My family has been vacationing on Hilton Head Island, SC multiple times a year for many years. I definitely consider it my second home! So, after spending a week there for the Fourth, I figured I would compile a list of my most very favorite things on Hilton Head!
What To Do:
1. Go to the beach, of course! There are many public beach accesses: Coligny Beach, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, and Mitchellville Beach Park. All of these are very family friendly with bathrooms, showers, and places to eat nearby. Coligny has a splash pad for little ones and Driessen has outdoor grills and picnic areas.
2. Rent bikes (or bring your own) and go for a ride! Hilton Head has bike paths that cover the island. This past trip, my mom and I thought we would be without a car for a day, but we were okay with that because we knew we could bike anywhere we wanted to go! If you are renting bikes, you may want to call ahead and reserve your rentals, especially during peak season!
3. Go to Harbour Town! This is a little harbor in the Sea Pines community. Harbour Town has excellent restaurants, shops, a park, activities for kids, and live music. I am 20 years old and still love to hear Greg Russell who has been performing there for 30 years! His songs are more geared towards children, but he is so funny and adults will enjoy it too! Harbour Town also has water sport rentals that you can take out in the ocean, and if you are lucky, you'll get to see some dolphins.
4. Visit Old Town Bluffton. This is the cutest little town! I am going to live there one day. The town square is adorable and I think in a year or two, it will be the place to be! Bluffton is just a fun place to spend the day walking around and exploring. There are beautiful houses, yummy restaurants, art studios, and a lot of Ma and Pa shops! I would suggest not going on Monday or Sunday because a lot of the small businesses are closed.
5. Shop! I mean this is what gets me in trouble at Hilton Head. A lot of the stores are similar to stores I have in my hometown, they are just so much better in Hilton Head for some reason? Like TJMaxx. In Augusta, I never find anything at TJMaxx. In Hilton Head, I walk out with an entire new wardrobe. Also, the Belk in Hilton Head is amazing! Great shoe department, they have a Lilly Pulitzer section, and Free People section. Click here for a great list of the best places in Hilton Head!
What to Eat:
Before I tell y'all, let me be honest about something. I really don't want to tell you where we eat, because that means more people find out about our special restaurants! All of these places are near and dear to my heart, so just know that because I'm telling you, you are also near and dear to my heart.
1. The Sea Shack. The rest of these places will be in no particular order, but Sea Shack is hands down the best seafood on Hilton Head. Maybe even the world. They have a couple of catch phrases, "Not fancy, just good" and "Where the locals eat" and those could not be more true. This is not a nice restaurant; it is a literal shack. It is also very busy. We get there around 4:30 pm and wait until they open at 5. If you aren't early, you can expect to wait in line for like an hour!
2. Kenny B's. This is a cajun seafood restaurant reminiscent of New Orlean's French Quarter. Kenny B's is covered in sports memorabilia, mostly UGA and New Orleans Saints. I have tried a lottt of shrimp and grits (it is one of my favorites), and none of them compare to Kenny B's. I don't know what makes them so good, but they are better than any I have ever tried! Another dish I can't leave without eating is their fried green tomatoes. I'm not sure what kind of sauce they use, but it's delicious. You also have to get the beignets! They are always so fresh!
3. A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant. This is a newer find to my family, but quickly becoming a must visit! Backyard has a variety of dishes from fresh catch seafood, to fried chicken, to pimento cheese sandwich, and a berry salad! The decorations here are adorable and very homey. They also have live music which makes for a fun atmosphere!
4. Java Burrito Co. This place is also a newer find, but dang. I need them to move to North Augusta!! Or Clemson! Similar concept to Moe's and Chipotle but wayyyy better. They use local ingredients and everything truly tastes super fresh. The peach salsa is amazing! Java Burrito Co also offers a variety of specialty coffees. Definitely a different combination, but the place is so ambient that it works.
5. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe. Favorite breakfast place!! They always have the same special - Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Raspberry Syrup. Yes it is as good as it sounds! With every dish you get a lot of food! Grits or hashbrowns, bacon or sausage, and your choice of toast comes with almost everything!
6. DelisheeYo. Everything is organic and local. They even have a huge garden right outside that they use for fresh produce! They have a variety of wraps, salads, and bowls. Everything is meatless, but still filling and savory! They also have a frozen yogurt bar with fresh fruit that they also make smoothies with. DelisheeYo is definitely a quick bite and perfect for your on-the-go lunch.
7. Duck Donuts. Thank you Jesus for Duck Donuts! This place is quite the experience. You pick the coating of your donut, the toppings, and the drizzle. They have some pre-made combinations or you can make your own! Beware because the line here can get really long, but I promise it is worth it, especially because the donuts are always hot and melt-in-your-mouth good!
I think I covered the major things! Comment below your favorite places to visit. I'm always looking for somewhere new to explore!