With its pristine sandy beaches, abundant wildlife and lush greenery, visiting the island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, feels like you've stepped into a tropical paradise without leaving the continental United States. This charming resort town is a fantastic place for quiet romantic getaways and fun-filled family vacations alike. Whether you prefer soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach or getting out and about to hike, bike and explore, Hilton Head has something for you to enjoy.


1. Relax at Coligny Beach Park

Coligny Beach is Hilton Head's most popular beach by far, but you don't have to worry about crowds. This sprawling park offers miles of sandy beaches so you can pick out the perfect spot. If you forget an essential, don't worry. This park is also home to small retailers and rental outlets that let you pick up anything you need, along with clean, well-maintained restrooms and plenty of restaurants and snack bars to keep you fueled up and ready to swim.

Girl walking to the beach on summer trip. Woman enjoying vacation alone.. Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA MargaretW / Getty Images

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