What is Hilton Head Island?

We invite you to sit in a porch rocker and listen to the surf break on 12 miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches. Paddle a kayak through the tidal creeks and take in the marsh's wildlife scenes. Play golf on one of many celebrated courses and enjoy the homes and villas thoughtfully placed in and around this spectacular natural setting. The Island is surrounded by pristine coastal waters that are the perfect backdrop for a variety of great activities: parasailing, wave runners, enviro-tours, waterskiing, and sailing.


Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolina's most beautiful barrier islands and one of world's most family-friendly vacation destinations. You'll notice that there's something different about Hilton Head the moment you arrive. It's natural beauty and expansive Atlantic beaches have made Hilton Head a world-class resort destination for over 1.5 million visitors a year.


No matter how you search for our Island online, Head Hilton Island, Head Hilton, Hilton Island Head, Head Island Hilton or Hilton Head Island, you’ll be able to find us. Head Hilton Island, Island Head Hilton, Island Hilton Head, all is the same: HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC a little drop of paradise hidden in the South of South Carolina and offers about 14 miles of pristine family friendly beach. Most of it is along the Atlantic Ocean coast, some is along the Calibogue Sound, some on the Port Royal Sound at Port Royal Plantation and Hilton Head Plantation has a small beach next to Dolphin Head, also on Port Royal sound. The newly opened Fish Haul Creek Park offers a little known beach access to a beach on the Port Royal Sound. The beach there is quite private (no, not that private) but with little wave action.


Along the beach you will see numbered markers which have been put in place to help identify the location to emergency responders. The numbers start at "one" on the Calibogue beach at Land’s End in Sea Pines plantation and increment by one every tenth of a mile as you go North or East. Numbers ending in "A" "B" or "C" designate a location between the two numbers on either side and are not indicative of miles.The beaches slope very gradually in most areas. You can go out a long way from shore and still be able to stand with your head above water (there are some places where tidal currents produce deep holes, so be careful). This gradual slope inhibits wave action, so Hilton Head is not a place to surfboard unless you are just learning. It also means the tides have a very significant effect on the width of the beach. When the tide is high, there is still a good beach from approximately  beach marker 80A to Tower Beach in Sea Pines, at beach marker 13 and even as far as marker 8, and also from marker 102 to 111A. Depending on how high the tide is and when the last beach re-nourishment took place, other locations may prove unusable at high tide.


The sand below the mid tide line is usually hard packed enough to support a bicycle with wide tires, and biking on the beach at or near low tide is a popular pastime (you should be warned that hitting a patch of soft sand will bring you to a very sudden stop). Beach bikers have learned to check the wind direction before heading out - riding into the wind is like riding uphill, and vice versa.


There are six "public access" beach areas popular with visitors (five are attended by life guards from Memorial weekend to Labor Day). Pay parking is available at all but the Islander's Beach Park, and there are reserved parking spots for those who purchase annual beach tags (available to Hilton Head property owners only).´╗┐The Island beaches provide nature's own playground for children and adults alike. Beach paths within the gated communities are located between streets and public access is available throughout the entire island.

 

 

 

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