As you settle into your fabulous Beachside Hilton Head home for your vacation, get ready to be swept away by the charm of Harbour Town. The most famous marina around, Harbour Town is a must-visit spot for tourists and locals alike. Here’s your guide for exploration so you can make the most of your Hilton Head getaway.
The History of Harbour Town
The story of Harbour Town began in 1949. Charles Fraser’s father was part of a syndicate that acquired majority ownership of Hilton Head Island. In the summer of 1950, while working at his father’s logging camp on the island, Fraser fell deeply in love with the area. He convinced his father to allow him to develop what is now known as Sea Pines.
Fraser conceptualized a central hub encompassing a marina and serving as a pleasant, communal space, kickstarting his global research on marina villages. He also wanted to establish a symbol connecting the island’s past, present, and future. This vision led to the creation of Harbour Town’s Lighthouse.
Fast forward to the present. The Sea Pines Resort and Harbour Town have evolved into world-class destinations that continue to attract visitors from all over the globe.
Harbour Town Dining Delights
Harbour Town has everything your taste buds are looking for, whether you’re craving fresh seafood, Southern comfort food, or international cuisine! For Lowcountry favorites, head to the Crazy Crab, where the seafood is as vibrant as the atmosphere. If you want a more upscale experience, the Quarterdeck offers stunning views of the harbour and a menu showcasing the best of land and sea.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
After satisfying your culinary cravings, it’s time to explore the charming boutiques and shops that line the streets. The best shops to visit for Hilton Head souvenirs are Camp Hilton Head I and II. You can also go to the island’s oldest gift shop, Nell’s Harbour Shop. Radiance is the place to be for women’s apparel and accessories, and for luxury menswear, Knickers has you covered. If you’re in the mood for wine tasting and shopping, Honey & Thistle will delight you with their unique selection.
Harbour Town is not just about history, food, and shopping — it’s also home to exciting activities. You and your family can hang out at the Gregg Russell Playground, try your hand at fishing on the pier, and, of course, spend a day boating and enjoying watersports. If you can, catch a Gregg Russell spring concert and meet the Hilton Head Island icon! There’s always something happening somewhere in Harbour Town.
Harbor Island Memories With Beachside Hilton Head
As the sun sets on your day, you’ll be grateful for the memories made in this charming corner of Hilton Head Island. And when it’s time to retire, the magic doesn’t end. Keep the relaxation going in the comfort of your luxurious Beachside Hilton Head vacation rental. Your perfect vacation awaits, just steps away from the enchanting allure of Harbour Town. Book your stay now!