Snowbirds and winter visitors should visit Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It is located at the southernmost tip of the state directly along the Atlantic Ocean. The island offers a unique blend of recreational, environmental and cultural amenities. There is a wide selection of accomodations.
Hilton Head Island is 12 miles by 5 miles wide, and offers over 240 restaurants, 24 golf courses, and more than 200 shops.
Twelve miles of sandy white beautiful beaches are a great way to relax. The island's wide shore is ideal for walking, soaking up sun, and splashing in the surf.
Bird Watching is popular, the protected wetlands make Hilton Head the place to watch shorebirds and inland birds. See Egrets, Sandpipers, Wood Storks, Sea Gulls, Pelicans and Osprey Eagles. Hilton Head Island is a bird watcher's haven with nearly 200 species of birds flocking to the area.
Hilton Head's legendary golf courses attract guests who enjoy playing on its famous fairways. The first course opened in Sea Pines in 1961, igniting a spark, and the game caught on here like wildfire. There are now thirtysix golf courses in the area area. Four courses - Harbour Town, Colleton River, Haig Point and Long Cove - are ranked among the top 100 in the nation
Hilton Head offers about 14 miles of great beaches along the Atlantic Ocean coast and along the Calibogue Sound. Thousands of people each year visit Hilton Head to enjoy the beautiful beach scenery.
All of the beach is public, from the ocean to the high water mark. Access to the beach, however, is often private. The Town of Hilton Head Island provides beach accesses at the following locations: Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Drive; Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle; Fish Haul Park, at the end of Beach City Road; Driessen Beach Park, at the end of Bradley Beach Road; Burkes Beach Access, at the end of Burkes Beach Road; Folly Field Beach Park, off Folly Field Road; and Islanders Beach Park, off Folly Field Road.
Harbour Town's marina's famous red and white-striped lighthouse is likely Hilton Head's most-visited landmark. The endangered loggerhead turtle nests extensively along Hilton Head Islands 12 miles of wide, sandy beaches. If a visitor happens to spot one of these wondrous creatures, they are advised not to interact with the turtle in any way.
Christmas on Hilton Head Island has no snow, but the streets are still full of lights, decor and plenty of fun. The weather is perfectly crisp, with typical daytime temperatures in the 60's - a light jacket is almost too much on some days. With all the Christmas lights burning brightly s the cordiality of the holiday season will warm your heart.