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Nestled in South Carolina’s charming Lowcountry, Hilton Head island is a hub of family-friendly recreation. Here Inspirato’s homes come with private pools and access to Palmetto Dunes’ championship golf courses, tennis, beach club, and more. Hightide is a beachfront home with expansive ocean views, infinity-edge pool and private path offering direct access to the beach.
Seven-bedroom Golfshore, one block from the beach, backs up to the signature hole of the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf course. Six-bedroom Sandpiper is also just a few steps from the beach, with incredible outdoor living space, including a pool, cabana, and gazebo with fireplace. Our partner hotel, Inn & Club at Harbour Town, sits on the southwestern side of the island overlooking the scenic harbor.
Known as the island that golf built, Hilton Head offers an intimate island atmosphere and a wealth of activities for families, including miles of sandy beaches, marshes, elegant harbors and quaint shopping plazas. The best in resort amenities reside here: more than 20 championship golf courses, designed by the likes of Pete Dye and Robert Trent Jones; an abundance of rejuvenating spa treatments; and stylish boutiques. Hilton Head is also one of the top tennis destinations in the country. There's no shortage of activities and fabulous restaurants here, which is why Hilton Head ranked so high in Condé Nast Traveler's "Best in the World Readers' Choice Awards" in 2011.
During a two-hour canopy tour, ZipLine Hilton Head takes you on a journey through massive oak and pine groves with incredible views of Broad Creek. You may even catch a glimpse of area wildlife such as dolphins and osprey.
This antebellum town is the backdrop for Hollywood's "The Big Chill" and "The Prince of Tides," but it's better known for its artsy vibe and number of galleries. Wander the historic district, shop and check out charming homes and churches.
With miles of smooth and level trails, Hilton Head is ideal for exploring by bike. Cruise the trails while surveying the Island's beaches, lagoons and hubs of activity. Your Destination Concierge can arrange rentals for the entire family.
The Harbour Town district within the Sea Pines community is great for shopping, dining and ocean views. Climb 114 steps of the lighthouse to admire the Atlantic and Calibogue Sound. Afterward, enjoy fresh seafood and live music at sunset.
Skip the drive and sail to Savannah instead. Vagabond Cruises sails to Savannah three times a week in a luxury yacht. It docks in the middle of River Street, granting you instant access to Savannah's best shopping and restaurants.
Kayaking or canoeing is a great way to explore Lowcountry and get up close and personal with nature. Rent a kayak or canoe or embark on a guided tour with a trained naturalist. Take a map so you can avoid areas such as oyster beds and sand bars.
Although Hilton Head is home to more than a dozen courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., there's much more to this island than golf. With family-friendly activities, environmental tourism and incredible cuisine, non-golfers will find more than enough to do.
No visit is complete without indulging in Lowcountry cuisine featuring such mouthwatering dishes as fried okra, hush puppies and sweet-potato corn bread. Favorite spots include Skull Creek Boathouse and Hudson's Seafood.
Shrimping is a cornerstone of the area economy, but cheap, farm-raised shrimp from foreign markets is threatening the livelihood of local shrimpers. Support local fishermen by patronizing businesses with the "Certified Wild American Shrimp" logo.
The Lowcountry has a fascinating history, from its Gullah ancestry to the flora and fauna that fuel today's environmental tourism. Learn more at the Coastal Discovery Museum, which boasts fields, gardens and some of the oldest island buildings.
From wildlife to brilliant sunsets, photo ops at every turn offer the ultimate shutterbug experience. Get the best shots on a guided tour with a professional photographer. Explore pristine barrier islands, salt marshes and fresh water swamps.
Hilton Head Island experiences pleasant, mild weather year-round. Summer months are the warmest, with average highs in the upper 80s, while winter temperatures tend to hover in the upper 50s and low 60s. July and August are the rainiest months, although summer showers tend to move through and dissipate quickly. Hilton Head's oceanfront location makes it a fairly humid destination.