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Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's Best in the World 2011 Readers' Choice Awards ranked Hilton Head Island as #9 Best Island in the U.S.!
The largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas, Hilton Head is located 40 miles north of Savannah, GA, and 90 miles south of Charleston, SC.
A vacation packed full of Island adventure. Hilton Head Island may only be 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but you'll find everything you need for a perfect Island retreat. Get a little taste of everything with more than 250 Hilton Head restaurants. Play on one of the 24 Hilton Head Island golf courses that have been carved by golf's most preeminent architect.
Golf enthusiasts can find over 20 world-class quality Hilton Head golf courses in the Lowcountry area, including Bluffton and Daufuskie Island and enjoy such PGA Tour Events as the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. Another great many of Hilton Head’s public and private golf courses have been sculpted by such golf course architect legends as Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, promising a great time on the fairway during your Hilton Head Island vacation.
Bask in over twelve miles of sparkling sand beaches on Hilton Head Island. Walk the flat sand banks of the Atlantic Ocean or wade in the surf. Hide in the rolling dunes and natural grasses on one of the best beaches in South Carolina or gaze towards the clouds to admire kite tricks and parasailing - it's what makes Hilton Head Island one of the most relaxing vacation spots anywhere.
More than 60 miles of multi-use trails connect riders to everywhere you want to go, and you can even bike to the Hilton Head beaches. Ride with a group, Kickin' Asphalt, a local biking club that coordinates weekly rides for bikers of all levels.
The loggerhead turtle, an endangered species, nests extensively along Hilton Head Island’s 12 miles of wide, sandy beaches. Few visitors ever meet these 200 pound giants, for the turtles choose the darkest hours of the summer night to crawl ashore and bury eggs in the soft sand.
Dolphins: Several oceanfront resorts on the Island, such as Hilton Head Plantation, Port Royal Plantation, Palmetto Dunes or Forest Beach, are excellent places to see a bottle nose dolphin. In the summer, dolphins are prevalent along the shoreline, where they feed on small fish and sea creatures.
Protected wetlands make Hilton Head the place to watch shorebirds and inland birds. See Egrets, Sandpipers and Wood Storks in Hilton Head nature preserves. Look above to catch Sea Gulls in flight alongside Pelicans and Osprey Eagles. Hilton Head Island is a bird watcher's haven.
Hilton Head Island Bridge Run: The 10K Road Race, 5K Fun Run & Health Walk will start and finish at Crossing's Park and take participants over the scenic Broad Creek on the Cross Island Expressway.
Hilton Head Celebrity Golf Tournament: The popular Labor Day weekend event matches amateur golfers with intriguing celebrities – representing sports and entertainment – for three days of world-class golf and exciting evening activities.
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival:The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.
RBC Heritage Golf Tournament: The RBC Heritage is more than just a golf tournament to the residents of Hilton Head Island and South Carolina. It is a major economic engine, bringing $80 million into the state each year and funds that are raised through the annual tournament are distributed to those in need throughout the area. Since 1987, more than $23 million has been donated to hundreds of organizations.Tournament held in April of each year.