Hilton Head, SC reclaims top spot as best US island in 2021

Hilton Head Island has staged a comeback in this year’s Journey + Leisure rankings of the finest islands in The united states.

Visitors of the national journey magazine recently picked Hilton Head as the No. 1 island in the continental United States, the journal declared Wednesday.

The island experienced been ranked No. 3 in 2020 after holding the leading spot for yrs.

Voting for the magazine’s 2021 list was open from January to May. COVID-19 cases on Hilton Head dropped appreciably for the duration of the spring.

In accordance to Travel + Leisure’s description of Hilton Head, “With 12 miles of pristine beaches, 33 golf classes, 60 miles of strolling trails, as properly as superb restaurants, museums and galleries, this South Carolina island has been popular with voters for years.”

“We can be as hectic as we like or just loosen up and choose in all the wonderful shorelines and sea existence,” explained a person voter, in accordance to the magazine.

The magazine recommended that family members vacationing on the island keep at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.

“For a a lot more serene expertise, there is the 60-space Inn & Club at Harbour Town, which was a short while ago refurbished and delivers tennis and golfing,” the journal stated.

Hilton Head is adopted on the 2021 record by Kiawah Island, South Carolina Amelia Island, Florida San Juan Islands, Washington Lengthy Boat Key, Florida Nantucket, Massachusetts the Golden Isles in Georgia (Jekyll Island, Minor St. Simons Island, Sea Island and St. Simons Island) Mount Desert Island, Maine Mackinac Island, Michigan Florida Keys, Florida Captiva Island, Florida Block Island, Rhode Island Sanibel Island, Florida Outer Financial institutions, North Carolina and Martha’s Winery, Massachusetts.

Hilton Head was earlier named the No. 1 island in the continental United States by Vacation + Leisure in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, according to preceding reporting from The Island Packet. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce encourages social media followers to vote for the island each year, and spent more than $50,000 on promoting the island in the magazine through fiscal year 2019.

A boardwalk in Palmetto Dunes qualified prospects to a crowded Hilton Head Island beach front on Memorial Day weekend 2021. Katherine Kokal The Island Packet

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Sam Ogozalek is a reporter at The Island Packet masking COVID-19 recovery efforts. He is also a Report for The united states corps member. He just lately graduated from Syracuse College and has penned for the Tampa Bay Situations, The Buffalo News and the Naples Daily News.