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2024 Vacation Planner: Your Guide to the Ultimate Hilton Head Island Getaway

By Hilton Head Insider

When it comes to a vacation in Hilton Head Island, we think the planning should be part of the fun. And with the 2024 Vacation Planner, Hilton Head Island’s fantastic arts and culture scene, rich history, exciting eco-tourism activities, endlessly invigorating recreational experiences, and energizing wellness opportunities are in the palm of your hands. This complimentary planner has everything you need to know about putting together the perfect Lowcountry getaway, from information on where to shop, eat, and play to sample itineraries for spending your days. Plus, you’ll find accommodation recommendations, discover the ins and outs of traveling to America’s Favorite Island®, and learn more about the events and world-class golf that await you when you arrive.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the info you can expect to find when you request your copy of the 2024 Hilton Head Island Vacation Planner.

Where to Stay

Finding the perfect place to stay is essential for any vacation. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of options here on Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re visiting us for a long weekend or a season, reuniting the entire family or whisking your significant other away on a romantic escape, there’s a home away from home for you here. 

Sonesta Resorts Hilton Head Island boasts captivating gardens throughout the property and provides a breathtaking view of the ocean. This AAA-approved Four Diamond resort not only offers a full-service spa but also presents a variety of indoor and al fresco dining choices, creating an ideal haven for your getaway.

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The Sea Pines Resort offers infinite opportunities for adventure, indulgence, and relaxation. For over 50 years, the resort has captivated generations of travelers and guests with its defining mix of history and luxury. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound, guests enjoy breathtaking views of the Lowcountry. 

Indulge in award-winning dining, experience three championship golf courses, and bask in the luxury of the spa at Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa. The resort is conveniently located with Palmetto Dunes and offers a diverse range of amenities catering to every guest's preference. Whether you enjoy golf, tennis on 25 courts, biking, parasailing, or horseback riding, you’ll find the perfect activities for your island getaway.

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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa provides a luxurious oceanfront retreat for those seeking to indulge in the coastal serenity of the island. Situated along a vibrant stretch of beachfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the resort showcases outdoor terraces that serve farm-to-table delicacies, allowing guests to savor exquisite cuisine accompanied by unmatched ocean vistas.

Discover a haven of casual elegance at The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. The resort boasts revitalized outdoor spaces, including upgraded beach access, a new family pool, and enhanced upper and lower courtyards, making it the perfect base for your Lowcountry escape. 

Embrace the allure of boutique resort charm at Beach House Hilton Head Island, where sun, sand, and easygoing vibes await. Nestled on Coligny Beach, this resort effortlessly combines coastal comfort with island-style enjoyment. 

Explore more accommodation options on page 39 of the 2024 Vacation Planner. 

What to Do

If you’re looking to embark on a culinary journey across America’s Favorite Island®, the 2024 Vacation Planner is the perfect place to start looking for inspiration. To tantalize your taste buds, here’s a peek at some of the Lowcountry gems you’ll find in the planner. 

Seafood lovers can indulge in coastal charm at the iconic Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, offering a feast of fresh, local seafood with an incomparable waterfront view. Or, make your way to ELA’s on the Water. With its elegant ambiance and delectable dishes, it’s a perfect fusion of culinary artistry and scenic beauty.

On the hunt for comfort food? Experience the charm of Italy at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italia, where the aroma of authentic Italian cuisine mingles with the island breeze. For innovative American fare, try WiseGuys Modern American Restaurant, which offers a modern twist on classic flavors. If authentic Southern barbecue is more your scene, One Hot Mama’s American Grille delivers a smoky and savory delight that captures the essence of Lowcountry cuisine.

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Lucky Beach Bar + Kitchen offers a casual and vibrant setting, inviting you to sample a fusion of flavors inspired by global culinary influences. At Bowdie’s Chophouse, immerse yourself in the rustic elegance of woodgrain and leather appointments while relishing a diverse menu of steaks and craft cocktails — a high-class steakhouse perfect for date night or a celebratory meal. And for those on the move, page 79 of the 2024 Vacation Planner features some of Hilton Head Island’s delicious Grab-and-Go options, so you don’t have to miss out on delicious bites while exploring the island. All dining options can be found on pages 52-79 of the planner.


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Each beach on Hilton Head Island promises a distinct and memorable coastal experience. Let our sun-soaked shores and Atlantic Ocean vistas captivate your imagination as you page through the 2024 Vacation Planner. 

Coligny Beach Park is centrally located and serves as a vibrant hub where visitors can bask in the sun, enjoy water activities, and explore the lively surroundings. For surf enthusiasts, Burkes Beach provides the perfect setting with its impressive waves and coastal charm. Nature enthusiasts can head to Fish Haul Beach Park, renowned for its bird and wildlife-watching opportunities. For more information on Hilton Head Island’s beaches, head to pages 90 and 91 of the planner. 

