Destination guide

Don't lose your head on Hilton Head Island

Popular with golf, beach and boating enthusiasts, this charming island in South Carolina also promises miles of secluded beaches, quirky bars, and restaurants, plus a host of visitor attractions such as the Coastal Discovery Museum. Feeling active? Maybe play a round of golf on one of Hilton Head Island's many championship courses. Don't miss a day out at Jarvis Creek Park, which offers fishing, hiking trails, and wild swimming. A Hilton Head Island vacation rental makes a great base for your next South Carolina getaway.

Things to do

Discover nature and history on Hilton Head Island

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a must-visit if you like nature and the great outdoors. Learn all about the natural history of the Low Country through nature trails, gardens, and educational exhibitions. It also has a kids' zone where the family can get up-close-and-personal with marine and wildlife. For history lovers, head to the Harbour Town Light and Museum which explores the history of the region through a variety of exhibits in this towering red-and-white striped lighthouse—the views from the lamp room are also pretty spectacular.


Sun, sand, and golf—it's a beachy life on Hilton Head Island

If it's sun-kissed island charm you want, then look no further. Hilton Head Island is a 12-mile long barrier island blessed with dozens of beautiful sandy beaches, many lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. A locals' favorite is South Beach which is dotted with bars and restaurants, and offers watersports instruction. If you'd rather be on the water than in it, then book a dolphin-watching cruise from Harbour Town where sightings of bottlenose dolphins are all but guaranteed. Don't miss a round of golf on one of the many courses on the island.


You need a head for heat in a Hilton Head Island summer

Hilton Head Island, like much of South Carolina, benefits from a humid subtropical climate, which means long, hot and sticky summers and short, mild winters. In summer, temperatures can easily reach the mid 90s and the chance of heavy rain is high. The summer season happens to be the island's prime time and Hilton Head Island vacation rentals can get snapped up in advance. For a wider choice, visit in spring and fall when the weather is still sunny, the skies are blue and it's a comfortable 70 degrees.

Natural features

Go wild in the country at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge

A barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Hilton Head Island is just over the border of Georgia and the charming city of Savannah. With over 60 miles of pathways and trails across the island, there's plenty of places to stretch your legs, many with sweeping sea views. But for serious hikers and wildlife lovers you'll need head a 40-minute drive west to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. One of the top parks in the region for wildlife, you can spot bald eagles, alligators, and even Florida manatees. Stop by the visitors' center, just south of Savannah to pick up trail guides.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hilton Head Island

Fly into Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Savannah, GA (SAV-Savannah - Hilton Head Intl.), which is 26.3 mi (42.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Hilton Head Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,862 vacation rentals near Hilton Head Island. From 2,457 Houses to 2,692 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hilton Head Island are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hilton Head Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hilton Head Island:

  • Sea Pines: 2,074 vacation rentals
  • South Forest Beach: 1,670 vacation rentals
  • North Forest Beach: 2,612 vacation rentals
  • Folly Field: 961 vacation rentals
  • Harbour Town: 537 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hilton Head Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hilton Head Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Coligny Beach: 7,931 vacation rentals
  • Singleton Beach: 8,425 vacation rentals
  • Sea Pines Forest Preserve: 8,170 vacation rentals
  • Folly Field Beach Park: 8,466 vacation rentals
  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: 8,433 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hilton Head Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Hilton Head Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,457 Houses in Hilton Head Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hilton Head Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,692 rentals available
  • Villas: 2,101 rentals available
  • Cottages: 148 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hilton Head Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,855 vacation rentals with pool available in Hilton Head Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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