World class golf, plenty of impeccably maintained clay tennis courts, and all the water activities you can imagine can be found in one special place. It's called Hilton Head Island, located in the state of South Carolina in the USA, and it is a gem of vacation destination.

If you are looking for an activity-filled getaway with a tropical paradise background, Hilton Head Island the place to visit. We have everything you will need for a great time - sports, leisure and dining. Your itinerary will be as full or as empty as you care to make it here. A busy day of golf or tennis, or a leisurely day on the beautiful, clean white sand beaches, maybe even a dinner cruise to enjoy the beautiful colors of the sun over Calibogue Sound while you enjoy Blue Crab and other local or regional foods. You can have it all here on Hilton Head Island.

Our little paradise is well known for it's championship golf. Twenty three well-maintained, well planned courses, some private and some public are at your disposal and provide as much challenge as you care to experience. Probably most well known is Harbourtown Golf Links, home to the Heritage Golf Classis held every year in April. This pictuersque championship course can often be seen (especially the 18th green) in golf magazines throughout the world. Located in the community of Sea Pines on the south end of the island, Harbourtown Golf Links sets the standard for courses throughout the area.

If you want a little instruction, perhaps to improve your game a bit while on holiday, there are several well established and highly rated instruction facilities to visit. Of course, hitting a few buckets of balls is always helpful too.

Tennis is as popular as golf here on Hilton Head Island. With hundreds of courts from which to choose, a tennis vacation is easy to plan here. While all the courts are in top condition most of the year, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is highly ranked throughout the world as a superior facility. Clay courts are abundant throughout the island, making it easy to play anytime you care to pick up a racket. Hilton Head is also known for it's tennis instruction, and is home to Van Der Meer tennis academy and university plus the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Both are highly ranked instructional centers and can surely help you step up your game while you are here.

Oh, and then there is all this water around us. Hilton Head Island is about 12 miles long, and while the Atlantic ocean is our backdrop, we also have several other bodies of water in which to fish, kayak canoe or ski. For boaters, there are four marinas that are open to the public and are located on or near the intercoastal waterway. Fishing comes in all forms On Hilton Head Island you can fish in fresh and brackish water lagoons, estuaries, inshore on the Calibogue Sound and offshore in the Atlantic ocean. While there is some fresh water locations, most of the water is either salt or brackish (part salt, part fresh). Drop a line in off the dock, or take a deep sea fishing excursion. Plus crabbing and shrimping are great (and ususally easier) ways to enjoy a fresh catch dinner. Plus, the kids will love it too.

Jet skiing windsurfing, sailing are all offered, and lessons and guides are always available. South Beach Marina, Harbourtown Yacht Basin or Shelter Cove are all well equipped with all kinds of equipment, tours and instruction for just about any water activity you can think of.

A must-do while you are visiting us is a dolphin tour. You can kayak into the areas that play home to our beloved friends, or take a fast Zodiac boat ride and then cruise around while the tour guide introduces you to the dolphins, often by name.

Back on land, we have 21 parks and recreational areas to have a picnic, stroll along the water, watch fireworks or read a good book. These areas are as special as the beaches and golf courses to us, and are beautifully maintained.

Walking and biking paths are plentiful all over the island. There are over fifty miles of pathways to explore, some within our gated communities and some in our parks and recreational areas. Strolling or biking along these paths is a great way to get to know your way around our beautiful island.
If you need a little culture - we have plenty. The Arts Center of Coastal provides year round top nothc entertainment, from Tony winning broadway musicals and plays to world renown guest artists and art exhibits. Other smaller but well received theaters also provide entertainment all year long.
Take in an orchestra concert or a "shag" (the region's unofficial dance) party. Sit under a 200 year old Spanish moss draped oak tree and clap along as guitar players entertain the kids. Check out one of the many hoppin' nightspots and dance the night away. Music and theater are abundant and varied here on Hilton Head.

Hilton Head was once a haven for artists, who enjoyed the quiet, virtually untouched beauty of the island. That heritage continues with a wide selection of art exhibits and galleries to visit. Many works from those original artists inhabitants can be found on display.

Two tours to try and take while you are here are the Gullah Heritage Trail Tour and the Red Trolley Tour. Gullah is a term used for the slave population that established residency here after the American Civil War. Learn about these native islanders, who were brought here as slaves and many of their descendants still make Hilton Head Island their home. Ride the island's Red Trolley to get a good overview of the island that only takes about two and a half hours. (We are only twelve miles long, you know.)

Of course, you must spend some time on our pristine white sand beaches. Take a stroll with a morning cup of coffee, bike or jog along the water's edge, throw down a blanket and just watch the waves roll. Our beaches are our pride and joy, we take their care very seriously. You will see and appreciate that attention the first time you dig your toes into that soft, sugary sand.

For a 12 by 5 mile island, we sure know how to pack in the dining options. There are over 200 choices for your breakfast, lunch and dinner desires. Local favorites (ever heard of low country boil You will know it well once you visit us.) seafood, and international styles, along with your choice of casual to fine dining are all available on Hilton Head. Imagine enjoying your meal while taking in a southern sunset on a patio dining room overlooking a boat-filled marina. Mealtime on Hilton Head can be as enjoyable as any other activity you will experience while visiting us.

You won't be able to go home without some treasures, and the shopping here is as good as the golfing. Small boutiques, offering everything from beachware to one of a kind sculptures are located throughout the island. In Bluffton, located just over the bridge on the mainland, an outlet center will take care of anything else you might just "have to have". Grocery stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall are also available for anything you might need for that perfect island vacation.

The amenities and activities on Hilton Head Island are so abundant and varied, it is impossible to cover it all. However, that means you will have even more fun discovering all the other various interesting stuff we have to offer once you get here. What are you waiting for

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