Historical, Arts & Cultural Experiences

Embark on a journey through time and culture at Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park. Nestled on Hilton Head Island's Port Royal Sound, Mitchelville is home to a wealth of fascinating history. Delve into the rich tapestry of Gullah heritage and join a captivating Gullah Heritage Trail bus tour that winds through 10 family-based neighborhoods. Knowledgeable guides provide firsthand accounts of Gullah traditions, from tantalizing food and captivating folklore to the unique language that has endured through the ages. 

For a taste of traditional Gullah cuisine, settle in for a fried fish dinner with authentic sides at Binya, served on select Friday nights throughout the year. This experience satisfies the palate and connects you to the heart and soul of Gullah heritage.

Indulge in a season of musical brilliance with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, featuring beloved symphonies by Berlioz, Brahms, and Mozart, dazzling concerti by Liszt, Grieg, and Piazzolla, as well as works by Wagner, Márquez, Rachmaninoff, and more. 

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Art enthusiasts, artists, and collectors can explore local art at the Gallery of the Art League of Hilton Head. This venue offers a curated selection of two and three-dimensional artworks and jewelry by local artists. Visitors can engage with the local art community at monthly opening receptions, where each month brings a complete change of show and debuts new works by featured artists. To learn more about Hilton Head Island’s art and cultural experiences, head to page 82 of the 2024 Vacation Planner.


From the tranquil coastline to lush inland trails, Hilton Head Island beckons biking enthusiasts to embrace the spirit of outdoor discovery in a way only the Lowcountry can offer. Not sure where to start? The 2024 Vacation Planner has all the information you need to craft the perfect biking itinerary. 

America’s Favorite Island® boasts an extensive network of multi-use pathways and gated community trails that cater to riders of all levels. Stamped with the seal of a prestigious Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, Hilton Head Island offers over 60 miles of dedicated leisure pathways and inviting hard-packed sand beaches, providing an ideal backdrop for cycling adventures. Consider exploring the breathtaking beach rides during low tide or pedaling the scenic route from Shelter Cove to the historic Mitchelville Freedom Park.

Whether you prefer beach cruisers, tandem bikes, youth bikes, kid carts, or three-wheeler bikes,  there are several rental companies on Hilton Head Island with equipment that is sure to suit your biking needs. 

Eco-Tourism & Sustainability


Hilton Head Island is committed to protecting and preserving the island’s delicate ecosystem and encourages visitors to leave behind only footprints. 

There are plenty of ways you can get involved in Hilton Head Island's sustainability efforts when you visit. Donte or volunteer with one of the many diverse local organizations on the island, like The Outside Foundation, Sea Turtle Patrol, or the Deep Well Project. You can learn more about our commitment to sustainability and how you can get involved in the 2024 Vacation Planner. 

World-Class Golf

The 2024 Vacation Planner stands as your premier guide to tee up some inspiration for your next golf getaway. From world-class courses to scenic fairways, let the planner be your starting point for an unparalleled golfing experience on the charming shores of Hilton Head Island.

For those after a game of golf you’ll never forget, The Sea Pines Resort features the renowned Harbour Town Golf Links, along with sister courses Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point. Tackle one of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s popular courses, including the prestigious Robert Trent Jones and challenging George Fazio courses. The Heritage Golf Collection provides eight courses across Shipyard, Port Royal, and Oyster Reef, guaranteeing a delightful day on the green with friends.

Families seeking a relaxed golfing atmosphere can tee off at Dolphin Head or the Country Club of Hilton Head. These family-friendly courses cater to all skill levels, providing a perfect blend of leisure and recreation against the backdrop of Hilton Head Island's scenic beauty. 

Can’t Miss Events

Hilton Head Island comes alive each year with renowned events celebrating the Lowcountry’s rich culture and exquisite tastes. The 2024 Vacation Planner is the perfect guide to help you navigate this year’s incredible festivals and events. 

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a culinary extravaganza that showcases the region's abundant seafood offerings, backed by its spectacular coastal setting. The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival is a delight for oenophiles and foodies, featuring a week-long celebration of fine wines and gourmet cuisine.

For automotive enthusiasts, the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival is a must-attend event, showcasing an impressive collection of vintage and classic cars. The Crescendo Celebration features performances by world-class musicians and artists, creating an unforgettable fusion of art, culture and history in the Lowcountry. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history in the Lowcountry.

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We Can’t Wait to Welcome You This Year.

Request your copy or download the 2024 Vacation Planner and start crafting the perfect itinerary for your next getaway today. 

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