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Best Beaches in Hilton Head Island

Coligny Beach

Coligny Beach is the most popular and top rated beach on Hilton Head Island with a U.S. News ranking of 4.8/5 based on value, facilities and atmosphere.  This beach is very family oriented, providing nearby parking, clean bathrooms, changing facilities and showers also located on the boardwalk.

Folly Field Beach Park

Located near Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, Folly Field can be accessed by a wooden boardwalk bridge leading to the beach and is wheelchair accessible. At the entrance to the beach there are restrooms, vending machines, water fountains and sand showers.

Driessen Beach Park

An incredibly family friendly beach, complete with picnic pavilions, outdoor grills and a playground. There are also seasonal beach rentals for chairs and umbrellas, as well as seasonal lifeguards.

Burkes Beach

This beach is great for biking with an ocean view. Burkes Beach is also conveniently located near multiple basketball and tennis courts, as well as several open fields and a dog park.  

Singleton Beach

Singleton Beach offers a quieter and semi-private beach access. A great place to observe undisturbed ocean inhabitants without the large beach crowd. 

Best Restaurants in Hilton Head Island

Black Marlin Bayside Grill

This restaurant is dockside in the Palmetto Bay Marina providing indoor and outdoor seating. Along with its menu filled with fresh-caught seafood, the restaurant includes a waterside Hurricane Bar featuring Fat Tuesday Frozen Daiquiris.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

One of Hilton Head’s oldest restaurants, Hudson's, is known for its fresh seafood and beautiful views overlooking the Port Royal Sound. 

The Old Oyster Factory

Overlooking Broad Creek, The Old Oyster Factory was voted one of the “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants” by Open Table.


Located in Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Poseidon offers indoor and patio seating. The restaurant's roof top bar is a great place to enjoy the island's nightlife with live music and DJ's. 

The Salty Dog Café

Located in Sea Pines, a plantation known for its family friendly atmosphere, The Salty Dog Café provides waterfront dining, conveniently located by a shopping plaza, and marina offering daily cruises and water sports.

Skull Creek Boathouse

Along the edge of Skull Creek and the marina, this restaurant is well known for its sunset dinners. The outdoor bar and patio gives the best view of the sun setting over the water with local live music.

Wise Guys

Located on Main Street, Wise Guys has been awarded best martini bar, best steak and best tapas. They offer an extensive cocktail menu as well as an award - winning wine list of over 200 bottles.

Historical Sites in Hilton Head Island

 Cotton Hope Plantation

Observe the ruins of Thomas Henry Barksdale's Skull Creek Plantation built in the 1700's. Renamed after Squire Pope upon purchasing the western side of the plantation, there is still a significant amount of tabby ruins. 

Fort Mitchel

Within Hilton Head Plantation, the preserved remanence of Fort Mitchell can be found from the Civil War. This historical landmark is covered in lush greenery and wildlife and is named in honor of Major General Ormesby McKnight Mitchel.

Sea Pines Shell Ring

Early Native Americans built this shell ring about 4,000 years ago over a period of 300 years. It is believed that Native Americans continuously visited Hilton Head to harvest seafood while building the shell ring, but the true symbolism of the ring is still unknown. 

Sea Pines Stoney-Baynard Ruins

Built out of tabby in the early 1800's as a plantation, the home was taken over by the Union forces during the Civil War before being burned down. Today, the tabby ruins of the main house and slave quarters are still standing and are apart of the Sea Pines nature trails.

Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery

This cemetery features the oldest structure on Hilton Head Island, a mausoleum built in 1846. The cemetery is located on Matthews Drive, named after the chapel's first priest, Philip Matthews. The chapel was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War, but was destroyed in 1868, leaving only the cemetery to remain.

Shopping in Hilton Head Island

Coligny Plaza

Next to Coligny Beach, this a great area for families to enjoy an array of clothing shops, local gift stores, live music and entertainment. 

Harbour Town South Island

Located in Sea Pines Plantation, this center has an excellent view of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, featuring live music and shows for families during the spring and summer seasons. 

 Shelter Cove Marina 

Located in Palmetto Dunes off of the Intracoastal Waterway, this harbor includes shopping, on the water dining, water sports and a fireworks show every Tuesday during the summer months.

 Shelter Cove Towne Centre

 One of Hilton Head’s newest shopping centers with a wonderful view overlooking Broad Creek.

 South Beach Marina Village

Located in Sea Pines by the Calibogue Sound, South Beach Marina Village has multiple restaurants, shops, cruises, live music events, fishing and water sports.

Tanger Outlets 1 & 2

Just a short 20 minutes off the island, Tanger Outlets has an array of stores ranging from apparel, jewelry, footwear, home furnishings and specialty brands. 

Activities in Hilton Head Island


The island is covered in nature trails and bike paths leading to marshes, lagoons and the ocean. If you are in need of a bike rental, contact Hilton Head Outfitters or Hilton Head Bicycle.  

Bird Watching

Hilton Head Island is an excellent place for birding year round. The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society provides seasonal guided walks at the Audubon Newhall Preserve to help visitors with their bird siting. 

Cruises, Fishing, Tours

Explore the Atlantic intracoastal waterways of the island and its inhabitants with Captain Mark's Dolphin Watch Cruises, Commander Zodiac, Drifter Excursions, Discover Tours, or Hilton Head Tours.

Daufuskie Island

Accessible only by a ferry ride, Daufuskie Island is a beautifully preserved historic landmark with guided island tours, and highlights such as the Silver Dew Winery and Bloody Point Lighthouse. 


Hilton Head Island is known for its abundance of premiere golf courses. There are many public and private course options available, as well as classes and lodging. 

Horse Back Riding & Petting Zoo

Lawton Stables located in Sea Pines is a day trip that the entire family can enjoy. The facility caters to all ages providing trail rides, pony rides and an animal farm.

Nature Preserve

With multiple trails filled with wildlife from the marshes, ponds, and wooded areas, Pinckney Island is a great way to experience Lowcountry nature. 


Enjoy one of the many locations on the island for adult, junior, and private tennis experiences at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort, the Port Royal Golf & Recquet Club, or Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Water Sports

There are so many ways to enjoy the Hilton Head waters. From kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, tubing, to sailing, there is a water adventure for every visitor. 


Whether you choose to go on a ziplining tour or an aerial adventure, this is a great family or group activity. 




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