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One Island, Infinite Adventures

Beyond world-class golfing, Hilton Head Island serves up the freshest oysters, a symphony orchestra, salt therapy, Gullah culture, and deep-rooted sustainability efforts.



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WITH 23 GOLF COURSES spread across a 12-mile long and 5-mile wide island, Hilton Head Island is an indisputable golfing paradise. Its pristine beaches, serene waters, and abundant leisure pathways have also kept families returning for generations, not to mention those enchanted by the outdoors. Beyond its well-preserved scenery, the South Carolina island also dishes out some of the country’s finest local seafood, results-driven retreats, colorful crafts, and rich Gullah culture. We designed mini itineraries to help every traveler get the most out of this remarkable destination, from food devotees and wellness fans to culture mavens and history aficionados.

Insider tip: Fly into Savannah/Hilton Head International for a fall getaway — local oysters are in season and the weather is just right.

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For Culinary Connoisseurs

Stay where the food is

The Sea Pines Resort

Book the award-winning Inn & Club at Harbour Town or your own villa, then feed your culinary fix at six sought-after dining options ranging from iconic seafood towers to locally sourced steaks, delectable bakery treats to house-smoked barbecue, all with ample libations.

Sample coastal cuisine with a global twist


The latest eatery from the local Nightingale restaurateurs, Celeste serves up seasonal, elevated Lowcountry fare with regional and international flourishes — think fried green tomatoes with pepper jelly, surf-and-turf empanadas, and seafood scampi.

Finesse your pasta-making technique

Michael Anthony’s Cooking Class

Sip wine, brush up your skills, and sample the final products. The innovative team behind the island’s renowned Italian fine-dining spot leads weekly demonstrations and hands-on classes in Italian delicacies, cooking for crowds, and more.

Eat your way through Gullah culture

Gullah Food Festival

Shrimp and grits, deviled crabs, and stewed chicken are a few of the creations you can sample at this October fête, one of many annual Gullah celebrations. February, for instance, brings a vibrant events calendar designed to preserve this living history.

Fulfill all your cravings in one place

The Bank

In addition to pints of Side Hustle Brewing Co. (brewed on-site), treat yourself to scrumptious lobster rolls, tacos, ice cream, and more at this recently opened beer garden, which houses eight local eateries, plus lawn games and live music.

For Wellness Travelers

Rejuvenate with award-winning treatments

The Indigo Spa

Tucked into Hilton Head Health, this luxurious spa customizes your visit to your goals and needs, down to the length of your treatments. Try the signature Soul to Soul Ritual, which nourishes with body exfoliation, hair conditioning, a foot massage, and mini facial.

Rally with Stan Smith

The Sea Pines Racquet Club in Harbour Town

Join the legendary tennis champion on one of these 18 clay courts. The iconic club is also home to Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, so you can even catch a glimpse of the players of the future.

Try Halotherapy

Pure Salt Studios

Also called Salt Therapy, this natural treatment can support your immune system, respiratory tract, skin, and mental health. All you have to do is sit and breathe in a beautiful room lit by the glow of Himalayan salt. It doesn’t get easier than that.

Fine-tune your “dink”

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

At this picturesque oceanfront property, there are 24 dedicated pickleball courts, all lit for night play. Sign up for a round robin, clinic, or even a private lesson with Major League Pickleball player, Sarah Ansbury.

Connect with wildlife

Outside Hilton Head

For true adventure seekers, consider chartering a private boat, so you can get up close to dolphins and other Lowcountry ecosystems. If you’re craving something a little more zen, try your hand at SUP Yoga and become one with the water.

For Arts and Culture Lovers

Support local artists

Art League Gallery

Led by Art League of Hilton Head, a 50-year-old nonprofit visual arts organization that also offers workshops and classes, this space displays and sells artwork in all media created by more than 200 member artists.

Enjoy dinner and a show

The Jazz Corner

Savor a Sazerac, she-crab soup, and a filet as some of the world’s finest jazz and swing artists perform soul-stirring melodies at this award-winning venue and fixture of the community.

Take a sweetgrass basket sewing class

Coastal Discovery Museum

Sew one of these cultural treasures during a hands-on workshop led by local Gullah artist Michael Smalls. He also walks through the craft’s layered history as an essential economic and artistic resource among the Gullah people.

Bring a little Gullah back with you


A sixth-generation Gullah and native islander, Omolola “Lola” Campbell fills her hidden-gem boutique with Gullah artwork, baskets, books, candles, crafts, and seasonings, as well as her Gone Gullah clothing line. All make thoughtful gifts.

Celebrate National Arts and Humanities month


While Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra performances, art classes, and more are on offer year-round, this annual celebration packs in concerts, theater, exhibits, poetry readings, and workshops between October and November, all from local organizations and creatives.

For History Buffs

Discover where freedom began

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

It’s impossible not to be moved on these sacred grounds, the site of the first self-governed town of formerly enslaved people in the U.S. Tours and interactive exhibits capture the spirit of the past, while the park’s lively events celebrate the present and future.

Stand in 400 years of Gullah history

The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island

A beloved, preserved cultural asset, this boutique museum houses artifacts, delivers lectures, and conducts tours as part of its commitment to revive, restore, and preserve Gullah customs, traditions, language, stories, and songs.

Explore Gullah communities

Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

Hop on a bus and pass through historic Gullah neighborhoods as native guides share firsthand accounts of their traditional foods and recipes, folklore, and distinctive language.

Relive Revolutionary War history

Heritage Library

Costumed tour guides share stories from the Colonial era at Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum before leading you to the gravesites of four Revolutionary War heroes and the island’s oldest structure.

Taste a traditional seafood feast

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

Since 1967, Hudson’s has prided itself on plating local, seasonal shrimp, oysters, soft-shell crabs, stone crab claws, and fish that have been harvested just hours beforehand. Survey it all with Neptune’s Seafood Platter as the sun sets over Port Royal Sound.

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