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'''Hilton Head Island''' [http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/] is in [[South Carolina]], just across the border from [[Savannah]], [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]. With an approximate population of 33,000, it is on a beautiful, semi-tropical 12 mile barrier island. Hilton Head Island is a vacation playland with famous beaches and great golf courses that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
 
 
 
 
'''Hilton Head Island''' [http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/] is in [[South Carolina]], just across the border from [[Savannah]], [[Georgia (state)|Georgia]]. With an approximate population of 33,000, it is on a beautiful, semi-tropical 12 mile barrier island. Hilton Head Island is a vacation playland with famous beaches and great golf courses that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Also mentionable is the St Patricks Day/Gay Pride Parade.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
'''US Route 278''' is the only road on and off the island. An interchange with '''Interstate 95''' is along US 278 about 40 minutes west of the island. Between the island and I-95, US 278 intersects with '''South Carolina Route 170''', which provides access to and from Beaufort and [[Savannah]].
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'''US Route 278''' is the only road on and off the island. An interchange with '''Interstate 95''' is along US 278 about 40 minutes west of the island. Between the island and I-95, US 278 intersects with '''South Carolina Route 170''', which provides access to and from Beaufort and [[Savannah, Georgia|Savannah]].
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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* '''Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport''' ({{IATA|SAV}}, {{ICAO|KSAV}}), [http://www.savannahairport.com/] is about an hour away from the island and served by seven airlines. The airport is directly connected to Interstate 95.
 
* '''Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport''' ({{IATA|SAV}}, {{ICAO|KSAV}}), [http://www.savannahairport.com/] is about an hour away from the island and served by seven airlines. The airport is directly connected to Interstate 95.
  
Air taxi and air charter companies such as '''Jetset Charter''' [http://www.jscharter.com], '''Monarch Jet Charter''' [http://monarchairgroup.com], '''Mercury Jets''' [http://www.mercuryjets.com] fly a variety of private charter aircraft, such as pistons and turbo props, for small groups and individuals into Hilton Head Island Airport (KHXD). Generally, private jet aircraft must fly into Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l (KSAV).
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Air taxi and air charter companies such as '''Jetset Charter''' [http://www.jscharter.com] fly a variety of private charter aircraft, such as pistons and turbo props, for small groups and individuals into Hilton Head Island Airport (KHXD). Generally, private jet aircraft must fly into Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l (KSAV).
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
 
* '''Harbour Town'''.  Visit to see how the upper class lives.  Admire the multi-million dollar yachts in many different marinas and sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.
 
* '''Harbour Town'''.  Visit to see how the upper class lives.  Admire the multi-million dollar yachts in many different marinas and sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.
* '''Pinckney Island'''.  Right between the bridges from Bluffton to Hilton Head Island.
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* '''Jenkins Island'''.  Right between the bridges from Bluffton to Hilton Head Island.
 
* '''Shelter Cove'''.  The Island's largest deepwater marina. During the summer enjoy live music and weekly fireworks.
 
* '''Shelter Cove'''.  The Island's largest deepwater marina. During the summer enjoy live music and weekly fireworks.
  
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
*<buy name="Hilton Head Outfitters" alt="" address="80 Queens Folly Road" directions="" phone="(843) 785-2449" url="hiltonheadoutfitters.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Hilton Head Outfitters, located in the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offers bikes, jogging strollers, kayaks, canoes, fishing charters, camps, tours & cruises, and rental gear for water sports.</buy>
 
 
*<buy name="Palmetto Dunes Outfitters" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-water-sports.php" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Offers boat, kayak, canoe, surf board, and various other watersport equipment rentals. Palmetto Dunes Outfitters also offers instructional programs for watersports like kayaking and surfing.</buy>
 
*<buy name="Palmetto Dunes Outfitters" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-water-sports.php" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Offers boat, kayak, canoe, surf board, and various other watersport equipment rentals. Palmetto Dunes Outfitters also offers instructional programs for watersports like kayaking and surfing.</buy>
*<buy name="Pirates of Hilton Head" alt="" address="149 Lighthouse Rd" directions="" phone="843-363-7000" url="piratesofhiltonhead.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Take kids 3-10 on a pirate ship adventure. Search for treasure and battle Stinky Pete aboard a custom pirate ship. Sailing up to 6 times a day you'll still need a reservation for this popular kids attraction. </buy>
 
