Now that you are on island time, pick up a bicycle at any of a dozen rental locations. Then set a course along the miles of beaches or the Lowcountry isle’s 60 miles of pathways, and see why Hilton Head is one of the top biking communities in the country. Be sure to choose a bike with a basket to hold all the treasures you will find at shops along the way.
At the “ankle” of the foot-shaped isle, you’ll find the legendary Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Here at the water’s edge, you can savor the day’s catch as you watch the sunset seem to melt into the still waters of Port Royal Sound.
Taking up one-third of the island, the 5,000-acre Sea Pines Resort has been part of the Hilton Head landscape for more than 50 years. The first ecoplanned resort in the world, Sea Pines was designed to blend into its natural surroundings and 25 percent—roughly 1,300 acres—will never be developed. The grounds include four neighborhoods and accommodations ranging from a newly renovated inn to spacious villa rentals. Each option offers 24-hour room service and access to the clubhouse, library, and fitness center.
Surrounded by waterways, Hilton Head affords countless destinations for boating, cruises, water sports, and scenic views—the best of which is from atop the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Charters will take you on a scientific expedition or offer glimpses of everything from dolphins to minks. Little pirates can even join a crew of scallywags and venture out on the Calibogue Sound.