Hilton Head

What is the best area to stay in Hilton Head?

For those looking for a world-class golf experience, attractive Palmetto Dunes is the best area to stay. About the 2,000 acres (810 hectares) of natural beauty and 3 miles (4.8 km) of pristine beach provides absolute enjoyment of fresh air, the smell of saltwater, and the feeling of timeless freedom. It is also an ideal resort to stay for anyone appreciating numerous tennis courts available throughout the year. Raise your adrenaline level during deep-water adventures or spend time fishing in Shelter Cove Harbor and Marina, the largest marina on the island.


Whether you want to spend a romantic week or a family vacation at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, there is a variety of lodging at your disposal, including vast condominium-style complexes and elegant Villa rentals. Once exploring nature is finished, many bars, restaurants, art and craft shops, boutiques, and spectacular fireworks on Tuesday nights will provide top-notch entertainment. It is also an excellent place for enjoying sipping cocktails surrounded by the oceanfront bar vibrant vibe.


Except for cars and free shuttle, bikes are the most appreciated way of transportation. This island is a real paradise for cyclists with more than 200 miles (322 km) of bikeable pathways.

Hotel   Avg price
Red Roof Inn Hilton Head Island
5 Regency Pkwy
68€ - 67$
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Days Inn by Wyndham Hilton Head
9 Marina Side Dr
74€ - 73$
Palmera Inn and Suites
12 Park Ln
111€ - 109$
Hotel   Avg price
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
130 Shipyard Dr
158€ - 155$
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
23 Ocean Ln
177€ - 173$
Hotel   Avg price
Villamare Resort
1 Ocean Ln
332€ - 325$


On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Hilton Head, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


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Other areas to stay in Hilton Head


Coligny Beach


Coligny BeachWith 5,000 acres (2,000 Hectares), Coligny Beach Park is an excellent seaside spot for walking and biking along the ocean. After passing dozen bordering fountains, go along a wide boardwalk directly to the breathtaking oceanfront. The place is open 24 hours, but lifeguards are present only during a limited part of the day. Thanks to outdoor showers, impeccably clean restrooms, swings for kids, gazebos, and an in-ground water fountain, this is one of the most beloved beaches in the US. The only inconvenience is jellyfish that can cause problems from June to August.


The fact this place is wheelchair accessible makes it a favorite area for people with disabilities to stay. Plus, free wireless Internet access allows workaholics to work and teenagers to search social networks with a sea view. Beach carts and taxis are always accessible to tourists, and free parking is available for those who come by car.



Most booked hotel in Coligny Beach:  Beach House, A Holiday Inn Resort Inn   ⭐⭐⭐⭐





Sea Pines


Sea PinesIf you seek an exclusive place to stay on Hilton Head Island, the private Sea Pines Resort formed by the Fraser brothers in 1957 is a premium choice. With luxurious oceanfront mansions, beachy bungalows, villas, and rental homes, it is one of the US's largest travel destinations and a trendy place to spend a vacation. Once booking accommodation, you will have golf courses, horse stables, a marina, and many gift shops at your disposal. Every moment here can be unique whether you choose to spend a day by observing the birds in a forest preserve near numerous lakes and ponds or visiting the ZOO with kids.


Cruises, kayaking, boating, crabbing, parasailing, and fishing will complete the perfect vacation experience during a day. In the evening, go to the red and white striped lighthouse to watch dolphins and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Access to the beaches is simple, while bike paths and trails for walking and jogging are everywhere. Plus, the trolley service is available throughout the season.



Most booked hotel in Sea Pines:  Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines   ⭐⭐⭐





Folly Field Beach


Folly Fields BeachSituated at the north-eastern most point on Hilton Head- where Sand Dollar Drive and Starfish Road meet is Folly Field Beach. This gorgeous wide sandy beach is known by residents as ‘the locals’ beach’. This is probably because are only a few resort and condo complexes in the vicinity. Get to the beach early in the morning as the sun is still rising high in the sky, and you can be one of the few people on this popular public beach. There are two good car parks with meters.


This beach is ideal for families as there is room for beach games and the water is shallow for a long way out – during the season there are lifeguards on duty. Folly Field Beach has toilets and showers for rinsing off the sand. There is a water fountain and soda machine for quenching thirst. If you want to reduce the sand on your feet, there are matted paths at regular intervals leading down to the water, and there is also a boardwalk bridge.



Most booked hotel in Folly Field Beach:  Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa  ⭐⭐⭐⭐





Harbour Town


Harbour TownHarbour Town is the best area to stay on Hilton Head for shopping enthusiasts, and also those who love good food. With an excellent range of boutique stores and gift shops, you could easily spend at least a day here just shopping! There is a variety of locally-crafted products here, and even several art galleries.


In terms of the cuisine, Harbour Town is home to some of the best restaurants and cafes on the island, and many of these come with spectacular marina views. You can enjoy the excellent local seafood or even just a coffee and cake whilst taking in the scenery.


In Harbour Town, you can also enjoy pleasant waterfront walks whether you are a family, couple or single traveler. There are also exciting boat and kayak tours available and even outdoor sports. With plenty of waterfront hotels to choose from, Harbour Town is a delightful place to stay!



Most booked hotel in Harbour Town:  Marriott's Harbour Club  ⭐⭐





Shelter Cove


Shelter CoveRight in the center of Hilton Head Island lies the beautiful area known as Shelter Cove. There is a range of accommodation options from budget to luxury here, and the central location provides great access to other parts of the island. If you are a watersport enthusiast, Shelter Cove is the place for you!


Indeed, Shelter Cove is home to some of the best water activities on the island. Whether it is sailing, kayaking or even dolphin tours, there is more than you could imagine here, at very fair prices! And of course there are beautiful local boat tours that will give you a unique perspective of the island.


Aside from this, you can enjoy lovely walks around the marina, and even choose from a good range of shopping options. Of course, there are many excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy when the sun goes down, and a vibrant nightlife here too.



Most booked hotel in Shelter Cove:  Days Inn by Wyndham Hilton Head  ⭐⭐⭐