Hilton Head Beaches
Ten miles of spotless sand along the Atlantic Ocean beach make Hilton Head Island a perfect haven for beachgoers. Although thousands flock to our shoreline every day, the beaches are never crowded. Even where people congregate near easy access points, there is ample room to walk, jog, play games, or ride bikes on the hard-packed sand closer to the surf line.
The beaches slope gradually in most areas so swimmers can go a long way from shore and still be able to stand with their head above water. In a few places, tidal currents may produce deep holes or rip tides, so swim buddies are advisable. During the vacation season, lifeguards are stationed along the beach, but parents should keep watch over young children who get caught up in the thrill of our vast ocean and all its treasures. Live sand dollars are a favorite find and after examining them in the palm of your hand, the town requires that you kindly return them to the ocean floor.
Regardless of where your accommodations are located, all beaches in South Carolina are available to the public. On the island’s south end, walkways allow easy access to and from the beach. Among the various points for beach access, a popular spot is the Coligny Beach Park. Here beachgoers have access to clean restrooms, showers, changing facilities, and a wheelchair-friendly mat over the soft sand. Shore Beach Services will rent beach chairs and umbrellas, big-wheeled tricycles, small catamarans, and more. For those who need a break from the sun, restaurants and shops are within an easy walk from the beach. The merchants welcome visitors in flip-flops and cover-ups.
For guests staying in Sea Pines or those who bought a day pass and hopped on the free trolley, the Sea Pines Beach Club is a great place to enjoy sun, surf, and snacks. The covered outdoor bar and eatery provides casual beachside dining and seasonal entertainment. Often times, the club provides fun activities for the kids. Creating a personal tie-dyed shirt is a favorite.
Besides sunning, swimming, and skimming, visitors on Hilton Head Island enjoy biking along the hard-packed sand adjacent to the surf. At low tide, bikers ride for miles, making stops along the way at various beachside bars. Experienced beach bikers know to travel the beach with the wind at their backs; otherwise it feels like biking up hill all the way. When it’s time to turn around, go inland and follow the island-wide leisure trail back to your original destination. Ask us for a map showing the beach hot spots and bike trails across the island.