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  • Free to explore; $6 gate fee for cars; fees vary by vendor
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  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Hilton Head's Harbour Town district a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy-cane-striped lighthouse that you've likely seen splashed across many of the island's postcards. Aside from the famous lighthouse, you'll also spot lavish yachts dotting the marina, as well as a smattering of gorgeous rental properties, not to mention the Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the prestigious RBC Heritage golf tournament. 

Eateries and shopping here are also abundant. Stroll out toward the water after a meal, preferably dinner, as sunset is known to be particularly enchanting. Plus, much of the time you can find live music during the summer under The Liberty Oak. As for shopping, you'll find everything from souvenirs such as postcards and T-shirts to home decor, fine apparel and artwork of the area. 

Recent visitors admit that even though there isn't too much to do here, the charming community and relaxed atmosphere of Harbour Town is definitely worth the trip. Merely strolling along the water and grabbing a bite or snack (many recommended a stop at Cups & Cones for ice cream) is enough to take in the ambiance of Harbour Town. If you are looking for an activity, many recommend climbing the Harbour Town lighthouse for excellent views of the marina below, the nearby golf links, the water as well as Daufuskie Island. 

If you want to explore more of the surrounding Sea Pines community, which spans 5,000 acres, consider renting a bike and exploring via its 15 miles of bike-friendly trails. Aside from the iconic lighthouse, Sea Pines is also home to horse stables, the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve and water sport rentals. 

Harbour Town rests in the bottom "toe" of the island, about 4 miles west of downtown Hilton Head. Because Harbour Town is located within Sea Pines, a privately owned residential community, all cars are required to pay an entrance fee. How much the fee is depends on the type of car you have (ranges from $4 to $25). However, if you're a guest at The Inn & Club at Harbor Town, you'll receive a complimentary access pass for the duration of your stay. The Harbour Town Lighthouse is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and costs $4.25 to enter. Visit Harbour Town's page on the Sea Pines Resort website for more details on visiting and activities.

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#1 Coligny Beach Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect ... Read more » Ann Rivall / USNWR

#2 Daufuskie Island Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its ... Read more » akaplummer / Getty Images

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