When you think about holiday destinations, South Carolina isn’t always the first spot to pop up in your mind. But this state has one of the most beautiful and well-kept tourist destinations in the country. hilton head Island is a socialite’s dream come true, with green golf courses rolling into golden beaches and of course, plenty of trails for an evening stroll. www.hiltonheadmonthly.com recently published the best places to see in Hilton Head Island if you’re short on time but still want to feel like you’ve seen everything this place has to offer.
With the beach always nearby, it is no wonder that Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to catch a wave, work up a tan or enjoy beach life. Coligny Beach Park is definitely the largest of the beaches and the most popular too. The beach is kept clean, there are several booths to rent beach gear, and the changing rooms and bathrooms are plenty and neat. If you’re not a people person or beach season is nigh and you desire privacy, there are several smaller beaches to choose from. While they may not have the food selection or the facilities of Coligny Beach Park, they are equally as enticing and well-kept. A few great alternatives to Coligny are Islanders Beach Park, Chaplin Community Park and Burkes Beach.
If you want something a bit more active than playing beach volleyball, consider taking a hike on one of the many bike trails. With several trails being added to each year, there is no shortage of scenic routes to take. Head over to the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and spend the day watching bobcats and other wildlife roam the salt marshes and forest land. For an even more gorgeous look at nature, head over to Sea Pine Forest Preserve where a boardwalk puts you amidst seas of native flowers, natural canals and the birds.
Prefer to stay indoors? Why not take a tour of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina at the very heart of Hilton Head. With a theatre that plays host to a wide range of acts throughout the year and a plethora of visual art workshops and field trips, there is never a shortage of things to do. For a look at the history of Hilton Head, take a short trek to Honey Horn and discover the intricacies of man and nature’s history at the Coastal Discovery Museum. There are butterfly enclosures, wild horse and gardens overflowing with flowers.
After a long day about town, strap in for a taste overdrive at Java Burrito Company, a family-owned burrito bar. Not only do they source all their food locally and from an ethical source, but they make sure that all their food is as organic, hygienic and tastes phenomenal. Being around the sea might leave you craving more seafood. If that is the case, try Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Put your faith on the house – ask for the catch of the day, sit back with a glass of chardonnay and feel like your world is perfect.