10. Leisure Activities
Hilton Head Island abounds with leisure activities for all ages. Well known for golf and tennis, Hilton Head also offers some of the finest beaches on the East Coast. You’ll also find many miles of bike trails, parks, and nature activities. Unique shopping can be found at Coligny Plaza and the Towne Center at Shelter Cove.
Hilton Head Island really has it all
Over 30 golf courses can be found in the Lowcountry area around Hilton Head Island. From the most prestigious courses featured in national tournaments such as the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, to easily accessible public courses such as those at Rose Hill.
Tennis courts can be found at locations across the island, and the world-famous Van De Meer Tennis Center offers some of the finest courses in the South.
Hilton Head Island has been certified as a “Gold Level” bicycling community by the American League of Bicylists. With over 60 miles of paved bike and leisure trails that connect nearly every part of the island, you can leave your car in the garage and enjoy exercise and fresh air for all of your travel around the island. And when the grandkids come for a visit, you’ll find over 15,000 rental bikes of all kinds from over 30 different bike rental, sales, and repair shops.
6. Health Care
The Hilton Head Regional Healthcare facilities provide health care at all levels throughout Hilton Head Island and the Bluffton, Sun City, and Okatie areas. Skilled specialists in all levels of health care are available at convenient locations on the island and the nearby mainland. Only an hour away are two major regional hospitals in Savannah, and in nearby Charleston, the renowned MUSC campus offers the highest level of treatment available.
5. Senior Communities
Every choice you can imagine is available for community living in the Hilton Head area. Whether you purchase a private home on the beach in a gated community or retire to a full care facility with all levels of assisted living. Nearby Sun City Hilton Head (off the island) is an over 55 community created by Del Webb that offers everything from entertainment to a full-scale woodshop for its owners. You’ll find inexpensive condos and even upscale RV communities that appeal to senior citizens, so you’ll never be without like-minded friends.
Charles Fraser, one of the original developers of Hilton Head Island, recognized that the natural beauty of the island was its greatest asset. Many covenants are in place to ensure that the island is not over-built and that the beautiful trees and natural surroundings are maintained. The Town of Hilton Head Island has purchased many acres of land on the island to preserve in its natural state, and numerous parks dot the island. Just as you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head you’ll see the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge which offers beautiful natural surroundings for hiking, biking, bird watching, and communing with nature.
With comfortable temperatures year-round, Hilton Head Island is the perfect choice to get away from the snowy winters up north. While the doldrums of summer can be a bit hot and muggy, the spring and fall months have nearly perfect temperatures and the winter months are almost always comfortable for outdoor activities.
With outstanding restaurants of all styles and price ranges, Hilton Head will never leave you hungry. Over 300 restaurants are available to explore and many will become your favorites. The island has plenty of large modern grocery stores and several farmer’s markets that open each week.
Hilton Head’s beaches are long and wide (especially at low tide) and you can enjoy them year-round.