Hilton Head Island, located off the coast of South Carolina just north of Savannah Georgia, provides a perfect vacation destination for beach enthusiasts and those who are looking for a getaway from everyday errands, work and traffic. As the second largest Barrier Island on the Atlantic Ocean, this action packed island retreat is sure to leave you tanned, completely relaxed and filled with wonderful vacation memories.
After your first day of soaking up warm sunshine, swimming in the cool ocean waves, strolling along the endless sandy beaches and being a complete beach bum, you are sure to want to explore the other water adventures that await you. Parasailing tours give you a beautiful panoramic view of Calibougue Sound and Daufuskie Island while you peacefully float through the air. If you’re looking for faster paced water fun, hit the waves on a jet ski and enjoy the wind glide through your hair as you race to jump over the waves. With several watercraft rental facilities nearby, rent a ski boat for a day of waterskiing and wakeboarding with your friends and family. Make sure you discover the several gorgeous beaches that are waiting for you: Folly Field Beach, Bradley Beach and Driessen Beach are some of the most popular.
There are many opportunities for sightseeing and informational tours. Environmental, dolphin and sailing tours are just a few options that will allow you to explore and learn about the local wildlife and surroundings. Located on Broad Creek, discover sea turtles, dolphins, snowy egrets, otters and more.
The perfect playground for recreational activities, make sure to pack your tennis racket and golf clubs. Home to more than 25 golf courses and dozens of tennis courts, you are sure to find the perfect playing ground on the resort island. The putter’s paradise of Sea Pines resort offers three difficult and exciting golf courses: Harbour Town golf Links, Ocean Course and Sea Marsh. Tee off on the same green where numerous pro golfers stand each year for the annual PGA tournament on the18-hole course of Harbour Town. Also home to over 350 tennis courts; practice your backhand in a competitive match.
When planning your vacation you will want to include plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Adventure Cove Family Fun Center offers arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, rollercoasters and a 4-D Theatre. Everyone is sure to have a great time and you will be able to devote complete attention to your family which often gets cut short in everyday life.
If you’re looking to include an educational element to your vacation, Hilton Head Island is full of history. The Leamington Lighthouse, built in the 1870’s, is located on the southern edge of Palmetto Dunes. Privately owned, make sure to make an appointment to visit this historical sight. Explore Fort Walker in the Port Royal Plantation and learn how the fort served as a station for Confederate troops during the Battle of Port Royal.
Point Historic Tours’ Sea Island Gullah Tour guides you on a three expedition tour exploring the Gullah culture. Descended from West Africa and enslaved for plantation work, the Gullah/Geechee culture composes a vital part of Hilton Head’s population. Check out the Gullah Flea Market where you will find locally made crafts and artwork which are perfect for keepsakes and souvenirs.
When evening approaches, you can’t go wrong dining at on of the regions local seafood restaurants. Seafood lovers will appreciate dining on the freshness of just-caught shrimp, fish, crab and lobster. If seafood isn’t your forte, try one of Hilton Head’s other tasty restaurants that offer Italian, American, Caribbean and international fare. After an appetizing meal, enjoy a musical production or concert at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Catch a show at the large 350 seat main stage or attend a more intimate production at one of the smaller youth experimental theatres.
Whatever your vacation dreams are in Hilton Head, finding the perfect vacation accommodations are important. No matter which part of South Carolina you visit, there are numerous lodging options to choose from. A Hilton Head Vacation Rental is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to escape the crowded hotels and stay in a relaxing environment close to their family and friends. With all the amenities of home at your fingertips, you can have a memorable vacation both inside and outside of your vacation rental accommodations.