Hilton Head Island has several great activities, including golf, shopping, and the beach! While the island offers much of the Lowcountry charm, there is much more charm to enjoy just a short drive away. Full of history, nature, and good food, explore all kinds of day trips and adventures beyond Hilton Head Island.
Distance from HHI: 32 miles southwest | 45-minute drive
Savannah is a charming city that beckons with its vibrant culture, historic landmarks, and Southern charm. Here, you’ll find an array of attractions, from shopping along Broughton Street to enjoying drinks at the bars on River Street. Savannah’s character shines through whether you’re admiring the well-preserved mansions in the Historic District or wandering along the famous River Street. Be sure to visit Forsyth Park, where the majestic live oaks, lush lawns, and Forsyth Fountain create a lasting impression.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Distance from HHI: 35 miles north | 50-minute drive
Step back into a piece of Civil War history in Beaufort, South Carolina. Wander its charming streets, where you’ll discover dining and shopping opportunities. Beaufort’s shops along Bay Street showcase the local Lowcountry art scene. Relax on the riverfront porch swings and soak in the tranquil surroundings. Stroll through the streets to admire the historic homes, each with its wartime tales.
Distance from HHI: 3 miles offshore | 45-minute ferry ride
Daufuskie Island is a stone’s throw from Hilton Head; you can even spot it from South Island. Board the ferry departing twice daily from Buckingham Landing0 and journey to this unique car-free island. Best explored on foot, by bike, or by golf cart, its rustic dirt roads promise a journey through history. Discover the Haig Point Golf Club, savor delicious dining at local restaurants, and immerse yourself in the island’s rich heritage.
Distance from HHI: 49 miles south | 1- hour, 15-minute drive
Tybee Island is a serene barrier island on the Georgia coast. This unspoiled haven offers a relaxed way of life amidst abundant natural beauty, with miles of pristine beaches, salt marshes, and diverse wildlife, including sea turtles and endangered bird species. For those intrigued by history and culture, Tybee boasts attractions like Fort Screven, Fort Pulaski, the Tybee Museum, the iconic Tybee Lighthouse, and Cockspur Lighthouse.
Charleston, South Carolina
Distance from HHI: 98 miles north | 2-hour drive
While a bit farther away, Charleston, South Carolina, is an unmissable gem. This world-famous city exudes the allure and elegance of the Lowcountry. From strolling through City Market to visiting historic plantations like Boone Hall, Charleston offers endless delights. Wander along the Battery, where majestic homes grace the waterfront, and capture the colorful facades of Rainbow Row. And, of course, savor a culinary adventure and shopping spree along the iconic King Street.
Distance from HHI: 126 Miles south | 2-hour drive
Jekyll Island is a remarkable haven that has largely escaped the relentless passage of time. With over eight miles of pristine, ivory beaches, this island offers exceptional solitude and shields its precious natural surroundings. Jekyll Island adheres to a rigorous conservation covenant as a Georgia State Park, curtailing future development to safeguard its wildlife and preserve the breathtaking scenery. This area is home to diverse animal species and majestic Southern Oak trees adorned in Spanish moss. An astounding 65 percent of Jekyll Island will forever remain untouched and untamed, securing this extraordinary sanctuary for generations to come.
St. Simons Island
Distance from HHI: 120 Miles South | 2-hour drive
St. Simons Island, GA, is a haven for beach lovers, golf enthusiasts, charter fishing aficionados, spa-goers, and foodies. Its pristine beaches, world-class golf courses, fishing charters, rejuvenating spas, diverse dining options, and entertaining events cater to everyone. The island’s hallmark lies in its unhurried, underdeveloped charm, creating a unique coastal experience. With a rich history and classic Southern allure, St. Simons Island is adorned with magnificent live Southern Oaks adorned in Spanish moss, instilling a distinctive sense of time and place.
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