Hilton Head Island – A Beautiful and Historic Barrier Island in South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is a nationally-renowned resort town and barrier island. People flock to the island annually to enjoy its beautiful beaches, magnificent cuisine, planned bike trails and superb golfing. Hilton Head Island vacation rentals by Condo-World are plentiful and plush, with options to suit nearly every island-goer's budgets and tastes. Hilton Head Island condo rentals can accommodate couples, families and large group get-a-ways. One of the South’s most popular vacation spots, Hilton Head Island has the distinction of being Travel & Leisure magazine’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S. in 2017. Book your Hilton Head Island rentals early -this island is very popular and sells out quickly for peak spring, summer and fall seasons!
Things to Do
It’s all about the bikes and the beaches at Hilton Head Island. Vacation rentals in Hilton Head Island aside, getting out and enjoying the sunshine, cycling through Hilton Head’s public pathways of bike trails is a must do. With 60 miles of trails (including 12 miles of hard-packed beaches), it’s a cyclist’s paradise. Be sure to stop by the Coastal Discovery Museum where you can learn all about what’s indigenous to the island—from endangered sea turtles to butterfly habitat tours, bird watching and other guided tours including kayaking, dolphin watching and various nature cruises and land tours—the museum has a roundup of what to do. Need to unwind after all that activity? Stop by Hilton Head Distillery for a tour and tasting. Beer and specialty cocktails are served up during the summer and winter seasons.
Nearby all Hilton Head Island rentals are world-class golf courses. A few must-play courses among golfers are Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes (recommended “worth the money” by Golf Digest), located on Sea Pines Resort and also the spot to visit the Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum. Other premier courses include May River at Palmetto Bluff and the Palmetto Dunes Resort championship courses. If you’re seeking a more budget friendly course, visit Old South Golf Links and the Hilton Head Island National. All are within biking distance of Hilton Head Island condo rentals and vacation rentals. The Heritage Golf Collection in Hilton Head Island has 99 holes of golf and three different award-winning clubs to suit any golfer, even those with the most challenging handicaps. Those breathtaking views may just inspire improvement.
Coligny Beach is the most popular beach in Hilton Head Island and is located in the busiest section of town, with Coligny Plaza (and its 60 plus shops fronting it). Don’t miss a day at Folly Field Beach. The walk there is through a lushly landscaped park with boardwalks and serene, picturesque neighborhoods nearby. Driessen, Fish Haul Creek, Islanders and Michelville beaches are for those seeking a more intimate and less crowded venue. Bring a picnic and get your toes in the sand. Stay for the sunsets!
Food & Drink
There’s no shortage of places to eat in Hilton Head Island! Locals love the Red Fish that offers an eclectic blend of seafood, steaks and local farm-to-table vegetables and fruits. There’s more than 1,000 wines to choose from—order from the menu or browse the wine store for the perfect white or red. Stop by Java Burrito located on William Hilton Parkway—the coolness factor is perfect and so is their burrito and coffee bar. If you’re craving Italian and a casual fine dining experience, check out Michael Anthony’s. Their market shop has fresh pasta, sauces and other sundries to take home. If you’re in the mood to learn how to cook Tuscan-inspired dishes, their cooking school has classes throughout the week. For a great burger, try the Charbar Company, where from 4-7 PM, there’s happy hour drinks and food with live music. There’s plenty of grocery stores on the island—Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo, Piggly Wiggly and Publix. Roller’s Wine & Spirits offers a large selection of domestic and international wines, beers and spirits.
How to Get There
There are plenty of paths to Hilton Head Island. If you’re coming from upstate South Carolina, take Hwy 385 South to I-26 East to I-95 S. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Charleston International Airport or Savannah International Airport. From Charlotte, American Airlines flies into Hilton Head Airport. Plenty of private jet charters also fly into Hilton Head’s Airport. Wherever you come from, you’ll need a car (and a bike) to visit all the genteel Southern towns that are nearby.
Attractions Near Hilton Head Island
If you want to do some day-tripping off the island, take a short car ride to historic Beaufort and Bluffton. Legendary Charleston, South Carolina is about two to three hours away by car—it’s perfect to visit during the week (less traffic and crowds) to soak in the history and culture of the city before heading back to bask in those glorious sunsets off the balcony of your Hilton Head Island vacation rental.