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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Beaches, Sports and Shopping on Hilton Head Island

By Serena Lorien

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island is a place that makes you breathe a sigh of gratitude for its existence from the moment you arrive. With no neon signs and a commitment to sustainable living, the island's beautiful, natural and tranquil ambience make it somewhere you can truly escape to for total relaxation and rejuvenation. Offering some of the world’s best golfing and tennis facilities, picturesque beaches and great shopping, it is a must-see destination.

Family-Friendly Beaches

Hilton Head Island is home to more than 12 miles of beaches, and this bike-friendly community makes it easy to explore them all. You really can’t find anything more unique to Hilton Head than cycling along the oceanfront on the hard-packed sand. Another option is to venture out on over 100 miles of bike paths all around the island.

One of my favorite beaches was Coligny Beach Park, located near the heart of downtown Hilton Head Island. Voted as one of the top family-friendly beaches in America with extremely well-maintained public toilets, showers and changing areas, this is the ideal place to while away the day. There is also a fun fountain with synchronized jets for children to splash around in, with rocking chairs and free Wi-Fi for the adults. Within walking distance, you will find Coligny Plaza, which offers great shopping, dining and a cinema for your evening entertainment.

Also perfect for family fun, the new ZipLine Hilton Head at Broad Creek Marina is a faster paced way to enjoy the outdoors. Absorb the beauty of the area as you soar through the trees.

World-famous Golf and Tennis

The Harbour Town Golf Links golf course in The Sea Pines Resort has consistently been ranked among the best in the world. It is home to South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf event, the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. With the ocean and the Harbour Town Lighthouse as your backdrop, I daresay this is also one of the prettiest places to tee off.

For the tennis players in your group, adjacent to the Sonesta Resort within Shipyard Plantation, you’ll find the Van Der Meer Racquet Club, a premier tennis facility that also offers fantastic coaching with certified tennis professionals.

Shopping in Abundance

After a round or two of golf, you can walk down the road to Harbour Town for some excellent dining and shopping in the cute boutiques, or stop in at the homemade ice cream shop. For even more shopping, you can browse Tanger Outlets. The two large outdoor outlets offer any product you can imagine. You can stock up on gifts for others or yourself there. In fact, with deals this good, why not do both, which is exactly what I did!

Hilton Head Island has an abundance of beautiful beaches, outdoor fun for all ages and, of course, amazing shopping. No wonder so many travellers enjoy this welcoming island! 

For more information, please visit us:

Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau

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