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Hilton Head Island Fourth Of July Event Calendar

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration, patriotism, and community spirit across the United States. And what better place to celebrate this iconic day than on the picturesque shores of Hilton Head Island? Nestled along the South Carolina coast, Hilton Head offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural charm, and exciting events to mark this historic occasion. From fireworks displays to beach parties, here’s a rundown of the top Fourth of July events on Hilton Head Island.

1. Harbour Town Fourth of July Celebration

Harbour Town, located within the Sea Pines Resort, hosts one of the best Fourth of July celebrations on the island. The festivities kick off in the late afternoon with live music, family-friendly activities, and delicious food vendors lining the harbour. As the sun sets, prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the night sky over the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. It’s a no-miss event that everyone in your group will love.

2. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Fireworks

For those seeking a patriotic waterfront experience, head over to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for an illuminating Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy live music performances, outdoor dining options, and walking along the marina as you soak in the festive atmosphere. As darkness falls, the sky comes alive with an incredible fireworks show. The lights reflect off waters of Broad Creek, and it is truly magical.

3. FOURTH OF JULY CONCERTS

Grab your Stars and Stripes and head to one of the Fourth of July concerts happening on Hilton Head Island! Join Gregg Russell at Sea Pines Liberty Oak at Harbour Town for an interactive sing-along and concert beginning at 8:00PM.

Secure your spot to watch the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and take in a special patriotic show with live music from Shannon Tanner and kids activities with Cappy the Clown. Shannon Tanner’s special patriotic family-friendly performance take place at 6:30PM – 7:15PM.

4. SALUTE FROM THE SHORE

For a different kind of parade, the Salute from the Shore promises to be a unique spectacle! Each year on the Fourth of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on on South Carolina’s beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover. This year, F-16s from the Shaw Air Force Base will fly overhead alongside military C-17s and privately owned vintage planes at approximately 1:00PM The flyover starts at Cherry Grove in the Myrtle Beach area and wraps up at the sand bar on the May River in Bluffton. Grab a chair and head to the beach. Then look to the sky shortly after 1pm for the flyover as they make their way down the coastline to Hilton Head Island beaches.

5. Community Parades and Festivals

Throughout Hilton Head Island, local communities come together to host festive parades and festivals in honor of Independence Day. From classic car parades to neighborhood cookouts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Join in the spirit of camaraderie as you wave flags, cheer on marching bands, and indulge in traditional American fare. These grassroots celebrations capture the heart and soul of small-town America, making them a must-see for visitors and residents alike.

6. FIRECRACKER 5K

Start your Independence Day with the 35th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, which kicks off at 8:00AM at the Jarvis Creek Park. This is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, as well as one of the top 10 races in South Carolina.

After you’ve crossed the finish line, take part in a fun post-race celebration featuring events for kids, music, fresh fruit and refreshments, door prizes, and more.

A percentage of proceeds from the event benefit local charities, including The Hilton Head Rotary Club and the Hilton Head High School Cross Country Team to name a couple. Register here for the Firecracker 5K.

7. Beach Bash at Coligny Plaza

Coligny Plaza, a bustling shopping and dining destination on Hilton Head Island, hosts a lively Beach Bash to commemorate the Fourth of July. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Enjoy live music, beach games, and tasty treats from local vendors as you bask in the island’s laid-back vibe. As dusk descends, gather on the beach for a front-row seat to enjoy the fireworks display set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the ultimate beach party experience for the whole family.

8. Patriotic Paddle

For a cool way to celebrate the Fourth of July, consider joining a Patriotic Paddle excursion. Rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe and embark on a scenic journey along Hilton Head’s pristine waterways. Decked out in red, white, and blue attire, paddlers come together to explore the island’s coastal beauty while honoring the spirit of independence. It’s a completely unique and special way to celebrate the holiday and see the coast from a different perspective!

Whether you’re looking to have some family-friendly fun or party with friends, make sure to book your perfect vacation rental with Sunset Rentals on your next vacation to Hilton Head Island! With a portfolio of 220+ Hilton Head Island rentals and first class service from our on-island team, you can book your Hilton Head Island vacation home with confidence and ease at Sunset Rentals. So pack your sunscreen, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an unforgettable holiday experience in paradise. Happy Fourth of July!

Top 10 Budget-Friendly Activities on Hilton Head Island

Looking to make the most of your next Hilton Head Island vacation with affordable activities for the entire family? We know that money is limited and you want to make the most of it while you’re here with free or low cost adventures. That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite budget-friendly activities across the island!



1. Visit the Beach


We know visiting the beach is a no-brainer here on the island, but it’s a popular favorite for a reason! Hilton Head Island is home to 12 miles of white sandy beaches just waiting to be explored. Whether you’d prefer to soak up the sun, splash through the waves, or search for seashells, a beach day is the perfect way to get outside and play with no extra cost!

Local’s Tip: Check out this blog post to find out which beach is right for you!

2. Catch Blue Crabs


Want to get up close and personal with some marine life? Try catching blue crabs at a local public dock! All you have to do is visit a grocery store to buy some string and chicken neck, tie it to a stick, and toss it into the water. Blue crabs love the strong scent of chicken, while other marine animals typically avoid it, so it’s a sure fire way to lure in blue crabs. For the best results, we recommend trying it out at the Cross Island Boat Landing or Old House Creek Dock!

3. Explore the Great Outdoors


As a staff favorite here at Sunset Rentals, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge has proven to be one of the best places on the island for bird watching and alligator sightings along the biking and walking trails. The Refuge is a significant part of the Atlantic Flyway, attracting thousands of migratory birds throughout the year, as well as plenty of other local wildlife. It is home to nesting habitats for ibis, egrets, and herons, as well as alligators swimming through the waters, deer frolicking in the wooded areas, and more. Just drive on over and start exploring for free!

Honey Horn is a close second favorite, offering visitors the perfect place to explore the island’s cultural heritage and natural beauty. With plenty of historical buildings, salt marshes, and oyster beds along the way, you’re sure to get in some wildlife spotting at no cost. The Coastal Discovery Museum is also located at Honey Horn, where you can find exhibits, guided tours, events, and experiences full of opportunities to get up close and personal with Hilton Head’s wild inhabitants for just. For admission price and free entry dates, visit the Coastal Discovery Museum’s website.

4. Enjoy Free Shows at Shelter Cove


Throughout summer, Shelter Cove features weekly celebrations for Harbourfest! Each week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can enjoy week-long events with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, as well as Tuesday night fireworks! View the 2024 Fireworks Schedule for more information.

Shelter Cove also offers free movie nights throughout the summer, rain or shine! Pack your snacks and picnic blankets, head over to Shelter Cove, and settle in for an outdoor movie night on a 20’ screen! Check out their full schedule for specific dates and showtimes. 

5. Get Outside and Play


Lowcountry Celebration Park is the newest park on Hilton Head Island, offering 10 acres of adventures near Coligny Beach. The Adventure Playground features an expansive pirate ship, wading pool, and playground for the little ones to explore while learning about the island’s rich history, The Perimeter Walk offers the perfect spot for an evening stroll with the little ones, an open lawn is available for family picnics, and a pavilion is offered for quick meals before hitting the beach. There are also two fitness stations, Wi-Fi, restrooms, and more for your action-packed day of adventures across the park.

Nearby at Coligny Beach Park, you can find the Coligny Fountain! Not only does Coligny offer a boardwalk to the beach, multiple lounging areas, convenient trails, and beachside shops, but also a fun fountain for the little ones to make a splash. The Coligny Fountain is renowned as one of the most iconic Hilton Head tourist spots, making the perfect photo op while the kids are splashing and playing or rinsing off after a long beach day.

