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World-famous Hilton Head Island is beloved for its low-key culture and white sandy beaches. Residents while away the summer months fishing, soaking up the sun, and attending outdoor concerts.


HHI Beach Guide - Town of HHI

World-famous Hilton Head Island is beloved for its low-key culture and white sandy beaches. Residents while away the summer months fishing, soaking up the sun, and attending outdoor concerts. When winter arrives and the Island slows down a bit, Hilton Head residents practice their golf and tennis games, enjoy walks on emptier beaches and relax in the moderate winter temperatures

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Beach Guide - RE/MAX Island Realty

Beach lovers will find no shortage of places to plant their sun umbrella in the Lowcountry! All of Hilton Head Island’s beaches are public and there are 8 different beach access points scattered throughout the Island.


Community Information

Hilton Head Island & Bluffton SC

You’ll find residents riding bikes and kayaking any time of year in this active town in addition to dining at some of the South’s most popular restaurants. Real estate options on Hilton Head Island range quite a bit and span from budget-friendly condos to multi-million-dollar luxury estates.


Perfect For: Outdoor Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

Hilton Head residents of all ages are active year-round. The local landscape and sublime climate make the Island a beautiful place to swim, run and bike. Enthusiasts of watersports will find an abundance of boat rentals that make it easy to head out to open water for some deep-sea fishing or dolphin-watching. Bird lovers will enjoy the many parks and nature trails, while competitive athletes relish the opportunity to partake in a plethora of events from marathons to triathlons, to golf and tennis tournaments. There really is something for people of all ages and physical abilities.


Hilton Head, SC’s Real Estate Market

When it comes to real estate, most potential homebuyers can find a residence suitable to their tastes, preferences, and price point. Condos account for almost half of the housing market on Hilton Head Island, while single-family homes are readily available as well. Despite Hilton Head’s popularity and notoriety as a tourist destination, most property owners on the Island are full time residents. As a result, new residents can expect to find themselves immersed in a very close-knit community.


Hilton Head offers a robust blend of older, traditional “beachy” homes, luxurious estates, quaint cottages and quality, newer custom homes. If your intention is to buy a vacation home, rest assured that Hilton Head’s rental market is very dependable and several well-established property management companies are available to facilitate renting your home or condo.


The Lifestyle: Island Paradise

Island residents enjoy some of the best beaches in South Carolina and access to year-round outdoor activities. An alluring healthy lifestyle combined with constant entertainment options, spectacular scenery and outstanding climate has created a perfect environment for young professionals, families, and retirees.


From miniature golf courses like Pirate’s Island to the Sandbox, an Interactive Children’s Museum, there is something for kids of all ages. For us big kids, nights out on the town can be enjoyed at the Jazz Corner, Skull Creek Boathouse and the Lodge Beer and Burger Bar to name a few.


If staying physically and mentally active is a priority, rest assured it’s as easy as it gets in Hilton Head. Tennis is extremely popular, along with golf, yoga, and beachcombing. Hilton Head is famous for its Atlantic coast biking and hiking trails, along with endless local inlets and rivers to explore via kayak. The Island’s nature reserves allow visitors to explore untouched flora and fauna. And at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, visitors can explore a 4,000-year-old Indian Shell Ring which are only found in a few remaining spots along the coast.


Featured Neighborhoods

•   Sea Pines

•   Palmetto Dunes

•   Port Royal Plantation

•   Shipyard Plantation

•   Forrest Beach


You’ll Enjoy: Endless Fun and Lowcountry Living

Hilton Head has plenty to offer everyone. There’s so much to do here, in fact, we recommend you take a week to experience the best of the island. If you are coming to Hilton Head to find your vacation or permanent home, why not make a vacation out of the search? Below is a snapshot of just a few activities Hilton Head has to offer:

•   Experience pristine, untouched nature. After your morning stroll along the shore, visit Hilton Head’s beautiful nature preserves. A variety of guided tours are available to help you get to know the island via boat or nature trail.

•   Lawton Stables at Sea Pine Resort provides the opportunity to horseback ride for a few hours. Younger visitors will love the pony rides and petting zoo.

•   Learn more about the local history and culture at the Coastal Discovery Museum. In addition to treating visitors to local tours and historical displays, the museum is surrounded by some of the island’s oldest trees and buildings.

•   If you’re like the locals, you can’t get enough of Hilton Head’s gorgeous beaches. Enjoy long days winding down on any of Hilton Head’s beaches. Pack a picnic lunch, plant your umbrella in the sand and sink your toes into the water. We can promise you; this never gets old!


