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Travel to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town located on an island of the same name in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. It is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Charleston. The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663, identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles (19 km) of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination.

This boot-shaped sea island is truly a paradise nestled along the South Carolina coast. From beautiful beaches and world-class golf courses, from exceptional restaurants to high-energy water sports, Hilton Head truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re here for an extended family vacation or a quick romantic getaway, there are all kinds of events and activities to check out, from fun festivals to kayak explorations. The options are truly limitless.

Reason why Hilton Head is the place to be in Summer

The island is surprisingly accessible

Thanks to I-95, it’s pretty much a straight shot to get to the Island. You’re definitely going the right way when the minivans from Ohio and Ontario starts passing by in troves with bikes, pool noodles and suitcases strapped the roof.

The beaches are incredible

Burkes Beach is quieter than most, but Coligny is the place to be. Bring your boogie board and come prepared to play some beach volleyball at the Tiki Hut (just don’t try playing with the locals). Whether at a private or public beach, beware — socks and sandals and zinc-covered noses will make an appearance.

Family entertainment is unmatched

When you’re not at the beach or biking around the island, you’ll be busy climbing to the top of the Lighthouse, playing putt-putt at Pirate’s Island and finishing off your day with some tasty treats from Hilton Head Ice Cream. Be sure to cap your night with a performance from either Shannon Tanner or Gregg Russell, and don’t forget the fireworks show on Tuesdays at dusk!

Dining out is the only way to eat

We’re all for budgeting, but when you’re faced with 300 amazing restaurant choices, it’s hard to say no to the outstanding cuisine. Get a burrito at Fiesta Fresh, go to San Miguel’s for Mexican and margs, or get the best, freshest seafood at The Sea Shack, Hudson’s or The Old Oyster Factory.

## The South End is just awesome

Once you’ve made it through the danger zone that is the South End traffic circle, jet your way to Coligny Plaza to explore Loose Lucy’s, Boomerang Toys and Black Market Minerals. Pick up some Rita’s Italian Ice or an “I’m big on the pig” shirt at Piggly Wiggly before you head to The Salty Dog or The Crazy Crab in Sea Pines.

And you’re definitely going to want to come back... or buy a house

Ask any local, and they’ll tell you about that one trip they took to Hilton Head in the 70s or 80s... and how they never left.