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Insider’s Guide: Plan a Trip to Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Island has something for everyone; visitors to the Lowcountry island will never be short of something to do. That also makes it really difficult to decide what to do while you’re there! Whether you’re looking for high-action or relaxation, a cultural experience or a shopping trip, this guide will help you find the best things to do as you plan your trip to Hilton Head Island.

Plan ahead to get the most bang for your buck

Decide the overall theme of your vacation. Is it to relax? Do you want to do a lot of shopping? Are you going to be golfing or doing watersports?

Answering these questions will help you decide on the best time of year to go, whether you rent a car or a bicycle, and where to look for accommodation. This guide has great suggestions for activities in Hilton Head Island.

Know the best time of year

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The busiest time of year in Hilton Head Island are the summer months, from June until Labor Day in September. To get the most out of a day on the island’s world-renowned golf courses, April, May, and October are the best time to visit. For the best value, try March, September, and November. During these months you can find reduced prices on packages, but be aware that courses often get rained out at this time of year.

Visitors who want to do watersports will find that the conditions are best in September and October. Shopping is a year-round pursuit, but there will be less traffic on the roads in the off-season.

Choose your accommodation wisely

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The advantage of visiting a popular vacation spot is that there are lodging options for every traveler and every budget. Beachfront bungalows are available for people who prefer to spend their time on the beach or in the water. If it’s a golf trip with the guys (or girls!), plenty of hotels in Hilton Head offer golf packages for one or more golf courses.

Getting around town

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Traffic in Hilton Head can be challenging. Luckily, the island is very bike-friendly, with plenty of bike paths to travel on and explore. Only rent a car if necessary, such as when traveling with children or if you would like to do a lot of shopping.

Choose accommodation near the activities you would like to do most of so they are more accessible on foot. If you plan on sightseeing with a vehicle, plan to go before or after peak traffic times.

The best in Lowcountry cuisine

With more than 200 dining options in Hilton Head, choosing the right one can be daunting. The island’s seaside location means the local catch of the days is its pride and joy. You’ll find delicious fish, fresh oysters, and juicy crabs pulled right out of the ocean.

Be sure to stop by The Sea Shack for a gourmet seafood meal on a budget. Try the Shack Attack, a platter with crab cakes, fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters. It includes two sides and can feed two for less than $20.

With dozens of ways to get to your feet wet, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and a fascinating culture to explore, Hilton Head Island is a vacation you’ll never forget!

Author Bio

Alyssa is a professional overthinker, perpetual traveller, and lover of all things related to cheese, chocolate and wine – though never at the same time. She’s actually a freelance writer living in London but that just didn’t sound as contrived. Currently she’s writing for Hipmunk as an ambassador of the #HipmunkCityLove project.