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Hilton Head and the Low Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your Hilton Head and the Low Country Vacation

Hilton Head Island is a unique and incredibly beautiful resort town that anchors the southern tip of South Carolina's coastline. What makes this semitropical island so unique? At the top of the list is the fact that visitors won't see large, splashy billboards or neon signs. What they will see is an island where the environment takes center stage, a place where development is strictly regulated.


are 12 miles of sparkling white sand beaches, amazing world-class restaurants, top-rated golf courses—Harbour Town Golf Links annually hosts the Heritage Golf Tournament, a PGA Tour event—and a thriving tennis community. There are also many animals, including loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, snowy egrets, wood storks, great blue heron, and, in the waters, dolphins, manatees, and various species of fish. There are lots of activities offered on the island, including parasailing, charter fishing, kayaking, and many other water sports.

The island has several large, private, gated communities. They include Sea Pines, Hilton Head Plantation, Shipyard, Wexford, Long Cove, Port Royal, Indigo Run, Palmetto Hall, and Palmetto Dunes. Within most of the plantations are vacation rentals, upscale housing, golf courses, shopping, and restaurants. For instance, Sea Pines has a shopping center, restaurants, three golf courses, and the iconic candy-cane-striped Hilton Head Lighthouse. There are also many housing and shopping areas on the island that are not behind security gates.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Beachcombing Hilton Head Island has 12 miles of beaches. You can swim, soak up the sun, or walk along the sand.
  2. Challenging Golf Hilton Head's nickname is "Golf Island," and its many challenging courses have an international reputation.
  3. Serving Up Tennis Home to hundreds of tennis courts, Hilton Head is one of the nation's top tennis destinations.
  4. Staying Put This semitropical island has been a resort destination for decades, and it has all the desired amenities for visitors a vast array of lodgings, an endless supply of restaurants, and excellent shopping.
  5. Beaufort This small antebellum town offers large doses of heritage and culture; nearly everything you might want to see is within its downtown historic district.

When To Go

When to Go

The high season follows typical beach-town cycles, with June through August and holidays year-round being the busiest and most costly. Mid-April, dur...

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