Hilton Head Island Travel Guide

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Hilton Head Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    joits says…

     Beautiful island 

  • Con
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    islandgolfpro says…

     SMALL island with BIG number of visitors 

  • In a nutshell
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    BruceDunning says…

     Overall, one should visit once to get the feel but do not stay 

Hilton Head Island Things to Do

  • Harbour Town

    the harbour town lighthouse was built in 1970 and is the most recognizable modern symbol of hilton head island. inside of the lighthouse is a viewing area, small museum, and a gift shop. at the base of the lighthouse are a couple of restaurants and harbour town marina. a very touristy thing to do when on hilton head island. note there is a $5 fee...

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  • Beaches

    We found the amount of ways to "entertain" our children on Hilton Head Island numerous, but expensive. So we didn't do any of it. We packed up and spent two days at the beach! There we saw dolphins playing (yes, very, very close to the shore. So close that my son said, "oh mommy, look the dolphins came to play with us.") We found sand dollars, star...

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  • Golfing

    Hilton Head Island is probably best known for its world-class golf courses and facilities . . . The Lowcountry is home to more than 30 courses, both private and public . . . Each year HH hosts the MCI Classic - The Heritage of Golf at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines, bringing some of the top names in PGA golf along with it

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Hilton Head Island Hotels

Hilton Head Island Restaurants

  • Impressed with Giuseppi's

    We had reservations at the Marriott Resort and Sap across the street from Guiseppe's in Shelter cover, so we stopped for lunch here about 1:30 on Sunday afternoon; they were still busy but said we would be seated in about 20 minutes. It didn't take that long and our server came to our table right away. We ordered the Carboli Calzone and Original...

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  • Great Ambiance

    Santa Fe Cafe has a cozy feel - When we walked in I felt like we had entered a Spanish Hacienda. We visited at lunch time and we were seated by the windows. I loved the adobe walls and the stairway going to the rooftop. I had the Quesadilla, Soup and Salad. Soup is a choice of Black Bean, Tortilla or Painted Desert. My husband had the Steak...

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  • Sweet potato Cornbread

    Sweet Potato Cornbread, NUFF SAID! This was the best meal my wife and I had during our stay at Hilton Head Island. The staff was super friendly. The food amazing ! Got to meet the owner Chef David and realize the attitude of the staff starts at the top. I had the Port Royal platter and probably the best crabcake I have ever eaten. The Shrimp gumbo...

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Hilton Head Island Nightlife

  • BAchelorette??

    We have a free place to stay on HHI for my friends bachelorette party. What would be a good place to go?? She isnt really in to a BIG scene with a lot of attention but loves dancing, singing and drinking!! Any tips?? Oh and this will be either in feb or march!!!! thanks

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  • layed back sports bar

    ive been going to HHI for the past 15 years..the last 3 with my boyfriend...callahans is awesome...cheap food, beer, shots....also theres lazy boys to lay back and enjoy your drinks...tons of pool tables and game machines and many tvs. highly recommend

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  • Tourist Season and Hilton Head Island...

    It is now mid January and the tourist season will begin March 1st and many people will be planning their trips very soon. When it comes to Hilton Head Island and it's nightlife, there is one website that has all the information, current events and all the top venues to visit. When planning a night out on Hilton Head...

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Hilton Head Island Transportation

  • If not staying on the island, get going...

    I had asked the hotel about when we should get going to get to the beach. The recommended early because Saturday is the change over or the weekly condo rentals. They were right, at 8:00am, there was a lot of traffic leaving the island, which was good, we were going in. When you look at all the parking on the Island, a lot is metered, which is free...

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  • Hilton Head Island Trolley Tour

    The tour is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours long and takes you through all of the various historical points of interest. At least 1 hour advanced registration is required.( Cost: $20.00 per Adult $10.00 Child )Cancellation policy, ok to cancel the day before less a $5 administration fee, no refund the day of the tour. The link below will provide you with an...

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  • Driving around Hilton Head

    If this is your first time to come to Hilton Head, please come in the day. Night travel is very diffidult due to the lack of street lights. We found our resort at night only because our road sign was lit up by the traffic lights. Just trying to find Wal-Mart can be a challenge. You turn by the sign and then go hunting for the building due to the...

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Hilton Head Island Shopping

  • a great shop for women

    I don't even know how to describe this shop....Scents of Hilton Head.....it just smells good. It's not one of cheap, gives you a sinus headache as soon as you walk in the door kind of a place....the clerk says that's because they stock things that are very organic and pure and "green"...but gosh the scents are amazing. Moisturizers, soaps, lotions,...

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  • Fake Lighthouse

    I did not go up to the top of the lighthouse to patronize this shop. First, I didn't want to give any money to people who put up a lighthouse billboard as a tourist attraction and then try to pretend that it is a real lighthouse instead of just being a giant advertisement. Signage is very strictly regulated in Hilton Head, and this structure...

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  • Merchandise is JUNK an Mgr Won't Refund...