*<buy name="Pirates of Hilton Head" alt="" address="149 Lighthouse Rd" directions="" phone="843-363-7000" url="www.piratesofhiltonhead.com" hours="9am- 8pm" price="" lat="" long="">Rated #1 of all activities on the island by Tripadvisor and by Hilton Head Monthly readers! Take kids 3-10 on a pirate ship adventure. Search for treasure and battle Stinky Pete aboard a custom pirate ship. Sailing up to 6 times a day you'll still need a reservation for this popular kids attraction.</buy>
 
*<buy name="Bill True" alt="" address="23B Shelter Cove Lane" directions="" phone="843-384-9088" url="http://www.billtrue.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Your True Choice in Real Estate. Luxury oceanfront homes for sale, oceanfront condos, villas and lots. Distinctive custom homes and villas for primary, vacation and investment purposes. Private, gated communities and ultra-private golf club communities.</buy>
 
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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To get started:
 
To get started:
*'''Pomodori Italian Eatery''', New Orleans Rd (across from Wexford). Top Tier Southern Italian Home Cooking. Reservations recommended
 
  
 
*'''Kenny B's''', Circle Center (Bi-Lo), Pope Avenue.  New Orleans-style cuisine.  Great for lunch.
 
*'''Kenny B's''', Circle Center (Bi-Lo), Pope Avenue.  New Orleans-style cuisine.  Great for lunch.
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*<eat name="Jump & Phil's Bar & Grill" alt="" address="7B Greenwood Dr" directions="" phone="843 7859070" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Local bar and grill used mainly by locals. Seen "Cheers", well thats says it all. GREAT Burgers.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Jump & Phil's Bar & Grill" alt="" address="7B Greenwood Dr" directions="" phone="843 7859070" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Local bar and grill used mainly by locals. Seen "Cheers", well thats says it all. GREAT Burgers.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Salty Dog Cafe" alt="" address="232 South Sea Pines Drive" directions="" phone="+1 843-363-2198" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11:00am-10:00pm" price="$10-$20">Outdoor cafe that is especially popular with tourists. It's in the gated Sea Pines resort plantation, so you must pay $6 at the visitor's center to get in if you are not renting in the plantation. On the back of the temporary pass is a map to guide you to the area of the restaurant. Live music plays most nights in the summer. As with most restaurants on the island during the summer, you must arrive around 5:45-6:00pm if you don't want to wait for a table. After that time, the wait usually jumps to 30-45 minutes and slowly increases from there. This is especially true for popular restaurants such as the Salty Dog. A t-shirt from the accompanying store is a common souvenir.</eat>
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* <eat name="Salty Dog Cafe" alt="" address="232 South Sea Pines Drive" directions="" phone="+1 843-363-2198" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11:00am-10:00pm" price="$10-$20">Outdoor cafe that is especially popular with tourists. It's in the gated Sea Pines resort plantation, so you must pay $5 at the visitor's center to get in if you are not renting in the plantation. On the back of the temporary pass is a map to guide you to the area of the restaurant. Live music plays most nights in the summer. As with most restaurants on the island during the summer, you must arrive around 5:45-6:00pm if you don't want to wait for a table. After that time, the wait usually jumps to 30-45 minutes and slowly increases from there. This is especially true for popular restaurants such as the Salty Dog. A t-shirt from the accompanying store is a common souvenir.</eat>
*<eat name="hudsons" alt="" address="1 hudson way" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="40" long="60">Little out of the way but waterfront.  Great bloody Mary and swordfish tacos
 
Any gps should find it</eat>
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Being such a popular vacation destination, Hilton Head has many lodging choices.  There are several hotels on the island, however a great and widespread accommodation alternative is the vacation rental. Vacation rentals are available in many types, from large condo buildings to quaint homes, new and old.
 