6. Journey Through Museums and Exhibits


Another staff favorite, the Port Royal Maritime Center, is a museum located just 30 minutes from the island but is well worth the scenic drive into Beaufort. Experience an engaging and exciting educational experience for all ages! Get up close and personal with reptiles, travel back in time to view historic fossils, take in the natural beauty from the outdoor docks, learn Gullah Geechee history, and enjoy tons of interactive activities throughout the museum. The best part? Admission is free!

7. Watch for Wildlife


Wherever you look across the island, you’re sure to find wildlife! If you’re on the ocean, search for sea turtles coasting through the waves. If you’re on the beach, you might just find sea turtles making their way to the shore. If you’re staying on a lagoon, you’re likely to see alligators basking in the sun. And if you’re enjoying lunch at a waterfront restaurant, dolphins are often seen breaching along the coast.

On Hilton Head Island, alligators are often seen in Jarvis Creek Park basking along the banks of the pond, swimming through the lagoon systems in Palmetto Dunes, Shipyard, and Sea Pines, as well as exploring the golf courses near water. Just be careful and always pay attention to your surroundings – especially if you hit your ball toward water or wooded areas.

No matter the animal you’re watching for, just be sure to follow wildlife safety and preservation rules, so that you and our wild inhabitants can stay safe on the island!

8. Have a Sand Sculpture Contest


Head over to one of the island’s many beaches with your sand buckets and shovels, plan your best sand sculpture design, and get to digging! Need some inspiration? Many visitors build sandcastles and sculptures along the sandy shores of Hilton Head, so take a walk around and get inspired. When you’re done building, snap a photo and let us be the judge! Just tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok and show us your creations!

9. Get Complimentary Beach Gear


When you book a stay at one of our many participating properties with complimentary VayK beach gear credit, you can enjoy top-quality beach gear for no extra cost to you! You can rent popular, top-quality beach gear like bikes, chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, paddle boards, beach carts, boogie boards, and more. All you have to do is book a 4-21 night stay at one of our participating properties to receive up to $350 in beach gear credits.

10. Spend Quality Time at Home in Your Vacation Rental


There’s no better way to make the most out of your money than spending quality time at home with your family! One of the best perks of staying in a vacation rental is having the space and privacy to accommodate everyone, especially with a full kitchen and dining area. Full gourmet kitchens allow you to make meals right from home, saving money without having to eat out for every meal. You can make a quick trip to one of Hilton Head’s grocery stores (or have them delivered), make a meal with plenty of room for the whole family to gather around to help, and eat around the table for great conversations and delicious meals. Or, if you’re looking to get outside and enjoy the island views, take your meal outside for a picnic by the pool, on the deck, or at a local park!

Another perk of staying in a vacation rental includes spacious living areas with comfortable seating and TVs–perfect for movie nights! Gather around the living room, sit back and relax, then choose a movie to enjoy together. Plus, if you’re wanting something more interactive, you can gather around for a game night! Some of our rentals even include ping pong tables, board games, and more, so that you can have all the fun you need right from home.

Stay with Sunset Rentals

At Sunset Rentals, we understand the importance of making the most out of your money while you’re here. That’s why our properties include the best rentals across the island with spacious interiors, convenient locations, luxurious amenities, and some even include complimentary beach gear credit! Get the most out of your money spent on vacation when you stay with Sunset Rentals and if you ever need help planning, just give our office a call at 800-276-8991. Our reservationists would be happy to help you plan an unforgettable vacation that fits your budget!

Monthly Vacation Guide – June 2024

Hilton Head Island is a destination for all seasons! But this month is looking better than average here in our beautiful barrier island. Hilton Head is nestled on the southern tip of the South Carolina coastline with a balmy sub-tropical climate, an average of 215 sunny days a year, and mild temps to enjoy our pristine beaches, serene waterways, untouched nature preserves and award-winning golf and tennis facilities year round.

Every month brings new experiences, unique adventures, seasonal events and laid-back Lowcountry living on Hilton Head. Check out this handy monthly vacation guide to help you this month while traveling to our little slice of paradise.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


  1. Harbourfest – From now through August 30th, you can enjoy family-friendly weeknight activities to celebrate summer with live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more!
  2. Summer Jams – Join in on the fun every Tuesday evening from June 11th through August 6th! There’s fun for the whole family with bounce houses, face painting, free firework shows, and more!
  3. Party in the Park – Head to Lowcountry Celebration Park on June 13th, 20th, or 27th for family happy hour! Enjoy delicious beverages and live music while the little ones get to play in bounce houses. It’s fun for everyone!

DINING GUIDE


  1. Hilton Head Social – Heading out for a long day at the beach to kick off summer? Stop by Hilton Head Social Bakery for authentic French baked goods to bring with you!
  2. Lulu Kitchen – Lulu Kitchen pairs exquisite cuisine with exceptional service and eclectic ambiance!  Helmed by award-winning Chef Scott A Hastings, Lulu focuses on the highest quality fresh ingredients and award-winning dishes.
  3. Sea Shack – Sea Shack is Hilton Head’s best kept seafood secret, but true locals know it’s the best spot for the freshest seafood and down-home southern, Lowcountry style cooking.

LUXURY PROPERTIES



  1. Captains Walk 416 – Coastal-inspired two bedroom villa with ocean views from inside and out, a private deck, spacious interiors, community pool access, and easy access to the beach.
  2. Lookout 2 – Luxurious private home offering five spacious bedrooms, sweeping lagoon views, an expansive private pool, multiple outdoor living spaces, and a private dock! (Pictured)
  3. Shorewood 304 – Stunning two bedroom villa boasting oceanfront views, a private balcony that overlooks the ocean, access to the oceanfront community pool, and just steps from the beach!




The most important factor in planning for your Hilton Head vacation is finding a home away from home.

Sunset Rentals has been proudly serving guests on the island for more than 25 years – come and experience the Sunset Advantage on Hilton Head!

10 Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island in Winter 

Hilton Head Island in winter is a well-kept secret, offering an escape filled with serenity, adventure, and a chance to explore the island’s top attractions and best-kept secrets, without the crowds or traffic jams! With its mild weather, uncrowded beaches, and a wealth of activities, you’ll wonder why you didn’t consider a winter getaway to Hilton Head sooner. 

From vibrant wildlife wonders to exquisite culinary experiences, from sunset-painted skies to thrilling outdoor adventures, each reason to visit Hilton Head Island in winter adds a layer of magic to your winter escape.


1. Winter Bliss: Mild Weather Beckons 

Leave the winter chills behind and escape to Hilton Head Island, where a mild subtropical climate beckons! The absence of scorching summer heat and Hilton Head’s humidity means you can enjoy outdoor activities without working up a sweat, or just bask in the sun on Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches. Word of caution, the water may be a little too chilly for swimming or watersports. 

Hilton Head’s winter weather offers a delightful reprieve from the cold! Even during the coldest months, you can expect daytime highs in the mid-60s, occasionally edging towards 700F. You may experience occasional showers, but they tend to be brief and are followed by lots of sunshine! The combination of mild temperatures, lower humidity, and ample sunshine makes Hilton Head in winter a haven for sunseekers and snowbirds.  

2. Paw-some Paradise: Uncrowded Pet-Friendly Beaches 

Searching for a paw-some pet-friendly paradise? Hilton Head Island takes pride in being a pet-friendly destination that embraces the whole family, including Fido! You’ll find that many of Hilton Head’s top tourist spots, waterfront restaurants, tour guides, and sun-kissed sandy beaches are all set to welcome you and your well-behaved canine companion with open paws. 

