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Hilton Head Island Travel Guide


Hilton Head Island Introduction


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Located off the coast of South Carolina, the renowned resort destination of Hilton Head Island features golf, beaches, tennis, scenery and an endless selection of water recreations. Known for its carefully maintained natural beauty—tall pines, broad oaks and characteristic palmettos—Hilton Head Island has long stood as one of the major resort communities on the East Coast.   Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilton Head Island Geography


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Beautiful sandy beaches, tennis courts, golf courses, dense foliage and the blue Atlantic come together at Hilton Head Island. The shape of the island resembles a foot. Visitors arrive on the "ankle" (the north end) after crossing the J. Wilton Graves Bridge. The drive onto the island sets the tone, with spectacular vistas of Skull Creek and the saltwater marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway.   Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilton Head Island History


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Capt. William Hilton named the island for himself during an expedition of the Port Royal Sound in 1663. Hilton Head Island didn't see much development after its discovery, as Native Americans frequently attacked the settlers who lived in South Carolina's Lowcountry. In 1717, Col. John Barnwell received a grant for 1,000 acres/400 hectares on Hilton Head Island. His grant spurred the island's first real growth.  Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilton Head Island Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Enjoying Hilton Head's natural beauty and wildlife should be at the top of every visitor's list. A simple drive over the J. William Graves Bridge and around the island will provide views of the water and trademark trees of Hilton Head—towering pines, palms and ancient oaks. A walk on the beach, a kayak trip through the saltwater marshes or a cruise along Skull Creek will get you up close and personal with the lush vegetation and fascinating wildlife of the area—egrets and herons abound, and playful dolphins are prone to surface near a passing boat.   Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilton Head Island Nightlife


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Beachcombers, golfers and spring-breakers alike go to Hilton Head with the intention of a fun night on the town. And the island does not disappoint. Hilton Head has disco, late-night rock 'n' roll, bars and teen clubs. There is plenty of action to be found midisland, around Palmetto Dunes Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour, but most of the nighttime partying takes place on the island's south end, either in Sea Pines around the Quarterdeck, or just outside the Sea Pines' front gate, at a cloister of nightclubs appropriately nicknamed the "Barmuda Triangle." There's also a cluster of bars around Coligny Plaza near the public beach.  Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Hilton Head Island Restaurants & Dining


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Hilton Head Island has a variety of dining opportunities to satisfy even the most discerning palates. In all, there are more than 200 restaurants on the island, including family-friendly venues and elegant, romantic spots.   Click here to see the full Hilton Head Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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