The 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Hilton Head Island

While South Carolina’s sandy Hilton Head Island is best known for its pristine beaches, bicycling trails, and world-renowned golf courses, there’s no denying its genuinely extraordinary culinary scene, mainly the fresh-caught seafood delicacies. With nearly five dozen seafood restaurants in Hilton Head Island, choosing an eatery that best suits your group’s size, style, and budget is no walk in the park. Thankfully, the concierge team here at Sunset Rentals has pieced together a five-stop seafood guide, featuring an opulent jazz club, a channel-side bar, a sleek dining room, and more!

The Tastiest Seafood in Hilton Head

Choosing a Hilton Head condo rental is a piece of cake. Simply browse through our lavish pool homes and condos to quickly earn a quote. Sifting through a list of seafood restaurants in Hilton Head, however, can be a head-spinning experience. Thus, we’ve hand-selected five local staples in hopes of enhancing your already sublime escape to South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Let’s start with the most unique seafood eatery on the isle: The Jazz Corner.

The Jazz Corner

Admittedly, the 99-seat Jazz Corner is rarely tagged as a “seafood restaurant.” That being said, The Jazz Corner’s culinary team serves up some of the tastiest fresh and saltwater delights on the East Coast. Combine award-winning live entertainment with a mouth-watering three-course meal, complete with a pineapple soy-glazed lobster tail, grilled pear salad, and mustard and herb-crusted swordfish. Delicioso!

Skull Creek Boathouse

The Boathouse, and the neighboring Dockside Waterfront Restaurant, provides a unique glimpse into the crowd-pleasing Skull Creek dining mecca. The Skull Creek Boathouse has long been a prime example of Southern cookin’ done right, especially the $25 “Lowcountry boil,” blackened catfish, and classic Carolina shrimp and grits.


Poseidon, TripAdvisor’s top-rated seafood restaurant in Hilton Head Island, is sleek, hip, and romantic. Its Rooftop Bar only adds an extra element of pizzazz. Patrons revere Poseidon for its eye-popping “Grand Shellfish Tower,” featuring nine types of shellfish, including mussels, middle necks, and lobster claws.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Some regard The Black Marlin as “raffish,” but we truly appreciate its unique blend of simplistic sophistication, family-friendly atmosphere, and surprisingly world-class oceanic edibles. The menu features everything from a seafood-stuffed flounder smothered in a lobster cream sauce to beer-battered cod and tropical mahi-mahi. It’s not often that you find a down-to-earth eatery that serves such decadent saltwater delights.

Marleys Shrimp & Burger Shack

If you’re looking for some quick and delicious made-from-scratch seafood, Marleys is the joint for you. Marleys operates out of a “shack,” where hungry patrons can simply walk up, order, and munch on the fried goodness on the well-manicured grounds. Simple pleasures, such as the hush puppies and fried green beans, are to-die-for. And we dare you to find tastier fish tacos, po’ boys, and lobster rolls in the Lowcountry.

Elite Hilton Head Island Rental Homes

Start and finish each glorious day under the sun inside one of Sunset Rentals’ finest Hilton Head vacation homes, such as Kingston Dunes, Gloucester, and Haul Away. Sunset Rentals manages over 230 properties on the island, many of which feature a private pool, pet-friendly amenities, beach access, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and a chef’s kitchen. Find your home away from home by browsing through our diverse inventory, spanning from one end of the island to the other. Swiftly check availability online or connect with a reservationist at 843-785-6767.

Fun for the Whole Family: Jet Ski Rentals in Hilton Head

While it won’t be easy to pry your family from Hilton Head Island’s sandy beaches and pristine golf courses, there’s nothing quite like an aquatic adventure in Calibogue Sound, a salty bottlenose dolphin haven. There are countless ways to explore the Sound, including a dolphin safari, sky-high parasailing voyage, and chartered fishing trip. However, there’s nothing quite as action-packed as hopping aboard a speedy jet ski rental in Hilton Head Island and blazing through Calibogue Sound. This oceanic waterway features plantations, islands, and, of course, a bevy of underwater critters.

