The overstressed come to Hilton Head Island for beach bumming, family bonding, and relaxing. With so many Hilton Head Island vacation deals, it's pretty easy to unwind and find your peace of mind, as money woes won't follow you here. As long as you have a plan for saving money, that is.
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Part of a Hilton Head Island vacation is spending time on the beach. The other part is spending time cooling off at indoor attractions. Thankfully, both parts are cheap:
- Coligny Beach, 1 N. Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head Island — Coligny Beach is a nice, family-friendly beach. And it's big: 12 miles long, with shops and restaurants all around. It's also very clean and convenient, with restrooms and changing rooms. Parking is free.
- Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 175 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island — This 400-acre nature preserve is packed with birds, alligators and other wildlife unique to the area. Follow the well-marked walking trails, and kill as much time as you'd like, without spending a dime.
- Harbour Town Lighthouse, 149 Lighthouse Rd., Hilton Head Island — South Carolina is known for its beautiful lighthouses. The Harbour Town Lighthouse serves as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation and is sculptured to look like a candy cane. Although there's a $5 fee, you can spend all day on the grounds, re-living the past and climbing to the top of the lighthouse. This is one of the more surprising Hilton Head vacation deals.
- Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, west of Hilton Head Island, off U.S. Highway 278 — Explore 4,053 acres of marshes, forests, and ponds, spotting white-tailed deers, alligators, shore birds, and much more, along the way.
- Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, 8 Marina Side Island, Hilton Head Island — Play an exciting round of mini golf with the whole fam: $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and $0 for the "three and under" crowd.
- Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island — Immerse yourself in the Lowcountry at centuries-old, 68-acre wonderland, paying tribute to Hilton Head's natural and cultural past. Donations welcome.
- The Sandbox, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island — If you've got little kids, they need a shady place to play, so sun burns aren't their only souvenirs. Enter the Sandbox, a museum full of interactive, indoor exhibits and themed play rooms that will keep them entertained. Admission is just $6.
Hilton Head is right on the ocean, so don't pass up the seafood, which is fortunately quite affordable if you know where to look:
- The Beach Break Grill, 24 Palmetto Bay Rd., Hilton Head Island — The Beach Break Grill is a great choice for fresh seafood. The fish tacos and fish and chips are favorites, and there's plenty for the kiddos, too. The best part is the fish is caught fresh the day it's served.
- Duke’s BBQ, 690 Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland — If you’re looking for some southern soul food, choose Duke’s BBQ. Try the fried catfish, fried chicken, or if you can't make up your mind - the all-you-can eat buffet!
Another great way to save on your vacation is to cook your own meals. By booking a vacation rental, you'll have a kitchen where you can prepare homemade meals as a family, and save money while you do it.
Stay in a Hilton Head vacation rental and make the most of your time on the island. You can bring the entire family and enjoy comfortable, spacious accommodations for the same price as a small hotel room. Vacation rentals are close to all of the activities and the beach, so you’re never far from fun. As well, by booking directly through a vacation rental owner or property manager, you can enjoy a really unique experience and find the accommodation that specifically suits your crew - pay for the amenities you want, and don't pay for amenities you don't want. Simple as that.
Besides keeping your vacation cheap by taking advantage of the cheapest Hilton Head attractions, restaurants, and accommodations, how else can you stretch your dollar? Here are a few extra pointers:
- Hilton Head Island has mild weather year-round. It’s a popular destination for snowbirds in the winter time and families in the summer. To get the best Hilton Head Island vacation deals, visit in the spring or fall. The temperatures are still nice, but you won’t have to deal with the crowds. April is the annual Heritage PGA golf tournament, so if you've got any golfers in your group, consider visiting then!
- When out and about, make sure you've got water bottles and snacks handy. That way you're not forced to overpay for these items when you're at the beach or on the trails.
- Don't book directly through a resort. If you'd like to stay at a luxury resort, consider booking a resort rental through its owner or property manager on Vacation Rentals.com. You'll save a lot of money this way!