A national parenting magazine has ranked Hilton Head Island No. 1 on its list of America’s Top 10 Beach Towns.
Parents Magazine compared the nation’s beaches using the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water quality reports, focusing on low rates of water contamination and beach closings, and narrowed down its list to the top 100 beaches based on water quality. After ensuring water safety by eliminating any beaches without lifeguards on-duty, Parents reviewed the number of public restrooms, changing areas and beachside amusements like nature activities and playgrounds.
Those towns without an extensive list of inland activities for families were omitted. Finally, the editors culled the site’s accommodations to provide a range of wallet-friendly lodging and entertainment options for families. No hotel room in any of the top 10 towns starts at a higher price than $269 per night. Several come in below $200.