Sports and sun lovers are attracted by a year-round average daytime temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If golf and tennis dominate your vacation needs, 29 golf courses and 300 tennis courts fill the lands where cotton plantations once flourished.
Calm-water kayaking, also called sea kayaking, and sailboat excursions are the way to view the Atlantic bottle nose dolphins that make their home in the surrounding waters. The waterway adventures take you through the island's natural preserves in Calibogue Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Broad River.
Hilton Head's planners made a conscious effort to protect that natural beauty and integrity with low-profile architecture. Neon is noticeably absent thanks to their foresight. The business community conforms to strict building standards, which means McDonald's is without its Golden Arches and the Red Roof Inn awaits without its signature red top.