Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.
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Hilton Head's eastern shore is 12 miles of white sand. As its name suggests, this beach is loved by locals because it's less crowded than most and swimmer-friendly, thanks to its gentle underwater slope. There's also a playground and a shady picnic area behind the dunes.