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Hilton Head Vacation - Healthy and Fun Plans

Updated on July 23, 2013

Hilton Head Vacation Plans

Photo Credit: Moody Grove

Vacationing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is a visit to the beautiful outdoor scenery of the Low Country where you can experience beaches, woods, marshes and a variety of sea and land wild life while enjoying luxury accommodations, if you desire. Additionally, with a little planning and effort, you can make it a healthy vacation for you and your family incorporating exercise and good nutrition - something often lacking when taking a vacation.

The beach on Hilton Head
The beach on Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island Beaches

Great for Walking, Running, Biking

Hilton Head Island is probably best known for its beaches. At lower tides it has a wide expanse of hard sand (the sand is very fine, so it packs down tightly).It makes it perfect for walking and especially bike riding, both of which are extremely popular. If you can get out there first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day, you can catch some great sunrises and sunsets. You can put in a good several miles for some great cardiovascular exercise while enjoying the view and the weather.

If bringing your own bicycle to Hilton Head is an inconvenience, don't worry! Hilton Head Bicycle Company has been around for years, and has a variety of bikes available for daily or weekly rentals, and they include free delivery.

In addition to riding on the beach, you must experience the miles of Island bike paths through the Plantations. The many bike paths wind through woods of beautiful pines and old oak trees (watch out for the many squirrels!), past well-manicured golf courses and man-made lagoons (you might see an alligator sunning itself - don't get too close!) and you will see the back yards of some of the many gorgeous Hilton Head homes. You will get in some great exercise for your legs and hip flexors as well as the enjoyable visual stimulation.

Hilton Head Bike Paths - Scenic an Peaceful

Hilton Head Lighthouse
Hilton Head Lighthouse

Hilton Head Lighthouse

Walk to the Top

A "must-see" in Hilton Head is the Harbour Town Lighthouse, located in Sea Pines Plantation, on the Harbour Town Marina. Ninety feet tall, and built in 1970 it offers a spectacular view of the marina full of luxury yachts, as well as a view of the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the well known Heritage Golf Tournament. There is a gift/souvenir shop at the top of the lighthouse as well. Enjoy a variety of specialty shops as well as a playground for the children. Walk to the top of the lighthouse, and spend some time on the playground with the kids for extra exercise and a few hours of fun.

Partial View from the Harbour Town Lighthouse - Further right is the 18th Green of the Heritage Course

If you are ready to get really adventurous, get in contact with H2O Water Sports. They will take you on a Kayak tour in the calm waters of Calibogue Sound where you can get up close and personal with the dolphins. You may also see egrets, herons, osprey, and bald eagles. Paddling will give you a great upper body workout while experiencing scenery a lot more unusual than the inside of a gym!

H20 Water Sports also offers para sailing, wave runners, water skiing and paddle boarding - all offering a great opportunity for some good exercise, and loads of fun!

You owe it to yourself to take a little time for rest and relaxation - release of stress is also good for your health. Faces Day Spa, conveniently located mid-island, has been voted "Island's Best Day Spa" six years in a row. Take a break to pamper yourself with a facial, massage, manicure, or pedicure. Treat yourself to the sauna and steam room, or the jetted hydrotherapy tub.

Eating out is always a treat, and should naturally be a part of your vacation "experience". But how many of us go overboard and then regret overeating when we get home and step on the scale? The key is to eat healthy, and eat smaller portions - you can still get some excellent food.

My recommendations:

Ruan Thai Cuisine - Thai food is healthy, and you can go completely vegetarian if you'd like. They also have very good seafood dishes. Reasonable prices, open for lunch and dinner.

Tapas Restaurant - An excellent selection of salads, seafood and meats, all in smaller portions, great for sampling and sharing as well.

Roastfish and Cornbread - A very creative full vegetarian menu in addition to a varied seafood menu. Many organic items. If you avoid the fried items you can get a fine healthy meal.

If you are really serious about taking a "healthy" vacation on Hilton Head, research further the Hilton Head Health. It provides varied personalized programs for weight loss that give you the tools, knowledge and practice to live a sustainable, weight loss lifestyle. They combine fitness, nutrition, and motivation to help you reach your weight loss goals while being able to enjoy the same activities that one would experience on their own Hilton Head vacation, but with more structure aimed for specific results.