Finding a Jet Ski Rental in Hilton Head Island

Locating a jet ski rental in Hilton Head Island isn’t overly challenging as there are a handful of outfitters within minutes of Sunset Rentals’ fleet of South Carolina beach condos. That being said, wave runners are only available via reservation. Thus, we highly recommend reserving your ride several weeks in advance, if possible. The Sunset Rentals team has strong relationships with several water sports companies, including the three listed below. In alphabetical order, here the three best jet ski rentals in Hilton Head Island. 

H2O Sports

Harbour Town’s H2O Sports is a natural place to start as this long-standing establishment offers everything from alligator tours to sailing charters and, yes, jet ski rentals in Hilton Head. After a brief instruction (this pre-arrival safety video also helps), families can instantly throttle into Calibogue Sound, unlike other land-locked outfitters. Thus, there’s no need to worry about no-wake zones. H2O Sports boasts an expansive fleet of brand new Yamahas, as new additions are added every season. This lovely stretch of the Sound is home to several families of dolphins and sea turtles, so keep your eyes peeled! H2O is also the only company in town to offer GoPro video packages—a priceless keepsake, especially if you stumble upon a friendly bottlenose.

One Hilton Head Island

One HHI is best known for its knowledgeable, welcoming guides, who lead trips through Broad Creek and into the aforementioned Calibogue Sound. Fifteen minutes is added to these semi-guided excursions to account for the short jaunt through Broad Creek’s no-wake zone, where, as you might imagine, many dolphins gleefully explore the aquatic terrain. Travelers often marvel that One’s jet ski rentals in Hilton Head go from zero to 30 mph in only two seconds! It’s also worth noting that jet skiing is a sublime way to avoid crowds, especially during these unique times.

Sea Monkeys Watersports

There’s just something undeniably memorable about choosing a small, family-owned business, such as Sea Monkeys. Sea Monkeys’ team is a tad more personable than other outfits, as they wave “switching fees,” provide military discounts, and are happy to snap free photos. A certified instructor escorts each 75-minute adventure from Hilton Head Harbor to a designated area, where the three-seaters (a rarity) can blaze through the teal sea with nary a care in the world. Because Sea Monkeys offers three-seaters, Mom or Dad can ride with two kids at once!

Luxurious Hilton Head Island Rental Homes

Sunset Rentals is proud to manage one of the area’s largest collection of Hilton Head vacation homes, ranging from a Folly Field Sandcastle to an Epic Beach House and a Luxury Crabline. On-site luxuries typically include a private pool, beach access, a chef’s kitchen, water views, a spacious deck, and a fireplace. Much like hand-selecting your “forever home,” browsing through our Hilton Head homes is undeniably exhilarating. We have no doubt that you’ll find one that perfectly suits your family’s size, style, and budget. And remember: There’s still time to book a last-minute holiday getaway with the kiddos. Simply give us a call today at 843-785-6767, or browse through our ongoing specials and new properties.

A Hilton Head Area Brewery Guide

From 2018 to 2020, in two short years, South Carolina’s craft brewery family nearly doubled in size. With more than 80 breweries statewide, the Palmetto State’s beer scene continues to grow and flourish like a well-watered garden. And the Hilton Head Island area is no different. Neighboring Bluffton itself boasts three breweries, with another chapter on the outskirts of town in semi-rural Ridgeland. It would appear that the sprouting Hilton Head area brewing scene is merely in its infancy. With so much room to grow, the next 10 to 20 years will undoubtedly be an exciting time for visiting beer lovers and casual travelers alike. In hopes of enhancing your next well-deserved tropical getaway to sunny South Carolina, the Sunset Rentals team pieced together a handy Hilton Head area brewery guide, complete with a bevy of quintessential pit stops.