Being such a popular vacation destination, Hilton Head has many lodging choices.  There are several hotels on the island, however a great and widespread accommodation alternative is the vacation rental. Vacation rentals are available in many types, from large condo buildings to quaint homes, new and old.
  
* <sleep name="Comfort Inn South Forest Beach - Hilton Head" address="2 Tanglewood Drive" phone="''+1 843''842-6662" email="" fax="+1 843''842-6664" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM"  url=""> This hotel is perfectly located on six acres of wooded land and surrounded by three lagoons.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Comfort Inn Hilton Head" address="2 Tanglewood Drive" phone="''+1 843''842-6662" email="" fax="+1 843''842-6664" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM"  url="http://www.comfortinn.com/ires/en-US/html/HotelInfo?hotel=SC173"> This hotel is perfectly located on six acres of wooded land and surrounded by three lagoons.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="843-686-8400" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhhgr-hilton-head-marriott-resort-and-spa/" checkin="4:00 PM" checkout="11:00 AM" price="" lat="32.167895" long="-80.719212">Luxury resort on the beach featuring newly renovated guestrooms, award-winning dining, three championship golf courses and spa. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Crowne Plaza Resort" alt="" address="130 Shipyard Drive" directions="" phone="''1 843'' 842-2400" url="http://www.cphiltonhead.com/" checkin="4PM" checkout="12PM" price="High Season rates, approximately $150-250/night" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A beachfront hotel located in the gated Shipyard Plantation, on the south end of Hilton Head Island.  Also serves buffets at Brellas Café and fresh seafood at Portz restaurant.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort" alt="Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort" address="23 Ocean Lane" directions="" phone="(843) 842-8000" url="https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/hilton-head" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="32.1626388889" long="-80.7221388889">The hotel features 296 rooms with full mini-kitchens. Two in-resort restaurants plus a pool/beach bar serving hot snacks/lunches.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hilton Oceanfront Resort" alt="" address="23 Ocean Lane" directions="" phone="(843) 842-8000" url="http://www.hiltonoceanfrontresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The hotel features 296 rooms with full mini-kitchens. Two in-resort restaurants plus a pool/beach bar serving hot snacks/lunches.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="800-827-3006" url="http://www.palmettodunes.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A family friendly oceanfront resort featuring private home and villa rentals, and offering three public championship golf courses, 25 tennis courts, and various outdoor activities.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="800-827-3006" url="http://www.palmettodunes.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A family friendly oceanfront resort featuring private home and villa rentals, and offering three public championship golf courses, 25 tennis courts, and various outdoor activities.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="The Sea Pines Resort" alt="" address="32 Greenwood Drive" directions="" phone="1-866-561-8802" url="" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM" price="Seasonal rates, approximately $200-300/night" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Check out the gators!</sleep>
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* <sleep name="The Sea Pines Resort" alt="" address="32 Greenwood Drive" directions="" phone="1-866-561-8802" url="http://www.seapines.com" checkin="4PM" checkout="11AM" price="Seasonal rates, approximately $200-300/night" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Check out the gators!</sleep>
 
 
*<sleep name="Hilton Head Rentals &amp; Golf" alt="" address="578 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, 29928" directions="" phone="843-785-8687" url="http://www.hiltonheadvacation.com/" checkin="4:00 pm" checkout="10:00 am" price="Weekly rates posted on website." lat="" long="">Hilton Head Rentals & Golf has an inventory of over 220 vacation rental homes, including single family homes, villas and condos. From studios through 8 bedrooms, properties are located throughout the Hilton Head Island communities. Some rental homes are pet friendly. The website is a handy resource for researching Island restaurants, activities, events and golf packages to complement your vacation.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort" alt="HHI Beach and Tennis Resort" address="40 Folly Field Rd" directions="Left off US 278, Hilton Parkway" phone="843-842-4402" url="www.hhibeachandtennis.com" checkin="4:00PM" checkout="10:00AM" price="$99-280" lat="" long="">Beachfront resort with one and two bedroom villas, full kitchen, separate bedrooms. Ten lighted tennis courts, areas largest pool, beach bar and fitness center.</sleep>
 
  
 
== Get out ==
 
== Get out ==

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