Hilton Head Island’s beaches are dog-friendly year-round, with restrictions in the summer season. From October through March, your furry companion can roam the sandy shores anytime, whether leashed or under your watchful eye and voice command. With 70+ pet-friendly vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island, Sunset Rentals is set to welcome you too.  

3. Seafood Sensation: Savor the Flavors of Winter

Prepare your taste buds for a seafood extravaganza! Hilton Head hosts a smorgasbord of food festivals during the winter months, featuring the freshest catches and local culinary delights. Whether you’re craving succulent shrimp, buttery crab, or flavorful freshly harvested oysters roasted over hot coals, Hilton Head’s favorite restaurants are open in winter and ready to serve! Bonus – you won’t have the long summer wait lines and can snag the best seat in the house for seafood with a side of painted skies.   

Keen to plan your winter escape around a foodie festival? Our Winter Events Calendar 2023-24 highlights Hilton Head’s Lowcountry oyster roasts, sommelier series, wine dinners, cooking classes, and seasonal seafood festivals featuring the Lowcountry’s finest chefs and culinary experts. Come savor the flavors of winter on Hilton Head Island!



4. Tee Time in Paradise: Winter Golfing 

Wondering where to go for a winter golf getaway? Hilton Head Island is a golfer’s dream year-round, and winter is no exception. With its mild climate, world-class public golf courses, and over 400 holes to choose from, Hilton Head has earned its reputation as one of the best golfing destinations in the world. In winter, you can enjoy reduced rates, and perfect your swing, without the crowds, while watching wildlife and soaking up breathtaking ocean views. 

Embrace the ultimate golfing experience on Hilton Head Island with our exclusive collection of luxury vacation villas and homes nestled along the fairways of the island’s renowned golf courses. Our golf course rentals provide the ideal home base for your winter golfing getaway, ensuring your time on the greens is just as special as your rounds on them.

5. Nature’s Playground: Wildlife & Wonder

Escape the snowy winter wonderlands and embrace a wonderful world of wildlife and nature activities on Hilton Head. The island’s wildlife is more active in the winter months and can be found free-roaming on the nature trails, protected preserves, miles of untouched beaches, and even the golf courses on Hilton Head. Wildlife-watching experiences are endless – horse ride through Sea Pines Forest Preserve, bike the island’s trails, hike through Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, birdwatch at Audubon Newhall Preserve, paddle the Palmetto Lagoons, book a fishing charter, or simply watch the dolphins frolicking from the shoreline or a waterfront restaurant. 

Every experience on Hilton Head presents an opportunity for viewing wildlife, and when you stay with Sunset Rentals, there’s an exciting added bonus waiting – complimentary Vayk Gear Credit on select Sunset Rentals vacation homes and villas ranging in value from $150 to $350! We’ve got you covered for beach gear, corn holes, paddleboards, kayaks, bike rentals, and board rentals for those brave enough to brace the chilly waters. Get the full scoop HERE!     

6. Rain or Shine: Indoor Adventures Await 

Rain showers do occasionally grace the island in winter! Rainy days are a welcoming opportunity to explore the wealth of indoor attractions and entertainment options on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head is retail heaven, so shopping and snacking on seafood is always an option! 

You’ll find movie theaters at Park Plaza, Coligny Plaza, and Northridge Plaza, and the kids will be entertained for hours with mini-golf and arcade games at Adventure Cove. The Sandbox Children’s Museum is an adventure in itself for kids 8 and under, or immerse yourself in the history and culture of Hilton Head at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

7. Cultural Immersion: Arts & History 

Hilton Head Island has a rich arts and culture scene that every visitor should embrace. With 68 acres of trails, native grounds and gardens, a historic Discovery House full of exhibits, a cool Kid Zone, and a wide variety of guided tours and excursions, the Coastal Discovery Museum is the place to begin your deeper discovery of Hilton Head. 

If it’s the arts you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. Hilton Head hosts an enticing line-up of arts, culture, and live music events through the winter.  Experience music theater and ballet at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, concertos composed by classical music stars at the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Series, or reserve your ticket for dinner and a show at The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head’s world-renowned jazz supper club.

8. Holiday Joy: Seasonal Events & Festivals 

Hilton Head Island doesn’t just celebrate the holidays, it creates a winter wonderland of pure coastal enchantment. The island truly comes alive during this special season, and there’s no shortage of magic moments to revel in. The Hilton Head holiday festivities include dazzling light displays that transform Sea Pines Harbour Town and Shelter Cove into shimmering attractions, a Christmas boat parade gliding down Skull Creek, snow falling at Shelter Cove, and festive wagon rides weaving their way through Sea Pines Preserve. 

And, of course, you’ll find Hilton Head’s beloved Greg Russell under the famed Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town for a Thanksgiving Concert, Christmas Concert, and New Year’s Eve Celebration as the ball drops from Harbour Town Lighthouse.  

9. Painted Skies: Winter Sunrise & Sunset 

Imagine having front-row seats to Hilton Head’s awe-inspiring winter sunrises and sunsets, all without the hustle and bustle of summer crowds. Our oceanfront rentals provide a perfect perch to watch the sun rise from the ocean, painting the sky with hues of pinks, purples, and golds. For the most breathtaking sunsets, head west to Harbour Town, Shelter Cove, or Skull Creek. 

Whether you’re waterfront dining, cruising the Calibogue Sound, or bundled up on the front porch of your vacation home, slow down and savor a winter sunrise or sunset on Hilton Head. Here are the Top 20 Spots to Watch the Sunset on Hilton Head for tips to plan your sunrise and sunset experience.

10. Affordable Escapes: Off-Season Pricing 

Browse our Sunset Rentals by Location: 
Hilton Head Island Maps
Sea Pines
Forest Beach
Palmetto Dunes
Shipyard
Port Royal

However you choose to spend your winter vacation on Hilton Head, Sunset Rentals ensures that your stay is nothing short of magical. Hilton Head’s off-season means you can enjoy fantastic deals on vacation rental homes and condos, or a monthly rental for an extended Snowbird stay. Experience the same stunning views, top-notch amenities, complimentary Vayk Gear, and warm southern hospitality for a fraction of the cost when you vacation on Hilton Head Island this winter. 

What if working from home comes with elegant interiors, a private pool and spa, uninterrupted ocean views, and the soothing sounds of the Atlantic Ocean as your daily companion? At Sunset Rentals we’ve curated a collection of homes on Hilton Head Island that redefine the way you work! Whether your work setup requires a formal office space, hammock chair, or a poolside perch while the kids play, finding your ideal remote workspace on Hilton Head has never been easier – pick a property with Vayk bike & beach gear credit and get all your bikes, beach gear, and water sports gear delivered for free!

Stay with Sunset Rentals


Whether you’re simply networking or negotiating a million-dollar deal, trust Sunset Rentals with your remote workcation on Hilton Head Island. Locally serving Hilton Head since 1993, our team takes pride in offering the most trusted vacation rentals on Hilton Head to work from home with warm southern hospitality and first-class service every step of the way. 

Book with confidence and ease with our Sunset Package or call our team at (843) 785-6767 and let us guide you towards a perfect winter escape on Hilton Head Island.

Hilton Head Autumn Events Calendar 2023

Who doesn’t love autumn on Hilton Head? From sunny beaches, world-class golf, and outdoor adventures in nature to al fresco oceanfront dining, one-of-a-kind shopping, and coastal homes for the holidays, Hilton Head Island offers a smorgasbord of fun this fall season. 

Whether you’re seeking private access to miles of uncrowded beaches, heated pools, spacious gourmet kitchens to host family feasts – or a combination of it all – you’ll find your coastal home for the holidays and peace of mind with Sunset Rentals. 

