While the South Carolina coast continues to pick up the pieces left behind by Hurricane Matthew, Hilton Head Island has some good news to share.
On Tuesday, Condé Nast Traveler named Hilton Head Island the No. 3 Island in the U.S. as a part of the magazine’s annual Readers' Choice Awards.
Hilton Head Island falls behind two Hawaiian islands, Maui and Oahu, on the list of top 10 islands in the U.S.
According to its online listing, Condé Nast Traveler named Hilton Head as one of the best for its “pristine” beaches, shopping, bike trails, golf, and restaurants “that could compete with major cities.”
Five local hotels also made the travel magazine’s top 20 list of Best Southern Resorts, including: Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort; 7. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town; 11. Montage Palmetto Bluff; 12. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort; 13. Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.
The awards were named just 10 days after Hurricane Matthew battered the South Carolina coast with damage costs totaling over $12 million for the island. More than 10 Hilton Head resorts and a majority of the restaurants on the island are already back in business.
The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was named the No. 5 best airport in the country.
Earlier this year, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island as the best island in the continental United States in 2016.