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Whether you are searching for a world class golf vacation, relaxing on miles of sandy beaches or enjoying the gentle sway of palm trees in unspoilt nature, a stay on Hilton Head Island is sure to please the most discerning of vacationers.

Hilton Head Island Visitors Guide

Hilton Head Island was the first ecologically-planned destination in the United States.

Light polution ordinances are in effect across the island to protect the habitats of the loggerhead turtles, who somtimes confuse the lights of dwellings and street lights with that of the ocean.

Laws are in place to protect the beautiful live oaks and palmetto trees which cover Hilton Head Island. Salt marshes, beaches and lagoons also remain in pristine condition around the island.

While modern conveniences such as shopping malls and tourist hotels are widely available on Hilton Head Island, care has been taken to blend the commercial infrastructure into the native ecology as much as possible.

Visitors to Hilton Head Island

The 2.5 million travelers who arrive annually on Hilton Head Island can find an infinite variety of activities and reasons for visiting - and just as many reasons for not leaving.

Whether you are searching for a world class golf vacation, relaxing on miles of sandy beaches or enjoying the gentle sway of palm trees in unspoilt nature, a stay on Hilton Head Island is sure to please the most discerning of vacationers.

Hilton Head Golfing

Sometimes called Golf Island, Hilton Head Island is home to the Verizon Heritage golf championship and the Celebrity Golf Tournament.

With an average yearly temperature of 70 degrees (Fahrenheit), visitors to the island are are sure to enjoy year-round golf on any of the 24 golf courses located on Hilton Head. There are also another 40 golf courses to be found in the surrounding area, just a short distance from the island.

Hilton Head Island courses regulary make Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses list.

Tennis on Hilton Head Island

Tennis enthusiasts can enjoy the many professional courts available on HIlton Head. With over 300 courts to chose from there is no shortage of playing opportunites.

Professional tennis instructors are also available for those wishing to improve their game.

At The Sea Pines Resort, the number two rated tennis resort in the nation, guests can participate in the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy programs, created by former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Stan Smith.

Hilton Head Beaches

With over twelve miles of sandy beaches overlooking the Atlantic ocean, water lovers will find that Hilton Head Island is a coastal paradise. Whether you just want to relax in the sun or try your hand at scuba diving, waterskiing or dolphin watching there is something for everyone on the island.

Fishing charters, kayak tours, windsurfing, island cruises and all manner of water activities are also available.

Through nearly a dozen different experiences, participants can learn even more about the ecology and history of the region at the Hilton Head Coastal Discovery Museum.

Cycling On Hilton Head Island

If you really want to see the island consider renting a bicycle from one of the numerous bike rental outfits. With miles of bike paths available, many of which take you through nature preserves, this is truly an enjoyable way to experience the natural splendor of the island.

At low tide, the beaches of Hilton Head make an excellent bike riding surface.

Eating Out in Hilton Head

Dining out around Hilton Island means having a wonderful choice of over 250 restaurants in every price range, serving a variety of cuisines. Naturally, fresh seafood abounds.

From five-star, formal restuarants to fast food and everything in between, every taste and budget is catered for here on Hilton Head Island.

Hilton Head Accommodation

Hilton Head offers a variety of accomodation in several price ranges. From hotels to villas, condos to timeshares and vacation rentals, you are sure to find lodging which fits your taste and budget.

In Summary

If you are considering a vacation which includes gorgeous weather, miles of beaches, world class golf, entertainment and dining then explore the many offerings available on Hilton Head Island.

By Jeff Palmer.

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