    I am very disappointed in the quality of the merchandise at Quiet Storm in Cologny. I bought some earring and when we got them home and took them out of the packaging, they fell apart...we contacted the manager, Aaron, who will NOT refund our money. I have contacted the BBB in Savannah and the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce. I would not recommend...

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Hilton Head Island Local Customs

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    Beach jog or walk

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Take a walk on the beach, the sand is firm and the beach is wide a long. If you look down while you walk there are plenty of shells to find. It's very peaceful here and not to many people. Very relaxing.

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Hilton Head Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Alligators

    Hilton Head island has numerous wetlands and inlets, which have some alligators living in them. If you hit your golf ball into the water, look before wading in!

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  • Dark Streets

    We arrived in Hilton Head at dusk. We felt that the dark streets with few signs and no lights were VERY hazardous. The small mile marker signs that dot the highway as a point of reference to visitors were not much help. Fortunately it was off-season and there wasn't as much traffic.Buildings share similar architecture, green roofs, sand colored...

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  • Warning--air borne cabanas!!

    Whoa--maybe some people knew not to leave cabanas on the beach when unattended, but we didn't. It seemed like a good idea to bring some shade to the beach, but when the ocean breezes took it to the heavens we learned something new. Since the beach was just steps away from our home rental, we had gone in to grab something for lunch. Bad...

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Hilton Head Island Tourist Traps

  • Hilton Head Island a Potential Money...

    So far, we've been in Hilton Head for 5 hours (we are planning to stay for three days) and we've been pressured three times by timeshare sales people. They are all over the island. They are in fake tourist information centers, restaurants, low-end hotels, everywhere but the shore of the beach. I am here with my husband and two small children and...

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  • Tourist Trap Disguised as a Lighthouse

    A lighthouse is a tall structure topped by a powerful light used as a beacon or signal to aid marine navigation or a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships. The facsimile lighthouse structure at Harbor Town marina is no more a lighthouse than are the golden arches at McDonalds. There are no shoals to be warned about. The...

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Hilton Head Island What to Pack

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    by CristinaMIA Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure to take along some form of sun protection. I am fairly dark complected and using an SPF of 50, I still managed to get a little pink. You don't want to spend your vacation sore and out of the sun so make sure you bring protection!

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Hilton Head Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Pinkney Island National Wildlife...

    We loved this place. After our sea life encounter at the beach we were furthered wowed by the marsh lands and its inhabitants at this wildlife preserve. We road our bikes around here too, and meet and avid bird watcher who directed us to a marshy pond with a white ibis rookery. There were about 100 birds and their young nesting right before our...

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  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife...

    We stopped here on our way out of Hilton Head. At the time we were there construction was going on for the expansion of bird habitat (photo 5). The refuge entrance is located on U.S. 278, 0.5 miles west of Hilton Head Island. The refuge was established in 1975 and open to the public in 1985. Pinckney Island is the largest of four islands in the...

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  • No Shots Fired in Anger

    We saw Fort Mitchel as a part of the Coastal Discovery Museum tour. The fort is located inside Hilton Head Plantation which restricts access.Fort Mitchel was built in 1862 to interrupt trade between the South and England, but it never really saw that much actionIt was one of two earthen forts (the other was Fort Holbrook). The walls were of dirt...

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Hilton Head Island Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 564.5 Harbour Town Yacht Basin

    I have not been to this marina by boat, but you can see the fake lighthouse from the ICW. You can climb the lighthouse for a fee. The marina is near exclusive shops and restaurants that are around the circular bay, and there tennis courts and a swimming pool. There is a golf course which reportedly has very large greens fees. If you want to know...

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  • Play golf

    Hilton Head is famous for its golf courses, many of which were designed by top course designers such as Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio. There are numerous courses scattered around the island, many of which are open to the public. The greens fees are not cheap, but the courses are generally in very good condition and bound to give most golfers a...

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  • Horse Back Riding

    When we took the tour from the museum, the guide told us that this roan pony was a descendant of the Conquistador horses brought by the Spaniards. Since I knew to be false many of the stories that the guide told us, I suspect that this story has been embroidered a bit.There is horseback riding available. Lawton Stables, located in Sea Pines...

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Hilton Head Island Favorites

  • Plan Ahead to Get the Most From Trip,...

    I love the beaches here! They are wide, clean, and so natural compared to many that our family has been to. The waves are perfect for the kids - not rough like many that we've visited. At times they are almost lake like. There are miles of bike paths so you are going to want to arrange to have a bike ahead of time. Also, if you are coming with...

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  • Beaches and bike rentals

    Enjoyed the beach didn't know what these creatures were, washed up on the shore. As we touched to investigate these inhabitants, someone let us know not to touch the lifeless lives as they may sting you. They were jellyfish and they do not look like the ones spongebob loving fish for, in real life they look icky :). We also enjoyed bike riding, the...

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  • Worship of Nature

    Hilton Head is all about Nature, but it is Nature groomed so that it looks pretty and doesn't interfer with the main playground - kind of like Disney for Golfers. It is a pretty island and has nice beaches, but it also has an attitude about it which is really irritating. My sister won't visit here because of the "Plantations", and while I think...

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