Hilton Head is considered one of the East Coast’s best vacation destinations. The beach resort, located off of South Carolina’s southeastern corner, has historically attracted a well-heeled crowd, yet the island’s condo rentals make an affordable alternative to its many upscale resorts.
The massive Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort includes 850 condo units, 162 of them managed by the resort and the remainder privately owned. This upper-middle-range property offers good value for a waterfront resort on the island, with numerous features including two pools, 10 tennis courts, and a few casual restaurants and bars. Decor varies from unit to unit, but overall the resort's casual (and occasionally dated) look reflects its vibe as a flip-flops and T-shirt kind of place.
The gated HarbourSide III has 39 one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos, all equipped with full kitchens. Most condos have harbor views, but the decor leaves a bit to be desired, especially in the bedrooms where shiny bedspreads look shabby. Perks such as free parking and free Wi-Fi are nice, and families enjoy the pool, but the beach is a drive or bike ride away (the hotel provides a free shuttle). Still, many travelers appreciate its proximity to numerous restaurants.