Top Tips to a 2022 Vacation in Sea Pines Resort

Top Tips to a 2022 Vacation
in Sea Pines Resort

Sea Pines Resort is Hilton Head’s original and largest plantation, a coastal paradise on the southern tip of Hilton Head Island, an award-winning vacation destination and America’s Favorite Island

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound, Sea Pines Resort is a top Hilton Head resort destination for families and one of Hilton Head’s most desirable communities. Sea Pines boasts historic charm, natural splendor, prime access to 5 miles of pristine sandy beaches, lush Lowcountry waterways, tranquil wetlands, and nature preserves teeming with wildlife. 

Sea Pines Resort is home to Hilton Head’s top attractions, the best shopping and dining on the island, world-class golf courses and tennis facilities, two marinas for watersports, nature trails for hiking and horseriding, and 20-miles of connected paved trails for biking around the resort. 

Whether you’re in search of lazy days and life’s simple pleasures, a romantic escape, a world-class golf getaway, or a family vacation of exhilarating activities, adventures and new experiences, Sea Pines Resort Area offers visitors the best of both worlds with true oceanfront vacation homes and villas for laid-back island style Lowcountry living.   

SEA PINES RESORT BEACH ACCESS


Sea Pines Resort has the largest stretch of oceanfront on Hilton Head Island with 5 miles of beaches, easy and convenient beach access throughout the resort, boardwalks from oceanfront rentals and prime beach access with parking at the Sea Pines Beach Club. If you’re staying in Sea Pines, you can bike or walk to the beach, hop on the Sea Pines Trolley, or head out early for a parking spot at the Beach Club. 

The world-class Sea Pines Beach Club is an oceanfront retreat exclusively for guests and residents of Sea Pine Resort with a pristine stretch of beach with lifeguards and luxury amenities for the whole family. The Sea Pines Beach Club features a surf shop for all your beach gear, the Surfside Market for beach snacks, and Craft Cove for seasonal activities for the kids. While the kids play and explore their creative side, indulge in signature seafood dishes and frozen cocktails at Coast or the Ocean Lounge for the best oceanfront dining on Hilton Head. 


HARBOUR TOWN

Harbour Town is a Hilton Head landmark and one of the most popular attractions on the island with over 20 unique stores, waterfront dining, eco-adventures, and activities for all ages. Harbour Town is the best place on Hilton Head to shop, eat, play and stay

Harbour Town Lighthouse & Museum: The candy cane striped Harbour Town Lighthouse is an iconic landmark and one of the top things to do on Hilton Head. Climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse with historical artifacts and exhibits highlighting the history of Sea Pines and Hilton Head Island, pick up souvenirs at the lighthouse shop, and soak up the scenery with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Calibogue Sound, Harbour Town and beyond (children under 5 climb free!). 

Greg Russell Harbour Town Playground & Concert Series:  Greg Russell has been entertaining locals and visitors to Hilton Head for over 40 years, with free, family-friendly entertainment under the Liberty Oak overlooking the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. The Harbour Town Playground was named in tribute to this Lowcountry Legend and, along with his famous shows, is a true delight for young children with a nature-inspired playground and seasonal visits from Albert the Alligator, Sea Pines resort mascot.   

Recreational Activities: Harbour Town Marina offers dockage specials at the Yacht Basin to bring your own boat to Hilton Head Island, one of the top yachting destinations on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, there’s an abundance of fun-fueled recreational activities on the surrounding waterways and Atlantic Ocean. Parasail over the Lowcountry coastline, kayak or SUP the tidal marshes of the Calibogue Sound, rent a pontoon, powerboat, or wave runner for high-speed adventures, or embark on a boat tour or scenic cruise of Hilton Head Island.   

Sea Pines Boat Tours & Cruises: Sea Pines Resort boat tours and cruises cater for all ages. There’s banana boat rides, pirate adventures and bubble gum cruises for the kids, year-round fishing charters, sailing excursions, dolphin encounters and unique sunset shrimp trawls for the whole family, and intimate adventures or party boat rentals for a special occasion. Harbour Town is also the starting point for day trips to Daufuskie Island and luxury cruises to explore historic Savannah

Shopping in Harbour Town: Harbour Town is a top shopping destination on Hilton Head with a Mediterranean style outdoor shopping plaza for a unique shopping experience along the waterfront. There are more than 20 stores surrounding the colorful yacht basin with everything from adventure outfitters and surf shops to upscale boutiques, galleries, and gift shops for coastal treasures. The Harbour Town General Store stocks all your vacation essentials for local shopping in Sea Pines. 

Harbour Town Restaurants & Dining Some of Hilton Head’s best restaurants and waterfront dining are in Sea Pines Resort! Harbour Town offers a wide array of eateries from ice-cream and sprinkles, casual outdoor cafes and family-friendly restaurants to gourmet fine dining, wine pairing and specialty sunset cocktails with live music on the Calibogue Sound. Savor Hilton Head Island’s best sunset dinner on the upper deck of the Spirit of Harbour Town as you set sail through the Intracoastal Waterways. 


