top hilton head attractions 2018

Hilton Head Island is known as one of the top vacation spots in the country, and for good reason. Hilton Head Island has been the go-to paradise for its golf courses for many years, boasting 24 championship courses and 40 courses in total, but the island offers much more than it’s golf courses. We discuss the top 5 Hilton Head Island Attractions in this article

With South Carolina having more than 187 miles of shoreline, vacationers have many beach communities to choose from for their vacation. In this article, we break down the Top 5 Hilton Head Island Attractions for your 2018 Vacation.

 Top 5 Hilton Head Island Attractions

 The Beach

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How could we not put the Beach number one on our list? Hilton Head has some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. All of the beach itself is public, you just need to find a legal place to park to walk to the beach. The best beach access on the island is Coligny Beach Park. In addition to Coligny, there are some other options for parking with beach access. These include Burkes Beach, Alder Lane, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park, and Mitchelville Beach Park. During low tide, the island has over 100 feet of sand to the water.

 Coligny Beach Park

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If you follow Pope ave straight through the island, all the way to the end, you will run right into Coligny Beach Park. Coligny is the largest beach park on the island and is by far the most popular. During the summer months, you will find the beach and shops around Coligny to be a top spot for vacationers visiting the island. The park has multiple food options around with the Tiki Hut being one of the more popular spots for a refreshing cocktail by the ocean. The park offers clean restrooms, outdoor showers, park benches, and some beach gear rental. If shopping is more your speed, there are plenty of options adjacent to the park at the Coligny Plaza shopping center.

 Backwater Cat Adventure

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If fun and adventure is what you are looking for, this has to be it. Backwater Cat Adventure is a guided boat tour company where you and a passenger drive your own boat and explore the vast backwaters of Hilton Head Island. You follow a knowledgeable guide that knows just about everything about the local wildlife and history. The boats you drive are referred to as ‘go-carts on water’. They are fast, fun and safe. Most customers will encounter dolphins, stingrays, large birds, alligators, and more. You will also stop off at some of the landmarks of the island such as the Harbor Town Lighthouse. For booking information visit

 Salty Dog Cafe

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It’s hard to visit the island without stopping at the Salty Dog Cafe. The Salty Dog Cafe has some of the best food on the island and is a staple of Hilton Head. Salty Dog Cafe is located in Sea Pines Resort and you must stop at guard gate and buy a day pass to enter. This is around $6. The cafe also offers a large selection of Salty Dog merchandise with everything from T-Shirts to key chains. The atmosphere is second to none, with the restaurant sitting on the water with large glass windows looking out over the water and boat docks. If you are looking for great food with a view, look no further. For more info visit

 Coastal Discovery Museum

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On the 68 acre property known as Honey Horn, the museum offers natural history and cultural heritage of the Hilton Head area. The park offers gardens, trails, butterfly enclosure, horses, tours, exhibits, and much more. The museum is great for adults and kids alike. The park also offers historic buildings that date back to the mid-1800’s. The Coastal Discovery Museum is truly a memorable vacation experience you will not soon forget. For more information visit

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