About Hilton Head and the Low Country
Hilton Head Island is a unique and incredibly beautiful resort town that anchors the southern tip of South Carolina's coastline. What makes this semitropical island so unique? At the top of the list is the fact that visitors won't see large, splashy billboards or neon signs. What they will see is an island where the environment takes center stage, a place where development is strictly regulated.There are 12 miles of sparkling white sand beaches, amazing world-class restaurants, top-rated golf courses—Harbour Town Golf Links annually hosts the Heritage Golf Tournament, a PGA Tour event—and a thriving tennis community. There are also many animals, including loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, snowy egrets, wood storks, great blue heron, and, in the waters, dolphins, manatees, and various species of fish. There are lots of activities offered on the island, including parasailing, charter fishing, kayaking, and many other water sports.The island has several large, private, gated communities. They include Sea Pines, Hilton Head Plantation, Shipyard, Wexford, Long Cove, Port Royal, Indigo Run, Palmetto Hall, and Palmetto Dunes. Within most of the plantations are vacation rentals, upscale housing, golf courses, shopping, and restaurants. For instance, Sea Pines has a shopping center, restaurants, three golf courses, and the iconic candy-cane-striped Hilton Head Lighthouse. There are also many housing and shopping areas on the island that are not behind security gates.
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It's an easy walk from downtown to Coligny Beach Park. Starfish and sand dollars litter the sands. And this beach has Wi-Fi.
Birders are welcome on Pinckney Island, part of a national wildlife refuge. Expect to see graceful white ibis, herons and egrets - and a few alligators.
Outside Hilton Head leads kayak tours through salt marshes all year. If it's summer, go Tuesday night and paddle under a brilliant fireworks display.
Tour Broad Creek from the air. ZipLine Hilton Head's course sends you flying past live oaks and loblolly pines, with sweeping vistas of the island.
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