Our on-island team has been welcoming families to spend all seasons in our luxury homes on Hilton Head Island for more than 25 years. The autumn season kick-off festivals have begun and no matter how you like to celebrate the holidays, there are fun fall festivities for the whole family on Hilton Head Island!


HILTON HEAD ISLAND AUTUMN EVENTS

The Fish and Grits Music Festival

Date: Oct 7, 2023 12:00 PM -6:00 PM

Location: Lowcountry Celebration Park94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Maps & Directions

The Lowcountry Fish & Grits Music Festival brings awareness to the unique Gullah Geechee culture and its connection to the African diaspora by showcasing great musical talent and local cuisine. 

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Jeep Island 2023

Date: Oct 6, 2023 & Oct 7, 2023

Meet and Greet: October 6th, 4:00-7:30pm
Autonation, Hardeville
Learn More

Main Event: October 7th, 11am-3:30pm
Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island
Learn More

After Party: October 7th, 5:30-8pm
Skull Creek Boathouse
Learn More

Jeep Raffle
You do not need to be present to win
Automatic, 94,000mi, max 850 tickets sold

1 for $50, 2 for $85

Learn more

The 13th Annual Italian Heritage Festival

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

Price: Tickets cost $6/person, free for children under 10. Purchase tickets HERE!

Parking is free.
No pets please!

This festival is a robust celebration of Italian culture with food, drinks, and live entertainment. The crowd-pleasing grape stomping contest will return as will the beloved pizza eating contest. But don’t worry, they will have some new events too, so don’t miss it! The Festival will offer a full slate of activities for locals, visitors, and kids.

A number of booths will be dedicated to traditional Italian foods, such as cheeses, breads, pasta, fish, meatballs, sausage and calzones, and delicious sweets, including Italian ice, gelato, biscotti and zeppolis – many sponsored by local restaurants. There will be a silent auction featuring an extensive selection of gift certificates to golf foursomes at our world-famous courses, area restaurants, boat cruises, spa visits, and of course, gift baskets, and a wide range of crafts, gifts, and art works on which to bid.

The 2023 Crescendo Celebration

Date: Oct 10, 2023 12:00 AM -Nov 18, 2023 12:00 AM

Various Locations, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Maps & Directions

The 2023 Crescendo Celebration features a plethora of unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings which are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe.

Kicking off October 10th the program will amaze and excite attendees until the curtains close on November 18th, 2023. Several marquee events are planned including performances, parties and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.

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Hilton Head Island Concours d’ Elegance & Motoring Festival

Date: Nov 3, 2023 12:00 AM -Nov 5, 2023 12:00 AM

Various Locations, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Maps & Directions

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, honoring rich tradition with southern flair, will curate a rare collection of automotive delights set against a distinctive Lowcountry backdrop that can only be found here. A Fine Pairing.

Designed with purpose and driven by passion since 2002. Since its inception, the Hilton Head Island Concours has continued to elevate every aspect of this unique Lowcountry lifestyle event into an art form.

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Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade

Date: November 18, 2023 5:30PM -8:30PM

Parade Route: Alder Lane Beach Access to Coligny Beach Park

Parade Steps Off @ Sunset (5:45 PM-ish)

Created by and featuring artist Chantelle Rytter, the Lantern Parade is a free event and an opportunity for the surrounding community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island.

The only requirement to participate is having a lantern!
Lineup for the parade begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Alder Lane Beach Access. The parade will step off at 5:45 PM, right after sunset, and travel north along South Forest Beach up to Coligny Beach Park. Spectators can watch along the beach anywhere between Alder Lane and Coligny Beach Park.

Live Music at Hurricane Bar

Date: November 18, 2023 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Admission: FREE!

Catch live music Wednesdays through Saturdays all during the fall at the Hurricane Bar attached to Black Marlin.

*Schedules are usually posted on their Facebook events page.

OYSTER FESTIVAL

All You Can Eat Event
November 10th: 5-8pm
Shelter Cove Community Park

All you can eat steamed local oysters, lowcountry boil, pulled pork, seafood chowder & chili. Drinks sold separately. Live music and good community fun!

Admission | $55, 12 and under $45, price increase by +$10 October 2


Festival Day
November 11th: 11am-5pm
Lowcountry Celebration Park

Admission $10, Children under 11 are free or view our discounted ticket packages

Includes admission to the event to enjoy live music and browse local artisan pop-up shops. Food, beverages, and kid’s activities are sold separately.

Bucket of Oysters: TBD
1lb Basket of steamed Shrimp: TBD
1/5lb Basket of steamed Shrimp: TBD

14 Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Bluffton, SC

Love traveling with your favorite furry friend? Our pets are part of our family, and taking them out to dine should be a part of your pet-friendly vacation. Our team at Sunset Rentals has put together the ultimate guide to dog-friendly restaurants on Hilton Head Island. We’ve even taken it a step further so you can discover the best places to take your dog to dinner near your Hilton Head Island vacation rental. This month, we highlight the best dog-friendly restaurants near Bluffton, SC! 

DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN HISTORIC BLUFFTON, SC

Situated on the May River and known as the “Heart of the Lowcountry”, Old Town Bluffton is a wonderful destination to explore during your stay in Hilton Head. Begin your day with a morning brew, explore the museums, galleries, and charming sidewalk stores, and snack on a seafood platter with your pup before heading home to Hilton Head.

1. Bluffton BBQ 

State of Mind Street  
Phone: (843) 757-7427

2. Captain Woody’s Seafood Bar 

State of Mind Street  
Phone: (843) 757-6222

3. Cheap Seats Tavern 

Burnt Church Road   
Phone: (843) 837-3287

4. Cinco Mexican Grill 

Buckwalter Parkway  
Phone: (843) 815-2233

5. Corner Perk Café 

May River Road  
Phone: (843) 816-5674

6. The Cottage Café 

Calhoun Street  
Phone: (843) 757-0508

7. Giuseppi’s Pizza 

Bluffton Road  
Phone: (843) 815-9200

8. The Juice Hive 

Johnston Way  
Phone: (843) 757-2899

9. Katie O’Donalds Irish Pub 

Fording Island Road  
Phone: (843) 815-5555

10. Local Pie Woodfired Pizza 

State of Mind Street  
Phone: (843) 837-7437

11. Mellow Mushroom 

Fording Island Road  
Phone: (843) 706-0800

12. Old Town Dispensary 

Captains Cove Rd  
Phone: (843) 837-1893

13. Southern Barrel Brewing Co. 

Buckwalter Pl Blvd  
Phone: (843) 837-2337

14. Okatie Ale House 

William Pope Drive  
Phone: (843) 706-2537

If you’re still on the hunt for the pawfect dog friendly vacation home on Hilton Head Island, you’re in the right place! Our collection of Hilton Head Island vacation rentals includes a wide selection of pet friendly rentals in the top neighborhoods of Hilton Head Island. Start browsing online or call our team at (843) 785-6767 to find a private paradise for you and your pet on Hilton Head.   

5 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Port Royal

One of the top questions on our guest’s minds when planning a vacation with their furry family members is where to find cafés, restaurants, and bars on Hilton Head Island that allow dogs. 

You asked, and we listened! This month we feature the best dog-friendly restaurant near the Port Royal Resort Area and 

Hilton Head Island is one of the best dog-friendly vacation destinations on the East Coast with wide beaches that welcome your pup, off-leash dog parks, endless trails, and even eco-tours and water activities for Fido to tag along. When it comes to dining out with your dog – nearly every outdoor café and patio on Hilton Head is pet-friendly (for well-behaved pups!) and some even go as far as to offer exclusive dog menus, water bowls, and tasty treats. 

