Hilton Head Island is a semi-tropical barrier island located on the Intracoastal Waterway off of the South Carolina Atlantic Coast, about 90 miles south of Charleston and 40 north of Savannah.
World-renowned for its pristine beaches, abundant golf courses, and superb tennis facilities, Hilton Head Island attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors each year.
Aerial view of Fairway
The Robert Cupp Golf Course is one of two courses at Palmetto Hall Plantation, located in the central-northern end of Hilton Head Island near Hilton Head Plantation and Port Royal Plantation.
Aerial View of Harbour Town
Harbour Town, located in The Sea Pines Resort, is one of the most popular centers of activity on Hilton Head Island.
Colorful Kayaks on the Beach
While the resorts and recreational facilities are indeed attractive, Hilton Head's picturesque natural environment also undoubtedly entices many visitors to return year after year. At once stunning and soothing, the beauty of Hilton Head Island is found in sparkling seascapes, the soft green and golden hues of the coastal salt marshes, meandering and peaceful lagoons, tall pine forests, vibrant and hearty magnolias and majestic moss-draped live oaks.
Kayaking is one of the most popular recreational watersport activities on Hilton Head Island.
Hilton Head Island Rainbow
A brilliant rainbow paints the sky and dips behind a row of houses, viewed across the picturesque salt marshes on Hilton Head Island.
The Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve
The 605-acre Forest Preserve at The Sea Pines Resort is home to abundant wildlife including turtles, lizards, alligators, birds and many other indigenous animals and plant life. The Preserve is also the location of a 4,000-year-old Indian village and Indian Shell Ring. Many nature tours and special activities take place in this beautiful natural setting.
Surfcasting at Sunset
Fisherman at Hilton Head Island find croakers, flounder, and sea trout inshore, while the Island's close proximity to the Gulf Stream is good for catching bluefish, cobia, grouper, kingfish, snapper, spot tail bass, shark and swordfish in the warm ocean waters around the Island.
During the saltwater fishing season from April through October, fishing licenses are required. Freshwater fishing licenses are required from September through December for lake and pond fishing on the Island.
Licenses are available at many local sporting goods stores, bait shops or other major retailers. For additional information, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Web Site.
Harbour Town at Sunset
The bright red and white stripes of the signature Harbour Town Lighthouse at The Sea Pines Resort fade in the glow of a beautiful sunset.
Shorebirds on the Beach
Shorebirds enjoy a quiet beach at Hilton Head Island. Shrimp boats, like the one in the background, are familiar sights around Hilton Head Island.
Blue Umbrellas on the Beach
A long wooden boardwalk stretches across the dunes to the wide beach, where visitors relax in the shade of large blue umbrellas.
Lowcountry Landscape at the Old South Golf Links
The Old South Golf Links, located just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, South Carolina features stunning views from the rolling Scottish-style terrain and majestic live oaks, palms, surrounding tidal salt marshes and more. The course was designed by award-winning course architect, Clyde Johnston. For additional information, visit the Old South Golf Links Web Site.
Silhouette of Dock with Boat at Sunset
A brilliant sunset silhouettes a boat at dock along the peaceful sound-side waters of Hilton Head Island.
Pink Sky Reflected in the Surf
The lacy sea foam on a Hilton Head Island beach reflects the pink glow of a painted sky.