When you’re vacationing in a beach resort as beautiful as Hilton Head Island, you naturally want to spend time outdoors enjoying the Lowcountry’s lush surroundings and spectacular water views—even when you’re looking for that perfect little black dress or a unique gift to take home to mom.

With nearly 30 open air shopping centers tucked amid the island’s magnificent live oaks, scenic harbors and pristine tidal creek, you can do both.

One of the more scenic new spots to shop is Shelter Cove Towne Centre overlooking Broad Creek. The walking village features an assortment of stores and restaurants along a waterfront park where you can stop to relax and enjoy a stunning vista of the salt marsh.

Next door to Towne Centre is Shelter Cove Harbour Shops & Restaurants, offering its own eclectic brand of retail therapy with the colorful marina as a backdrop.

Harbour Town in The Sea Pines Resort is another popular shopping destination with a nautical ambiance and stores featuring one-of-a-kind art, antiques and apparel.

For a more tropical take on shopping, try Coligny at the Beach. In this trendy North Forest Beach marketplace, shaded walkways take you around a winding lagoon as you browse the fun collection of chic boutiques, specialty and souvenir stores.

Savvy shoppers also will enjoy strolling through the Village at Wexford and Main Street Village Shopping Center, both known for their variety of upscale shops.

Just a short drive over the Hilton Head Island bridges is Tanger Outlet Center where you’ll find two nearby locations with more than 90 stores for the ultimate shop ‘til-you-drop experience. (information courtesy Hilton Head Chamber)