Jackie Helton, Author at Sunset Rentals Vacation Blog

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


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

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

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

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

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 

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


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

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


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

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

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, 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

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. 

Native Son Fishing Charters 

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. Options range from two-hour trips to all-day deep-sea adventures along the South Carolina coastline.

Hilton Head Outfitters

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 Habour & Marina.

HARBOUR TOWN YACHT BASIN


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

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

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 Charter

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


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

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!

Drifter Excursions

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 

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.

HILTON HEAD HARBOR & MARINA


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

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

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!

2. Quarterdeck

If you prefer a more sophisticated fine dining bar, head over to Quarterdeck at The Sea Pines Resort! Enjoy panoramic views of Harbour Town and Calibogue Sound from the outdoor bar area with classic cocktails and delicious food.

3. Tiki Hut

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, and sip a cocktail or two? 

4. Reilley’s Grill & Bar

Voted Hilton Head Island’s Best Bar, Reilley’s Grill and Bar is a sophisticated bar with a warm ambiance that is truly reminiscent of a Boston pub. Featuring a Happy Hour every day from 4-7pm, Reilley’s is sure to become a new favorite.

5. Callahan’s Sports Bar

Whether you prefer a casual drink with friends, watching a game on the big screens, or shooting a round of pool, Callahan’s Sports Bar is for you! Stop in to watch your team play while enjoying a burger and beer.

6. Main Street Island Pub

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– offering everything from homemade soups and sandwiches to delicious beer and cocktails on the outdoor patio!

7. Hurricane Bar

Enjoy the taste of the Keys at The Black Marlin’s Hurricane Bar. 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.

8. The Dunes House

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!

9. Poseidon

Poseidon, named for “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!

10. The Sandbar

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 after a sunny beach day with a cold cocktail in hand.

Stay with Sunset Rentals

Wherever you find yourself on Hilton Head Island, you’re sure to find 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.


What’s Up With The History Of Lowcountry Cuisine?


The South Carolina Lowcountry is a coastal region well-loved for its lush landscapes, world-class golf courses, luxury beach communities, and the soulful flavors of classic Lowcountry cuisine. 

Traditional Lowcountry cuisine is more than just a collection of colorful recipes – it is a rich and vibrant cultural tradition that reflects the history, experiences, and cooking traditions of the Gullah-Geechee people, the West African slaves working the coastal plantations on the South Carolina sea islands.


Carolina Rice Plantations


It all began with the cultivation of long-grain rice in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia. In the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, inland and tidal rice plantations covered thousands of acres of previous swamplands and the industry relied heavily on the expertise in rice cultivation and the slave labor of the West African Gullah-Geechee people. 

The West Africans came to America as slaves, bringing okra, collard greens, yams, cornmeal, and traditional spices into the country. Rice was the primary export from South Carolina and as the masters grew rich, slaves were fed the damaged leftover grains and began creating new, flavorful dishes to maintain their native cooking traditions. 

The warm coastal climate of the region allowed for a wide variety of vegetables to be grown and the massively stocked ocean and thriving estuary system provided an abundance of readily available fresh seafood including shrimp, fish, crabs, and wild oysters.


Hearty, One-Pot Stews


Simply, yet flavorful, rice-based one-pot stews were created, adding fresh vegetables, seafood, and traditional West African spices such as cumin, paprika, thyme, and Benne seeds which give the Lowcountry dishes their unique and distinctive flavor. Over the generations, Lowcountry cuisine has been heavily influenced by a diversity of cultures including Caribbean, Native American, English, French, and Spanish, making it a culinary melting pot of deep and diverse flavors.


Slow-Roasted Lowcountry Barbeque


Barbeque is the heart and soul of southern cuisine, and South Carolina claims to be the birthplace of this beloved tradition. One of the country’s oldest barbeque traditions, South Carolina’s style of slow-cooking whole hogs over wood dates back to the 1500s when the Spanish introduced the pig to the New World. The African-American slaves tended the pits for their masters adding their own signature barbeque flavors and the technique of adding sauce came later from the population of early German settlers in South Carolina.  


Classic Lowcountry Dishes


These styles of cooking have been passed down through generations and, today, Lowcountry cooking is a beloved and integral part of South Carolina’s rich culinary traditions. Whether you’re enjoying a plate of slow-smoked ribs at a local BBQ joint or savoring a bowl of seafood gumbo at a waterfront restaurant, the rich and flavorful dishes of southern barbeque and Lowcountry cooking are sure to delight the senses.

Red Rice: South Carolina red rice is a classic southern staple made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices. It’s a delicious and hearty side that pairs well with a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables, making it a perfect addition to any meal. 

Lowcountry Boil: Lowcountry Boil, also known as Frogmore or Beaufort Stew, is a delicious blend of fresh-from-the-water shrimp, sausage, fresh corn, potatoes, and onions boiled in water with tasty creole spices. 

Shrimp & Grits: Shrimp and grits is a classic southern dish that combines creamy, buttery grits with plump, juicy shrimp and a variety of aromatic spices. This hearty meal is a staple of Lowcountry cuisine and is sure to satisfy your cravings for comfort food. 