Hilton Head Brewing Company

Long-standing Hilton Head Brewing Company is the first and only brewery on the island. Hilton Head Brewing is a bustling brewpub near the airport, making it an idyllic pre- or post-flight relaxation hub. It’s also within steps of the Hilton Head Distillery and Island Winery’s tasting room. Patrons can sip on a pint of the CRAB Czech pilsner while lounging underneath swaying palmettos. Or, better yet, purchase a six-pack of the citrusy Tropical Lager or a 64-once growler of the banana and clove Hefe to be enjoyed poolside later in the afternoon. Once Hilton Head Brewing’s new Southern BBQ venture is complete, it will be hard to ignore the aromas of fresh-smoked brisket wafting through the air. Another island favorite is World of Beer, an expansive franchise with locations all over the United States. World of Beer features over 40 South Carolina-born beers, including a bevy of offerings from Hilton Head Brewing.

A Brief Stint in Neighboring Bluffton, SC

For those who plan to visit neighboring Bluffton, we highly recommend making a pit stop (or two) at a local taproom. Many islanders make a brief appearance in Bluffton to shop at the Tanger Outlets, explore Old Town, or play 18 holes at Hilton Head National. We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate a brief, albeit enjoyable trip to Bluffton than with a stop at Lot 9 Brewing Co., one of the highest-rated breweries in South Carolina. It’s a new venture, but Lot 9’s Hell Raisin’ Hazy IPA and Queen Sour are both revelations. Meanwhile, Southern Barrel Brewing Co. is the most popular hangout in town, thanks to its spacious patio and rustic-sleek taproom. Other nearby options include Salt Marsh Brewing and Ridgeland’s River Dog, slowly starting to make a name for itself.

The Finest Hilton Head Vacation Homes

We firmly believe that the Hilton Head brewery scene still has ample room to grow, which is exciting for craft beer hounds who equally value brews and beaches. Start and finish each day of relaxation and exploration inside one of Sunset Rentals’ finest Hilton Head condos, such as Links 8A, South Sea Pines, and Sandcastle 58. Most vacation rentals feature private pools, gas fireplaces, chef’s kitchens, free parking, walk-out patios, and distinctive interior designs—all within steps of the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy shoreline. Life at the beach has never been this enticing! Please call us directly at 800-276-8991 to start the booking process (or quickly check availability online).

Parasailing in Hilton Head Island: Soar above the Atlantic

South Carolina’s picturesque Hilton Head Island remains an aquatic wonderland, especially for those with a penchant for oceanic thrills. Within minutes of arrival, travelers can swiftly hop aboard a speedy wave runner, join a dolphin tour, and hook a jumbo Spanish mackerel deep at sea. However, nothing tops the sheer exhilaration of parasailing in Hilton Head Island, especially when you choose a Sunset Rental-approved outfitter, such as Sky Pirate Parasail.

The Thrill of a Lifetime: Parasailing in Hilton Head

Contrary to popular belief, parasailing in Hilton Head caters to nearly every age group, including kids six and up. While you’re floating 500 feet above the turquoise Atlantic, you’ll obtain unobstructed, jaw-dropping views of the island, spanning approximately 25 miles inland or seaward. Sunset Rentals of Hilton Head recommends three local parasailing gurus, all of which lie a short distance from our finest vacation homes.

Sky Pirate Parasail

The folks at Sky Pirate operate out of Broad Creek Marina, located inside a still, meandering Intracoastal waterway. The marina itself plays host to kayaking outfitters, fishing charters, and a popular pub. Sky Pirate’s state-of-the-art, 12-passenger vessel boasts an 800-foot line, so get ready for some serious airtime. When you’re not suspended 500 feet in the air above Calibogue Sound, you’ll likely spot curious dolphins, pearly egrets, and oceanfront plantations.

Island Head

Island Head’s 90-minute parasail costs a mere $79 per person. The Island Head team emphasizes the surrounding beauty, including Harbour Town Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, and the sprawling Lowcountry. Flights typically last anywhere between eight and 10 minutes, which is the industry average—just be ready to make a splash at the tail-end of your voyage!

H2O Sports

H20 Sports is based out of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, an idyllic slice of the island where travelers flock for golf, sea-based adventures, sailing, and coastal cuisines. And H2O knows a thing or two about aquatic thrills, as they offer everything from wakeboarding to alligator tours and old-fashioned parasailing in Hilton Head Island. They offer “the best view of the island”—a true bird’s eye view at scorching (yet safe) speeds. It’s worth noting that H2O offers the cheapest “observer rides” for those afraid of heights but still want to motor through Calibogue Sound.

