2016 Visitor’s Guide to Hilton Head Island | Great Southern Destinations

South Carolina’s little slice of heaven, Hilton Head Island is a Southern resort town that has everything on your family’s vacation wish list. From action to relaxation, luxury to simplicity – this charming sea island is arguably one of the most family-friendly beach destinations in the Southeast.

Hit the road this year and discover Hilton Head Island’s best things to do:


Bicycle The Sea Pines Resort
Soak in all of Hilton Head Island’s beauty on a Sea Pines Resort biking adventure! Rent your bicycles from South Beach Bicycle Rentals and you’ll be quickly on your way to a fun day, Island-style! Take your bikes to the Resort’s expansive stretch of beach around low tide and you’ll ride along miles of beautiful Sea Pines beachfront homes. Stop for lunch by the water at The Salty Dog in South Beach Marina Village. Feed the Lawton Stables’ horses and petting zoo animals. Ride through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve’s colorful wooded paths. Enjoy a bike break by the beach at The Sea Pines Beach Club. The ultimate biking experience for guests of all ages, The Sea Pines Resort has something for everyone!

Visit Hilton Head’s Newest Restaurants
Within the last two years, Hilton Head has immensely elevated it’s restaurant scene! The French Bakery opened their new location in 2015 - now located in the Shelter Cove Town Centre. Shabby chic in every way, order a grand breakfast or lunch, perfectly paired with French-inspired dessert. Also, located in the Shelter Cove Town Centre, Poseidon features a noteworthy rooftop bar you don’t want to miss! A hot spot for lunch, happy hour, appetizers, seafood and nightlife, Poseidon has something for everyone. For incredibly fresh pizzas made with regionally sourced ingredients - visit the Island’s first true Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza spot, Local Pie. For the finest oceanfront dining experience, Coast is a must-experience in The Sea Pines Resort. One of the few dining destinations overlooking the beach, Coast also features a more relaxed wrap-around bar for ordering those beachside tropical concoctions you’ve been daydreaming to sip. Enjoy a meal overlooking one of the most beautiful golf courses on the East Coast at Links, an American Grill. Situated on the 9th green of Harbour Town Golf Links, this restaurant offers a truly southern dining experience.

Visit the Harbour Town Yacht Basin
A true nautical paradise, get connected with Hilton Head Island where waterfront activities for your family are endless! Wind to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse and you’ll witness remarkable views of the Harbour Town Link’s stunning 18th green, the Calibogue Sound, all the yachts within the harbor and neighboring Daufuskie Island. Absorb yacht life on the Basin. Walk around the shops and boutiques surrounding the harbor. Stop in for seafood at one of the Basin’s waterfront restaurants, such as The Quarterdeck, The Crazy Crab or Topside Waterfront Restaurant or CQ’s Restaurant. Visit Harbour Town’s pier for a thrilling water adventure on the Calibogue Sound! Visit H2O Sports and select a thrilling family adventure such as parasailing, jet skiing, kayak tours, dolphin tours, paddle boarding, sailing adventures, waterski/wakeboard, banana boat rides and more! Families with young children will embark on a fun adventure aboard Pirate’s of Hilton Head’s treasure hunt cruise. Hilton Head Island’s #1 rated attraction for families, parents and children alike will enjoy the crew of The Black Dagger, searching seas for sunken treasure!

Experience Hilton Head Island’s Best Beaches
There is nothing like a day on the beach - it’s simply therapeutic for the soul! Unplug from the world, slip off your flip-flops and lay your beach towel out on any of Hilton Head Island’s beaches for the ultimate vacation day. Coligny Beach on Hilton Head is the ideal spot for first-time Island visitors and guests that value convenience. Centrally located on Hilton Head, Coligny Beach is very easy to find and offers free parking. On Coligny Beach, you’ll find an expansive area of sand that has plenty of room for even the most crowded summer day! In addition, you’ll find public restrooms, beach volleyball and easy access to The Tiki Hut – the island’s most popular casual beach bar! Coligny Beach is located next to Coligny Plaza, which features over 60 shops and restaurants, a grocery store, bakeries and much more. Another great beach destination on Hilton Head Island is in front of The Sea Pines Resort Beach Club. The Beach Club amenities include premier dining, Surf Shop, restrooms, bike racks and outdoor showers.