She-Crab Soup: She-Crab soup is a creamy, bisque-like seafood soup made with a base of rich, velvety roux and flavored with sherry, crab meat, crab roe, and a variety of spices. This indulgent soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. 

Hoppin’ John: Hoppin’ John is a staple on the southern table and is traditionally served on New Year’s Day as a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the coming year. This flavorful dish is made with fluffy rice, black-eyed peas, collard greens, and tender, slow-cooked pork. 

Gumbo: Lowcountry Gumbo is a thick hearty stew made from a variety of ingredients including stock, meat or seafood, celery, okra, bell peppers, onions, and added traditional spices. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures that is sure to satisfy your cravings for comfort food. The word “gumbo” is derived from the African word for okra.


Savor the Flavors on Hilton Head Island


Today, visitors to Hilton Head Island can experience the rich history and tradition of Lowcountry cuisine firsthand. With year-round Lowcountry farmers markets and over 250 restaurants on the island, Hilton Head is a top foodie destination brimming with the flavors of the Lowcountry. 

From traditional southern BBQ and casual seafood boils to luxury fine dining with a modern twist, there’s no shortage of delicious options to choose from on Hilton Head Island. Begin your Lowcountry culinary experience with our guide to “The Best Restaurants on Hilton Head Island”.

So why wait? Mark your calendar and join us for a celebration of the rich and flavorful dishes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry cuisine on Hilton Head Island. Check out these 9 Food Festivals Not To Miss Near Hilton Head, SC


Experience Lowcountry Living!


Welcome to the ultimate Lowcountry culinary experience! On Hilton Head Island, you can indulge in the local flavors and traditions of the region while enjoying all the comforts of a luxurious vacation rental home. From gourmet kitchens stocked with top-of-the-line appliances to outdoor BBQs perfect for grilling up fresh seafood and Lowcountry veggies, you’ll have everything you need to cook like a true local in our selection of Hilton Head Island vacation homes. 

Start planning your next Hilton Head Island beach vacation with Sunset Rentals today! Browse our collection of 1-7 bedroom vacation homes and villas, book with confidence and ease online, or give our team a call at (843) 785-6767

We know the best places to stay, play, and feast on Hilton Head Island!


Top Resort Areas of Hilton Head Island


Welcome to Hilton Head Island, SC – the ultimate vacation destination! 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Best Vacation Homes on Hilton Head Island for 2023


When it comes to a destination with endless possibilities, Hilton Head Island is the perfect choice. With all of its natural beauty, guests are welcomed by Lowcountry charm and an abundance of outdoor activities. Hilton Head Island is one of the top golf destinations in South Carolina and is home to 24 on-island championship golf courses along with world-class tennis facilities nestled in the island’s lush plantation resorts. Whether you prefer action packed adventures including dolphin tours, parasailing, deep sea charters, wave runners, jet-ski tours, ziplining, and helicopter tours or leisurely sunbathing on the beautiful coastline, Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination for your 2023 vacation!

There’s no better way to spend your annual vacation than in a luxury vacation home with Sunset Rentals. Choose from our 220+ properties with luxurious private pools, prime locations, spacious living areas, and pet-friendly rentals. 

Best Homes with Private Pools


Capri 2

The Hilton Head Island vacation of your dreams awaits at this luxurious, newly renovated third row wonder! 2 Capri Lane is a 7 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom Forest Beach home that offers glimpses of the ocean, a raised pool and spa deck, spacious interiors for everyone to lounge, and contemporary coastal furnishings.

Sandhill Crane 17

17 Sandhill Crane is a stunning private vacation home located inside of the Ocean Gate at Sea Pines Resort, only a five-minute walk to the beach. This home has multiple living spaces throughout, a fully equipped kitchen with an eat-at bar, a wet bar, five bedrooms, and an expansive outdoor space with a private pool and spa.

Mooring Buoy 54

Mooring Buoy 54 is a lovely 5 bedroom, third row home on the beach path, just a few steps to the Atlantic Ocean in the desirable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Professionally decorated and furnished, this spectacular home boasts the finest details, luxury amenities, designer interiors, multiple private outdoor decks, and a spacious private pool and spa.

Homes with the Best Locations


Duck Hawk 27

Breathtaking ocean views await from almost every room in the house at 27 Duck Hawk – a true oceanfront retreat! This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home has multiple living areas, abundant outdoor spaces, designer furnishings, a private pool, a private sanded volleyball court, and is located on the beach with private boardwalk access.

Oceanwood 112

112 Oceanwood, is an elevated free-standing home in North Forest Beach, located just 200 yards from the Atlantic Ocean! This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home offers an oversized deck with an outdoor sitting area, dining area and a gas grill. Stairs from the back deck offer easy access to the Oceanwood complex pool and beach path.

