Welcome to Hilton Head Island


South Carolina's barrier island is a natural treasure - a unique resort that strives to preserve its natural habitat while maintaining an eco-friendly development posture.



Hilton Head Island in South Carolina's Lowcountry is home to some of the world's premier golf courses, marinas, tennis courts and bicycling trails. Hilton Head is a barrier island with a moderate climate and an average year-round temperature of 66° F, making it ideal for visitors and locals who enjoy its natural beauty throughout the year. World-class accommodations, restaurants, shopping, outlet stores, boutiques and malls, beaches and outdoor activities from fishing, watersports to horseback riding, Hilton Head Island offers a wide range of activities for families, corporations and groups alike. Up to 12 miles long and nearly 4 miles wide, Hilton Head encompasses 42 square miles.

ExploreHiltonHead.com gathers the best that Hilton Head has to offer in one destination website. Here you can begin your journey to canoeing, kayaking, dolphin tours, sunset cruises, sailboat rentals, spas, entertainment and everything under the South Carolina sun! Please view our interactive Maps of Hilton Head Island to get your exploration started in the right direction.
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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, restaurants, shops and attractions full of Southern charm and hospitality.


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Hilton Head Island Beachs

Hilton Head Beaches


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.
Hilton Head Island Golf Courses

Hilton Head Golf Courses and Country Clubs


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 Accommodations

Hilton Head Accommodations


Accommodations on Hilton Head Island range from World-class, full-service resort hotels, oceanside vacation rental homes, motels and inns to luxury condos and rental properties. Picturesque settings and natural surroundings abound, from Harbour Town lodging to the secluded Shipyard area, friendly Forest Beach, and luxurious townhouses and villas along the Atlantic ocean or golf course fairways. Hotels on Hilton Head Island are environmentally planned and designed to fit so well into the natural landscape, with a maximum of 3-4 stories rise so there are no towering condo-complexes to dominate the scenery.
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Hilton Head Island Fihing Charters

Hilton Head Fishing Charters


Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry area of South Carolina offer fishing charters and watersports opportunities to satisfy most any desire, be it saltwater fishing, flyfishing, deep-sea fishing, fishing charters, tours, 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, Bluffton 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.
Hilton Head Island Outlet Shopping and Factory Stores

Hilton Head Shopping & Outlet Stores


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.
Hilton Head Island Bike Rentals

Bike Rentals & Bicycle Paths on Hilton Head


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.
Hilton Head Island Marinas

Hilton Head Island Marinas & Watersports


No visit to Hilton Head would be complete without some adventure on the water, from eco-tours of the Island's nature preserves, sailing, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, crabbing, kayaking and canoeing, and much more.

Sunset cruises, 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.
Hilton Head Island Dolphin Tours

Nature's Preserve


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!
Hilton Head Island Kayak Rentals

Kayaking & Canoeing on Hilton Head


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.

Sunset cruises, 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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Hilton Head Island Golf Courses and Online Tee Times

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Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Fishing Charters

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 Beaches

Hilton Head Beaches

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 Island Marians

Hilton Head Marinas

Hilton Head is surrounded by water, so its only natural that there are an extensive array of marinas, harbours, boat ramps, landings 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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