Necessities for the Beach and Outdoors - On the go with Your Electronics, Too

Ray-Ban Women's RB4091 Resin Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Women's RB4091 Resin Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from the sun, and protect your face from wrinkles!

Ultimate Backpack Beach Chair with Cooler - LayFlat 5 position
Ultimate Backpack Beach Chair with Cooler - LayFlat 5 position

Folds to carry easily on your back with built-in collapsible cooler and separate storage pouches on seat back. Ready for some relaxation on the beach

Jumbo Beach Bag for Body Boards, Umbrellas and Gear (colors may vary)
Jumbo Beach Bag for Body Boards, Umbrellas and Gear (colors may vary)

A bag that holds everything you need for a day at the beach.

Three convenient compartments for body boards, umbrellas and more.

ReVIVE Series Back-Up Rechargeable POWER Boost for ALL BlackBerry's, Kindle 2 & Kindle DX - Refuel 3 Ways AC, USB and SOLAR
ReVIVE Series Back-Up Rechargeable POWER Boost for ALL BlackBerry's, Kindle 2 & Kindle DX - Refuel 3 Ways AC, USB and SOLAR

Refuels your iPod, iPhone 3G / 3Gs, ALL BlackBerry's, and Amazon Can be charged 3 ways. GREAT FOR THE OUTDOORS - Charge it in the sun at the beach

New Version TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for Kindle 1, 2,3 (First, Second and Third Generation Kindle), and Kindle Fire Android Tablet (White)
New Version TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for Kindle 1, 2,3 (First, Second and Third Generation Kindle), and Kindle Fire Android Tablet (White)

Operate the keyboard and navigation button of your Kindle right through the case. Perfect for beach reading. Wear around neck or shoulder with adjustable strap.

Aquapac Mini Whanganui Waterproof Phone/GPS Case 108
Aquapac Mini Whanganui Waterproof Phone/GPS Case 108

* Floats if dropped in water

* Submersible and Waterproof to 15 feet

* Use touchscreen, talk and listen right through case

DryCASE Waterproof Case for Tablets and e-readers (DC-17)
DryCASE Waterproof Case for Tablets and e-readers (DC-17)

Allows complete use of your tablet or e-reader while keeping it dry and clean.DryCASE comes with the stereo headphone/ microphone jack. Check emails and the internet on your tablet, talk and listen as well. Stay connected while enjoying any outdoor activity.

DicaPac WP110 5.7 x 3.7 Small Alfa Waterproof Digital Camera Case with Optical Lens (Clear)
DicaPac WP110 5.7 x 3.7 Small Alfa Waterproof Digital Camera Case with Optical Lens (Clear)

This case fits over 200 cameras from major brands. Comes with 0.12" thick extension ring for those who have a longer zoom lens than lens from waterproof case.


Have you been to Hilton Head? - Or do you have plans to go?

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    • Glenda Motsavage profile image

      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      We love Hilton's my husband's favorite place on the East Coast. We go there every chance we get, including a few months ago for our Anniversary. Thanks for sharing and doing a great job on the lens!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Excellent lens...

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      mbmusgrove lm 6 years ago

      I am from SC and lived in Bluffton for several years, across the bridge on the mainland from HHI. It's been a while since I've seen any of these businesses. Thanks for the memories!

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      tajo 6 years ago

      what a great lens, you've given me a few ideas on how to improve my own travel lenses. Thank you

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I have never been, but after reading your lens and seeing the beautiful photos, I'd love to go!

    • JanieceTobey profile image

      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I went to Hilton Head for a convention 8 or 9 years ago, and had a fabulous time!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never been, but it looks so beautiful. My son and his wife went there on their honeymoon.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      It's a great getaway place to go. Excellent choice of travel destinations.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I've never been but it's surely do-able for us this year. Didn't know they had bicycle paths. And I'd love to walk to the top of the lighthouse. Very nice lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Haven't been there but would love to.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      The day spa would be my favourite :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      oh,I think I would enjoy this one! What agreat time to be had at the Hilton Head!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      No, I have never been there but sounds interesting.