Our team at Sunset Rentals has put together the ultimate guide to dog-friendly restaurants on Hilton Head Island. We’ve even taken it a step further so you can discover the best places to take your dog to dinner near your Hilton Head Island vacation rental. . 

DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS NEAR PORT ROYAL

The Port Royal Resort Area is a smaller neighborhood on the northern end of Hilton Head Island and home to Hilton Head’s original main street “Robbers Row”. Main Street Village near Port Royal is a favorite destination for local shopping and alfresco dining with your pup. Beer lovers can also get a taste of Hilton Head, craft beer style, at the island’s first brewery, with Fido by your side!  


1. Frankie Bones 

Main Street Village  
Phone: (843) 682-4455

2. Hilton Head Brewing Company 

Cardinal Road  
Phone: (843) 715-3251

3. Main Street Café & Pub 

Main Street Village  
Phone: (843) 689-3999

4. Street Meet The American Tavern 

Port Royal Plaza  
Phone: (843) 842-2570

5. WiseGuys 

Main Street Village  
Phone: (843) 842-8866

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If you’re still on the hunt for the pawfect dog-friendly vacation home on Hilton Head Island, you’re in the right place! Our collection of Hilton Head Island vacation rentals includes a wide selection of pet-friendly rentals in the top neighborhoods of Hilton Head Island.

Start browsing online or call our team at (843) 785-6767 to find a private paradise for you and your pet on Hilton Head.    

17 Best Fishing Charter Companies on Hilton Head


Did you know that Hilton Head Island is consistently ranked the #1 island in the Continental U.S.? The island is separated from the mainland of South Carolina by the thriving Calibogue Sound and Intracoastal Waterways with 12 miles of deep blue coastal waters along its eastern shoreline. 

The incredibly diverse ecosystems of South Carolina’s coastal wetlands are pristine fishing environments with miles of freshwater marshes, backwaters, tidal creeks, and ocean waters teeming with a vast array of birdlife, wildlife, and marine life. Whether you’re a first-timer fisherman learning to cast a line or an experienced angler seeking a trophy catch, we highly encourage you to get out on the water on a guided Hilton Head fishing charter.  


Most of the experienced charter captains on Hilton Head Island have been fishing the local waters for decades and stem from generations of local fishermen. The benefits of a guided full-service fishing charter are endless – local experienced guides, all the gear, and a fishing license included, and you get to focus on the tranquil Lowcountry views, the fishing experience, and quality time with family!

There are four main types of fishing charters to choose from:

  • Inshore: Inshore charters stay close to land in the shallow and calm waters around Hilton Head Island. Fish species found include tarpon, redfish, trout, flounder, black drum, and sharks. 
  • Nearshore: Nearshore charters venture around 5-25 miles from the island trolling the wrecks, rips, and reefs for red snapper, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, tarpon, grouper, sharks, and so much more! 
  • Deep Sea: Deep Sea fishing takes you 40+ miles from the coastline or out to the Gulf Stream and is an all-day affair for avid anglers. Hilton Head boasts some of the best offshore big game and sport fishing on the Atlantic coastline with an abundance of Mahi Mahi, blackfin tuna, marlin, wahoo, and more.  
  • Shark Fishing: Every HHI fishing experience is likely to include an encounter with one of Hilton Head’s 50+ shark species but nothing is quite as thrilling as a guided shark fishing charter. Shark fishing is a Hilton Head specialty and the kids absolutely love it!

BROAD CREEK MARINA


Location: 18 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island

Broad Creek Marina is Hilton Head’s newest marina with lots of fun both on and off the water. The marina is situated next door to Adventure Hilton Head for ziplining, Sky Pirate for parasailing, and Up the Creek Pub & Grill for fresh seafood overlooking Broad Creek. On the water, you’ll find dolphin and nature cruises, boat tours to the Vanishing Island and historic Daufuskie Island, and a wide variety of fishing charters with highly-rated local guides.

TAIL TAMER FISHING CHARTERS

Phone: (843) 422-1860

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Charter – From $475
Half-Day Charter – From $575
Full-Day Charter – From $1,200

Captain Terry Hall and his experienced captains at Tail Tamer offer a variety of inshore and nearshore charter options for all ages and abilities, including beginner fishing trips, family charters, thrilling shark fishing, and classic catch n’ eat fishing charters!

INTEGRITY FISHING CHARTERS

Phone: (843) 422-1221

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
4-Hour Charter – From $695
6-Hour Charter – From $950
8-Hour Charter – From $1,395
12-Hour Charter – From $1,975
Gulfstream Charter – From $3,460 
Shark Fishing Trip – From $595

Captain Mike Russo will cater to all your deep sea fishing desires in comfort aboard his 38’ Hatteras Sportfisher, Integrity. Choose from near-shore and offshore deep-sea fishing charters or private customized charters for a sunset or island cruise. Learn the basics on a family fishing trip or head into the deeps for the catch of a lifetime with Integrity Charters. Captain Mike Russo will cater to all your deep sea fishing desires in comfort aboard his 38’ Hatteras Sportfisher, Integrity. Choose from near-shore and offshore deep-sea fishing charters or private customized charters for a sunset or island cruise. Learn the basics on a family fishing trip or head into the deeps for the catch of a lifetime with Integrity Charters.

Reel Easy Charters

Phone: (843) 290-2932

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Inshore/Shark Trip – From $525
4-Hour Vanishing Island & Shark Fishing – From $650
4-Hour Inshore/Nearshore – From $650
5-Hour Nearshore – From $800
6-Hour Offshore – $950
8-Hour Offshore – $1,350

Captain Jack and Reel Easy Charters specialize in inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing charters in and around the Lowcountry waters. For the ultimate family fishing experience, their Vanishing Island & Shark Fishing charter explores the sand dollars, starfish, shells, and shark life around the Vanishing Island of Hilton Head Island.

SEA BEE CHARTERS

Phone: (843) 949-0407

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Shark & Inshore – From $425
4-Hour Inshore & Nearshore – From $525
5-Hour Inshore & Nearshore – From 625
6-Hour Inshore & Nearshore – From $725


Land the fish of a lifetime with Captain Danny & his crew at Sea Bee Charters on Broad Creek. Sea Bee operates a 25’ Carolina Skiff geared for inshore fishing on Broad Creek and nearshore charters to the wrecks and reefs off the coastline.

TOP SHOT SPORT FISHING

Phone: (843) 384-9714

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
Shark Fishing – From $450
Half-Day Charter – From $600
5-Hour Charter – From $750
6-Hour Charter – From $900
8-Hour Charter – From $1,200


Strike gold on a sport fishing charter with Captain Jay Prescott of Top Shot Sport Fishing. Fishing trips include trolling and bottom fishing the nearshore artificial reefs, all-day charters to the Savannah Snapper Banks, shark fishing trips around the island, or customized trips for up to 6 anglers.

SKULL CREEK MARINA


Location: 1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island

Combine a Lowcountry fishing charter with the best waterfront dining experience on Hilton Head Island at Skull Creek Marina. Situated across from Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge on the northern end of the island, Skull Creek Marina is home to the famous Skull Creek Boathouse, Skull Creek Dockside, and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks with the ultimate in Lowcountry cuisine and views. They’ll even cook up your catch of the day for a boat-to-table restaurant experience!

