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Hilton Head Island is a resort town located on the same-named island in South Carolina, USA. The island is located approx 32 km (20 ml) northeast of Savannah Georgia, and approx 153 km (95 ml) southwest of Charleston SC.
Hilton Head Island features a coastline with approx 19 km (12 ml) beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean. The island's total area is approx 179 km2 (69 ml2) and its population around 40,000. During the peak summer tourist season, this number swells up to 150,000. Hilton Head is a primary city within the "Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort" metropolitan area.
The island's rich history starts thousands of years ago with seasonal occupation by Native Americans. Next was the European exploration and Sea Island Cotton trade. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Hilton Head became a major base of operations for Union blockade of Southern ports. Once it fell to Union troops, a great number of recently liberated slaves flocked to the island. Their descendants are today considered "native islanders", and managed to hold on much of their cultural and ethnic identity.
Comparatively to its size, Hilton Head offers a large number of cultural tourism opportunities. Among those are US East Coast's largest annual tented wine tasting event, Broadway-style programming at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 120-member chorus of Hilton Head Choral Society, performances by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. The island also hosts Heritage Golf Classic (PGA Tour tournament) played on Harbour Town Golf Links, Sea Pines Resort.
Hilton Head Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Hilton Head Island dock (anchor) at Harbour Town, on island's south-western coast.
The following map of the island shows the names of all its beaches, harbors, plantations, as well as its road network.
Port Hilton Head Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.