Travel: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina + Travel Guide

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For my husband and I's second wedding anniversary we headed back to our honeymoon spot, Hilton Head Island, SC. We loved our honeymoon so much that we just had to go back to explore the island more. This time we drove. It was a 15 + hour drive from Dallas to the island. We left the night before our arrival date as to miss the majority of the traffic. It was a relatively easy drive for us.

We stayed in the Harbor Town. We found our 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo on VRBO and loved it. It was clean, nicely decorated and located right on the harbor. We could see the lighthouse from our balcony. There is a lot of shopping and dining in this area as well. Though we weren't right on the beach this time I almost enjoyed it more. We were able to bike 10 minutes down the rode if we wanted to go to the beach. This would be my biggest recommendation. You can rent anything from a 1 bedroom condo to a beach house.

We decided to visit during what the locals call "off season".  It is a lot less crowed and the weather is still warm during the day and cooler at night.


Our preferred method of travel was biking around the beaches or close distances during the day.

  • Kayak Hilton Head: take a kayak tour while you are in Hilton Head. They allow you to go on tours with a group or by yourself. If you are an experienced or novice kayaker this an easy tour to take. The tour is in the bay and there are a lot of get sights to see, plus you might even see a dolphin or two. 
  • Zip Lining: We didn't go zip lining on our anniversary trip, but we did on our honeymoon. It was so much fun! If you haven't tried it before it is defiantly a fun adventure for anyone.
  • Sea Pines Beach Resort- The beach in Hilton Head is beautiful. You can even ride your bike along the beach. If you visit you will see may people doing this. The resort was recently renovated. It is must see. 
  • Day Trip to Charleston, SC: Charleston is just 2 hours from the island. We took a day trip and it was an easy drive from the island. We visited the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The home was founded in 1767 by the Drayton Family. It is the oldest public tourist site in the low country, and the oldest public gardens in America. We spent the morning taking a tour of the plantation home and gardens. It is seriously beautiful! A must see in my opinion, especially if you love history. 

  • Golf: Hilton Head has over 20 world class golf courses on the island. If you or your partner love to golf this is the place to be. 
  • Bike the Island: Hilton Head has a huge biking community. There are bikes everywhere you look. We rented a bike for the whole week and it isn't very expensive, a great way to see the island and explore. 
  • Pirate's Island - Mini Golf: This was defiantly one of the more fun nights we had on the island. We played while on our previous trip and loved it. My husband demmanded a re-match because I beat him last time we played. We had a blast and enjoyed a little competetion! I think this is a fun idea for all ages! 
  • COAST: This was one of my personal favorites. We ate here twice during our stay. It was convenient for us while we were on the beach and feeling hungry. I had the lobster roll both times and it was delicious. We also tried the fried oysters and they were to wonderful. This was the first time I had tried oysters and was not disappointed. I recommend sitting outside on the deck to enjoy the oceanfront views. 
  • Hudson's: We loved this place also. Although it isn't on the ocean, the view for sunset is breathtaking. The menu is great too! My husband and I both had the lobster. It was wonderful! I recommend trying to Peanut Butter Pie for dessert. You will not be disappointed. 
  • The Crazy Crab: The Crazy Crab is a great restaurant for all ages. It isn't too fancy, but the food is still wonderful. They also have two locations on the island. Our personal favorite is the one located on Jarvis Creek. It is a larger location and seems to be fresher! 
  • Mellow Mushroom: We got take out here after our trip back from Charleston. We were really drained from the trip back and just wanted to grab some take out. We tried the pizza and it was really good. It is also a great place to take the family.
  • Old Oyster Factory: This is a great place to go for a romantic dinner. It is quiet and the view is fantastic. They are only open for dinner. It was voted one of the best scenic views on the island.
  • Black Marlin Bayside Grill: My husband booked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and it was great! The food and atmosphere was great, along with the view! I got the crab legs (my favorite meal) and my husband got the lobster. We were not disappointed. The service was wonderful too! 
  • British Open Pub: On our last night on the island we had a hankering to try some fish and chips. My husband went on a mission to find the best place in town. We stumbled upon the hidden, local British Open Pub and discovered our new favorite spot. We defiantly recommend trying the fish and chips. 
  • Salty Dog Cafe: This is a tourist spot for sure, but does not disappoint.  The food is great and the ice cream is better. The staff is very friendly. There is a large deck and bar over looking the marsh. It a beautiful to watch the sunset and enjoy your dinner. We recommend trying the ice cream after your meal. It is some of the best ice cream on the island! 
  • Harbor Town: This is where we shopped the most since it was so close to where we were staying. They have everything from jewelry to paintings to beach towels is sold in this area. They also have a great selection of Hilton Head T-Shirts.
  • Tanger Outlets: They have two huge outlets near the island. It is a little bit of a drive from the island, but worth it if you are looking for a bargin. 
  • Quiet Storm Surf Shop: This is my husband's favorite shop on the island. They have a great selection of surf gear and apparel. 

This guide will help you plan a trip to Hilton Head Isalnd during any time of the year. If you aren't planning a trip maybe this will inspire you to consider it for your next vacation. I can't say enough wonderful things about HHI. It is defiantly my favorite place I have visited so far. 


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