Hilton Head Island a Perfect Vacation Spot

Posted on January 24, 2012 by


Recently I had the opportunity to get away from school for a week and go down to Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island is a beautiful island located off the coast of South Carolina. The foot-shaped island is 12 miles long and roughly five miles wide; it boasts breathtaking beaches.

There is so much to do in Hilton Head, things such as riding bikes along the many paths and trails, some of which lead the biker through the forests and marshlands.

The Island also offers more than 20 public golf courses, 300 tennis courts, horseback riding along the beach, eco-tours of the Island’s nature preserves, sailing, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, and so much more.

Aside from offering these fun activities, Hilton Head Island also offers a ton of history. The Island was “discovered” in 1663 by William Hilton.

Before the Civil War, Hilton Head Island was full of prospering plantations that grew rice, indigo, and cotton. During the Civil War, the island was captured and occupied by the Union forces and used as a strategic outpost for the blockade of Confederate sea ports.

For those who love to shop and eat, this might just be the place for you. There are so many places to shop that it would take months to visit all the stores. There’s also no shortage of places to eat, with over 300 restaurants on the Island.

Hilton Head’s dining options include international foods, traditional American foods, and, of course, amazing Southern specialties, such as fried shrimp and hush puppies.

Hilton Head Island is also home to over 250 species of birds throughout the year. Loggerhead Turtles use the Island’s shorelines as their nesting ground. Off shore, many bottle-nosed dolphins can be seen playing. During walks through the woods, deer can be spotted, while in the lagoons the most interesting creature of the area can be seen: the alligator.

Whether you are interested in recreational activities, local culture and history, or the shopping and the food, Hilton Head Island is the perfect vacation destination for anyone.

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