Hugging the South Carolina Coast, Hilton Head Island is the essence of the Lowcountry. As soon as you drive across the bridge, you feel it.
It’s the sounds of waves breaking on the beach, the scent of the salt breeze through the palmettos, it’s the glimpse of moonlight trickling through the Spanish moss.
Here, an insider’s look at what makes this 12 miles of beachfront the ultimate retreat that will fuel your wanderlust.
Travel Light, Stay Luxe
Traveling to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina has never been easier with a plethora of non-stop flight options and luxurious oceanfront accommodations from which to choose. It is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport: Getting to Hilton Head Island is a breeze with the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Choose from seven different airlines offering nonstop service to a variety of major cities.
From the rocking chairs scattered throughout waiting areas to the welcoming staff, you will be surrounded with Southern hospitality at every turn.
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort: This tropical beachfront resort is a destination like no other. Each of its 323 suites offers beautiful views of the ocean or its landscape of verdant, native tropical foliage.
With two family pools, an adult pool, and private cabanas, this casual resort s amenities and unparalleled service will make you never want to leave.
Taste of the Lowcountry
“Eat like a local”—a truer statement has never been made about the culinary scene on Hilton Head Island. From upscale to traditional Southern cuisine, there are so many options to choose from that you will want to make sure you leave room to enjoy as many as possible.
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks: When searching for an authentic Lowcountry dining experience, look no farther than Hudson’s. With one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island, it brings fresh catches from the dock to table daily.
Try the crab-stuffed mushroom caps while sipping a Southern Berry and enjoying views of Port Royal Sound.
Old Oyster Factory: Multicolor sunsets and. of course, oysters are what draw patrons to this waterside dinner-only seafood restaurant. It’s special sunset dinner menu (offered from 4:45-5:30, give or take) is a delicious offering of fresh-caught fare and beer-infused dishes.
Broad Street Seafood Gumbo. Smoked Craft Brew Chicken. Almond-crusted Mahi Mahi…you really can’t go wrong.
A visit to Hilton Head Island is not complete unless you explore some if its iconic landmarks. Whether it’s the island’s famous lighthouse or exploring its lush and abundant natural beauty, there’s no shortage of must-see spots to discover.
Harbour Town Lighthouse: Perhaps one of the best views on all of Hilton Head Island is just 114 steps atop this iconic red-and- white striped lighthouse.
View the breathtaking scenery as you look out over one of the most famous holes in golf, the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links, as well as the sleek yachts and fashionable shops at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, harbourtownlighthouse.com
Outdoors & Recreation: On Hilton Head Island, the attention is given to the environment. Absorb the island’s appreciation for the environment—enjoy bird watching, take a zipline canopy tour, discover the beautiful wildlife and foliage of the Lowcountry at the Audubon-Newhall Preserve and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge or explore miles of trails and paved paths for some of the best biking and hiking in South Carolina.
A world of natural wonders awaits you on Hilton Head Island.
Chart Your Course
With 12 miles of pristine beaches, it is no wonder most things revolve around the water on Hilton Head Island. From navigating the many lagoons to discovering hundreds of bird species along the shore, head to the water to indulge your sense of adventure.
Kayaking. Fishing. And More: With six marinas, there is any number of water activities from which to choose on Hilton Head Island—from kayaking to standup paddle boarding to fishing. Charter a boat to try your hand a catching fall specialties, such as Red Fish and Sea Trout.
Dolphin Watching: Broad Creek is one of the many ways to get the chance to come face to face with one of Hilton Head Island’s friendliest neighbors, the Bottlenose Dolphin. These salt water marshes are also home to an interesting cast of characters, including river otters, oyster beds, and blue crabs.
While Hilton Head Island is commonly beloved for its beaches and all the activities that go along with it, it is also home to a thriving arts scene and some of the best jazz north of New Orleans.
Art Galleries: For the traveler who likes to experience the local arts and culture scene, browsing local galleries is one of the ways to do so.
The Lowcountry s abundant marsh views come alive through the eyes of local artists—from Gullah sweetgrass baskets that tell the tale of the Sea Island history to sweeping Southern landscapes. Don’t miss the chance to stroll the island’s unique shops and galleries
The Jazz Corner: Although it has a low-lit, laidback atmosphere. The Jazz Corner’s music is anything but Noted as one of the finest jazz dubs in the country, lively and exciting tunes will transport you to the roots of jazz—a classic American art form that hits all the right notes on Hilton Head Island.