Distinguished Schools in Hilton Head

•   Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary | Grades K-5 | 30 School Road

•   Hilton Head Island Middle | Grades 6-8 | 55 Wilborn Road

•   Hilton Head Island High | Grades 9-12 | 70 Wilborn Road


Hilton Head, SC Utilities


Palmetto Electric Cooperative

Phone: 843-681-5551




Suburban Propane



Hilton Head PSD

Serving customers from Windmill Harbour to the Hilton Head Resort area

Phone: 843-681-5525

Broad Creek PSD 

Serving customers in the Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove areas

Phone: 843-785-7582

South Island PSD

Serving customers in Shipyard, Long Cove, Wexford, Forest Beach and Sea Pines areas

Phone: 843-785-6224

Internet, Cable TV and Landline Phone

Hargray Communications

Phone: 877-427-4729


Phone: 866-874-2389



The Workforce: A Wide Range of Opportunities

It goes without saying that tourism is the Island’s leading industry. Resorts and hotels employ a varied range of professionals in areas spanning from marketing to accounting and hospitality to the culinary arts. Hilton Head is also quickly becoming a hub of entrepreneurs who prefer a slower lifestyle to balance their busy business ventures. In addition, young professionals with the ability to work remotely are finding Hilton Head an ideal location to call home. 


Why Live Here: Going Coastal is the Best Way to Go

Hilton Head residents couldn’t ask for much more.  This gorgeous island is home to some of America’s most popular beaches that not only satisfy tourists year-round but also serve as a home base for Hilton Head’s tightly knit permanent residential community. With a range of employment opportunities due to the hospitality industry and local businesses alike, this is a fantastic place to start your career, raise a family and find a home to spend the rest of your days walking the beautiful beaches.

Beach Access

Parking and Access

All of the beach is public, from the ocean to the high water mark. Access to the beach, however, is often private.


Beach lovers will find no shortage of places to plant their sun umbrella in the Lowcountry! All of Hilton Head Island’s beaches are public and there are 8 different beach access points scattered throughout the Island.
Alder Lane
2 Woodward Avenue. 
Located just off South Forest Beach Drive on the South End. Featuring handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards. Metered parking. 
Burkes Beach
60 Burkes Beach Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Community Park. Featuring basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, and fenced-in dog park. Very limited, metered parking. 
Coligny Beach Park
1 North Forest Beach.
Located on the South End, just across from Coligny Plaza, this is Hilton Head’s most popular beach. Featuring outdoor showers, changing rooms, restrooms, free Wi-Fi, chair and umbrella rentals, handicap beach matting, and seasonal lifeguards. Free lot parking. 
Driessen Beach Park
64 Bradley Beach Road.
Located mid-Island just past Folly Field Road. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic table pavilion, grill, playground, and vending machines. Ample, metered parking.
Fish Haul Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park. Featuring restrooms. Free parking.
Folly Field Beach Park
55 Starfish Drive. 
Located mid-Island and one of Hilton Head’s most popular beaches. Featuring restrooms, showers, handicap beach matting, and vending machines. Limited, metered parking. 
Islanders Beach Park
94 Folly Field Road.
Located mid-Island in the popular Folly Field area. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic pavilion, grill, handicap matting, and a playground. Metered parking. 
Mitchelville Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park and a hidden gem! Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, and picnic table. Please note: this beach is not handicap accessible and vehicular access is down a dirt road. Ample, free parking. 

Beyond Hilton Head:


May River Sandbar
Old Town Bluffton.
Located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the May River Sandbar is one of Bluffton’s best kept secrets and is where Blufftonians go for a great time. Be sure to check the tide! The “beach” is a sandbar and disappears at high tide. This is a quintessential Bluffton experience and one not to be missed. There are no restrooms and limited parking. 
Hunting Island State Park
If you’re looking for a day trip from Hilton Head or Bluffton, don’t miss Hunting Island State Park. South Carolina’s most popular park, Hunting Island offers stunning beach access, a maritime forest, historic lighthouse, camping, fishing pier and nature center. It’s a bit of a trek from Hilton Head or Bluffton (about 1.5 hours) but it’s a can’t miss if you are a nature lover.

Farmers Market

On Hilton Head Island

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HHI Chamber Podcast

Leaders from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce sit down with thought leaders from all around and talk business, entertainment, tourism and wellness!

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