Hilton Head Info - About the Island
About Hilton Head Island: Providing Fun, Sun, and Activities Galore!
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, conveniently located along the south Atlantic coast, combines breathtaking natural beauty, world-class golf, outstanding sport fishing, championship tennis, and quality shopping on a barrier island just
12 miles long and five miles wide. This island is widely considered to be one of the finest resort communities in the United States, welcoming over one and a half million visitors each year. Vacationer's flock to the area for the gorgeous scenery, the myriad
of outdoor activities, or just to lounge about in the "Treasured Coast's" sun.
In 1663, the Island was visited by William Hilton, an English sea captain, sailing from Barbados in search of tropical lands on which to establish profitable English plantations. Hilton then claimed it for the British crown, establishing the legacy with
his own name, "Hilton's Headland".
Hilton Head Island as we know it today experienced a rebirth during the 1950's due to a man named Charles Fraser. He had inspiration to create an unprecedented resort community which would encompass uncommon beauty and spirit while preserving the land's
inherent natural endowments. With precise preparation, Fraser developed Sea Pines, the first planned Island community. Since then, his same environmentally sound covenants have become effective guidelines for all subsequent development.
With over 20 courses in the area, Hilton
Head is a golf lover's dream come true. Four of the courses, Harbour Town,
Colleton River, Haig Point and Long Cove have each been named by
Golf Digest as being in the top 100 courses in the United States. Architects of the courses on Hilton Head read like a who's who in golfing history. Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Gary Player, and Robert
Trent Jones have all put their seal of approval on Hilton Head Island's golf courses. The courses on Hilton Head offer challenges for both the serious golfer and the "weekend warrior".
Tennis players can hit with pros, play "pick up" matches, or practice their strokes at one of Hilton Head's 360 tennis courts. In fact, four of the tennis clubs have been named to
Tennis Magazine's top 50 U.S. Clubs: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center,
Port Royal Racquet Club, Sea Pines Racquet Club, and the Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club. The island has courts that represent all three of the major playing surfaces, grass, clay, and hard courts. Instruction is offered at almost all of
the clubs if you want to take a lesson. Don't be surprised if you spot some famous faces on the courts. Martina Navratilova, Billy Jean King, Jennifer Capriati, and Jimmy Connors are all frequent visitors to the tennis scene on Hilton Head Island.
Hilton Head Island is surrounded by water on all
sides, with a network of rivers and creeks crisscrossing through the center of this boot-shaped island. As a result of its aquatic nature, one of the best ways to experience Hilton Head Island is by boat. Fortunately, Hilton Head Island is home to a number
of full-service marinas which welcome boaters and sailors throughout the year. Waverunners, powerboat rentals, sailboats, and other water craft are available. Most of the local marinas also offer inshore and offshore charter fishing expeditions, as well as
dolphin tours, sunset cruises and other amenities. Some even offer kayaking instruction or sailboat lessons, depending upon your preference.
For cyclists, one of the best things to do on Hilton Head Island is to rent a bicycle and travel along the paved bike paths that line the island. Amble past creeks, lagoons and rivers as you glimpse the Lowcountry's unforgettable foliage. Don't miss the
opportunity to ride a bike down the flat, smooth beach at low tide, one of the special joys of Hilton Head Island.
Of course, if total inactivity is more your
style, with 12 miles of gorgeous shoreline, Hilton Head is a beach lover's paradise. Take some time and lounge in the sun. Or walk along the beach at sunset for a gorgeous view of the Atlantic. You can even rent a boogie board or other equipment that will
get you out in the surf. One popular rental location is off the traffic circle on
Pope Avenue where there is a pavilion, and a shopping and dining plaza. Other beaches like
Folly Field Beach, Driessen Beach, and Bradley Beach are conveniently located mid-Island, but don't have as many rental options.
Hilton Head offers vacation possibilities for every visitor. If you want to lounge in the sun, Hilton Head Island will provide. If you want to play golf, tennis, or fish the waters of the Atlantic, Hilton Head Island will provide. Whatever your particular idea
of fun is, Hilton Head Island will provide!