Hilton Head Island's Grand Vision
The Hilton Head Island as we know it today began as an extraordinary vision of one man, Charles Fraser. His dream was to create a unique vacation resort where environmental concerns were intertwined with its development. Charles was a bold visionary who fought popular opinion in the 50s to create Sea Pines
, a hugely successful and environmentally sensitive resort development. Hilton Head Island is comprised of 11 primary "plantations" that subdivide the island into smaller territories, including Hilton Head Plantation
, Palmetto Dunes Plantation
, Port Royal Plantation
, Sea Pines Plantation
, Shipyard Plantation
, Palmetto Hall Plantation, Long Cove Plantation, Indigo Run Plantation, Wexford Plantation, Spanish Wells and Windmill Harbour. Other areas of import are Shelter Cove Marina
, Skull Creek Marina
, and Harbour Town
, home of the infamous Harbour Town Lighthouse
which serves as the island landmark and trademark icon. Within each of these areas, you'll find extraordinary accommodations
and attractions full of Southern charm and hospitality.
Located 95 miles south of historic Charleston on the South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of expansive, hard-packed beaches
which range up to 600 feet at low tide. The tide levels
vary as much as 6-8 feet every 6 hours. Popular beach activities include bicycling
, jogging, and sun bathing. Hilton Head Island is shaped like a foot and sections of the Island are referred to as the toe, instep, heel, and ankle. Hilton Head Island lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic and is connected by bridge to the mainland. Up to 12 miles long and nearly 4 miles wide, Hilton Head encompasses 42 square miles. Hilton Head's prisitine beachfront
is considered among the world's most beautiful, perhaps because they're surrounded by lush forests of live oaks, palmettos, and tall pine trees swaying in the ocean's breeze.
Thanks in part to the annual Heritage Golf Tournament
, not to mention the natural beauty and pristine surroundings, Hilton Head golf courses
are world-famous and among the Island's most renowned attractions. Hilton Head is a golfer's paradise featuring some of the world's most beautiful and challenging golf courses
designed by such names as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Rees Jones, Fazio and more. Golfers have a choice of 22 championship golf courses in Hilton Head
, and the pleasant climate makes it truly enjoyable in all seasons.
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Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry area of South Carolina offer fishing charters
opportunities to satisfy most any desire, be it saltwater fishing
, flyfishing, deep-sea fishing
, fishing charters
, sailing, or simply casting your reel over the nearest pier (don't forget your fishing license) and you''ll enjoy all the natural beauty and splendor that the Lowcountry Lifestyle has to offer! Hilton Head offers numerous dolphin watch cruises and sightseeing tours
, fishing charters, offshore and deep-sea fishing
and sportfishing tours are available on Hilton Head Island, Beaufort
and the surrounding areas. We have also compiled a directory of local marine sales and service businesses
, as well as artificial reefs and piers available for ocean and saltwater fishing
A shopper's paradise! Hilton Head offers outlet malls
, boutiques and shopping centers
like Coligny Plaza
, Village at Wexford, Main Street Village, and the Shelter Cove Towne Centre
. World-class antiques, art galleries, jewelry, and distinctive shops
and local artisans with hand-crafted wares are located around the Island.
Hilton Head Island is home to Tanger Outlet Center
, a popular destination for shoppers and is home to dozens of leading factory stores from name brands. You'll want to take advantage of the great deals and shops to be found here when you're visiting.
One of the Island's most popular activities is bicycling
throughout it's numerous scenic bike trails
- whether on the beach or along the numerous bicycle paths and trails
. Many of the trails lead the biker through lush forests and marshlands.
Hilton Head Island offers over 50 scenic miles of public bicycle pathways and nature trails so bicyclists and pedestrians may travel about the island in a safe and enjoyable environment. Bicycle rentals
and bike tours are a popular and healthy way to take in the natural sights and beauty that Hilton Head is known for.
Part of the North American Atlantic flyway, Hilton Head Island supports over 250 species of birds during the year. The Loggerhead Turtle makes it's nesting ground along parts of the Hilton Head Island shoreline. Bottle-nosed dolphin can often be seen playing in the surf, and it is not uncommon to find deer in the woods and alligators in the lagoons. Dolphin tours of Hilton Head
and the Calibogue Sound are an excellent family adventure!
One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island is by renting a canoe or kayak
and traveling along the coastal regions at your own pace. Wind past creeks, lagoons and rivers as you glimpse the Lowcountry's unforgettable scenery. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the South Carolina coast in all its natural splendor — one of the special joys of Hilton Head Island.
, sailboat rentals
and guided nature kayaking excursions
are just some of the many ways to explore the waters surrounding Hilton Head Island. The Atlantic ocean offers a spectacular vantage point from which to appreciate the magnificence of this unique barrier island.
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With gorgeous beaches for a backdrop, their professional staff will create incredible family portraits that you will cherish for years to come. They start in the dunes where poses are more traditional and then down by water's edge for a more candid approach. From a family of 4 to a group of 44, their 10+ years of experience provide a seamless and enjoyable beach portrait process. By appointment, so please call ahead to schedule.
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You can now save money and easily book your tee times
at local Hilton Head Island golf courses
right here on ExploreHiltonHead.com. Featuring golf courses on Hilton Head Island
, and Coastal SC golf courses and country clubs.
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The coast of South Carolina offers a vast ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal creeks, winding rivers, sounds and the Atlantic Ocean is unspoiled, healthy, and brimming with fish of all types. For deep sea fishing charters and offshore angling, there are a number of fishing charters
and skilled captains who can help you navigate Hilton Head's vast ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal creeks, winding rivers, Calibogue Sound, Harbor River and the expansive Atlantic ocean.
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Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of expansive, hard-packed beaches
which range up to 600 feet at low tide. The tide levels vary as much as 6-8 feet every 6 hours. All Hilton Head beaches
are public, but some access points
are private and vary by location.
Our beach guide includes Hilton Head beach information, access points and parking
, beach photography
, real-time tidal chart
, beach rules and regulations
, personal watercraft rules
, fishing licenses and regulations
, and local emergency contact information
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Hilton Head is surrounded by water, so its only natural that there are an extensive array of marinas
, harbours, boat ramps
and marine service centers located all over the island. Popular facilities include Shelter Cove Marina
, Skull Creek Marina, Harbour Town Yacht Basin
, South Carolina Yacht Club, Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina
, Yacht Club of Hilton Head, Wexford Harbourmaster and more.
The Calibogue Sound and Harbor River feed into the Atlantic Ocean and provide easy access for yachts and marine vessels of all sizes.
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