Hilton Head Island is located in the southern part of the state of South Carolina. It is considered as a town and island, along the Atlantic coast just south of the Port Royal Sound and is one of the Sea Islands, in Beaufort County. The island was discovered by an English sea captain in 1663 for whom the island is named after - William Hilton, where he sighted it as a high bluff of the island. The settlement started in 1717 when the English planers arrived in the area and started growing Indigo and rice and making it their primary crops. Cotton was introduced to Hilton Head Island after the American Revolution and ever since the plantation grew rich. The island’s black population was then brought to the island so they will work in the plantations, which contributed to the development of the Creole language and culture in the region and was then called Gullah. Every year, travel experts and publications recognize the city as a family-friendly holiday destination. Hilton Head Island is surrounded by the Intra-Coastal Waterway, and is heated year-round by the Gulf Stream for a wonderful semi-tropical climate. The people of Hilton Head Island number at 33,800 and most enjoy a casual, resort lifestyle. Homes in the area are beautifully intertwined with towering southern pines, blossoming magnolias, fine restaurants, golf courses complemented by a relaxing, hospitable atmosphere. Around 2.5 million visitors grace Hilton Head annually, and tourism is critical to the local economy. Apart from its coastal local events geared towards fostering a community spirit. Hilton Head Island works hard to offer the ultimate seaside environment without the hectic and flashy characteristics of other beach towns.
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