All About Hilton Head Island
By Renan Leahy
Do you want to visit a place that offers luxury and comfort, but puts you in direct contact with nature? Then your destination is Hilton Head Island. Wherever you look, this piece of paradise in South Carolina seems to evoke the ideal vacation mantra: Relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with the ones you love – all amid stunning natural surroundings.
Nature as the Main Character
This integration with nature is one of the local hallmarks. The Hilton Head Island community redefined American standards for sustainable development, with initiatives such as turning the oceanfront lights off at 10 p.m. during the sea turtle nesting season.
You may explore the secrets of the island by renting a bike to ride the nearly 160 kilometers of bike paths, which has earned Hilton Head Island the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community title from the League of American Bicyclists.
If you prefer to see everything from above, try ZipLine Hilton Head at the Broad Creek Marina. And your day would not be complete without a visit to Coligny Beach Park and its long stretch of sand and calm sea, just outside the city center.
Recreation, Accommodations and Shopping
The Hilton Head Island resorts maintain the same philosophy of the rest of the island; in addition to the super-luxe accommodations where you can relax and re-energize, there are numerous options on the island for those interested in outdoor activities and communing with nature.
At Harbour Town at the Sea Pines Resort, for example, you can choose from water sports such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Take the kids for a ride on a pirate ship or watch dolphins in the sea. If you want to stay on dry land, you can enjoy the outdoor pool and private beaches of the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, as well as the panoramic views of the sea from its View 32 restaurant.
The active visitor can choose to play golf at the Harbour Town Links (named by Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines as one of the top 20 golf courses in the country), or tennis on one of the 20 courts at the Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club, which you can access from the Sonesta Resort. In addition to the many resorts, vacation homes are available for rent and will provide all the comfort you need to enjoy every moment of your stay.
Here on Hilton Head Island you'll also find great options to practice another favorite activity among tourists: shopping! Visit the six Marina Villages, browse the Tanger Outlets, or explore historic Old Town Bluffton, and find a huge variety of brand name stores, as well as exquisite boutiques, galleries and souvenir shops.
Leave the stress behind and come enjoy Hilton Head Island! You can get here via the island's pleasant airport. U.S. Airways Express offers daily flights from Charlotte, North Carolina; or fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, 45 minutes south of the island, which is served by U.S. Airways, American, Delta, JetBlue and United. Whichever you choose, make sure to save some space in your luggage for all the unforgettable treasures you will bring back home.