Hilton Head Island Travel

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Undoubtedly a welcome relief from the stress of the urban living most of us know, Hilton Head Island travel begins with semi-tropical temperatures, inviting beaches, and relaxing Atlantic breezes. It continues with the many recreational activities both young and old enjoy. Gracious South Carolina hospitality and the many options in holiday accommodations play a significant role, of course.

You might want to set the tenor of your Hilton Head Island travel by walks along its 19 miles of wide and sandy Atlantic beach. Then again, perhaps kayaking in its creeks and lagoons, or biking along the crisscross of island paths is another option. The more energetic will enjoy its 24 championship golf courses, its 300-odd tennis courts, or perhaps chartered fishing expedition from one of Hilton Head's many marinas.

The History behind Hilton Head Island Travel

Home to people for about 10,000 years--as the vast number of archaeological relics attest--Hilton Head has not changed too much during that time. A barrier island subject to Atlantic storms, its contours have certainly changed somewhat over time. Its habitats have as well, but those largely due to human influence. The island is dotted with freshwater wetlands and saltwater marshes, crisscrossed by lagoons and creeks, one of which--Broad Creek--nearly splits it in two, west to east.

Throughout its early history, not recorded, Hilton Head has been home to numerous American Indians tribes. These--which include the Creek, the Yamansee, the Daufuskie, and the Ashepoo--have left their names all across the Low Country. The first Europeans to arrive were the Spanish in 1525, whose Hilton Head Island travel extended to inland exploration as well. In 1663 William Hilton surveyed the island, claiming it for the British crown, extolling its virtues for settlement, and left his name behind.

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