Hilton Head Guide

To fit in on Hilton Head, you're going to need to slow down. This 42-square-mile, foot-shaped barrier island might often welcome a wealthier clientele, but you don't need to rush to keep up your everyday fast paced lifestyle. Follow the leisurely pace of the residents — the population is part descendant of the Gullah, or the freed slaves who settled in the area, and part East Coast mainlanders who make Hilton Head their second home. Your fellow vacationers will likely be white-haired retirees (thanks to the world-class fairways) and young families (thanks to the clean beaches). So if you're looking for a rollicking nightlife scene, this may not be the spot for you. This isn't to say there's no nightlife; it exists, but usually in the form of leisurely sunset dinners and live music on the waterfront. In short: If you've come to Hilton Head, you've come to relax.

Hilton Head Island is known far and wide as a vacation destination that prides itself on its top-notch golf courses and tennis programs, world-class resorts, and beautiful beaches. But the island is also part of the storied American South, steeped in a rich, colorful history. It has seen Native Americans and explorers, battles from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, plantations and slaves, and development and environmentally focused growth.
If you know anything about the island, you know that golfing, tennis and spa days are how it earned its moneyed reputation. But you could spend an entire vacation here without ever swinging a golf club or a tennis racket. The island is full of natural wonders, including the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, not to mention 12 miles of sandy beaches. So whether you came to get up close and personal with low country wildlife, perfect your backhand or simply relax on the sand, Hilton Head has something for you.

Beach Access

Public Access to Hilton Head Beaches

Beach Rules

Find all of the best beach access points and learn about the rules and regulations while visiting the beaches

Things to Do

View our local recommendations for what to do on your Hilton Head Island vacation!


With over 200 shops in the area, Hilton Head has some of the most unique shopping experiences you will find anywhere!

Winter in Hilton Head

The off-season is a great time to get away from it all and escape to Hilton Head Island! There are fewer people, less stress and milder temperatures than in peak season, not to mention off season vacation deals that mean better prices for your vacation!