There are many popular lifestyles to enjoy on Hilton Head Island including the arts and entertainment, equestrian, bicycling, boating/sailing, fishing/hunting, water sports, private communities, etc. The top four lifestyles are as follows: 


  • Over 12 miles (19 km) of pristine beachfront, all open to the public
  • Wide, white sandy beaches with gradual slope – great for walking, biking, or building sandcastles
  • Lifeguards on duty at designated swimming areas during the official beach season
  • Pets are allowed year round, with seasonal time and leash restrictions



    • 30 championship golf courses of which 24 are open to the public on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area including “Harbour Town Links” home to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage
    • World renowned course designers: Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones & Arthur Hills
    • Golf World and Golf Digest rankings: Top 50 Resort Courses, Top 38 Golf Destinations, America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses / 2009-10



  • 300     tennis courts public, private, clay, grass, hard, lighted and covered (8 clubs available for resort play)
  • Van Der Meer Tennis at Shipyard Plantation: Adult and junior clinics & camps, a tennis academy, daily programs, headquarters for the U.S. Professional Tennis Registry
  • Palmetto Dunes:  Ranked by Tennis Magazine “50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” since 1975, with 23 clay courts, two Nova ProBounce courts, daily round robin tournaments, many instructional programs
  • Smith Stearns Tennis Academy at Sea Pines Resort is led by Stan Smith, a former # 1 player in the world and former USTA Director of Coaching, and Billy Stearns, one of the world’s top coaches. The academy works with promising junior and young professional players.



  Retirement Communities


    • Several age-restricted and age-targeted active adult communities including Del Webb’s Sun City of Hilton Head
    • Significant tax breaks on real estate for full-time residents and residents 65 and older
    • Hilton Head Island Senior Center for Active Adults: educational, recreational, social activities from painting classes to tai chi to overnight trips
    • Named a top retirement community by and others

  Fast Facts:

  • Nation’s first “eco-planned” resort community
  • 2nd largest island on the U.S. East Coast, accessible by bridge
  • Many gated communities, often called “plantations”
  • 50+ miles of nature trails and public pathways
  • One of the world’s most family-friendly beach destinations
  • 2.5 million visitors annually
  • Over 250 restaurants on Hilton Head Island ranging from fast-food to gourmet. Major ethnic cuisines include French, German, Italian, Caribbean, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and of course, All-American, famous local seafood, and southern-style fare.
  • More than 200 shops on Hilton Head Island from elegant boutiques and art galleries to major department stores and specialty shops.  Located just off island are two large outlet malls featuring designer brands at substantial savings.
  • Population: approximately 39,000 permanent residents 
  • Size: 69.2 square miles (179.23km²)
  • Climate: semi-tropical climate zone., average yearly high temperature – 75.5°F (24.1°C), average yearly low temperature – 55.6°F (13.1°C), four distinct seasons, outdoor activities are enjoyed year round
  • Nearby cities and towns: Bluffton, SC, Beaufort, SC, Savannah, GA (45 minutes), Charleston, SC (2 hours), Jacksonville, FL (2 ½ hours), Charlotte, NC (3 ¾ hours), Atlanta, GA (4 hours)
  • Nearby Airports with HUB Connections: Hilton Head Airport (HHH), Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)



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