Hilton Head Beaches

All the world-famous white sandy beaches of Hilton Head Island, from the ocean to the high tide watermark, are public, but it’s the access to the beach that is private.  There are plenty of places to park your car, or bike, and enjoy the beach.  Each has its own parking available and there are designated swimming areas for Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field, and Island Beaches.  And during the beach summer, there will be lifeguards stationed at each location.
Hilton Head Island’s official beach season is April 1st through September 30th of each year.
Sea Pines Beach Club – a world-class beach club inside the gates of Sea Pines featuring a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach.  Surfside Market offers freshly made salads, sandwiches, and more. The Ocean Lounge, a stunning, second-floor bar offers incredible elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean.  For those who wish to enjoy fine dining, there is Coast, a beautifully appointed restaurant and oceanfront beach bar.
Sea  Pines has beach access paths about every tenth of a mile for property owners and guests staying in Sea Pines who choose to walk or bike to the beach.  The Sea Pines Beach Club is owned and operated by the Sea Pines Resort and is a lively gathering place for sand and water activities.

South Beach, Sea Pines – located in Sea Pines at the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island.  It’s known for its stunning sunset, famous Salty Dog Cafe and Marina, and of course, its lovely white sandy beach and pavilion.
The area offers free transportation on the Sea Pines Trolley.

Adler Lane –  Adler Lane beach access is just off South Forest Beach Drive.  Bring some quarters, because there is metered parking just across the street. You’ll find handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards.

Burkes Beach – is located at the end of Burkes Beach Road.  Burkes Beach isa large, serene stretch of public beach with a handful of metered parking spaces and outdoor showers. It’s located right next to Chaplin Community Park, making it one of the best beaches to visit on a bike, especially since that bike will get you down the sand pathway to the beach much quicker.  Plus there are plenty of paved trails leading to the park, which boast several wide-open fields, basketball and tennis courts, and even a dog park!

Coligny Beach Park – It’s just off Coligny Circle across from the beach and is one of the island’s best beaches along with a plaza full of great places for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Search for souvenirs in fun shops, find the perfect bathing suit in one of the small boutiques, enjoy the island’s most decadent pleasure at the fudge shop, and indulge in your favorite flavor at the ice cream shop.

Driessen Beach – just a turn off of Hwy, 278 onto Bradley Beach Road and you will reach Driessen Beach. The path to the beach is long but it’s fine because there are plenty of stops on the way.  You will find restrooms and showers, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a charcoal grill perfect for groups hungry for burgers and hotdogs and all other grilled meals.  Finally, there’s a great playground with slides and monkey bars for the kids.

Fish Haul Beach – is located just off Beach City Road and has one of the most natural beaches on the island. Fish haul Beach Park is sure to please with its beauty, easy beach access, and restroom facilities. Here you will enjoy 16 acres where shoreline and marshes come together with an observation deck out over the marshes, where tons of fiddler crabs scurry about. A pavilion with picnic tables makes a great spot to stop for lunch.  There are grassy spots, rocks, sandbars, and a white sandy beach waiting to be explored.

Folly Field Beach Park- a tranquil beach located just off Folly Field Road with restrooms and outdoor showers, plus seasonal umbrella and lounge chair rentals. It’s found along the northern half of Hilton Head Island, and is located in a mainly residential neighborhood, and is known informally by residents and long-time visitors alike as a “local’s beach.”  Seldom overcrowded, with parking spots that are almost hidden by a line of live oaks and Palmettos, the park is a favorite for new and seasoned vacationers alike. It features ample stretches of shoreline located just a stone’s throw from the wooded park’s entrance. It’s gorgeous, very convenient, and newcomers would do well to find this almost secretive spot for a fun day at the seashore.

Islanders Beach Park– a place to go and relax for the entire day.  Islanders beach park is outfitted with all you need, including a picnic pavilion, grill, playground, and restrooms. Located on Folly Field Road, it’s one of the best-kept secrets on the island.


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