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Thrillist: EVERYTHING YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST DO IN HILTON HEAD THIS SUMMER

Located just 98 miles (or two hours) from Charleston, Hilton Head is a quiet, quaint beach town beloved by families and retirees alike. Named after Captain William Hilton, who founded the island in 1663, it’s been a national vacation destination since the late 1960s, and still retains much of its original, small-town charm — you just need to know where to look for it. So, here’s where to look for it:

Hit the beach

Big shocker here: The main draw to Hilton Head, as with much of the SC coast, is the beach. You’ll find a number of fantastic beaches on HHI, primed and ready for sunbathers, surfers, and sandcastle constructors alike. Some of the more popular options are Coligny Beach, Burkes Beach, Folly Field Beach, and Islanders Beach, and while most of the beaches are dog-friendly, there are rules about what times dogs are actually allowed. Also, a few of the beaches even feature private bathrooms or changing rooms, meaning you don’t have to wait till you get back to your hotel to remove the sand from where it shouldn’t be.