Hilton Head Island

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There’s something marvelously different about the relaxed, warm island attitude found at Hilton Head Island that makes it the best family destination for your next vacation.

 

Bask in the sunset as it stretches over twelve miles of glistening sand beaches on Hilton Head Island. Sink your little piggies in the soft sand banks of the Atlantic Ocean or build a sand castle with your precious little ones while you gaze towards the blue skies. Now imagine living minutes from being able to do this almost every day of the year. That’s what makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing places to live in the US.

Hilton Head Island is a Lowcountry resort town and destination 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. The island gets its name from Captain William Hilton. In 1663, Captain Hilton identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself. Hilton Head Island is well known for its eco-friendly development. As a result, Hilton Head Island enjoys a large amount of tree cover relative to the percentage of development. As a world-class resort community, Hilton Head Island has been named one of the top 10 family-friendly beaches in the country that features miles of pristine beaches and some of the finest golf courses in the country. Offering an unusual number of cultural opportunities for a community its size, Hilton Head Island boasts Broadway-quality plays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120-member full chorus of the Hilton Head Choral Society, the highly-rated Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and several other annual community festivals highlighting great food and wine that can be found in the area. It also hosts the RBC Heritage Golf Classic played on the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.

Accolades

  • Named in 2014 “10 US Islands Where You Can Beat the Winter Blues” by Fodor’s Travel
  • Chosen as one of the Top 10 Islands in the U.S. by voters in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards
  • Bluffton named a Top Retirement Spot in 2014 by Forbes
  • Inn at Palmetto Bluff as #1 Resort in the United States and #11 Resort in the world by Conde Nast Traveler
  • The Sea Pines Resort’s Inn at Harbour Town Named #11 Resort in the South by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Two Hilton Head Resorts Honored as World’s Best Awards for Family Travel by Travel + Leisure Readers
  • Inn at Palmetto Bluff On Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas List of 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Palmetto Bluff Inn Listed on Gold List 2013 World’s Best Places to Stay by Conde Nast Traveler
  • Hilton Head Island Named #1 Beach Town of 2013 by Parents Magazine
  • Top list of 10 Beautiful Beach Town Fall Vacations 2013 List in USA by Fox News
  • Hilton Head Island Among “Top 10 Best U.S. Islands” and 3 Local Resorts to Readers’ Choice Lists by Conde Nast Readers
  • Named South Carolina’s Southern Hospitality City by ConventionSouth Magazine

Annual Events

  • Gullah Celebration – Although threatened by the rapid increase in tourism, Gullah culture can be seen at the annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration which is held at Shelter Cove Community Park in February. In the summer, the acclaimed Hallelujah Singers present a Gullah concert series at Hilton Head’s Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
  • WineFest – The Annual WineFest is the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting on the East Coast, featuring over 1,500 domestic and international wines.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws over 20,000 people.
  • WingFest – The annual Hargray WingFest is held at Shelter Cove Community Park. The event is operated by the Island Recreation Association, and all proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund.
  • HarbourFest – HarbourFest, now in its 26th season, is held every Tuesday night from June to August at Shelter Cove Marina. It features arts and crafts, live entertainment, and fireworks at sunset. There is a special HarbourFest celebration on July 4.
  • Heritage Golf Classic – The annual Heritage Classic Golf Tournament is held every April at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.
  • Rib Burnoff & Barbecue Fest – The annual Rib Burnoff & Barbecue Fest is held at Honey Horn Plantation.
  • Celebrity Golf Tournament – The annual Celebrity Golf Tournament is held at the Golf Club at Indigo Run, the Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links. The tournament has contributed over $3 million to 18 children’s charities.
  • FoodFest – FoodFest celebrates the talent of the local hospitality industry and provides attendees with several spectator events including: The Best Bartender Drink Making Contest, The Hospitable Waiter’s Race, and The Tailgate Gourmet Challenge.
  • Chili Cookoff – The annual Chili Cookoff is held at Honey Horn Plantation.
  • Community Festival – The annual Community Festival at Honey Horn Plantation features a “haunted trail” in the “haunted forest” presented by the Hilton Head Rotary Club and the Interact Clubs from Hilton Head High School and Hilton Head Prep.
  • Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance – World-class automobiles take center stage each November at the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance at the Port Royal Golf Club. The festival features some of the country’s finest collector automobiles, including classic cars, two-wheeled machines, wooden boats, and beach mobiles.