The Finest Hilton Head Condo Rentals

After each full day of championship golf, offshore fishing, and parasailing in Hilton Head Island, retreat to your luxurious, comfortable vacation home for an evening to remember. We proudly boast one of the island’s largest selections of coastal South Carolina vacation rentals, including the heavenly, pet-friendly Deer Run and expansive, ocean-view Guscio Way. With nearly 250 rental homes in Hilton Head Island, you’re bound to find one that perfectly suits your group’s size, style, and budget. Luxuries include private pools, beach access, chef’s kitchens, lavish outdoor patios, and floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. Please give us a call today at 800-276-8991 to inquire, or simply browse through our rental fleet at

The Top 3 Hilton Head Dolphin Tours

Truth be told, very few mammals are as equally cute, captivating, and majestic as an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Humans instinctively have a soft spot for these adorable and wildly intelligent underwater critters. Scientists assert that dolphins are quick learners, self-aware, able to problem-solve, and even have the rare ability to show empathy. Naturally, pods of bottlenoses frequent the aquatic acreage surrounding paradisical Hilton Head Island, home to Sunset Rentals, the region’s most experienced vacation rental management company. We have stark relationships with the area’s premier cruise-based outfits. Thus, our concierge team has compiled the three best Hilton Head dolphin tours, where spotting a grinning bottlenose is innate as an Atlantic Ocean sunrise.

The Best Hilton Head Dolphin Tours

Nearly a dozen local businesses offer 90-minute (or two-hour) Hilton Head dolphin tours, two of which are located in Shelter Cove Harbour. Prices are comparable across the board, so keep a close eye on each company’s various amenities. Remember to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a light jacket, and a camera, because dolphins absolutely love being photographed!

1. Dolphin Seafari

Dolphin Seafari is home to the famous “Donuts and Dolphins” tour, where a bevy of colorfully-coated, deep-fried sweets are readily available for consumption throughout the trip. Complimentary coffee (or tea, water, or juice) is also served if you’re in the dunking mood. However, the main event is the legion of 200-plus bottlenose dolphins that circle the isle. The 30-foot-long covered pontoon sits low to the surface so that you can practically high-five a dolphin when the opportunity presents itself. A crab-trap demonstration always garners “Oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd, especially amongst youngsters.

2. Dolphin Discoveries Nature Tours

What sets Dolphin Discoveries apart from all of the other Hilton Head dolphin tours is its semi-exclusivity. Most expeditions host anywhere from 12 to 40 people. Dolphin Discoveries, however, seats six people, max. Thus, it’s perfect for families. Large groups, obviously, will have to go elsewhere. Each 105-minute voyage motors past pods of curious bottlenoses, as well as bald eagles, egrets, brown pelicans, and, occasionally, adorable river otters. Make sure to browse through their various trip options to find one that best suits your family. The tours can include anything from beachcombing to shark fishing.

3. Captain Mark’s Dolphin Cruises

Pet owners, rejoice! Captain Mark’s is one of only dog-friendly Hilton Head dolphin tours, with expeditions starting at just $21.95 per person. Captain Mark has skippered over 20,000 cruises in the past 37 years, so he knows a thing or two about dolphin “honey holes.” He specifically leads groups to the serene, 13-mile Calibogue Sound, just south of the island. Lucky passengers will coast past a variety of architectural marvels, including plantations and a lighthouse.

Long-Term Rentals in Hilton Head

Start and finish each day in South Carolinian paradise with Sunset Rentals of Hilton Head. We boast one of the largest fleets of Hilton Head vacation rentals, including nearly 100 homes and over 170 villas. While each property is unique in size, location, and design, they share common luxuries, such as pool access, lavish furnishings, chef’s kitchens, and air conditioning. Some homes and units overlook the Atlantic Ocean, while others feature dazzling, private pools. All of them are within walking distance of the beach, so a full day of oceanic exploration is always a short stroll away. To find an idyllic home away from home, please visit our website. Otherwise, feel free to call us at your earliest convenience by dialing 843-785-6767.