SOUTH BEACH MARINA VILLAGE

South Beach Marina Village is a quaint New England inspired village on Braddock Cove, at the southernmost tip of Hilton Head. South Beach Marina Village is quieter than Harbour Town with wet and dry boat slip rentals, bike rentals to cruise the marina, dockside restaurants and a variety of water activities, rentals, and nature tours of the Calibogue Sound. 

Shopping in South Beach: South Beach Marina Village has a small selection of shops with fashion boutiques, gifts and souvenirs unique to Hilton Head, a tackle shop for all your fishing gear, crabbing supplies and charter tours, and a general store with Hilton Head swag and all your vacation necessities. 

South Beach Marina Village Restaurants: South Beach Marina Village is home to the famous Salty Dog Café with waterfront dining overlooking the marina and marshlands, an outdoor bar, live music on the docks and world-class coastal seafood. Stop by the Wreck of the Salty Dog on the docks for legendary hush puppies, pick up pizza to go at Jakes, or start your day with a sunrise breakfast at Land’s End Tavern, a cool, converted boat storage building. 


GOLF COURSES IN SEA PINES PLANTATION

The Sea Pines Resort Area has a rich golfing history and is synonymous with world-class golf! Sea Pines Resorts award-winning golf courses are consistently ranked among the best golf courses in the US (and the world!) with a long list of golf awards and accolades, challenging play for beginners and PGA champions, and tranquil golf villas on the fairways for the ultimate Hilton Head golf vacation in Sea Pines. 

Harbour Town Golf Links: The internationally renowned Harbour Town Golf Links is Hilton Head’s most famous course and a favorite with past and present PGA champions. Harbour Town Golf Links is home to South Carolina’s only PGA tour event, the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, a Hilton Head legacy and tradition bringing over 135,000 visitors to Sea Pines each April. 

Plantation Golf Club: The Sea Pines Plantation Golf Club is home to two lush Lowcountry courses, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes Golf Course, world-class instruction at The Golf Learning Center, and an expansive pro shop. Atlantic Dunes is a complete remodel of Hilton Head’s first golf course, the historic Ocean Course, featuring one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head, an open layout for family-friendly golf and a true seaside ambiance. 


TENNIS & RACQUET CLUBS IN SEA PINES

Hilton Head is one of the top tennis destinations in the US with a tropical climate for year-round play, over 300 courts, award-winning tennis facilities, coaching clinics with certified professional instructors and fun summer camps for kids. There are two world-class tennis facilities in Sea Pines.    

Sea Pines Racquet Club: The award-winning Sea Pines Racquet Club in Harbour Town is one of the top tennis facilities in Hilton Head and one the best in the US. The Sea Pines Racquet Club is under the direction of former US Open and Wimbledon Champion, Stan Smith and is home to the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, earning Tennis Magazine’s #1 Ranking for Tennis Programs. 

South Beach Racquet Club: The South Beach Racquet Club is next to the South Beach Marina at the southern tip of Sea Pines Resort. The club is low-key and intimate featuring a full-service pro shop, well-maintained clay courts, Har-Tru pickleball courts, summer camps for kids and top-notch instruction for every level. 


SEA PINES FOREST PRESERVE

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a natural treasure on HHI with more than 600 acres of protected wildlife habitat, tranquil nature trails through the forest, pristine lakes and lagoons, elevated wetland boardwalks, observation decks for wildlife viewing, and the historic ruins of the mysterious 4,000 year old Native American Indian Shell Ring. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve has a boat launch and fishing docks, guided eco-adventures, alligator tours and fishing expeditions, wagon rides for the kids and western style horseback rides through the preserve. 


LAWTON STABLES

Lawton Stables is a family-owned farm and equestrian center in Sea Pines Resort, a must for your vacation on Hilton Head. Beginners and experienced riders can explore the trails through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve (ages 8 and up) or delight the kids with a Shetland pony ride and a visit to the hands-on petting zoo with goats, pigs, miniature donkeys, chickens, and alpacas. 


STONEY-BAYNARD PLANTATION RUINS

The Stoney-Baynard Plantation Ruins are an important part of Hilton Head history located in the Sea Pines Resort Area. The former antebellum plantation was built in the 18th century and the remains of the mansion and slave quarters burned in the Civil War are today listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The ruins are easily reached on a short hike with interpretive signs to learn the history of the ruins, tranquil views of the Calibogue Sound and a flurry of ghost stories from fellow hikers. 


GETTING AROUND SEA PINES RESORT AREA

Getting around Sea Pines Resort Area is easy! The complimentary Sea Pines Trolley offers three different routes within Sea Pines Resort with seasonal service from April to September and trolley stops at Sea Pines top attractions. The Blue Route runs between Harbour Town and The Sea Pines Beach Club, the Red Route runs to and from Harbour Town and the Green Route transports you down to South Beach. 

