Hilton Head Island is a low-country town in South Carolina that only measures 12 miles across by 5 miles wide, but despite it's small size, packs a huge punch. Stunning golf courses, top-rated tennis facilities, delicious seafood, and gorgeous scenery all contribute to it's ranking as one of the top 10 family beaches in the U.S, and it's a place where slow Southern living meets beautiful beach life. And really, what more could you want from a vacation?

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Country Club Sports

Hilton Head island has some of the most picturesque golf courses in the country that are open year-round to the public. Surrounded by lush green pines, oaks and dotted with cabbage palmettos, the most famous being Harbour Town where the PGA tour hosts its annual tournament. Ranked in the top 15 of Golf Magazine’s, "100 courses you can play," take in the views and snap some photos of the iconic candy-stripped lighthouse that guards the 18th hole. Looking to soak in the ocean from the green? The Robert Trent Jones course, located in Palmetto Dunes Resort boasts magnificent views of the Atlantic and has been named South Carolina’s "Golf Course of the Year."

Golf not your cup of tea? Hilton Head also features some of the best tennis facilities and clinics around the world. Hilton Head Island Tennis has over 60 years of professional coaching experience, and offer lessons for all ages and skill levels at reasonable prices. Palmetto Dunes Resort also offers clinics year-round and free seasonal exhibitions. Named the #3 program in the world for their junior program, if you’re looking to hone that shaky backswing, there's no better place to do it.

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Those Beaches

As one of the top 10 family beaches in the country, Hilton Head’s beaches are all public, but access is often private through your resort or hotel. The vibes are relaxing and the sandy shores and lulling waves create a quiet atmosphere all can enjoy. The most popular is Coligny Beach, which is considered to be a beach/park hybrid because there are so many amenities like sand showers, restrooms and swing sets. Located in one of the busier parts in town, Coligny Beach can be accessed via bike, car or on foot.

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As one would expect on the coast, Hilton Head has amazing seafood. Featured on the Food Network, Sea Shack is one of the gems of the island, often with a line out the door. Their motto says it all, “not fancy just good.” Whether you order your fresh catch grilled, blackened or fried, or stick with the ever-popular oyster sandwich, you'll be in for a treat. A bit more formal, Alexander’s offers stunning views of the nearby lagoon. Hudson’s is another great option for waterfront dining, who even boasts their own fleet of fisherman.