The Top 3 Hilton Head Fishing Charters

The Top 3 Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Deep-sea fishing remains one of the most beloved aquatic adventures here on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina’s crown jewel. When you’re not bicycling near the beach, playing 18 holes of championship golf, or parasailing high above the Atlantic, set your sights on the open ocean, home to thousands of distinct underwater critters. Sunset Rentals of Hilton Head’s eclectic selection of vacation rentals are all a short walk, bicycle ride, or drive from a full-day at sea. In hopes of providing a healthy dose of guidance in anticipation of your upcoming stay, we hand-selected three of the very best Hilton Head fishing charters. Despite popular belief, a deep-sea fishing excursion requires no prior experience.

The Best Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Whether you hope to hook a shriek-inducing hammerhead shark in the Atlantic or a slippery mackerel in the Lowcountry, the whole gang will assuredly return to land with a dozen stories to tell. As you might imagine, there are dozens of Hilton Head fishing charters on our 25,000-acre island. However, these three selections wholly exemplify the region’s unique blend of hospitality, affordability, and convenience.

Off the Hook Fishing Charters

In many ways, Off the Hook has a stranglehold on the Hilton Head fishing scene. Droves of travelers flock to their Freeport Marina location in hopes of scurrying inland to bait a wide variety of fish, including cobia, big bull redfish, tarpon, speckled trout, crevalle jack, Atlantic tripletail, and, yes, sharks. With rates ranging from $225 to $1,000 per angler, Off the Hook can accommodate just about any budget.

Outcast Sport Fishing

Sharks, sharks, and more sharks. Outcast Sport Fishing isn’t shy about their main prey: blacktip, lemon, and great white sharks. The imagery on their website is spellbinding (and slightly terrifying). Other common targets, especially for novices and kiddos, include tarpon, redfish, king mackerel, and cobia. Because Outcast mainly hunts sharks, rates are a little steeper than most Hilton Head fishing charters. However, the feeling one gains while wrangling a monster shark is priceless!

Bay Runner Fishing Charters

The skilled, charismatic folks at Bay Runner offer three types of Hilton Head fishing charters: Calibogue Sound shark fishing, near-shore reef excursions, and customizable offshore trips. Customizability is a huge perk for those with large families (as well as small parties). Bay Runner’s website can take online reservations, another massive draw for those who prefer not to get caught in a game of phone tag. Because they survey the entire area, your captain will take you directly to the most lucrative fishing spots near Hilton Head Island.

Long-Term Rentals in Hilton Head

After four-to-eight hours of deep-sea fishing near Hilton Head Island, return to land for some much-deserved relaxation on the beach. Build a sandcastle with the kids, read a thrilling book, swim in the surf, collect seashells, fly a kite, and nap under the sun. The perfect place to start and finish each day of relaxation and adventure is inside one of prized Hilton Head vacation rentals, which range from pet-friendly villas to spacious homes with sparkling pools. “Common” amenities and luxuries include full kitchens, highspeed internet, private pool areas, gas grills, concierge services, screened-in porches, and nearby beach access. Please give us a call today at 800-276-8991 (or check availability online) to book a long-awaited getaway to our sandy paradise!

Hilton Head Bike Rentals and Pathways

Despite the isle’s many sugary beaches, historical museums, and guided tours, the number one thing to do in Hilton Head is bicycling (according to TripAdvisor). With 60-plus miles of pathways that meander from Hilton Head Plantation all the way to Coligny Beach Park, it’s no wonder families spend hours upon hours cycling past the island’s prettiest landmarks. Sunset Rentals’ growing selection of luxurious, tropical condo and home rentals, more times than not, are located right along the Hilton Head bike path. Because the island is only 42 square miles, most folks prefer to bike to and from the beach, restaurants, and shops. Thus, there’s a high demand for Hilton Head bike rentals. In fact, there are over two dozen local businesses that offer rental services.

