Nestled in the warmth of old Southern charm, Hilton Head Island is a unique destination rich in history and culture. World-class sporting events, professional theater, recreational amenities, and environmental wonders attract a diverse, international population. Once on the Island, residents and travelers are mesmerized by the scenic beauty. Like a picture postcard, roads are framed with Spanish moss hanging from magnificent oaks. Flowering magnolias and swaying palmetto trees enhance the landscape while miles of pristine, white, sandy beaches showcase the Atlantic coastline.
With modest, yet delightful seasonal changes, Hilton Head enjoys balmy, subtropical temperatures year-round. Carolina blue skies and gentle ocean breezes invite everyone to participate in a healthy, active life style. The average high and low temperatures (listed below) explain why Hilton Head is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore the Island 365 days a year.
|February||41 to 59 degrees|
|April||56 to 76 degrees|
|July||74 to 87 degrees|
|October||59 degrees to 77 degrees|
A guided Eco-Tour introduces naturalists to the abundant wild life on Hilton Head. Kayaks, catamarans, double-deck ships, and Zodiac rafts are great ways to discover the natural wonders of the wetlands. Dolphins can be seen, up-close and personal, frolicking in the local waters. On nearby lagoons, blue herons, osprey, and egrets pose proudly for photographers. The observant spectator might even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle patiently waiting to select its dinner. The loggerhead turtle, an endangered species, gets front page coverage during hatching season as it scurries to the ocean for safety. And, last, but certainly not least, the alligator, perhaps known as our biggest star, can be seen sun bathing on the banks of fresh water ponds. Cohabitation with all that is indigenous to the area makes the Island a tropical paradise appreciated by all who retreat from the Mainland.
Hilton Head is ready to welcome and entertain all ages with a variety of possibilities. For the sports enthusiast, golf can be played on signature courses, tennis is available at two Van Der Meer world-class facilities, and horse back riding can be arranged on the beach. For those who love the water, deep-sea fishing, crabbing, and shrimping can occur in the morning followed by an afternoon swim in the ocean. In the evening, tickets might be available to a live concert or a show at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Families can also enjoy sing-along fun at Harbour Town or Shelter Cove lead by talented vocalists and musicians. But, perhaps the best way to celebrate the end of a fun-filled day is watching a crimson sunset beside the bay.
Forget something? Conveniently located on mid-island, Shelter Cove Mall has all the brand name stores you need including Banana Republic, Williams Sonoma, and Pac Sun. For that "unique treasure" there are also multiple boutiques and specialty shops. A leisurely stroll through Coligny Plaza offers eclectic shopping with lots of Hilton Head Island merchandise. And, if you are the ultimate bargain hunter, just ten minutes off Island you can explore a myriad of outlet stores from Abercrombie & Fitch, to Old Navy, to Hollister.
With its close proximity to the sea and the long, hot summers to grow fresh produce, Hilton Head has all the ingredients needed for fine southern dining. The Island is peppered with a wide variety of restaurants with enough selections to please every palate. Whether you are in the mood for an evening at a British Pub, a casual sports bar, a cozy dinner for two at a French café, or a seafood dinner prepared with traditional local recipes, Low Country chefs are ready to serve you!