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It's a vacation every day in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina, may be best known for its resort lifestyle - as a prime vacation spot, an estimated 2.25 million visitors stayed on the island and spent more than $1.5 billion on museums, arts centers, orchestras and other cultural activities in the area. 

There are also a number of exciting, local celebrations that take place every year. WineFest is the largest annual wine tasting event on the East Coast, while the St. Patricks Parade at Hilton Head attracted around 20,000 attendees in 2007. Several high-profile golf tournaments also take place in the city.

Environmental enthusiasts are also sure to appreciate the diversity of wildlife in South Carolina. The surrounding ecosystem is home to dolphins, alligators, deer, sea turtles and hundreds of bird species. The wealth of aquatic species attract many fishermen as well, most of whom choose to travel to the Red Drum, Sheepshead, Cobia and several other popular spots.

There are also a number of public beaches and island parks that can provide hours of adventure and fun in the sun.

Looking for all of the vacation amenities of Hilton Head, but want to live in an intimate setting where neighbors are familiar with each other? Try the Del Webb experience at Sun City Hilton Head, which is located in nearby Bluffton, one of the fastest-growing towns in South Carolina.

Here, residents can get to know one another through more than 100 clubs and classes or during a game at one of the tennis, volleyball, croquet or pickleball courts. The three amenity centers and two social halls guarantee that retirees will always be learning new things in a warm and inviting atmosphere, and have the chance to go on a vacation to Hilton Head any day of the week.  

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