The 10 Best Hilton Head Bike Rentals

With so many options available, sifting through a comprehensive list of Hilton Head bike rentals can grow quite dizzying. Thankfully, Sunset Rentals has a fleet of affordable, state-of-the-art rentals, including classic, tandem, child, and three-wheeler bikes. During peak seasons, these popular Hilton Head bike rentals can sell out well in advance, primarily because you simply cannot beat the $35 per week price tag. So, if our inventory is bare, please consider a stop at one of these local establishments.

  1. Sunset Rentals
  2. Hilton Head Outfitters
  3. The Bike Doctor
  4. Cross Island Bike Rental
  5. Island Life Bike Rentals
  6. Mike’s Bikes
  7. Forest Beach Surf & Cycle
  8. Pelican Cruiser
  9. Breeze Bike Ride
  10. Atlantic Bike Rentals

Recreational Pathways: 60 Miles of Natural Beauty

A few years back, the Chamber of Commerce curated an updated Hilton Head Island bike trail map, which plainly outlines the various pathways that wind through our peaceful island. Visual highlights along the path include Coligny Beach Park, Audubon Newhall Preserve, Village at Wexford, Jarvis Creek Park, Burkes Beach, and Shelter Cove Harbour. It’s estimated that nearly 2 million visitors cycle along this pathway in a given year. Thus, the community spends countless hours maintaining and enhancing the experience. Remember to pack plenty of water, apply sunscreen often, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, and bring an appetite because many of the island’s most beloved seafood eateries lie along the pathway.

For more information about our Hilton Head bike rentals (including FAQs, terms, and conditions), please visit our website.

Sunset Rentals boasts one of the largest collections of vacation homes and condos on the island, including over 65 rentals with a private pool. A large portion of our Hilton Head condo rentals are pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave your furry, four-legged friends at home! Common amenities include convenient beach access, private pools, chef’s kitchens, high-speed Wi-Fi, fireplaces, and luxury furnishings. As mentioned earlier, many of these homes are a short distance from the best Hilton Hilton bike trails.

In August, week-long stays come with free bikes! Take advantage of this limited-time offer by calling 843-785-6767 and booking directly.

The 3 Most Underrated Hilton Head Golf Courses

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has subtly evolved into one of North America’s most alluring golf meccas, primarily because of the lush landscape, sugary sand, and desired exclusivity. Sunset Rentals of Hilton Head, home to the isle’s largest selection of vacation homes and villas, has properties strategically located near many of the grandest Hilton Head golf courses. As you can imagine, tee times dry up during peak seasons at the most prestigious clubs. Therefore, we thought it would be beneficial to shine a light on three local staples that are equally scenic, accommodating, and, yes, vastly underrated.

Hilton Head Golf Courses: An Idyllic Pace of Play

Our worldly concierge team fields many Hilton Head Island golf-related requests and questions. There’s always a shared curiosity about the island’s most undervalued clubs. Now more than ever, golfers are looking for a swift pace of play, flexible availability, affordable rates, and supreme hospitality. That’s where this trio of underrated Hilton Head golf courses comes into the fold.

Country Club of Hilton Head

Very few Hilton Head golf courses utilize the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway to their advantage quite like this 18-hole treasure. All but two of the holes feature water, so you better bring your A-game. The marshland itself snugs the eastern shoreline of Skull Creek, where lush, diverse forestry thrives. The course is widely celebrated for its sugar-white bunkers, pristine greens, semi-challenging tee shots, and well-groomed rough. Golfers will instantly notice the dazzling curb appeal upon arrival, including Colonial architecture, vibrant flowers, and attentive staff.

Oyster Reef Golf Club

Oyster Reef remains one of the most underrated, yet undeniably picturesque Hilton Head golf courses. The Rees Jones design, much like the aforementioned Country Club of Hilton Head, instantly garnered high praise when it opened in 1982. Often regarded as a classic Carolina masterpiece, Oyster Reef takes full advantage of that sprawling Lowcountry terrain, including dense vegetation, meandering lagoons, and faraway ocean vistas. The club recently underwent some crowd-pleasing alterations, which adds to the appeal. Because Oyster Reef shares property lines with several other Hilton Head public golf courses, Jones needed to be clever with his design.

