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​All About Beautiful Hilton Head Island

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Located 95 miles south of historic Charleston, South Carolina and 45 minutes north of Savannah, Georgia, Hilton Head Island boasts being the second largest island off the Eastern Coast, with 12 miles of wide sandy beaches. Hilton Head Island is also proud of its reputation for being a popular family friendly vacation destination and the Island continues to be recognized each year as a top vacation hot spot by travel magazines and vacation experts.

Surrounded by the Intra-Coastal Waterway, Hilton Head Island contains 42 square miles of semi-tropical geography that locals refer to as the Low Country. The Island works hard to preserve the pristine natural environment which offers a relaxing, hospitable atmosphere without the flashy neon lights and excessive signs of some of the more “hectic” beach towns. Instead, our golf courses, fine restaurants, luxurious resorts and exceptional accommodations are beautifully intertwined with our natural salt marshes, lagoons, blossoming magnolias, forests of elegant moss-draped live oaks, towering southern pines and palmetto trees – all surrounded by 12 miles of the best sandy beaches in South Carolina.

Hilton Head Island has a semi-tropical climate and is heated year-round by the Gulf Stream. The Island’s average daytime temperature is a mild 70°F (21°C). The annual ocean temperature averages is about the same at a relaxing 69°F (20°C). Hilton Head is home to approximately 33,800 permanent residents and hosts around 2.5 million visitors annually!

Hilton Head Island offers unlimited opportunities for unforgettable family vacations and was even named one of the top ten family beaches in the country. This small resort Island is packed full of everything you need to experience the perfect, relaxing family vacation. Although Hilton Head Island is only 12 miles by 5 miles wide, it offers over 300 restaurants, 24 golf courses, more than 200 shops, and a wide variety of outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as shopping, bike riding, boating, fishing, golfing, playing tennis, horseback riding, beaching it and more! You can do as much or little as you would like to do during your visit to Hilton Head Island. Stay active or kick back and relax…either way you are sure to enjoy your time spent in our little piece of paradise!

Be sure to visit Outside Hilton Head during your vacation for amazing ways to enjoy the Island. Our programs include guided kayak tours, kayak fishing, boat based dolphin tours, charter fishing, tours of historic Bluffton and Daufuskie, kids and teens camps, stand-up paddle boarding programs, boat rentals, surf lessons and much more.

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