What are the five best things to see and do in Hilton Head Island?

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People flock to Hilton Head Island to enjoy the long stretches of pristine beach and a vacation that can be a combination of active and relaxing pursuits. Here are our five recommendations for what you should see and do during your stay on Hilton Head Island:

1. Go to the beach. With miles of coastline, large beach areas and extreme high and low tides that change the way the shore looks throughout the day, you and your family will enjoy lots of waves, sun and fun at whichever beach you choose.

2. Play a round. Golfing is a huge draw to Hilton Head Island. Make sure to bring your clubs and reserve a tee time at renowned courses such as the Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the famous Heritage PGA tour stop, located on the Sea Pines Resort. Many of Hilton Head Island’s golf courses boast ocean views, providing magnificent scenery to marvel at between holes and a sea breeze that cools the island year-round.

3. Explore by bike. There’s no need to bring four wheels along to Hilton Head Island — you will see bicyclists everywhere taking advantage of the more than 35 miles of wide biking trails that wind around the island. Some accommodations provide free or discounted bike rentals, so take advantage of the freewheeling island lifestyle.

4. Pick up something new. Shopping is another popular vacation pastime for Hilton Head Island visitors — and a good way to give your arms a break from swinging the golf club. The popular Tanger Outlets include a wide variety of stores such as Nike, Black House White Market and Columbia, so there should be something for everyone. The island is also sprinkled with cute boutique stores and souvenir shops to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones — or just yourself.

5. Get in (or on) the water. A vacation at Hilton Head is about the ocean, so take advantage of the plethora of water activities available. Fishing charters, Jet Ski rentals, boat rentals and kayaks, are all available for you to enjoy the island by sea, and you should consider visiting some of the small nearby isles like quiet Daufuskie Island. Dolphins and other sea life abound in these coastal waters, and no visit to the island is complete without some aquatic exploration.

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