BULLDOG FISHING CHARTERS

Phone: (843) 422-0887

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Fishing Charter – From $625
4-Hour Fishing Charter – From $750
5-Hour Fishing Charter – From $900
6-Hour Fishing Charter – From $1,200
7-Hour Fishing Charter – From $1,350
8-Hour Offshore Charter – From $1,600


Climb aboard the 32’ Bulldog docked at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks at Skull Creek Marina. Captain Christiaan, a third-generation Hilton Head Island fishing captain, offers a variety of charters ranging from fun 3-hour shark fishing trips for the kids to full-day reef trips and offshore bottom trips. Remember to reserve a table to cook your catch!  

SHELTER COVE HARBOUR & MARINA


Location: 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

Situated across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a Hilton Head hotspot for shopping, waterfront dining, famous festivals, and every watersport and activity you can imagine under the sunny South Carolina skies. The world-class marina is the largest deepwater marina on the island and the starting point of some of the best fishing experiences on Hilton Head Island.

OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD

Phone: (843) 686-6996

Guided Fishing Charters: 
3-Hour Kayak Fishing – From $135
3-Hour Family Fishing – From $495
3-Hour Shark Fishing – From $495
4-Hour Charter Fishing – From $595

Ultimate Lowcountry Day – From $745

Click HERE for a list of all activities!


Outside Hilton Head is all about exploring the great outdoors! They offer a full fleet of boat rentals with inshore, nearshore, and shark fishing charters, kayak fishing excursions, nature tours, dolphin cruises, and a variety of water activities for every age group.

CAPTAIN HOOK PARTY FISHING

Phone: (843) 258-4677

Public Party Fishing Charters: 
3.5-Hour Inshore Shark Fishing – From $55 pp
4-Hour Inshore Shark Fishing – From $60 pp
4.5-Hour Inshore Shark Fishing & Fireworks – From $65 pp
5.5-Hour Offshore Fishing – From $65 pp


Captain Hook is the largest fishing boat on Hilton Head and a great option for an affordable group fishing charter! Choose from inshore shark fishing, and offshore charters, or book well in advance for their sunset shark fishing or fishing and fireworks charters in the summer. For a private experience, the fleet includes the Gullah Gal, True Grits, Gale Force, and Gale Warning for groups of up to 6 people.

Bay Runner Fishing Charters

Phone: (843) 290-6955

Charters for up to 12 passengers: 
3-Hour Charter – From $495
4-Hour Charter – From $595
5-Hour Charter – From $725
6-Hour Charter – From $850
8-Hour Charter – From $1,195

Shark Fishing Trips – From $495

Make Your Own Trip


Captain Mike Altman has been chartering the local waters since 1970. Head out on an inshore charter on the Calibogue Sound, a nearshore excursion on the reefs, or create a one-of-a-kind experience customized for your charter crew with Bay Runner Fishing Charters.

Native Son Fishing Charters 

Phone: (843) 816-3312

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
2-Hour Charter – From $350
3-Hour Charter – From $495
4-Hour Charter – From $625
5-Hour Charter – From $745
6-Hour Charter – From $875
7-Hour Charter – From $940
8-Hour Charter – From $1,245


Local island native, Captain Byron Sewell, and his team of seasoned guides offer nearshore and offshore charters for all ages on their 26-ft power catamarans. Native Son charter options range from two-hour trips to all-day deep-sea adventures along the South Carolina coastline.

Hilton Head Outfitters

80 Queens Folly Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 593-9110

Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Charters: 
2-Hour Inshore Charters – From $365
3-Hour Inshore Charters – From $485
4-Hour Inshore Charters – From $585
5-Hour Inshore Charters – From $685
6-Hour Inshore Charters – From $785

Fishing Gear Rentals


Hilton Head Outfitters are best known for their water activities and guided inshore fishing charters on the Palmetto Dunes 11-mile lagoon system, teeming with a variety of saltwater fish. They also offer nearshore and offshore charters on their custom Maverick out of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

HARBOUR TOWN YACHT BASIN


Location: 149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island

The Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Sea Pines Resort is one of the top yachting destinations on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and a haven for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, and anglers of all ages! The Sea Pines Resort area is home to many of Hilton Head’s top attractions as well as world-class private fishing charters with the island’s most experienced and qualified captains

IZZY-A FISHING CHARTER

Phone: (843) 298-0990

Charters for up to 4 passengers: 
4-8 Hour Fishing Trips – Call For Pricing

Join Captain Greg Clark aboard his 25’ Sea Cat to explore the coastal waters in and around Hilton Head. Capt. Greg’s private fishing charters are family-friendly and include offshore, inshore, deep sea, and shark fishing expeditions for up to 4 passengers.

BLACK SKIMMER HILTON HEAD

Phone: (843) 363-8335

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Shark Fishing – From $500
4-Hour Charters – From $700
5-Hour Charters – From $875
6-Hour Charters – From $1,000
8-Hour Charters – From $1,400


The 31’ Black Skimmer is chartered by father and son fishing team Captain Steve and Captain Ben. They offer nearshore, offshore, deep sea, and shark fishing charters from Harbour Town for up to 6 passengers, families welcome.

VALOR FISHING CHARTERS

Phone: (843) 422-1935

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
2-Hour Charters – From $400
3-Hour Shark Fishing – From $500
3-Hour Charters – From $500
4-Hour Charters – From $560
6-Hour Charters – From $815

Located at the pier at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Valor Charters offer year-round fishing charters of the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound, including tranquil fly fishing trips on Hilton Head’s Lowcountry backwaters and estuaries. The 26’ Andros Boatworks carries up to four anglers, children are welcome.

PALMETTO BAY MARINA


Location: 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island

Situated on the south end of the island near the base of the Coligny Island Expressway Bridge, the Palmetto Bay Marina is one of Hilton Head’s oldest working marinas, fully renovated for your boating pleasure! There’s shopping at Bay Breeze, excellent waterside restaurants, bars, live music on Broad Creek, and a full-service marina with Lowcountry watersports, party boat fishing, and a variety of fishing charters.

REEL JOB CHARTER FISHING

Phone: (843) 384-8236

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
3-Hour Shark Fishing – From $495
4-Hour Charter – From $595
5-Hour Charter – From $695
6-Hour Charter – From $795
8-Hour Charter – From $1,195


Captain Brad & Captain Bill are full-time Lowcountry captains with plenty of experience to deliver the ultimate fishing experience on Hilton Head Island. They offer multiple inshore, nearshore, and family fishing trips aboard the customized 25’ Pursuit, set up to fish! Reel Job Charter Fishing is voted the best fishing charter service on Hilton Head Island by Lowcountry Style & Living!

DRIFTER EXCURSIONS

Phone: (843) 363-2900

Party Fishing & Private Charters:
2-Hour Private Charter – From $395
3-Hour Private Charter – From $495
4-Hour Private Charter – From $650

4.5-Hour Deep Sea Fishing aboard The Drifter – From $72 pp

Shark Fishing aboard The Drifter – From $65 pp


Drifter Excursions offer dolphin watching, shark fishing, and private fishing charters on a fleet of four boats including sport fishing aboard the Boomerang, inshore and shark fishing on the Ricochet, and party boat fishing aboard the 60’ Drifter. The Hobo, a 27’ Carolina Skiff departs out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina with private charters for groups of up to 16 anglers.

OFF THE HOOK FISHING CHARTERS

86 Point Comfort Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 298-4376

Charters for up to 4 passengers: 
2-Hour Charter – From $375
3-Hour Charter – From $475
4-Hour Charter – From $575
5-Hour Charter – From $725
6-Hour Charter – From $875
8-Hour Charter – From $1,150

Off the Hook Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Captain Brian Vaughn, an island native with two IGFA World Records to his name and 30+ years of experience guiding inshore, light tackle, and fly fishing charters on the Lowcountry waterways. Their fleet of 18’, 22”, and 25’ bay boats are geared with the finest fly and spinning tackle for the ultimate fishing experience for all ages and abilities. For large groups, you can book 2-3 boats for up to 12 passengers!

