The 2nd largest Island on the east coast!
The Number 1 island in the US (Travel + Leisure)!
Do you want to know what is great about Hilton Head Island? We are southern and small, with a permanent population of about 40,000 residents. By the same token, the numerous island amenities offered to locals and guests are comparable to a much larger metropolitan area. In other words, you can call Hilton Head Island a “micropolitan” community. So what is there to do? Plenty!
Location, Location, Location:
One way to describe Hilton Head Island, it makes for a wonderful hub as a resident. It’s only a 1 hour drive to historic Savannah, GA or Beaufort, SC. Just a 2 hour trip up US 17 to historic Charleston, SC. We are only a half day’s drive to the mountains of NC. With many interstate options, easy drives to areas like Atlanta,GA, Greenville,SC, or Charlotte,NC. Air travel is easily accessible through the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport, or the newly expanded runway at our local Hilton Head Island airport now offering direct commercial jet service flights on and off island through American Airlines, Delta, and United. In other words, it’s easy to get here as well!
Things to do on Hilton Head Island:
When you get to the island, it’s time to slow down. We operate at a different speed then the outside world. Time to take off those work shoes and put on your flip flops. You have 13 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach to enjoy. When you’re not on the beach, why not try out some other water activities? Like paddleboarding, ecotour kayaking, deep sea fishing, parasailing, sunset cruises, and more. Everyone knows about the world class golf and tennis offered here, but how about the 75 miles of pedestrian walkways and bicycle trails. Learn about the history of the island on a Gullah Historic Tour. And of course, with more than 250 restaurants island wide offering a vast assortment of cuisines you can never go hungry. Bottom line, a 1 week visit just may not be enough!
Local community events:
Did you know there are close to 70 outdoor events and festivals on the island annually? The fact is, you are never at a loss for things to do whether you’re visiting are live here full time. Most everyone knows about the annual RBC Heritage Golf tournament held at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines every spring. In the late fall you have the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Councours d’ Elegance.
In between, you have such events like Wine Fest, Wing Fest, Chili Fest, BBQ & Rib Cookoffs, and just about any other reason to have a big out door party. And yes, there is even a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Proof positive, a 1 week visit is not enough!
Bottom line, Hilton Head Island is not just a place to visit but a thriving community. Incorporated into a township in 1983, the Town Of Hilton Head Island has strived to maintain the highest standards for residents and visitors alike. Since 1991 the town has purchased over 1300 acres of land on the island in order to create public beach access, passive and active parks, maintain as open green space, or to just keep from being developed.
Once you come on to the island, you will realize you are visiting a place you have never been before. There are lots and lots of trees! And no neon signs! In fact, you will find very few street lights on the island. Very strict laws per the town’s Land Management Ordinance maintains the quality of life here. No bill board advertising. No structures built above the tree line. And all commercial development to be hidden behind a natural foliage buffer. In fact, if you are going to Walmart for the first time, I guarantee you’ll drive by it. Bottom line, you will come for a visit but stay for a lifetime.