Though there are other ways to get around the island, a car is still your safest bet, as public transportation in Hilton Head is limited and distances between attractions outside of the town center can make for a rather lengthy walk. Avis, Enterprise, and Hilton Head Rent-a-Car all have rental locations on the island, and visitors driving north from Savannah will find even more options at the airport there.

There is at least one nearby taxi company in Bluffton, but don’t count on this for travel across the island. Low Country Adventures, however, does offer scenic bus tours that take visitors around the island as well as airport shuttles to and from Savannah. The Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority also runs a few bus lines that go from Hilton Head to nearby towns like Bluffton and Beaufort for around $2 a ticket or $20 for a weekly pass, depending on the destination. However, each of the half dozen lines only runs one bus each way per day. A more individualized van service is available for $6-10, but must be reserved at least one day in advance.

If you actually prefer to walk, there are many parks with nature trails and public beaches. Biking along the 12-mile coast is also a popular option, and there are more than half a dozen rental places on the island.