Sea Pines Vs. Palmetto Dunes

Sea Pines Vs. Palmetto Dunes: Which Place is Right for You?

Are you trying to decide between buying property in Sea Pines or Palmetto Dunes? We’ll tell you right now, it’s not an easy decision. These communities are two of Hilton Head’s most popular—and for good reason. While we can’t tell you which place to choose (both are incredible, and we honestly don’t have a favorite), we can help you weigh your options.

If you’re thinking about living in Sea Pines vs. Palmetto Dunes, here are some of the key factors you should consider…


Recreational facilities

Whether you prefer golf clubs or tennis rackets, you’ll find no shortage of great facilities in both Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes. Sea Pines is home to several fantastic golf courses, including Harbour Town (which hosts the RBC Heritage PGA Tour) and the always-challenging Heron Point. The community is also home to a number of top-notch tennis facilities. One of the best is the Sea Pines Racquet Club, which is directed by Wimbledon great Stan Smith.

When it comes to recreational facilities, Palmetto Dunes has an equally stellar reputation. Check out the Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills, or George Fazio golf courses for a world-class experience. If tennis is more your thing, visit the award-winning courts at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Centre.


Beach access

There are plenty of stunning beaches on Hilton Head, and some of the best can be found in two of the island’s most sought-after communities. In Sea Pines, there are an impressive five miles of beachfront to explore. Some areas are quieter than others, but the most popular hotspot is the Sea Pines Beach Club. The club offers not only restrooms and showers, but a bar, food service, and—if you’re there at the right time—family entertainment. Use of Sea Pines beaches is generally restricted to community property owners. For convenience, they’re serviced by a local trolley.

In Palmetto Dunes, there are three pristine miles of sand to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to swim, surf, sunbathe, or simply go for a scenic stroll, the community’s oceanfront is the perfect place to do it. The Dunes House (which contains a deck and restrooms) is an ultra-convenient spot for a pit stop, while getting to and from the beach is a breeze via the Dunes Buggy.


Shopping & restaurants

Next up in our comparison of Sea Pines vs. Palmetto Dunes: places to eat and shop. In both communities, you’ll find eateries with mouth-watering menus and boutiques that cater to refined tastes. If you’re planning to grab a meal in Sea Pines, we have a few recommendations. Namely, Fraser’s Tavern for pub food (from shrimp and grits to pizza), Crazy Crab for seafood (you’ll find to-die-for crab legs, shrimp, and oysters), Coast for impeccable oceanfront dining (or its adults-only option, Oceanfront Lounge), or Links for something a bit more upscale. Shoppers should hit up the Harbour Town Shops and Sea Pines Centre, home to over twenty upscale boutiques, galleries, and gift shops.

In Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find a variety of great eateries. HH Prime is a favorite for fans of perfectly-grilled steaks, pitch-perfect seafood, and impressive wine lists.  The local go-to for a pick-up lunch is the General Store, which you’ll find on the main road into the community. Palmetto Dunes is also located across the highway from Shelter Cove Harbor, where you’ll find a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes. We’re partial to San Miguel’s, which offers gorgeous marina views, great salsa, and an outdoor bar with music. Speaking of Shelter Cove Harbor, it’s also a fantastic place to peruse some charming shops—whether you’re looking for fine art, chic apparel, or outdoor goods. On Tuesday nights, you’ll even find fireworks!


Real estate

In Sea Pines, you’ll find a wide variety of properties across different price points. From water-view villas, great residential homes, and ideal rental properties to multi-million dollar estates, there’s a variety of gorgeous options in the area. Palmetto Dunes also offers a whole lot of selection. There’s a residents-only area called Leamington, where you’ll find lots of land to build on as well as gorgeous homes for sale. Across the community, you’ll find an array of villas, townhouses, and single-family homes (all of which are on or near the Atlantic Ocean).

Where you decide to settle will depend on what you hope to get out of living in Hilton Head—whether it’s great golfing opportunities, fun in the sun, rest and relaxation, or all of the above. To discover which community is perfect for you, talk an agent who’s a local expert!


Thinking of buying a home in Sea Pines or Palmetto Dunes? Get in touch—we’d love to hear more about what you’re looking for and discuss what’s currently on the market!