North Sea Pines 70

70 North Sea Pines is the perfect Hilton Head Island vacation home, located in one of Sea Pines’ most desirable areas with beautiful beaches and island activities. This Sea Pines home is perfect for large families and friends with multiple living areas, tranquil golf views, a large sunny pool, and a deck area.

Best Homes for Large Groups


Egret 5

Enjoy being steps away from the beach and centrally located in Forest Beach while staying at 5 Egret! This gorgeous 6 bedroom home accommodates large groups with plenty of space for up to 20 guests. This spacious home features multiple living areas, ample outdoor space, as well as a private pool and spa.

Corine Lane 13

This luxurious Singleton Beach home will fit all your desires for luxury at the beach with 3,500 sq. ft. of beautiful living space. This 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home accommodates up to 19 guests in a stunningly decorated, spacious home with a private pool.

Lookout 3

If you want a fully updated vacation rental on Hilton Head, SC with lots of space, amazing views, a large private pool and close proximity to the beach then look no further! This 7 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom Hilton Head home accommodates up to 23 guests and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Palmetto Dunes Resort with views of both the lagoon and the Robert Trent Jones golf course.

Best Pet-Friendly Homes


Crabline 49

This pet-friendly 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath, single-family Singleton Beach home will be an island oasis that you won’t want to leave! This well-equipped home features a private pool, designer decorated interiors, and state-of-the-art appliances.

Sandcastle 114

Welcome to this luxurious 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom Folly Field home on Hilton Head Island, SC. This home is located in Sandcastles By the Sea, one of Hilton Head’s newest gated communities. This luxury vacation home is loaded with high-quality amenities, beautiful lagoon views, private decks, a private pool, and stunning designer furnishings.

Crabline 39

Bring your family, pet, friends, and still find plenty of room for rest and relaxation in this 3,100 sq. ft. 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home. Crabline 39 is a pet-friendly rental in a prime location with a private pool, fenced-in yard, multiple private balconies, and spacious interiors.

Stay with Sunset Rentals


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. Our on island team is here to help! We are a locally operated Hilton Head Island company that takes pride in offering first-class service to our guests. Make 2023 the year that you see just how exceptional a vacation with Sunset Rentals can be!


Plan for Next Summer on Hilton Head Island


It’s never too early to start planning a summer vacation and it gives the family something wonderful to look forward to all winter! Hilton Head Island is a dream-worthy vacation destination with warm South Carolina sunshine, endless stretches of sandy beaches, tranquil waterways and nature preserves abounding in wildlife, and beautiful beach rentals to call home for a quick weekend getaway or the whole summer season

Start planning your summer vacation on Hilton Head Island today with Sunset Rentals. Locally serving visitors to the island since 1993, we know the best places to stay and play on Hilton Head Island.

Where to Stay on Hilton Head Island


The first step to planning the ultimate summer vacation is deciding where to stay on Hilton Head. Hilton Head Island is divided into unique resort communities each with its own lifestyle, tourist attractions, outdoor activities, and fully-equipped summer vacation rentals for every style, size, and budget.

  • Forest Beach Attractions: Hilton Head’s downtown area, Coligny Plaza, Coligny Beach Park, Adventure Playground, more than 100 shops & restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and miles of award-winning beaches. 
  • Shipyard Attractions: Private beach access at Shipyard Beach Club, Sonesta Resort, Shipyard Golf Club, Van der Meer Tennis Complex, close to Coligny Plaza & Beach Park.   
  • Sea Pines Attractions: Harbour Town Lighthouse & Marina, South Beach Village & Marina, Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point Golf Course, Atlantic Dunes Golf Course, Sea Pines Racquet Club, Lawton Stables, 5 miles of beaches. 
  • Palmetto Dunes Attractions: Dunes House, George Fazio Golf Course, Arthur Hills Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, near Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, 3 miles of beachfront, 11-mile lagoon system.   
  • Port Royal Attractions: Away from the crowds, beach access at Islander Beach Park, Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Port Royal Arboretum, and miles of scenic trails.

Hilton Head Island Activities


Wherever you choose to stay on Hilton Head Island you’re never far from the ocean and the endless activities and attractions on offer. During peak summer seasons the tours, activities, and attractions on Hilton Head are in high demand, so get the most out of your trip by planning ahead. 

Many of our Hilton Head Island vacation rentals include complimentary bike and beach gear credit from Vayk Gear up to the value of $350! This program gives you credit on top-quality gear delivered on arrival and picked up on departure. Planning your Hilton Head Island activities is hassle-free when you vacation with Sunset Rentals.

Beach Days

Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of picture-perfect Atlantic beaches with golden sands, gentle waters, and great amenities for a family beach day. From the hustle and bustle of Coligny Beach to the quieter shorelines of Port Royal, there is a stretch of sand and oceanfront rental for every beach lover (and your pooch!)

Bike Rides

With 60 miles of paved bike trails (and heavy summer traffic!) biking is the best way to get around Hilton Head Island – book your Vayk bike rentals in advance. Plan for lots of family bike rides to and on the beach, around the resort areas, and exploring the natural beauty of the island off the beaten path.