HILTON HEAD HARBOR & MARINA


Location: Jenkins Rd, Hilton Head Island


The Hilton Head Harbor & Marina is also located on the north end of the island as you drive in on William Hilton Parkway. The harbor and full-service marina are home to Sea Monkeys Watersports rentals & tours, Mermaid Boat Tours, local HHI charter fishing companies, and one of the island’s best-kept secrets – The Sunset Grille, a casual fine dining restaurant with the best waterfront and sunset views on Hilton Head!

OUTCAST SPORT FISHING

Phone: (843) 290-0371

Charters for up to 6 passengers: 
4-Hour Charter – From $750
5-Hour Charter – From $900
6-Hour Charter – From $1,050
8-Hour Charter – From $1,400


For the ultimate shark fishing experience, book a charter with Captain Chip on The Outcast. The Outcast is the current state record holder for blacktip and lemon sharks, and the largest fish ever landed… a 16.3ft Great White! Whether you’re a family of novice fishermen or an avid angler, Hilton Head shark fishing is best on The Outcast.

After a day adventuring the Lowcountry waterways or deep Atlantic waters, settle your sea legs with Sunset Rentals. Our collection of 230+ Hilton Head Island vacation rentals are situated in the top Hilton Head neighborhoods with high-end amenities and home comforts to cater to every angler at the end of the day! 

Book with confidence and ease online or call our team today at (843) 785-6767.


10 Best Bars On Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island is known for luxurious Lowcountry island living off the coast of South Carolina. This popular vacation destination is full of fun for the whole family with renowned athletic facilities, beautiful nature preserves, historical sites, bike trails, miles of sandy beaches, and plenty of bustling bars.

The social scene on Hilton Head Island is one you won’t want to miss! Head over to one of the best bars on the island for a one-of-a-kind experience with friendly bartenders, southern hospitality, great food, and even better drinks. Not sure where to start? Check out our top 10 favorite bars below…

1. Pool Bar Jim’s

Forest Beach Resort Area
10 N Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 816-4648
Open Daily | 11 AM to 8 PM
First come, first serve


Pool Bar Jim’s is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike due to its laidback island vibe, aesthetic atmosphere, and delicious frozen cocktails. Head over to the poolside of Marriott’s Grand Ocean Resort on Coligny Beach for a classic Lava Flow or choose your own signature concoction from Pool Bar Jim’s Tropical & Exotic Frozen Drinks menu book! Jim is one of Hilton Head’s most beloved bartenders!

2. Quarterdeck

Sea Pines Resort Area
160 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 842-1999
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Bar Service | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Seasonal Live Music | 4 PM to 7 PM
Reservations recommended

Quarterdeck Menu


If you prefer a more sophisticated fine dining bar, head over to Quarterdeck at Sea Pines Resort! Quarterdeck boasts a bar a dining room on the first floor, and a rooftop oyster bar with delicious food, classic cocktails, and panoramic views of Harbour Town and Calibogue Sound. This is the spot to savor a Sunset on the Sound specialty cocktail or local craft beer with live music and the best sunset views on Hilton Head. Visitors not staying in Sea Pines Resort Area are required to pay a small, cash entry fee at the Sea Pines gate.

3. Tiki Hut

Forest Beach Resort Area
1 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 785-5126
Open Daily | 11 AM to 10 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE!
First come, first serve

Tiki Hut Food & Drink Menus


The Tiki Hut is a go-to for good times on Hilton Head Island, with laid-back locals and fun-loving visitors for nearly 50 years. Ready to sink your toes in the sand, listen to live tunes, snack on beachside bites, and sip a cocktail or two or share a 32oz bucket of fruity rums and tropical juices with friends?  The Tiki Hut’s frozen drinks, margaritas, and hand-crafted cocktails pair perfectly with the laid-back beach vibes. 

4. Reilley’s Grill & Bar

7D Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 842-4414
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Bar Service Sunday – Wednesday | 11:30 AM to 12 AM
Bar Service Thursday – Saturday | 11:30 AM to 1.30 AM
Champagne Sunday Brunch | 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE
First come, first serve

Reilley’s Grill & Bar Menus


Voted “Hilton Head Island’s Best Bar”, Reilley’s Grill and Bar has been an island institution since 1982 and is sure to become a favorite! Reilley’s is truly reminiscent of a classic Boston pub. Gather with friends for drinks in the sophisticated bar area or soak up the sun and live music on the outdoor patio with a sunset martini, Reilley’s mule, or mockarita for the DD!

5. Callahan’s Sports Bar

49 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 686-7665
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 2 AM
First come, first serve

Callahan’s Menu


For a more casual setting, head to Callahan’s Sports Bar, voted the #1 sports bar on Hilton Head Island. This is the Hilton Head hotspot to watch a football game, shoot pool or play darts with friends, or grab a late-night beer and bar food – the menu is huge ranging from “Tip-Off” appetizers to burgers, sandwiches, and healthy house salads!

6. Main Street Island Pub

Main Street Village, 1411 Main Street, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 689-3999
Monday – Friday | 11:30 AM to 8 PM
Happy Hour | 4 PM to 8 PM
First come, first serve

Pub Menu


Looking for a cafe and pub all in one that your whole family will love? Try out Main Street Island Pub for traditional New American cuisine. Main Street Island pub offers everything from homemade soups and sandwiches to delicious beer and cocktails – indoor in the a/c or on the comfortable outdoor patio!

7. Hurricane Bar

Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 

Phone: (843) 785-4950
Monday – Friday | 11 AM to 10 PM
Saturday & Sunday | 10 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE
First Come, First Serve for Outdoor Dining

Black Marlin Grill & Hurricane Bar Menus


Enjoy the taste of the Keys at The Black Marlin’s Hurricane Bar situated on the waterfront at Palmetto Bay Marina. There’s a 100% chance of ice-cold beverages in the forecast! Come by for your favorite ice cold beer, wine, or a world-famous frozen cocktail. Their signature drink, The Black Marlin Hurricane, is a must have – a delicious combo or passion fruit rum, amaretto, and exotic juices in a take-home souvenir glass.

8. The Dunes House

Palmetto Dunes Resort Area
14 Dune House Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 593-9104
Open Daily | 11 AM to 6 PM
Seasonal Live Music | Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
First come, first serve

Food Menu | Drinks Menu


The Dunes House is the place to be in Palmetto Dunes for a cool cocktail, delicious food, and an oceanfront view. Enjoy classic frozen favorites like the Arnie Palmer and the Dunes House Screwdriver, or discover a new favorite cocktail like the Pirate’s Punch! The Dunes House is open to guests staying in Palmetto Dunes Resort Area only.

9. Poseidon

Shelter Cove Towne Center
38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 341-3838
Monday to Saturday | 11 AM to 10 PM
Sunday | 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday Brunch | 10 AM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 7 PM

Rooftop Bar Hours: 
Sunday – Tuesday | 4 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday – Thursday | 4 PM to 12 AM
Friday – Saturday | 4 PM to 2 AM
Seasonal Live Music | See the lineup HERE!

Poseidon Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Menus


Poseidon, named after “the god of the sea,” has become the mid-island destination for the best dining, shopping, and entertainment. From fresh catch items to “Coast-to-Coast” entrees, experience the best selection of seafood, steaks, and cocktails! Pick from the amazing Oyster Raw Bar or the NautiBar, a covered outdoor bar overlooking Broad Creek, or dance the night away in the rooftop bar, open daily from 4 PM.