The Sea Pines Resort Area has over 20 miles of recreational pathways throughout the plantation making it easy to avoid traffic and high-season parking problems and explore the attractions at your own pace. Sunset Rentals offers its own fleet of state-of-the-art bike rentals and complimentary Vayk Gear rentals at select homes and villas in the Sea Pines Resort Area


WHERE TO STAY IN SEA PINES RESORT AREA

The Sea Pines Resort Area of Hilton Head Island is divided into four unique neighborhoods: Harbor Town, South Beach, Plantation and Oceanside. Wherever you choose to recharge, our selection of Sea Pines Plantation vacation villas and homes offer luxury amenities, comfort, privacy and exceptional guest services, all within easy reach of the top tours, attractions, activities and things to do in Sea Pines Resort


South Beach Villa Rentals, Hilton Head Island

Beachside Tennis

0.2 miles to South Beach Marina Village
Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic at Beachside Tennis, an oceanfront complex on the southern tip of Sea Pines. These stylish and spacious Sea Pines villas offer Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound views, a community pool, and easy access to South Beach Marina Village and South Beach Racquet Club. A prime location in Sea Pines just steps from the ocean, sand, and sun.

Bluff Villas

0.3 miles to South Beach Marina Village
Bluff Villas are located on the marina side of the peninsula between the Calibogue Sound and Braddock Cove, a short walk to beach access at South Beach. Guests have access to the South Beach Marina Pool and the South Beach Racquet Club. 

Lands End

0.6 miles to South Beach Marina Village
Lands End Villas are located close to South Beach Marina Village, where Braddock Cove meets the Calibogue Sound and Intracoastal Waterway. These secluded villas offer classic Lowcountry living with some of the best views on Hilton Head, a community pool, and dolphin viewing from home! 

South Beach Villas

0.3 miles to South Beach Marina Village
South Beach Villas are located near Beachside Tennis Villas, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and a short walk to South Beach Marina Village, Guests enjoy unparalleled views of the Atlantic, Calibogue Sound and Daufuskie Island with access to the South Beach Marina community pool. 


Harbour Town Villa Rentals, Hilton Head Island

Calibogue Cay Villas

1.5 miles to Harbour Town Marina
Our pet-friendly Calibogue Cay villa rentals are located close to Harbour Town with tranquil marsh views, beach access along the bike paths or a quick ride on the Sea Pines Trolley, a seasonal community pool, tennis courts and some of the best sunset views on Hilton Head. 

Heritage Villas

0.8 Miles to Harbour Town Marina
Heritage Villas are located on the award-winning Harbour Town Golf Links, just a short bike ride away from shopping, dining, and endless activities at Sea Pines Harbour Town. This Sea Pines villa complex has a sparkling community pool and tennis courts set in landscaped gardens for guest use. 

Ketch Court Villas

0.3 Miles to Harbour Town Marina
Stay in the heart of Harbour Town at Ketch Court on Lighthouse Lane, a short walk to the Harbour Town Lighthouse, shopping, dining, and the best family activities on Hilton Head Island. The Ketch Court Villa Complex does not have a community pool, however guests have access to the South Beach Marina pool and are a short bike or trolley ride to the beach. 

Lighthouse Tennis Villas

0.9 Miles to Harbour Town Marina
Lighthouse Tennis Villas are located next to the Shops at Sea Pines Center, between Harbour Town and the Sea Pines Beach Club. The complex features tropical surroundings, a resort-size swimming pool, private tennis courts and is a short bike ride to Harbour Town and the beach at Sea Pines. 

Mariners Way

Steps to Harbour Town Marina
The Mariners Way complex is in a prime location in Harbour Town, steps from the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, Harbour Town Playground and the bustling marina with shopping, dining, and the best water activities on Hilton Head. Guests have access to the Harbour Town Pool.   

Racquet Club Villas

0.6 Miles to Harbour Town Marina
Sea Pines Racquet Club villas are located on the Heron Point Golf Close in the Harbour Town area of Sea Pines. The Racquet Club complex features a seasonal swimming pool, Har-Tru tennis courts and a Sea Pines Trolley stop for easy access to the beach. 


Plantation Villa Rentals, Hilton Head

Plantation Club Villas

Plantation Club Villas are located near the Sea Pines Plantation Golf Club, on the fairways of the award-winning Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Heron Point by Pete Dye. The Plantation Club Villa complex offer a prime location for golfing in Sea Pines resort area with two on-site seasonal swimming pools, a children’s pool and a short walk or bike ride to the beach. 


Private Sea Pines Vacation Homes

Sunset Rentals have been welcoming visitors to Hilton Head Island for over 25 years and offer a diverse selection of private vacation rental homes in the Sea Pines Resort Area of Hilton Head. From pet-friendly rentals on the fairways of the award-winning Harbour Town Golf Links to luxury beach homes with oceanfront pools and private beach access, your dream home and vacation in Sea Pines Resort awaits with Sunset Rentals.

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