Golf & Tennis

Hilton Head Island is one of the premier tennis and golf destinations in the US so be sure to book your tee times and courts well in advance for the summer season. Boasting two dozen golf courses, including the internationally renowned Harbour Town Golf Links, more than 500 tennis courts, and luxury rentals just steps away, Hilton Head is a haven for sports enthusiasts. 

Horse Trail Rides

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a 600+ acre wildlife habitat and our favorite place to get lost in nature on Hilton Head Island. Tranquil trails and boardwalks wind through the forest with lagoons for fishing, eco-adventures of all kinds, and Shetland pony and horse trail rides with Lawton Stables. It’s a wonderful way to experience nature, view wildlife, and reconnect with nature.

Ziplining

The Zipline Hilton Head and Aerial Adventure Hilton Head tours over Broad Creek are rated among the best things to do in Hilton Head. The two-hour canopy tours feature 8 interconnected ziplines through the forests and 6 different ability courses with 50 challenge activities – a fun day out for the whole family (ages 5 and up).

Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is a must-do on Hilton Head Island for every visitor. The breathtaking grounds feature historical buildings, butterfly gardens, trails through live oaks, and things to do for every age group. The museum depicts the rich Gullah heritage of Hilton Head and offers guided tours of every kind on water and land allowing visitors to experience the history, wildlife, and natural beauty of Hilton Head Island.

Water Activities

Whether you prefer to take a guided tour or reserve your Vayk gear and adventure the ocean and waterways alone, the ultimate summer vacation on HHI requires getting on the water. From paddle tours and dolphin discoveries to parasailing, party fishing boats, and pirate cruises, there are water activities of every kind on Hilton Head Island – but don’t leave your plans to the last minute!

Kids Camps

Summer on Hilton Head Island is a perfect paradise for kids! Endless playtime on safe lifeguarded beaches, family activities galore at Shelter Cove, Harbour Town, and Coligny Plaza, and epic adventure camps to learn new skills, make new friends, and give mom and dad quiet time. Outside Hilton Head is the top activity provider on the island with summer day camps for kids and teens, and guided activities for the whole family.

Rainy Day Activities

It’s always smart to plan for the possibility of a rainy summer day! Our private Hilton Head vacation homes feature all the home comforts for a rainy day and there’s plenty of things to do indoors on Hilton Head Island – the Sandbox Museum, The Art Café, Adventure Cove Arcade, Coastal Discovery Museum, shopping malls, movie theaters, and luxurious spas to relax and unwind.   

Lowcountry Day Trips


Hilton Head Island is situated in close proximity to some of the most exciting and beautiful destinations in South Carolina. Schedule time in your vacation itinerary for a Lowcountry day trip to explore the nearby towns and islands full of southern charm and culture, quaint historic districts, and miles of coastal beaches.

Dining, Drinking & Dancing


With a choice of over 250 bars and restaurants, classic Lowcountry farmers markets, and amazing culinary events, you’ll have loads of fun planning your dining, drinking, and dancing on Hilton Head. Savor the freshest local seafood on the docks, spoil your loved one with a sunset alfresco dinner cruise on the Spirit of Harbour Town, dance with the kids under the Liberty Oak, or dance the night away at an oceanfront tiki bar.

Summer Homes from Sunset Rentals


Summer rentals on Hilton Head Island sell out fast! Get ahead of the curve and find the ultimate summer vacation rental with Sunset Rentals. Our Sunset Package offers a 48-hour worry-free guarantee and flexible cancellation policy allowing you to book your Hilton Head summer vacation early with confidence and ease. Browse our Hilton Head Island rentals online or call our on-island team at 843-785-6767.


Live the Lowcountry Lifestyle on Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island is a destination loved for its pristinely preserved natural spaces, miles of beautiful beaches, the abundance of eco-friendly outdoor activities, and a laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle rich in deep-rooted southern charm and hospitality.   

The South Carolina Lowcountry is defined by its unique lifestyle inspired by the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings. The hustle and bustle of city life will feel worlds away as you hike or bike through forests of moss-draped oaks and fragrant magnolias, stroll along miles of sandy beaches, dine alfresco on Lowcountry classics and fresh seafood straight from the boats, and enjoy quality time with the ones you love surrounded by nature. 

Living the Lowcountry lifestyle is easy on Hilton Head Island! You’re not only choosing a vacation on America’s Favorite Island, you are embracing a Lowcountry lifestyle that allows you to slow down, savor a sunrise, sip tea on the porch rocker, and spend time doing the things you love most. Whatever that may be, you’re sure to find it on Hilton Head! 

GET OUTDOORS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY SCENERY


However you choose to soak up the scenery – be it on the tennis courts or fairways, biking around the island, epic outdoor adventures, or simply sunbathing on the beautiful beaches – you’re surrounded by calming Lowcountry scenery. The enjoyment of the great outdoors is a way of life in the Lowcountry! Here are a few of our favorite ways to live the Lowcountry lifestyle outside on Hilton Head Island.

