Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the beach if I’m not staying oceanfront?
All beaches in South Carolina are available to the public. Throughout the island, walkways allow easy access to and from the beach.
How do I access activities inside gated communities?
Sea Pines charges $6.00 per car for a day pass, which includes free parking inside the main gate on Greenwood Drive. Courtesy rides on a cute trolley will shuttle visitors throughout the plantation with stops at Harbour Town and South Beach Marinas, Beach
Club, and Shopping Center. Golfers will find adequate parking at the club houses for Harbour Town, Heron Point, and Ocean Courses.
Shipyard provides a day pass for the Sonesta Resort, the Shipyard Golf Course, and the Van der Meer Tennis Center.
Why should I plan a vacation during hurricane season?
Officially, hurricane season begins June 1st and ends on November 30th. In reality, the highest probability of a hurricane making landfall along the southeastern coast is during August and September. Although a hurricane has not struck
Hilton Head Island since 1896, we have had precautionary evacuations within the last thirty years. Gulf of Mexico hurricanes, like Ike and Katrina, never caused evacuations in South Carolina. As a rule, we watch for hurricanes that form off the west coast
and travel across the Atlantic Ocean. These hurricanes move slowly, giving us ample time for orderly evacuations. Their unpredictable paths are what trigger hurricane watches. Often times, the media reports a hurricane watch for
the Carolinas. The combined coastline of North Carolina and South Carolina is 400 miles long and a hurricane landfall affects a tiny portion of that coast. Many Atlantic hurricanes hit north of Hilton Head
and the weather here remains sunny and clear.
During a hurricane watch, the Town of Hilton Head Island may ask visitors to voluntarily evacuate the island, giving businesses and residents time to prepare. When the watch becomes a warning, the island is under a mandatory evacuation. Smart visitors protect
their vacation investment by purchasing travel insurance at reasonable costs.
How can my group purchase a golf package?
With thorough knowledge of local courses, we arrange custom packages for golf groups. Provide us with dates, number of golfers and rounds. We can tailor it for condo locations and courses. Then we’ll break down the cost per golfer, arrange tee times, pay
the courses, and ensure comfortable accommodations, including separate beds for each male golfer. Planning ahead for golf is important during spring and fall seasons. Otherwise, discounted fees for last minute tee times are available during the summer and
Where do we play the free tennis offered with our vacation rental?
Our weekly rates include one hour of tennis per day per property, except where on-site tennis courts are available to owners and guests. Courtside and Springwood condominiums have tennis memberships at Van der Meer Tennis Centers. Other Forest Beach vacationers
may use this facility, pay for their tennis, and present receipts to our office where they will be reimbursed for one hour of tennis per day per property.
Shipyard guests may play at Van der Meer Tennis Center next to the Sonesta Resort. Sea Pines guests may play the Harbour Town or South Beach Racquet Clubs. The same reimbursement policy applies. Tennis facilities require advanced reservations for court time.
Instead of reimbursement for one hour of tennis per day, avid tennis players may prefer properties with on-site tennis courts for the private use of owners and their guests. Those managed by Seashore Vacations are located in: Forest Beach Villas, Inland
Harbour, Racquet Club, Waterford, …
How does a vacation rental property compare with a hotel room?
Require a 3 to 5 night minimum stay
Usually no nightly minimums
Most have two or more bedrooms and baths
Additional rooms add cost per stay
All have full kitchens, living & dining areas
Some may have kitchenettes
Housekeeping during occupancy costs extra
Daily housekeeping typically included
How is the weather on Hilton Head Island?
The usual answer is sunny and seventy-five. Daytime summer air temps may go above 90° F, but ocean breezes cause beaches to feel cooler, making sunburn precautions a must. Water temps in the summer range from 80° to 85° F. Spring and fall air temperatures
range from 70° to 80° F during the day and from 60° to 70° at night. Winter brings highs from 50° to 60° F and lows from 30° to 40°.
Can I bring my pet?
Few rental properties permit pets, so choices of accommodations become limited for pet owners. Many condominium complexes prohibit pets even for property owners and this rule is strictly enforced. Sneaking a pet onto a rental property is unwise. However,
the island has quality kennels available for pet boarding. Often visitors traveling with a dog will board it and spend time with the pet during the day. Dogs are allowed on the beach where leash laws and time-of-day restrictions are enforced. The island also
has dog-friendly parks. For dog and cat boarding options,
Evergreen Pet Lodge on Dillon Road is a reputable facility with on-site veterinary care. A second facility for dogs,
Southpaw Training Center,has recently opened on Fish Haul Road.