Hilton Head Island provides residents and guest with one of the most beautiful settings on earth. With a climate, that borders between temperate and subtropical and 12 miles of unforgettable beaches, our island is a wonder of nature. The climate allows residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors 12 months a year. With our clean and expansive beaches, and pristine parks, world-class golf and tennis, five star dining and shopping, wonderful neighborhoods and friendly people, it is easy to see why so many come for a visit and stay for a lifetime.
Travel and Leisure Magazine voted Hilton Head Island as one of the Worlds Best Islands. So incredibly beautiful, this premier resort is also rated as one of the finest retirement communities in the world. Nowhere can you find better golf, tennis, beaches, restaurants, and extraordinary homes.
Connected to the mainland by an inviting bridge Hilton Head is accessible by land, sea, and air. Its location places it convenient to Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah, and Charleston.
Hilton Head Island is shaped roughly like a tennis sneaker, with the toe known as the south end, the ball of the foot is Forest Beach, and the top is the north end. Shopping and activities are spread throughout, although more heavily concentrated on the south end of the island.
Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolinas most beautiful barrier islands. At four miles wide and 12 miles long, it is the second largest barrier island on the east coast.
Imagine no neon lights, no streetlights, and no illuminated signs allowed
Residents have adopted some very eco-friendly policies for their little island. There are no illuminated parking lots or streets, only a few security lights. This is so as not to confuse the hatchling sea turtles and have them head away from the sea. In addition, there are strict rules about signage and setbacks. There is no neon or lighted signs. Buildings are set well back from the roads, tucked behind lush tropical trees. This gives the island the appearance of being quite uninhabited. Buildings blend with nature here, even familiar food and lodging chains tone down their trademarks. Nature conscious building codes ensure that the islands natural beauty and unique character is preserved.
With support, the town council purchased acres of land to prevent over-development. With this land, ball fields, soccer fields, and beach, skate, dog, and family-oriented parks were built.
Hilton Head Island has one of the most stringent tree protection laws in the country, which is why residents and visitors alike get to enjoy the beauty of majestic 500-year old oaks draped with Spanish moss. Hilton Head is one of the plushest vegetative areas in the country.
The Neighborhoods of Hilton Head Island
As unique as Hilton Head is, so are its distinctive communities which blend together to give this special place such character and charm. Some communities are completely private with restricted access, some are devoted to golf or the ocean, and still others are oriented to shopping, dining, and recreational activities for which the public is welcomed. Each of the communities has their own special charm, and unique appeal.
Hilton Head Beaches
On this unique piece of isolated landscape, you will discover 12 miles of pristine beachfront, among the most beautiful in the world. This is due to not only the beauty of the beach itself, but also its bordering forests of thriving oaks, tall pine trees, and palmettos. The 12 miles of beach makes it easy to get away from the crowds.
At low tide, the island’s beaches (12 miles of them) can be up to 600 feet wide. That is plenty of room for beach towels, fishing, and jogging or biking on the hard-packed sand. Two of the most popular strands are Coligny Circle, which is located on the southern end of Hilton Head Island, and Folly Field, which is located on the northern end of the island. All the beaches on Hilton Head are public, though access from the interior may be restricted.