SAVOR SEAFOOD & CLASSIC LOWCOUNTRY CUISINE


A trip to Hilton Head Island is a unique culinary experience in itself. Hilton Head is home to over 250 restaurants with outdoor patios for alfresco dining, breathtaking water views, live local music, and scrumptious Lowcountry cuisine. From incredible seafood straight from the docks and warm shrimp and grits to fried green tomatoes and the ethnic flavors of Gullah cuisine, Hilton Head Island is a foodie’s paradise for Lowcountry cuisine, soul food, and southern home-style cooking. Come and experience it for yourself! Reservations are strongly suggested to avoid disappointment!

Skull Creek Boathouse

397 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island

Pet-Friendly

Hudson’s on the Docks

1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island

Pet-Friendly

The Old Oyster Factory

101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island

Pet-Friendly

A Lowcountry Backyard

32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island

Fishcamp on Broad Creek

Broad Creek Marina, 11 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island

Pet-Friendly

The Crazy Crab

149 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island

Pet-Friendly

BIKE TO LOWCOUNTRY FARMERS MARKETS


Take a scenic drive to historic Old Town Bluffton or rent a classic cruiser and load up your basket with homegrown produce and one-of-a-kind arts, crafts, and souvenirs at a local Lowcountry farmers market. The local Hilton Head farmers markets are a great Lowcountry community experience – a gathering place for locals and tourists, live local music, southern-style food vendors, farm-to-table veggies, and seafood straight from the docks! The weather is fine enough to experience our Lowcountry markets year-round.

Hilton Head Farmers Market

Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn

Year-Round | Tuesday 9 AM – 1 PM

Bluffton Farmers Market

Old Town Bluffton

Year-Round | Thursday 12 PM – 4 PM

Root and Bloom Market

Martin Family Park, Bluffton

Year-Round | Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM

ATTEND A LOWCOUNTRY LIFESTYLE EVENT


Hilton Head Island has a full line-up of events and festivals celebrating the rich heritage of the African-American Gullah culture and the laid-back lifestyle of the Lowcountry. From world-class food and wine festivals with the culinary leaders of the Lowcountry to soulful art festivals and South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf tournament, Hilton Head’s Lowcountry festivals immerse you in the best of the Lowcountry lifestyle.  

Gullah Celebration

Month of February

Hilton Head Seafood Festival

February 20 – 26, 2023

RBC Heritage PGA Tour

April 10 – 16, 2023

Shelter Cove Harbourfest & Fireworks

A Weekly Summer Celebration – June to August

EMBRACE LOWCOUNTRY LIVING WITH SUNSET RENTALS


Even the breathtaking homes on Hilton Head Island are designed to embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle! The architecture of the Lowcountry features an emphasis on seamless indoor-outdoor spaces, signature screened porches (perfect for a pitcher of sweet tea!), and tranquil views stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the world-famous fairways and wild waterways. 

Locally serving Hilton Head since 1993, Sunset Rentals offer a collection of 220+ vacation rentals in the top resort areas of Hilton Head Island. Each resort destination offers its own Lowcountry lifestyle and a charming collection of coastal cottages, villas, and vacation homes surrounded by lush Lowcountry landscapes and endless activities for the whole family. Nothing compares to the Lowcountry lifestyle on Hilton Head Island! 

At Sunset Rentals we want our guests to experience this lifestyle to the fullest! Our Bike & Beach Gear Credit program gives credit on bike rentals and all the beach gear you need to relax, unwind and experience the best of the Lowcountry lifestyle on Hilton Head Island, any time of year! 


Celebrate a Coastal Holiday on Hilton Head Island


If this is the white Christmas you’re dreaming of this year, trade in white snow for white sandy beaches on Hilton Head Island this holiday season. From sunny beaches, world-class golf, and outdoor adventures in nature to alfresco oceanfront dining, one-of-a-kind shopping, and coastal homes for the holidays, Hilton Head Island offers a smorgasbord of fun to celebrate the holiday 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 celebrate the holidays in our luxury homes on Hilton Head Island for more than 25 years. The holiday season kick-off festivals have begun and no matter how you like to celebrate the holidays, there are fun festivities for the whole family on Hilton Head Island.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND HOLIDAY EVENTS

Harbour Town Holiday Lights

November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The Harbour Town Lights at Sea Pines Resort is Hilton Head’s favorite holiday tradition. Take a stroll around the harbour illuminated with dazzling holiday light displays, glowing Santas and snowmen, a towering 30-ft Christmas tree, and stores decked out in holiday décor for Christmas shopping. Make a difference this holiday season by donating canned goods or new toys to the Deep Well Project – simply drop them in the well by the Liberty Oak Stage.