Golden Bear Golf Club

As its name suggests, Golden Bear Golf Club was masterfully designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus, arguably the best golfer of all time. Because this immaculate, 18-hole jewel rests in the heart of the island, most fairways are walled in by tall pines and oaks. It’s no picnic in the park. A quality score takes skill, patience, and creativity. The course’s length is much shorter than its competitors, which adds several elements of strategy and artistry. Golden Bear is often touted as one of the country’s top 100 courses under $100.

Golf and Luxury: Hilton Head Condo Rentals

After 18 holes at one of the finest Hilton Head Island golf courses, return to your private, tropical paradise for an evening to remember. Sunset Rentals’ inventory includes a vast array of beachfront property, much of which is equipped with full kitchens, modern furnishings, private balconies, and swift access to swimming pools and the warm sand. Hilton Head beach life is just as relevant as the isle’s golf scene, so don’t forget your swimwear, sand bucket set, beach reads, and plenty of sunscreen. Please give us a call today at 800-276-8991 (or check availability online) to get matched with a heavenly property that suits your group’s size, style, and budget. And don’t forget that we gleefully accommodate monthly rentals!

Hilton Head Water Sports: 5 Ways to Explore the Atlantic

The time to book and plan a summer escape to South Carolina’s sunny Hilton Head Island is right now before vacation rentals slowly dry up over the coming weeks. There’s a great deal of uncertainty attached to this global pandemic, but this strong community is primed to return to normalcy sooner rather than later, thanks to the hard work from all who call the island home. Sunset Rentals boasts the island’s most eclectic mix of vacation rentals, ranging from seaside complexes to private, dreamlike pool homes. Naturally, families are itching to journey to our sandy, picturesque paradise to sunbathe on the beach, bicycle through the island’s core, and, of course, explore the vast Atlantic Ocean. There’s never an offseason for Hilton Head water sports, especially for those with a penchant for aquatic thrills.

The Top 5 Hilton Head Water Sports

With mid-June rapidly approaching and businesses gradually reopening, this summer aims to be yet another glorious chapter for you and your family. To ensure that your long-awaited island escape is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled five of the most popular Hilton Head water sports. There’s never been a more suitable time to motor deep at sea in search of true tranquility and perhaps a mid-day adventure.


While it’s not uncommon for our guests to arrive with their yacht hitched to their vehicle, it’s worth noting that several local companies offer affordable full-day boat rentals. The good folks at Sea Monkeys Watersports, for instance, have a small fleet of speed boats, one of which is bound have your name on it. Rates start at just $250, and fishing equipment is available for rental—a nice added perk for those hoping to hook a unique creature from below, such as sheepshead, whiting, or cobia.


Speaking of colorful aquatic creatures from the deep: Fishing remains one of the most beloved Hilton Head water sports. Whether you plan to toss a line into the Atlantic from a local pier or a world-class fishing charter, there’s no doubt that you’ll hook your dinner if you’re patient. Captain Hook (no, not Peter Pan’s arch-nemesis) and Integrity Charters both have stellar reputations for chasing down sizable species, including barracuda, marlins, and even sharks.


By now, you likely know that kayaking ranks among the most peaceful Hilton Head water sports. Kayaking is an ideal mid-day activity for families who cherish the tranquility that comes with the island’s various saltmarshes and hidden creeks. While most tours don’t trek into the ocean per se, you will obtain faraway views of the big blue. The island’s many marshes and creeks play host to friendly bottlenose dolphins—and rentals are made readily available at nearly every watercraft outfitter at very reasonable prices!


Paddleboarding, much like kayaking, requires a lot of core stretch. But balance is the name of the game. We typically recommend H2O Sports for those who aim to learn how to board. Otherwise, the previously mentioned Sea Monkeys provides $40 all-day rentals for experienced paddlers. Paddling in the Lowcountry is a must for those who cherish natural beauty, wildlife, and a healthy dose of serenity.


Island Head and Sky Pirate both provide some of the most exhilarating Atlantic adventures on a daily basis, most notably those sky-high parasailing expeditions. Unlike most Hilton Head Island water sports, parasailing takes place high above the sea. In fact, many “flights” drift 800 feet above the azure Atlantic. It’s an experience, unlike any other.

