Hilton Head

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This South Carolina barrier island attracts visitors for its laid-back atmosphere and activities, including beachcombing, golf, nature hikes and fine dining.

Hilton Head, or Hilton Head Island, is a barrier island resort on the Atlantic coast of the USA. The island’s sandy beaches cover over 12 miles (19 kilometers). Many say these are among the most attractive resort beaches in the country. Sports are a big part of life in Hilton Head and there is wildlife to be seen too, including dolphins and alligators.

Rent a bike and travel between the beaches and other attractions by making use of the 50 miles (80 kilometers) of bicycle trails.

Golfers will appreciate the resort’s large number of courses. George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort is a championship course open to the public. You’ll find numerous tennis clubs, as well. The Sea Pines Racquet Club at the Sea Pines Resort is managed by former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Stan Smith.

Go to Audubon Newhall Preserve to see snowy egrets, ospreys and other birdlife. Cross over to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge between the north shore and the mainland. While here, look for the white-tailed deer and alligators. Go horseback riding through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, or join a bottlenose dolphin cruise from the marina.

Hilton Head has an interesting cultural history, which you can explore at the Coastal Discovery Museum. This site has some of the island’s oldest buildings and a Southern red cedar tree dated from 1595. Find work by local artists and photographers in the Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Don’t miss out on a night of live music. Hear the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the First Presbyterian Church, or head to the Jazz Corner, a venue that has hosted well-known musicians, including Freddy Cole and the George Shearing Quintet.

Locally caught seafood is a specialty of Hilton Head’s culinary scene, which includes more than 250 dining establishments. Sample traditional dishes, including shrimp gumbo and sweet creek shrimp cooked in beer. The love of food and drink is celebrated at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival and annual Chili Cookoff.

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2 Grasslawn Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is CA $185 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Nestled on the beach, this Hilton Head Island resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Coastal Discovery Museum, Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and The Sandbox. Coligny ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (991 reviews)
"Property was absolutely beautiful! Unhappy that we had an ocean front room that was over outdoor bar that is suppose to close at 11:00 pm. We had to go to front desk to complain at 12:30 am because of loud noise & music. They closed bar immediately."

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2021

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
4 out of 5
23 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $228 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 5.1 mi (8.1 km) from Coligny Plaza, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Harbour Town ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,169 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at this resort! With kids ages 2, 5 and 7, we bounced between the pools, hot tubs, beach, and courtyard games, and that's all we needed to keep everyone entertained. The onsite bars/restaurants are very nice, though not surprisingly fairly expensive, but the convenience is ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is CA $203 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Located in Hilton Head Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Singleton Beach, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,044 reviews)
"Furniture needs replaced"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
3 out of 5
836 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is CA $121 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 18
Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (250 reviews)
"The building is one of those terrible wood frame structures where you can hear every footstep down the hallway for all three floors."

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
3.5 out of 5
66 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC
This family-friendly Hilton Head Island aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Coligny Plaza and Coligny Beach. South Forest Beach ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (340 reviews)
"The unit that we stayed in was well kept. The kitchen had all the necessary items that we needed for our stay. If I had to make one comment about the unit is that the shower's water pressure is quite abysmal, I can't figure out why that is the case in this day and age. The pool area was supposed ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2021

Coral Sands Resorts by Palmera
Marriott's Grande Ocean
Marriott's Grande Ocean
3.5 out of 5
51 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
The price is CA $188 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Nestled on the beach, this South Forest Beach condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of South Forest Beach and Coligny Beach. Coligny Plaza is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"Spacious, clean, great amenities!"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2021

Marriott's Grande Ocean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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