Christmas Village in South Beach

November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The Salty Dog’s Christmas Village at South Beach Marina celebrates the magic of the holiday season with a stunning display of Christmas lights on the waterfront, dockside restaurants for dining, outdoor firepits, and fun festivities for the whole family. Climb aboard the Salty Dog Classic Christmas Train, snack on s’mores with Santa, sip on holiday happy hour specials and celebrate the season with live music every Saturday at South Beach Village in Sea Pines

Holiday Lights & Santa Visits at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

November 25 – December 31, 2022

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is beautifully lit with over 100,000 holiday lights, brightly decorated boats in the marina, and waterfront shops and restaurants adorned in festive décor. Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade to soak up the sights and be sure to stop by Francesca’s at Shelter Cove Town Center for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday Events at Coligny Plaza

December 3 – 23, 2022

Get in the holiday spirit at Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head’s downtown destination for shopping, dining, and family fun just steps from the ocean. Throughout the holiday season, the Center Stage comes alive with kid-centric storytelling adventures, live sing-alongs, and visits with Santa for the kids. In the true spirit of the season, all shopping and dining at Coligny over the festive season gives you a chance to win $1000!

Wonderous Wednesdays with Santa

November 30 – December 21, 2022

Every Wednesday from 9 AM to 10 AM visit jolly Old St. Nick at Jumpin’ Jellybeans at Tanger Outlets for free cookies, milk, and Christmas stories before heading out on a holiday scavenger hunt with the Elf on the Shelf. The Holiday Scavenger Hunt is a beloved Christmas tradition with loads of fun for the family and the chance to win a $250 gift card for Christmas shopping!

A Christmas Story: The Musical

December 7 – 31, 2022

Warm your hearts this Christmas with a holiday musical at the award-winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in the heart of Hilton Head Island. A Christmas Story is a heartwarming adaptation of the 1983 movie about a young boy and his quest for the perfect Christmas gift that will delight and entertain the whole family.

The Many Moods of the Season

December 9, 2022

Join the Hilton Head Choral Society for their annual holiday concert at the First Presbyterian Church. This nostalgic and uplifting Christmas show includes a full choir and orchestra performing the Christmas portion of Handel’s classic Messiah and Robert Shaw’s The Many Moods of Christmas. Tickets sell out fast so be sure to book your seat!

Sea Pines Oyster Roast

December 17 & 31, 2022

Celebrate the season with the Lowcountry’s favorite tradition, a beachfront Oyster Roast at Coast Oceanfront Dining in the Sea Pines Beach Club. This coastal culinary feast includes fresh local oysters from Maggioni Oyster Company on St. Helena Island, buckets of shrimp, laid-back island vibes, and breathtaking ocean views to kick start the festive season (or ring in 2023!)  

Polar Pines Express Holiday Wagon Ride

December 17, 2022

Climb aboard the Polar Pines Express for a festive tractor-wagon ride through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve to Hilton Head’s very own North Pole! Along this enchanting journey, the kids will hear the classic and inspiring story of the Polar Express, create holiday-themed crafts, enjoy hot chocolate and festive holiday treats, and experience the beauty of nature in Sea Pines Forest Preserve in a magical way. 

Brunch with Santa at Alexander’s

December 18, 2022

The Annual Brunch with Santa at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in Palmetto Dunes is a fabulously festive affair for the whole family. Choose from two seatings at 10:15 AM and 12 PM to indulge in a delicious savory and sweet brunch buffet with a hot chocolate bar, miniature holiday desserts, and family photos with Santa Claus. Reservations are essential.

Greg Russell Christmas Concert

December 23, 2022

Family-friendly musician and entertainer, Greg Russell, has been delighting our guests to Hilton Head under the old Liberty Tree in Harbour Town for decades! Join him under the old oak tree overlooking the magical holiday lights of Harbour Town for an evening of great entertainment, sing-alongs, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Hilton Head Island Jingle Jingle Bridge Run

December 24, 2022

Jingle your way across scenic Broad Creek on the Hilton Head Island Jingle Jingle Bridge Run, a Hilton Head Island tradition since 1992. Dress up in colorful holiday costumes, run a 5K or 10K race with jingle bells, and enjoy a festive awards ceremony with refreshments, live music, door prizes, and fun for the kids. Santa often drops in for a visit!  

Holiday Fun in Harbour Town

December 27, 2022

Holiday Fun in Harbour Town is another fabulous seasonal event around the Liberty Oak Tree in Sea Pines. Bring the kids for holiday movies and roasted marshmallows followed by train rides around Harbour Town aglow with magical holiday lights. Admission is free with the donation of canned food for the Deep Well Project and train rides are $5 per passenger. Just when the kids thought Christmas was over!

Annual Polar Bear Swim in Harbour Town

December 31, 2022

Polar Bear Plunges are an age-old tradition dating back to 1904 and we have not one, but two polar bear plunges on Hilton Head Island. End the year with a slightly chilly winter dip at the 21st Annual Polar Bear Swim in the Harbour Town Pool at Sea Pines. After the plunge, refreshments and hot chocolate are served to warm up the winter chills.

Harbour Town New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31, 2022

Ring in 2023 with family and friends at the New Year’s Eve Celebration in Harbour Town. Enjoy fun family-oriented festivities, food, entertainment, and live music, and countdown the ball drop from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse to welcome in the New Year. There are two ball drops – 7 PM for younger families and midnight for the revelers!

