Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Over 39,000 people call Hilton Head Island home, and it’s easy to see why. The island is a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively, when compared to your everyday vacation destination. Coastal, casual and relaxed, the beaches on Hilton Head Island celebrate the al fresco frame of mind with a family feel and a naturally conscience environment.
Did You Know?
Hilton Head Island hosts the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the East Coast. WineFest features over 1,500 domestic and international wine selections, gourmet meals from famous Hilton Head Island restaurants and some of the wine industry’s most notable and knowledgeable experts.
What to Do:
Hilton Head is the largest sea island between New Jersey and Florida, and there are 42 square miles of beach in Hilton Head, with nine marinas, over two dozen championship golf courses and more tennis courts than any other resort of its size. Shopping abounds on the island, and is a popular Hilton Head weekend activity. The four main resort communities of Palmetto Dunes, Port Royal Resort, Sea Pines Resort, and Shipyard Plantation all sit right on the beach in Hilton Head and offer a wide variety of accommodations, including villas, houses, inns and oceanfront hotels for luxurious Hilton Head weekend or week-long stays.
While on the island, you may wish to explore the Indian shell ring at Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The ring is believed to have been built around the same time as the great pyramids. Scientists believe it was intended as a refuse heap, with oysters, clams and mussel shells, as well as the bones of deer, raccoons, bear and fish. The ring, approximately 150 feet in diameter and several feet deep, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The beach in Hilton Head is pristine and spans more than 12 miles, its white sands contrasting with the emerald green of maritime forests and salt marshes. Observe whitetail deer and more than 125 species of birds. Fish for whiting, spot, bass and drum. Campsites and cabins are great Hilton Head vacation deals and an ideal spot to spend a Hilton Head weekend within easy walking distance of the ocean.
History of Hilton Head:
Discovered by English sea captain William Hilton in 1663, Hilton Head Island boasts some of the most luxurious accommodations in the country. The development of the island began in the 1950s when Charles Fraser developed the Sea Pines Plantation.
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