The Hilton Head area provides access to two airports: Savannah Hilton Head International Airport and the Beaufort County Hilton Head Airport. Most commercial and pleasure travellers take Hilton Head flights that arrive at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, which is located about an hour outside Hilton Head in Savannah, Georgia. In 2010, this airport handled more than 1.5 million flights. The airport's Visitor Center gives travellers specific information about Hilton Head attractions, transportation options, and directions. Business visitors can take advantage of the complimentary fax service available at the airport. Cheap flights to Hilton Head are available from a number of travel websites. Vacationers who book their flights well in advance may pay less for airfare to Hilton Head.
Hilton Head Island is rather small and does not have a train system. However, the island offers several options for public transport, including private taxicabs and rental cars. Guests who arrive on flights to Hilton Head can catch rides on the local bus line named the "Palmetto Breeze", which provides 15 bus routes to many different destinations around the island. Travellers who arrive via airplane can take the K-Shuttle from the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport to their appropriate island hotel. Those that prefer to use a taxi service can get detailed local fare information at the airport.
Hilton Head Island is best known for its beaches, where visitors can relax, go for a walk, or even ride horses. Water lovers and surfers will enjoy a swim in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Another tourist draw on the island are the many resorts. Several of these luxurious properties offer tennis and golf, as well as full-scale spa treatments. Families with young children might enjoy a round of miniature golf at Pirate's Island or Adventure Cove. History buffs can visit the Creative Discovery Museum to learn more about the island's cultural heritage.
The island is a shopper's paradise, with several outlet malls that offer high-end fashion at low prices. Visitors can take a break from the heat by visiting The Mall at Shelter Cove, the only enclosed shopping centre on Hilton Head. There are over 250 restaurants on the island, offering international flavours. Tourists might want to sample the traditional "Low Country Boil', a stew that contains fresh corn, shrimp, potatoes, and sausage. After dinner, night owls may enjoy the island's nightlife. Jazz clubs such as "The Jazz Corner' offer live music and drink specials. Party lovers might take a ride to the "Barmuda Triangle', an area with five adjacent pubs for guests to visit.