Hilton Head is a delightful barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. It lies on the Intracoastal Waterway, linked to the mainland by a bridge, and encompasses some important sea marches, creeks and heavy wooded forests. The island is well known for its sandy beaches, golf courses and well-planned shopping which is tucked discreetly behind the established pines. Due to its mild winter weather it is a popular destination with retirees and snowbirds during the winter months.
Hilton Head Island has been blessed with a beautiful location which makes it ideal for beach lovers, boaters, walkers, cyclists and those looking for endless recreation in an a gorgeous environment. Scuba diving, water skiing, fishing charters, island cruises, dolphin watching and a host of other activities can be enjoyed from your Hilton Head Island base.
The good old Southern Hospitality means that there are many excellent restaurants so even cooking in your Hilton Head holiday rental is optional! The white sandy beaches are popular with walkers, shell-seekers and families, along waters which are warmed by the Gulf Stream. Golfers will be in their element with 23 golf courses to play in the average 21°C (70°F) sunshine. The island has miles of cycle paths which take you through the nature preserves and there are plenty of places to hire a bicycle by the hour or by the week. The Sea Pines Racquet Clubs also offer more than 100 tennis courts for keen players.
The Harbour Town Marina with its candy-striped lighthouse is a local landmark around which there are more than 5 miles of beaches, 600 acres of forest preserve and miles of bicycle paths. Windmill Harbor is the largest on the island and is home to the South Carolina Yacht Club. From the inland harbor there are pristine views of the saltwater marches and the wildlife which calls it home.
Port Royal Village is the site of one of the largest naval battles of the civil war. Although much of the area is given over to shopping and holiday rentals on Hilton Head, there is a Coastal Discovery Museum which gives tours of the area’s long history. Further away, the delightful historic cities of Savannah and Charleston offer a great day trip.
Hilton Head has mild winters being on the southeastern coast of the United States. Daytime temperatures drop to an average 15°C (59°F) in the winter and rise to a sticky 33°C (92°F) during the summer months. The area has showers all year round which are heavier between June and September.
The nearest main airport to holiday rentals in Hilton Head is the Charleston International (CHS) Airport which is 63 miles from the centre of Hilton Head Island. The nearest local airport is the Savannah/Hilton Head International (SAV) Airport which is 27 miles away in the neighbouring state of Georgia. A hire car is the best way to cover the distance from the airport and makes it easy to get around the island.