my wife learned that a relaxing beach vacation could be just as much fun as a jam packed vacation itinerary.
What really convinced my wife was relaxing in a hammock underneath a couple of Palmetto trees on a perfect day and then getting to take our pup for a long walk