Restaurants & Shopping
Every night, Hilton Head Island’s chefs prepare foods to delight all appetites and tastes. Settings range throughout the Island’s more than 200 restaurants from intimately elegant to comfortably casual, in resorts overlooking serene beaches or tucked away among palms and towering pines. In South Beach and Palmetto Dunes you’ll find well-known restaurants such as Alexander’s and the world-renowned Salty Dog Café next to picturesque marinas and shops.
No visit to the Island would be complete without trying the local catch. The waters off Hilton Head teem with shrimps, oysters and soft-shell crabs, and the talented chefs are never at loss to come up with creative and tasty ways to incorporate local seafood onto their menu.
>For real taste of region, many restaurants serve up their version of one of the area’s most treasured dishes, a Lowcountry Boil. This mélange of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes and onions traces their root back to antebellum times and is mandatory accompaniment to any true oyster roast. Another local favorite: Sauteed soft-shell crab.
Whether your visit includes sampling Lowcountry fare, dining in style or experiencing a special event the tastes of Hilton Head Island are sure to suit your palate and your vacation.
From unique boutiques to the nation’s most recognized retail chains, Hilton Head Island has it all. And whether you’re hunting down a deal on your favorite brand of closing or trying to find that unique souvenir, you’re sure to find a superb selection at our more than 200 shops and outlets.
Hilton Head’s true treasures are found throughout the Island at local mom-and-pop stores. The owners are friendly and eager to know you. As you stroll through the shaded breezeways of outdoor shopping centers, enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Shelter Cove Harbour Shops, Pineland Station, Coligny Plaza and the Tanger Outlet Centers display name-brand goods in an inviting Island atmosphere. If you prefer, shop indoors at The Mall pat Shelter Cove.
Every shopping day should include an afternoon exploring our galleries. Artwork abounds, with more than 20 distinctive galleries in the area. Traditional crafts mix and meld with local art, works from well-recognized artists, usable art and more, in all types of media.