Rooftop NYE Bash at Poseidon

December 31, 2022

Situated on the waterfront in Shelter Cove Town Center, the Rooftop Bar at Poseidon is Hilton Head Island’s favorite venue for late night vibes and the island’s biggest DJ dance parties! Mark your calendars for the biggest bash of the year at the Rooftop NYE Bash with live DJs, dancing, cocktails, and champagne!

Polar Plunge at Coligny Beach

January 1, 2023

The New Year’s Day Polar Plunge at Coligny Beach attracts hundreds of bold and brave souls for a winter dip in the Atlantic Ocean. The event is free with a contribution to Charli’s Critters Charity and the festivities continue well into the day at the stores and restaurants in Coligny Plaza.


Celebrate the Visual Arts on Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island is known for its beautiful sunny beaches, world-class golf courses, quintessential island activities, and stunning Lowcountry landscapes that inspire artists from across the globe. Hilton Head is a vibrant cultural destination with a long history and tradition of supporting the arts and home to some of the finest art galleries, Lowcountry markets, art and craft festivals, and public art collections in South Carolina. 

Whether you’re an art aficionado and collector, a budding artist, or instilling a lifelong love of art in your kids, Hilton Head Island is a destination that won’t disappoint. Explore the local art galleries, studios and impressive displays of local art placed creatively around the island, take an art class, or simply pursue your artistic talents capturing Hilton Head’s Lowcountry landscapes from your front porch! 

You’ll be sure to find a scenic and secluded Lowcountry artist retreat in our collection of luxury Hilton Head Island rentals – and we’ve done the homework for you on how to celebrate the visual arts on Hilton Head Island.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND ART GALLERIES

Art League of Hilton Head

Rotating art exhibits of all mediums, visual arts classes, Arts Center events and cultural performances.

Bo Art Gallery

Artist studio space, collective art gallery, and full spectrum studio (studio/art center for Lowcountry artists with disabilities).

CamelLia Art & Gallery

Impressionistic oil paintings, abstract art, bronze sculptures.

Coastal Discovery Museum Gallery

Current Exhibition – Heart and Soul of the South by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry.

Endangered ArtS Fine Art Gallery

Original paintings, limited editions, bronze sculptures, glass work.

John McManus Fine Art Photography

Lowcountry fine art photographer, by appointment only.

Nash Gallery

Creative American crafts, glass work, metal work, wood work, ceramics, jewelry. Hosts of the Memorial Day Hilton Head Art Festival at Shelter Cove.

Smith Galleries

Clay work, woodwork, metal, fiber, glassware, handcrafted toys for children.

Society of Bluffton Artists

Rotating exhibits of 100+ local Lowcountry artists.

The Art of Sonja Griffin Evans

Vibrant African American Gullah art originals on canvas.

The Red Piano Art Gallery

South Carolina’s oldest professional gallery of Fine Art. 

Vivid Art Gallery

Volunteer run gallery that showcases fine art photography printed on canvas and acrylics.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND PUBLIC ART COLLECTION

Humanus

Hilton Head Airport Terminal, 120 Beach City Rd.

Hilton Head’s latest public sculpture installed in 2020 “celebrates the bonds of family, strength, our natural community and the oneness of humanity.”

Artist: Kevin Eichner of Moncure, NC

Carocol

Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane

An abstract coil shaped sculpture offering a “perspective on the landscape not seen before.”

Artist: John Clement of Brooklyn, NY

Theb: Tally

118 William Hilton Parkway

THEB: Transparent, Hollow, Empty, Boxes!

Artist: Jeff Boshart of Charleston, IL

Charles Fraser

Compass Rose Park, 4 Saint Augustine Place

A classic sculpture of Charles Fraser, founder of Sea Pines, walking an alligator.

Artists: Susie Chisholm of Savannah, GA and Darrell Davis of Arlington, TX

Setting Sun

Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive

A unique and creative sculpture with bright orange radials reflecting the setting sun.

Artist: Tom Holmes of Greely, PA

Sandy Roads

Coligny Beach Park, 1 Coligny Circle

A kinetic sculpture inspired by the scenic trails leading to Hilton Head Island’s award-winning beaches.

Artist: Mark Larkin of Bluffton, SC

Poppies

Veterans Memorial Park, 59 Shelter Cove Lane

An inspiring sculpture of an American veteran clutching poppies, resting on a bench bearing the caption “To all veterans who served that all may be free.”

Artist: Sandy Proctor of Tallahassee, FL

Sail Around

1030 William Hilton Parkway

A colorful sculpture with a bright yellow 16-ft steel sail reflecting the nautical history of Hilton Head Island

Artist: Wayne Trapp of Vilas, NC

Family

Chaplin Linear Park, 662 William Hilton Parkway

Unique kinetic sculptures of a trio of horses made from brass, steel, and wood.

Artist: Jonathan Bowling of Greenville, NC


HILTON HEAD ART FESTIVALS & EVENTS

First Thursdays Art Market at Sea Pines

Year-Round

The Shops at Sea Pines Center host a First Thursdays Art Market from 4pm to 8pm timed perfectly with Hazel Dean’s Thirsty Thursday Wine Tastings.

