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Hilton Head Island travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hilton Head

The friendly island of Hilton Head is known for its fabulous sandy beaches and world-class golf courses. Its relaxing, laid-back atmosphere is perfect for any vacation.

A boot-shaped island that lies just off the South Carolina coast, its spectacular scenery and natural features make Hilton Head a must for nature lovers as well as beach fans.

It's a versatile destination that appeals to all tastes. Whether you're in search of high-energy water sports or high-class shops and stores, Hilton Head has it all.

Hilton Head hosts numerous events and festivals each year. See the weekly fireworks at Shelter Cove or catch an art exhibition; there are lots of reasons to visit this Atlantic paradise.

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What to do in Hilton Head

When to Visit Hilton Head

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Plan your visit according to your interests and preferences. The Hilton Head summer season stretches from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and beach lovers will enjoy high temperatures and daily sunshine. Anglers should also visit during summer when the best conditions are assured. For golfers, September to May is the best time to visit Hilton Head. You'll benefit from a reduction in demand for tee times, and you can catch the Heritage tournament in April. Low season is also an ideal time for a romantic break.

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How to Get to Hilton Head

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Where to Stay in Hilton Head

Choose a family hotel in Hilton Head or book a stay at an impressive luxury resort like the Inn & Club at Harbour Town, part of the 5,000 acres Sea Pines Resort. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a good upmarket alternative that features a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, while the Comfort Inn, Forest Beach Road, is an affordable option. Many visitors rent an apartment for a comfortable home away from home stay.

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Hilton Head is slightly more expensive than some US cities but still a remarkably affordable destination where you'll find everything from surf gear to designer clothing. Shop for t-shirts from the famous Salty Dog Café at its outlet at South Beach Marina or locally designed handbags and accessories from the Spartina 449 flagship store in Bluffton. Ocean-going essentials can be purchased from Hilton Head Outfitters at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, or buy gifts for loved ones at the Blue Parrot.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Although Hilton Head covers an area of just 69.2 square miles, there are several chain supermarkets including Publix, BI-LO, and Whole Foods Market. Try to avoid shopping on Saturday when stores are much busier.

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Where to Eat in Hilton Head

Hilton Head restaurants serve everything from subs to gourmet cuisine to tempt even the most discerning palate. Your vacation isn't complete until you've eaten at the Salty Dog Cafe. The original café serves sandwiches, seafood and snacks from its impressive waterfront base at South Beach. The Wreck of the Salty Dog or Jake's Salty Dog Pizza are fun alternatives; be sure to visit the Salty Dog Ice-Cream Shop in summer.

The Crazy Crab is another Hilton Head institution; this friendly restaurant has been dishing up fresh seafood for over 30 years. Head to Harbour Town to check the place out for yourself or, if you're bringing the dog on vacation, try its pet-friendly second restaurant at Jarvis Creek

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