A Well-Deserved South Carolina Family Vacation

Hilton Head Island remains one of the most beloved South Carolina vacation spots, particularly for those who revere the sand, the sea, and the sophistication of a stylish island vacation rental. Sunset Rentals has its finger on the pulse on the ever-changing travel industry. We know precisely what a family, group, or couple wants and needs in a vacation rental. That’s why most homes and condos include a pristine private pool, chef’s kitchen, high-speed internet, sleek architecture, and close proximity to the bike path, beaches, and countless restaurants that boast the freshest seafood in the county. Please browse through our extensive list of homes, condos, and complexes at With over 250 unique properties, you’re bound to find one that suits your family’s size, style, and budget perfectly!

Pet-Friendly Rentals on Hilton Head: A Bark-Tastic Getaway

Unquestionably, the most difficult aspect of planning a well-deserved vacation is lining up necessary pet boarding for your favorite furry friend. It’s never easy saying “goodbye” to a pet (or pets), even if it’s just for a week. However, one of the fastest-growing trends in the hospitality industry is the rise of pet travel. Instead of constantly worrying about your four-legged buddy throughout your long-awaited beachy escape to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, why not bring him or her along for the adventure of a lifetime? Luckily for you and your family, Sunset Rentals boasts the region’s premier pet-friendly vacation homes. In fact, we have the largest collection of seaside, pet-friendly rentals on Hilton Head Island, one of the Carolinas’ most desirable oceanfront locales.

Pet-Friendly Rentals on Hilton Head Island

The decision to vacation on Hilton Head Island was an easy one, primarily because of this breathtaking community’s pristine beaches, mouthwatering coastal cuisines, seemingly endless bicycling trails, and countless boat tours. There’s ample space to “spread your wings” on this quiet, picturesque haven, as the isle spans nearly 70 square miles—most of which is lush, uninhabited land where cute woodland critters govern the domain.

But, above all else, the diverse array of pet-friendly rentals on Hilton Head Island is likely what drew your eye. Sunset Rentals prides itself on offering a genuinely unforgettable escapade for everyone, pet owners included. Over the years, we’ve enhanced the guest experience by adding nearly 100 charming, modern pet-friendly villas and homes along the eastern rim of Hilton Head Island. Sifting through our extensive collection of pet-friendly rentals on Hilton Head Island has never been easier, thanks to our website’s many filters and comprehensive map. Below is a small but enticing sample size of said rentals:

10 Fun Dog-Friendly Activities

It’s not uncommon for travelers to aimlessly Google “dog-friendly activities near me” during pet travel. BringFido is always a marvelous resource, especially when it comes to locating restaurants that allow dogs. Finding a place to walk your dog on the island is as easy as smacking your pointer finger on a map while blindfolded. That being said, you’ll likely want to do more than just walk or jog with your dog this summer. Thus, we pieced together 10 unique (and fun) activities that are a short walk, bicycle ride, or drive from our eclectic mix of pet-friendly rentals on Hilton Head Island.

  1. Spend an afternoon on the beach—swim, play fetch, build a sandcastle, you name it. Some of the prettiest dog-friendly beaches in South Carolina lie on the island.
  2. Dine at a handful of the best pet-friendly restaurants, such as Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Reilley’s Grill & Bar, Carolina Crab Company, and Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe.
  3. Take photos together, and capture that perfect Instagram moment.
  4. Let your pup off of the leash at the Chaplin Community Dog Park.
  5. Picnic at beautiful Folly Field Beach Park. Dogs like picnics too…
  6. Board one of Captain Mark’s dolphin cruises.
  7. Treat your four-legged friend at Tail Wiggles’ “Barkery.”
  8. Head out to sea with a rod in hand on a Runaway fishing charter.
  9. Go for a sunrise jog on the beach. It’s good exercise for both parties.
  10. Hike through the heart of Audubon Newhall Preserve.

To learn more about our particularly beautiful slice of South Carolina’s coast, please visit us online at You can also reach us at any time by dialing 843-785-6767. We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces this summer in our sandy paradise!