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For the third consecutive year, Hilton Head Island has been named the No. 1 island in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. More than 600,000 readers across the globe submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to determine the winners of this year’s Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards.  

2019 World's Best Awards
Gorgeous beaches, blue umbrellas, and strolls at sunrise. Bike rides, Spanish moss-draped trails, and endless sunshine. Panoramic views of the Atlantic, fresh seafood, and picture-perfect sunsets. It’s just simply – unforgettable.
For the FOURTH year in a row, Hilton Head Island has been voted the #1 Island in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine thanks to our amazing residents and visitors, 12 miles of pristine beaches, world-class golf and tennis amenities, outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, and fishing, award-winning cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments and so much more.

Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” is filming season 10, and one of their locations includes the Lowcountry.  Eight teams of three race across the country with their food trucks, competing in challenges. The episode filmed on Hilton Head is expected to air in late June of 2019.  “The theme of this season of ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ is ‘Summer Beach Battle,' so we are stopping at a bunch of destinations that have a different version of what a summer beach might be to them, and Hilton Head is unique in it’s terrain and it’s culture, and we wanted to experience that as well as a bunch of other different kind of beach cultures," said the show’s executive producer, Jeffrey L. Weaver.  Local residents were happy to see their home chosen as a filming location, and happy to get to sample some of the food. 

Hilton Head Island voted "South's Best Beach Town" in Southern Living's 2019 South's Best Awards.

Hilton Head Island Featured in Trips to Discover's "10 Best Family Vacations for Spring Break" for 2019.
Spring break isn’t just for the kids. If you’re craving a vacation your whole family can enjoy and don’t want to wait for summer, spring break can be an ideal time for a getaway. There are many family-friendly spring break destinations where it isn’t all about the party crowd, with a wide range of options for all, from peaceful seaside escapes to fascinating cities. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to go out, there’s sure to be a great option among this list of best family vacations for spring break.

Hilton Head enjoys pleasant spring temperatures that while perhaps not warm enough for swimming, are ideal for activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, zip line rides and horseback riding. The area is home to over a dozen championship golf courses as well as over 50 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails. You’ll find a variety of beautiful beach resorts too, including a number of budget-friendly properties that are ideal for families and larger groups of friends.

Why Go To Hilton Head -  From US News
To fit in on Hilton Head, you're going to need to slow down. This 42-square-mile, foot-shaped barrier island might often welcome a wealthier clientele, but you don't need to rush to keep up with the Joneses. Follow the leisurely pace of the residents — the population is part descendant of the Gullah, or the freed slaves who settled in the area, and part East Coast mainlanders who make Hilton Head their second home. Your fellow vacationers will likely be white-haired retirees (thanks to the world-class fairways) and young families (thanks to the clean beaches). So if you're looking for a rollicking nightlife scene, this may not be the spot for you. This isn't to say there's no nightlife — it exists, but usually in the form of leisurely sunset dinners and live music on the waterfront. In short: If you've come to Hilton Head, you've come to relax.

If you know anything about the island, you know that golfing, tennis and "spa-ing" are how it earned its moneyed reputation. But you could spend an entire vacation here without ever swinging a golf club or a tennis racket. The island is full of natural wonders, including the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, not to mention 12 miles of sandy beaches. So whether you came to get up close and personal with low country wildlife, perfect your backhand or simply relax on the sand, Hilton Head has something for you.

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions. 
#2  in Best South Carolina Beaches
#4  in Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.
#4  in Best Places to Visit in the Carolinas
#7  in Best Golf Destinations
#10  in Best Affordable Family Vacations
#11  in Best Beaches in the U.S.
#12  in Best Family Vacations
#13  in Best Summer Vacations in the U.S.
#15  in Best Summer Vacations
#15  in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
#18  in Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA


Hilton Head Island Airport announced Wednesday that American Airlines will begin flights to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport in May 2019.  The announcement comes less than a month after United Airlines announced it would begin service between Washington, D.C., and Hilton Head in March 2019.  The airport said the new American flights are “in part due to a runway extension that was completed in June,” to accommodate larger jets.

        Hilton Head Island Recognized As One of the “Best Bicycling Communities” in the United States!

Visitors looking for a memorable vacation experience and the ability to bike with family and friends on our leisure paths is something many tell us they enjoy doing” said Bill Miles, President & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. “Hilton Head’s extensive miles of leisure paths are a positive differentiator when it comes to attracting vacationers, and it’s also a wonderful quality of life amenity for our residents.”

                              Hilton Head named South’s best beach
Another summer, another honor: Southern Living magazine recently named Hilton Head Island the South’s Best Beach for 2018, earning praise for its flat, wide Atlantic beaches and waterways that readers said are perfect for paddling. And access to world-class golf at resorts like Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes didn’t hurt, either.


                          Food Network chef visits Daufuskie, says May River oysters ‘best I ever had’

Food Network chef Lazarus Lynch featured Daufuskie Island and Gullah comfort food in his “Comfort Nation” series on the TV channel’s website.The episode is titled “Traditional Oyster Roast”. Lynch is a two-time “Chopped” winner and the son of Johnny Ray Lynch, a chef from Bessemer, Alabama. The New Yorker visited Daufuskie Island for a Gullah oyster roast with cookbook author Sallie Ann Robinson. “We harvested some of the best oysters I’ve ever had, and cooked up a traditional oyster roast with cornbread and melted butter. I had the best time soaking up all of her wisdom, and the oyster juice. 

Oyster lovers,your favorite season of the year is here   
Shellfish season, when oysters plus clams, mussels and other bivalves can be legally harvested from South Carolina waters, is now open. The recreational season is expected to remain open through May 15.