Hilton Head : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Hilton Head

Hilton Head is a retirement community located on an island of the same name at the extreme southern edge of South Carolina. This area is known for its beautiful beaches and fabulous golf courses. The majority of its 37,000 residents are active adults 55+ who choose this island and the surrounding area as their ideal retirement community. The Island swells to almost 300,000 people during the busy summer tourist season.

The area tends to be quite exclusive and most of it comprised of planned developments, usually referred to as “plantations”. The Heritage Classic Tournament is an important yearly event that takes place at one of these, Sea Pines Plantation.  The Harbour Town Lighthouse from that area is pictured above. Hilton Head is located in Beaufort County. Photo of Harbour Town Marina courtesy of Wikipedia and MoodyGroove, photo of Hilton Head Island summer of 2012 courtesy of Wikipedia and Sarah oswaldd, both pictures Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/ Here is more information about what it is like to retire in the "low country" near Hilton Head Island.

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Where to Retire in Hilton Head and Home Prices

The area is developing rapidly with many upscale communities aimed at retiring baby boomers and people looking for vacation homes. Most of these new planned communities are heavily oriented towards golf. There are many surrounding towns that compete with Hilton Head for the active adult lifestyle which are also worth checking out - some of those include Bluffton, Savannah, and Beaufort.  Active adults can either live in in apartments, condos, or single family homes. 
The median home value was $730,403 in mid-2022, a 40% increase over the past year, according to Zillow.com. The area just off the island (toward Bluffton) is also growing rapidly and sometimes offers better deals for less money. See link above left for Hilton Head Active Communities.


What Is Special about Hilton Head

• Known for its "eco-friendly" development plans • Heritage Classic Golf Tournament • It’s an island – water everywhere • Exclusive gated retirement and active adult communities • Great beaches • Milder winters

What Is Not Special about Hilton Head

It is a resort area to many especially from June thru September where island swells to 300K vacationers  Hot, humid summers with Intense development everywhere off the island towards Bluffton..


Who Will Like Retirement in Hilton Head

Hilton Head attracts a community of people who are looking to live in an exclusive community, usually oriented towards golf or living near the ocean or people who want a slower pace of life but still have all the amenities they desire...


Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is very strong due to tourism, hospitality, retail, and services.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hilton Head is located at the bottom of South Carolina's coastline. The area has many harbors, wetlands and rivers. Winters are temperate and summers hot and humid, although more bearable than inland.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Hilton Head Island offers many cultural opportunities for a community its size, including plays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120 member full chorus of the Hilton Head Choral Society, and the highly-rated Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra,  among others. The Beaufort County Arts Council is very active. The island has many art galleries. Shopping is very good. Savannah is 26 miles away and tends to be the cultural center.


crime tends to be more high towards summer due to vacationers being on island and the crime tends to be theft out of cars etc...


Medical Facilities

Hilton Head Hospital top rated Hospital and there are 2 other hospitals in the area..



Hilton Head Airport is on the island. Savannah-Hilton Head Airport is 30 miles away

Valuable Links

Hilton Head Tourist Guide
Wikipedia page for Hilton Head Island

What people are saying about Hilton Head

HH- Not what it use to be..
Way to busy....out of control traffic. Not a peaceful place anymore. Moved out years ago to small beach town up in the Mid Atlantic. Much happier.
Posted by sunlovingal on April 25, 2014
:lol: :lol: [i:1136c92c81][size=18:1136c92c81]Sounds like an old left winged Democrat needs to find something more to his liking ...say California or New York...[/size:1136c92c81][/i:1136c92c81]
Posted by pschmidt on July 25, 2013
Hilton Head ISLAND, SC
Getting old and run down. Extremely intolerant conservative republican bastion. If you don't love and echo Rush you will not like it here and they will not like you. Traffic impossible getting on/off island. About 1/3 of the Island has been declared a high crime area by the Sheriff and includes large areas in three locations which essentially includes the entire island. Robbery, armed home invasions, assault are everyday events. Republican led government is not protecting what made the island famous. Overly dense with inadequate bridges. The concern for limited night lighting is no longer and green space disappearing....waterfront park recently given to Kroger for new grocery store. HHI airport has shortest runways in USA and dangerous. Politcally intolerant and racist; high crime; too many tourists;poor access to and from (one bridge!!!);old, tired and rundown.
Posted by ottoslingblade on July 24, 2013

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