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Why Do People Fall in Love with Hilton Head Island?

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4 Feb 2022

Hilton Head Island has been named No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S. for the *FIFTH* time by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Readers Awards! And this comes as not surprising. People fall in love with Hilton Head over and over again, and call it their home-away-from-home every year! But, beyond the island's undeniable perks, such as pristine white sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, and 60+ miles of bike trails, let's take a look at why this beautiful island on the South Carolina coast tops all other islands in the U.S.!

Natural Beauty

Hilton Head is a haven for nature lovers. The island has been thoughtfully designed to remain in harmony with the natural world, and the signs around the island are in neutral, natural colors. No neon signs in sight! Shops and restaurants blend in the background, allowing the island's natural beauty to take center stage. With this diverse wildlife, nature lovers relish at the sight of dolphins swimming in the morning and loggerhead sea turtles embarking on a lifetime journey of -literally- a thousand miles. For bird lovers, the island's diverse array of birds flying around the island's ocean and waterways is a natural spectacle they come to observe and enjoy year after year. 

So if all this natural beauty is food for the soul, Hilton Head is a nourishing heaven in more ways than one! 

Phenomenal Culinary Scene

The food in Hilton Head is some of the best you'll find anywhere. Whether you're looking for a fine dining experience or a delectable grab-and-go bite, the food on Hilton Head is always fresh and flavorful. There are so many great local eateries that it can be hard to decide where to go so take a look at some exclusive guides we have created to help you find the best restaurants on Hilton Head here, here, and here

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Rich History

Today Hilton Head Island is a well-known tourist destination, but this island holds relics of the past that attract history lovers and scholars. The first people on the island were Native Americans, including tribes such as the Sewee and Catawba. When Europeans came to the island and recognized its fertile soil, they gave way to plantations where cotton, indigo, and rice steadily grew. The island has been home to generations of Gullah people, who survived slavery by practicing artisanal skills, including fishing, boat-building, candy-making, basket-weaving, and furniture-making. These skills are still practiced today, with residents keeping the 200-year-old culture alive through generations. Their rich history is one of the most fascinating aspects of Hilton Head and another great reason to visit the island!

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So if you are ready to immerse yourself in Hilton Head's natural beauty, nourish your senses with its delectable food and scenery, or engage in its fascinating, rich history and tales of the past, it's time to book a Hilton Head getaway! Reach out today to one of our Vacation Concierge Experts, and they'll help you choose from our portfolio of nearly 400 exclusive Hilton Head Island properties. From breathtaking oceanfront estates to well-appointed golf course villas, we bring you only the best Hilton Head Island has to offer.

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Check out our vacation properties to make your plans now, or call one of our concierge experts at 1-843-686-6100.