For an unsurpassed year-round dining, shopping and recreation experience, there is nothing like Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town.  Situated on the waters of the Calibogue Sound and known as the “heart of Sea Pines Plantation”, Harbour Town offers a wide range of exciting dining options, first-class shopping and a variety of recreational opportunities – and is a popular destination for both Hilton Head Island tourists and visitors alike.

Harbour Town surrounds the Sea Pines Resort yacht basin – offering people the opportunity to participate in a number of water sports, kayak tours, fishing charters, a “pirate ship’” and sight-seeing cruise. The basin is lined with a variety of boutiques, gift shops, jewelry stores and several native art galleries and eateries.  While strolling around the shops take time to sit and relax in one of the many rocking chairs shaded by stately, moss-covered live oaks with meandering limbs that has been the perfect backdrop for capturing family memories for more than four decades.

Unwind, breathe in the salty air, peppered with the aroma of fresh seafood being prepared by the restaurant and bars lining Harbour Town.   The view of ships and yachts docked in the marina let you know that, “Life is Good on Hilton Head”.  Your palette will thank you after tasting the shrimp, crab and locally caught fish prepared in one the authentic Lowcountry restaurants.  Outdoor seating, live entertainment and upbeat beach music continue the happy, heart singing beach vacation atmosphere.   

For more than 30 years families have come from all over to see and hear local favorites like musician, Gregg Russell, who entertains the young and “young at heart” with his family-friendly show and songs at the base of the Liberty Oak Tree that has been a part of the Lowcountry for centuries and a landmark since Sea Pines development.  It is not uncommon to hear someone say to their children, “I remember when I was little and my parents brought me here”.  It’s a place to relax, reconnect, dance, sing, and fall in love again.

But that’s not all!  Take in the breathtaking view of the Harbour Town marina, after climbing the 114 steps to the top of the famous red and white candy striped, Harbour Town Lighthouse.   The climb first takes you to a museum of Island history and Heritage Golf Tournament memorabilia. Step outside on to the circular observation deck and feel the wind in your hair as you take in the majestic sites overlooking Hilton Head Island. There is no better view of the PGA Heritage Golf Tournaments 18th hole - than from the top of the lighthouse.  At just over forty years old, the lighthouse has come to serve as not only a beacon to incoming ships but the symbol of Hilton Head Island and a major reason visitors and locals enjoy Harbour Town and all it has to offer.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Hilton Head Island, an annual vacationer -- or are lucky enough to call Hilton Head Island home – enjoy all that Harbour Town has to offer.  Year-round, Harbour Town provides the perfect backdrop for fun-fillled days and nights in a picturesque waterfront location … and is one of the very special places here that make the Island unlike any other place in the world. 

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