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Hilton Head Island Welcomes You!

Hilton Head is America’s favorite island, offering 12 miles of pristine beaches and everything you need for the ultimate retreat. Enjoy easy days relaxing in the sun, sand and surf on some of the best beaches in the country. Get into the swing of things with 24 world class golf courses and 350 tennis courts, and experience our rich and vibrant history. Outdoor adventure is yours—ride horseback through a forest preserve or bike on the beach and moss-draped trails.  Don’t miss exploring the island by water and discovering our famous Lowcountry cuisine at over 250 restaurants.   Experience and explore all that Hilton Head Island has to offer.

Getting to Hilton Head Island, SC

Taste of the Lowcountry

With over 250 restaurants—plus bakeries, farmers’ markets and gourmet shops—there are plenty of Hilton Head Island restaurants that offer a delicious array of culinary riches. The culinary scene on Hilton Head Island is a must do experience while visiting. From upscale to traditional Southern cuisine, there are so many options to choose from that you want to make sure you leave room to enjoy as many dishes as possible.

Cultural and Heritage Experiences

While Hilton Head Island is known for its beaches and all of the activities that go along with it, it is also home to some of the country’s richest history and a thriving art scene.  

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, the location where in 1862 General Ormsby Mitchel proclaimed that the land the people of Mitchelville, South Carolina, had once toiled under the chains of slavery was now their own. The triumphant and touching post-Civil War story of the rise of the first self-governed settlement for Freedman in the United States took place right here, on Hilton Head Island.

For the visitor who likes to experience the local arts and culture scene, browsing local galleries is one of the ways to do so. The Lowcountry’s abundant marsh views come alive through the eyes of local artists – from Gullah sweetgrass baskets that tell the tale of the Sea Island history to sweeping Southern landscapes. Don’t miss the chance to visit the islands unique  shops and galleries.

Retail Therapy:

When you’re vacationing in a beach resort as beautiful as Hilton Head Island, you naturally want to spend time outdoors enjoying the Lowcountry’s lush surroundings and spectacular water views—even when you’re looking for that unique gift to take home to remember your trip.

Hilton Head Island has nearly 30 open air shopping centers tucked amid the island’s magnificent live oaks, scenic harbors and pristine tidal creek.

  • One of the more scenic new spots to shop is Shelter Cove Towne Centre overlooking Broad Creek. The walking village features an assortment of stores and restaurants along a waterfront park where you can stop to relax and enjoy a stunning vista of the salt marsh.
  • Next door to Towne Centre is Shelter Cove Harbour Shops & Restaurants, offering its own eclectic brand of retail therapy with the colorful marina as a backdrop.
  • Harbour Town in The Sea Pines Resort is another popular shopping destination with a nautical ambiance and stores featuring one-of-a-kind art, antiques and apparel.
  • For a more tropical take on shopping, try Coligny at the Beach. In this North Forest Beach marketplace, shaded walkways take you around a winding lagoon as you browse the fun collection of chic boutiques, specialty and souvenir stores.
  • Savvy shoppers also will enjoy strolling through the Village at Wexford and Main Street Village Shopping Center, both known for their variety of upscale shops.
  • Just a short drive over the Hilton Head Island bridges is Tanger Outlet Center where you’ll find two nearby locations with more than 90 stores for the ultimate shop ‘til-you-drop experience.

Outdoors & Recreation

Explore Hilton Head Island: go bird watching, take a zipline canopy tour, discover the beautiful wildlife and foliage of the Low Country at the Audubon-Newhall Preserve and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge or explore our over 60 miles of trails and paved paths for some of the best biking and hiking in South Carolina.