It’s official, again: America is in love with Hilton Head Island.
For the second time this year, a top travel magazine named Hilton Head the best island in the U.S.
On Tuesday, Condé Nast Traveler announced Hilton Head earned the top spot in the 2018 Readers’ Choice “Best Islands in the U.S.” poll. It’s the second year in a row the magazine ranked the Lowcountry island at the top of its list.
Hilton Head outranked four Hawaiian islands —Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island. Kiawah was the only other South Carolina island that made the list, coming in at No. 3.
Condé Nast editors raved about Hilton Head, saying the 12-mile island feels “a world apart” from the South Carolina mainland — with something for every type of traveler from foodies to beach bums and everything in between. They said Hilton Head’s restaurants have the kind of cuisine that could compete with major cities.
Once again, Condé Nast readers showed a lot of love for the Lowcountry in 2018. Charleston was named the No. 1 Best Small City in the U.S. The magazine said the Reader’s Choice awards are the “longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry” based off responses from nearly 429,000 readers.
Resorts in the Hilton Head area dominated the Reader’s Choice “Top Resorts of the South” list, including:
- No. 5 The Inn & Club at Harbour Town
- No. 6 Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
- No. 9 Montage Palmetto Bluff
Earlier this year, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island “Best Island” in the continental United States in 2018 for the third year in a row.
Here are just a few of the sights that keep travel magazines raving about HIlton Head, year after year.