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Hilton Head Island Is Number One

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Come enjoy a few relaxing days in the sun, sand and surf on some of the best beaches in the country. Get into the swing of things with world class golf, tennis and endless activities. Savor the low country cuisine featuring local seafood and southern comfort flavors. And unwind with the island history and decidedly laid-back vibe.

Hilton Head is America's favorite island, offering 12 miles of pristine beaches and everything you need for the ultimate retreat.

Voters had lots of Lowcountry love in this year’s Travel and Leisure World’s Best competition. Hilton Head Island was, well, head of the class at #1 for the fourth year in a row.

Fans ranked islands around the US based on five key points:

  1. Natural Attractions/Beaches
  2. Activities / Sights
  3. Restaurants / Food
  4. People / Friendliness
  5. Value

Beaches, the Island has 12 miles of beach directly on the ocean. The beaches are just part of this eco-friendly island, explore the many preserves, parks and trails throughout the island and surrounding area.

For sights, start by climbing the historic candy-striped lighthouse in Harbour Town and you’ll get a view of the island you’ll never forget.

And for activities? Hilton Head Island is a golfer’s paradise -- home to the PGA's RBC Heritage and several world-famous courses. Oh, and Hilton Head is a choose-your-own adventure island -- Bike on the beaches and moss-draped trails, Parasailing in Calibogue Sound, Paddle Boarding at Sunset, Hiking on Pinkney Island, Riding horseback through Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Nature Watching Island-wide, Forest Exploring at ruins, ZipLining thru the trees, and that’s just to name a few.

Hilton head is home to more than 250 restaurants. Try out some Lowcountry cuisine featuring local seafood, southern comfort flavors, and a whole lot of deliciousness.

The laid-back atmosphere of the island offers the ‘Salt-Life’ vacation experience you are looking for.

by Travel + Leisure

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