Hilton Head Island is a foot-shaped barrier island located off the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, approximately 45 miles (72 km) north of Savannah, G.A.., 90 miles (145 km) south of Charleston, S.C., and 30 miles (48 km) south of historic Beaufort, S.C. The 12-mile (19 km) long and 5-mile (8 km) wide island was the first Eco-planned destination in the United States.
Lying on the Intracoastal Waterway, Hilton Head Island encompasses 42 square miles (68 sq. km) of semi-tropical, Lowcountry geography. The Island’s pristine natural environment offers a relaxing, hospitable atmosphere with subtle signage and no neon lights. Fertile salt marshes, networks of lagoons and creeks, forests of moss-draped oaks, magnolias, pines, palmettos and 12 miles (19 km) of sandy beaches are interspersed with championship golf courses, tennis courts, fine restaurants and luxurious hotels, resorts and private villa accommodations.
Approx. 39,000 permanent residents and 2.67 million visitors annually.
Hilton Head Island has an array of accommodations, from luxurious resorts and full- service hotels to exclusive beachfront homes and villas equipped with private swimming pools and tennis courts. Accommodation options include more than 6,000 villas; 3,000 hotel/motel rooms; 1,000 timeshare units; 22 properties offering meetings and convention facilities; two RV resorts and one campground (off-Island).
Two airports service the Hilton Head Island area: Hilton Head Airport, located approximately 5 miles (8 km) from all Island resorts, and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, located approximately 45 miles (72 km) south of the Island.
- Hilton Head Island Airport: US Airways Express from Charlotte offers daily flights to the Hilton Head Island Airport.
- Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport: Air Canada, American, Allegiant, JetBlue, Sun Country, and United – offering nonstop service to 23 destinations with 49 daily departures. SAV also offers a wide variety of rental car and ground transportation options.
Golf Courses: 24 championship golf courses with 18 open to the public on Hilton Head Island. Seven of the area’s courses have been ranked among the nation’s Top 100 in key golf publications.
Tennis Courts: 300 (8 clubs available for resort play)
Activities: Biking, kayaking, sailing, surfing, parasailing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, windsurfing, waterskiing, fishing and crabbing, horseback riding, nature-based tours/nature preserves, miniature golf, playgrounds, swimming pools, dolphin-watching cruises, historic tours, Gullah heritage tours, arts and cultural activities, shopping, fine dining and sightseeing.
Hilton Head Island boasts a flourishing cultural community of fine art, music and theatrical venues. Island offerings include cultural exhibits, galleries and performances at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Main Street Theatre, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Dance School, Coastal Discovery Museum and the Heyward House Historic Center in Bluffton, S.C.
Hilton Head Island offers 12 miles (19 km) of beaches with public access and metered parking available at the following locations: Coligny Beach, Alder Lane Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Dreissen’s Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park, Burkes Beach, Chaplin Community Park, Fish Haul Beach Park, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park.
There are over 250 restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ranging from fast-food to gourmet. Dining venues include all types of major ethnic cuisine, including French, German, Italian, Caribbean, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Thai and Mexican. For those with a milder palate, the Island also offers great All-American and southern-style fare as well as famous local seafood. Click here for the Culinary Guide.
More than 200 shops are located on Hilton Head Island, from elegant boutiques and art galleries to an indoor mall with major department stores and specialty shops. Bluffton boasts two outlet malls featuring designer brands, a wide array of major retail stores and independent shops.
Think Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry: Economic and Business Metrics for our Region
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