10. The Sandbar

Forest Beach Resort Area
Coligny Plaza, 101 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island

Phone: (843) 342-7263
Open Daily | 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Daily Happy Hour | 4 PM to 6 PMLive Entertainment | Daily 6 PM to 9 PM | See the lineup HERE!

The Sandbar Menus


Last but not least, The Sandbar Beach Eats is a top spot for warm hospitality and memorable food and drinks! This laidback bar is the perfect place to relax on a sunny patio after a day on Coligny beach, with beach snacks, southern seafood, or island style tacos and an ice cold cocktail in hand.

STAY WITH SUNSET RENTALS

Wherever you find yourself on Hilton Head Island, you’re sure to find warm Southern hospitality, delicious local seafood, and hand-crafted cocktails just around the corner. The only thing more important than your food and beverage adventures around the island is where you’ll stay!

For 28 years, Sunset Rentals has understood that there are few things more precious than your time on vacation with friends and family. We are driven by the desire to make certain that your vacation is spent enjoying that time.


Top 5 Resort Areas On Hilton Head Island


Whether you’re a beach lover, a golf fanatic, or an outdoor and nature enthusiast, the beautiful island of Hilton Head has something for everyone. From sunny white sand beaches, sparkling Atlantic Ocean waves, and Lowcountry waterways, to the lush fairways of world-class golf courses and miles of nature trails, Hilton Head Island has it all. 

When you need a break from all the fun in the sun, there’s no shortage of delicious restaurants, lively bars, charming shops, and low-key attractions to explore. So come join us on this pet-friendly paradise island – we can’t wait to show you all the amazing things Hilton Head has to offer! 

Ready to experience the ultimate beach vacation in Hilton Head, SC? Sunset Rentals have a collection of 220+ rental properties on Hilton Head Island with a variety of options to choose from! Hilton Head Island is divided into gated communities, known as plantations or resort areas, each with its own unique Lowcountry charm, attractions, and selection of vacation villas, coastal condos, and luxury private homes. 

If you’re wondering where to stay on Hilton Head Island to suit your travel style, our team at Sunset Rentals has compiled a breakdown of the top resort areas in Hilton Head – highlighting the attractions and best places to stay in each Hilton Head neighborhood. View our Hilton Head Island maps while you read on!

1. NORTH & SOUTH FOREST BEACH 

Known as the “Hilton Head Hot Spot” downtown Forest Beach is a vibrant, oceanfront neighborhood centered around bustling Coligny Plaza and three miles of award-winning white sand beaches at Coligny Beach Park. A vacation in Forest Beach puts you in the heart of the action with rental properties within walking distance to the beach and some of the island’s best shopping, restaurants, tiki bars, and nightlife. Coligny Beach Park boasts top-notch amenities for a beach day including wheelchair access, beach gear rentals, shaded gazebos, and a beautiful boardwalk for walking or biking.    

Aside from countless activities on your doorstep, you’re centrally located to explore all the attractions on Hilton Head Island, and the seasonal Breeze Trolley makes it easy to get around the island.

2. SEA PINES RESORT AREA

Situated on the southern tip of Hilton Head Island, the Sea Pines Resort area is the original and largest plantation on the island encompassing 5,000 acres of spectacular beauty and historical Lowcountry charm. Sea Pines is ranked among the top resorts in America and with endless attractions, water activities, and family-focused events, Sea Pines is a top choice for families visiting Hilton Head. 

Sea Pines borders the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound with 5 miles of beaches to soak up the sun, paved trails for walking or biking, and endless things to do for the whole family. Sports enthusiasts have a choice of three championship courses, Heron Point, Atlantic Dunes, and the famous Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the annual RBC Heritage, South Carolina’s only PGA Tour. If tennis is your game, the Sea Pines Racquet Club is one of the top tennis facilities in the country! 

Nature lovers will find themselves drawn to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, a wildlife habitat with trails winding through the wetlands, lagoons and fishing docks, and a wide choice of dolphin watching and eco-tours to experience the history and beauty of Hilton Head Island. 

Harbour Town is a top Hilton Head Island attraction and another great reason to stay in the Sea Pines Resort area. Climb the iconic candy cane Harbour Town Lighthouse, take a dolphin tour or cruise from the marina, and enjoy some of the best shopping and waterfront restaurants on Hilton Head Island only a short walk, bike ride, or Sea Pines trolley trip from your vacation home.

3. PALMETTO DUNES

Situated on 2,000 acres in the heart of Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes is an oceanfront haven with something for everyone! Guests have easy access to three miles of beautiful beaches, a lush 11-mile lagoon system for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, and shaded biking trails through quiet streets lined with ancient oaks and towering palmetto palms.   

Stay active with a round of golf on the George Fazio Golf Course, Arthur Hills Golf Course, or oceanfront on the Robert Trent Jones Course with one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head. For a round of racquet sports, the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center is ranked among the top tennis centers in the world.   

In the local Palmetto Dunes neighborhood, you’ll find golf club dining, and oceanfront dining at Dunes House and Sonesta Resort, or hop on your bike or the Palmetto Dunes Buggy to Hilton Head Island’s premier waterfront destination, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Palmetto Dunes proximity to Shelter Cove is one of the many reasons our guests choose to stay here. Shelter Cove has some of the best water activities and tours on the island, with an excellent selection of shops, bars, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

4. SHIPYARD

Nestled between Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes near Coligny Plaza, Shipyard is the second plantation developed on the island and, at only 800 acres, comes in as the smallest of the Hilton Head resort areas. The Shipyard resort area of Hilton Head is like a tiny slice of heaven, a naturistic plantation with quiet neighborhoods, tranquil oak-lined trails, award-winning golf courses, and lagoons abounding in wildlife and birdlife, along with the Lowcountry charm of a bygone era. 

Most of the resort area encompasses the championship courts of the Van Der Meer Tennis Center and the fairways of the Shipyard Golf Club featuring 27 holes of championship golf on the Clipper Course, Galleon Course, and Brigantine Course. Oceanfront, you’ll find the Shipyard Beach Club with an oceanfront bar, deck, and boardwalk leading to a wide stretch of beach, and The Sonesta Resort for shopping, dining, and live entertainment.

5. PORT ROYAL RESORT AREA

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound on the northern curve of Hilton Head lies the historic neighborhood of Port Royal. Port Royal was the first landmass sighted by Captain William Hilton and is a quieter and older neighborhood with a rich history, natural beauty, family-friendly beaches, and one of the most exotic golf courses in the world! 

Built atop former Civil War grounds and named one of the “Top Exotic Golf Courses in the World”, the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club offers a unique (and challenging!) round of golf on the Barony and Robber’s Row Course, along with FootGolf for all ages, and world-class courts for pickleball and tennis. 

For fun in the sun, the Port Royal Plantation has 19 beach access paths leading to the secluded shoreline of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Port Royal’s beach access takes you to one of the best stretches of beach on Hilton Head – Islander Beach Park and neighboring Folly Field Beach, “the locals’ beach”.   Port Royal is away from the crowds, there’s a small selection of golf and resort dining, and the seasonal Breeze Trolley has regular mid-island stops from the Westin Hotel and Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club to connect to the other resort areas of Hilton Head Island.

Locally serving Hilton Head since 1993, Sunset Rentals take pride in ensuring first-class service for an exceptional vacation experience. Our Sunset Package allows you to book a home with confidence and ease, our local team is available to help you plan your trip, and our bike & beach gear program gives you credit on beach gear, bike rentals, water sports rentals, and so much more! Book online or call our team today at (843) 785-6767.