Hilton Head Island in South Carolina
Hilton Head Island a Low Country Paradise in South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Low Country resort city located on an island of the same name in Beaufort County, South Carolina. It is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Charleston. The island features 12 miles (19 km) of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination.
The island has a rich history that started with seasonal occupation by Native Americans thousands of years ago, and continued with European exploration and the Sea Island Cotton trade. It became an important base of operations for the Union blockade of the Southern ports during the Civil War. It is rich in history and culture.
Hilton Head Island offers an unusual number of cultural opportunities for a community its size, including Broadway-quality plays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120-member full chorus of the Hilton Head Choral Society, the highly rated Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the largest annual outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the east coast, and several other annual community festivals. It also hosts the Heritage Golf Classic, a PGA Tour tournament played on the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.
The Hilton Head Island area is also home to a vast array of wildlife, including alligators, deer, loggerhead sea turtles, manatees, hundreds of species of birds, and dolphins.
Hilton Head Island is such a popular golfing and vacation destination the population as much as quadruples during the summer months. It boasts over 33 championship golf courses by some of the highest rated designers and golfers in the world. It is a paradise for outdoor sports and activities, fishing, kayaking and a vibrant nightlife with an endless choice of eating establishments.