Hilton Head Crescendo

October 10, 2022 – November 11, 2022

Hilton Head Crescendo is a month-long celebration of the arts, culture and history of Hilton Head Island, attracting over 10,000 visitors to Hilton Head. Join the artists at Bo Art Gallery for their fantastic Fall Art Festival on October 22nd (10AM – 5PM) with music, art, studio tours, food vendors, and a chance to meet the artists.

Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival

October 15, 2022 – October 23, 2022

The award-winning Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood is a fall highlight with Lowcountry oyster roasts, boat tours on the May River, soirees, orchestras and live music, and ending with a fabulous Street Fest and juried art show featuring over 100 artists from across the US (October 22-23).

Coastal Discovery Museum

April 29, 2023 – April 30, 2023

Save the date for the 2023 Coastal Discovery Museum Art Market, an outdoor fine art and craft sale under the historic live oaks at Honey Horn. 

Hilton Head Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

May 27 – May 28, 2023

Kick off summer the right way – a Memorial Day weekend in Hilton Head! The Hilton Head Art Festival presented by Nash Gallery is a two day festival with live bands, dance performances and artwork of every medium, all made in the USA.

Start planning your next Hilton Head Island beach vacation with Sunset Rentals! Book with confidence and ease with our new Sunset Package and take 15% OFF all fall and winter stays RISK FREE with our 15off Promo Code at checkout! 


Hilton Head Island Wellness Retreat


Treat yourself to a wellness retreat and recharge in paradise on America’s favorite island! Situated on the unspoiled South Carolina coastline, Hilton Head Island is a destination that inspires health & wellness and allows you to switch to a slower pace and indulge all your senses in a majestic Lowcountry setting. 

With world-class golf courses and racquet clubs, serene waterways for eco-tours and activities, tranquil nature trails, miles of natural beaches, plentiful spa services, and healthy dining options  – Hilton Head Island holds all the secrets to a healthier, happier YOU!

Spend your wellness retreat in a spa-inspired Hilton Head Island vacation home from Sunset Rentals. Enjoy unlimited access to a private heated pool, sea-facing decks to dolphin watch from home, private beach boardwalks, and warm southern hospitality from our on-island team at Sunset Rentals. Enhancing your wellness retreat, our exciting Vayk Bike & Beach Gear Credit program provides guests with up to $350 in complimentary gear for wellness activities and beach days – delivered to and collected from your rental. 

Our Hilton Head vacation rentals offer the space and comfort of a private home and luxury guest amenities perfectly suited for a wellness-inspired getaway to the South Carolina coastline. Stop dreaming and start planning your wellness retreat on Hilton Head Island today.


The Laid-Back Bougie | North Forest Beach


4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 11

$350 Vayk Bike & Beach Gear Credit

Completely renovated in Spring 2022, The Laid-Back Bougie is a luxury 4-bedroom beach home with a laid-back coastal vibe, simply stunning guest bedrooms, and mosaic and marble bathrooms fit for a queen! The only thing that may draw you away from a sensual steam shower or soaking session under the skylights is the private backyard complete with a private pool, barbeque, café table for dining, and tranquil fairy lights – an outdoor oasis designed with your downtime in mind. 

When it’s time to explore Hilton Head Island, Laid Back Bougie is ideally situated in the heart of North Forest Beach and only a 5-minute walk or quick bike ride to Coligny Plaza, gorgeous Atlantic beaches, and all the coastal cuisine and retail therapy you can handle.

Happy Place | Sea Pines


4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

$350 Vayk Bike & Beach Gear Credit

Find your Happy Place on Hilton Head Island! This stunning, newly renovated, 4-bedroom vacation home boasts all-new southern-inspired luxury interiors, a beautifully furnished and secluded pool patio extending over the marsh, and four dream-worthy guest bedrooms all with private bathrooms and breathtaking Lowcountry views. With his and her vanities, a classic freestanding bathtub, an ornate rainfall shower, and steps to the private pool, the master bathroom sets the tone for daily spa sessions on vacation. 

This Lowcountry dream home is situated less than a mile from the tranquil nature trails in Sea Pines Forest Preserve or a short bike ride to the hustle and bustle of Harbour Town and an oceanfront restaurant, beach bar, and world-class beach amenities at the Sea Pines Beach Club.

Duck Hawk | Sea Pines


5 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, Sleeps 14

$350 Vayk Bike & Beach Gear Credit

This quintessential beach house is situated oceanfront in Sea Pines with luxury guest amenities and breathtaking Atlantic views to wow even the most elegant resort spa-goers. Duck Hawk 27 boasts five-star luxury interiors, sea-facing guest suites, soaking tubs and step-in showers, and expansive oceanfront decks geared for the ultimate wellness retreat on Hilton Head.   

The first-floor deck features a grilling area, bistro table, outdoor TV, conversation area, sun loungers, and a sunken pool and spa. Stairs lead down to a lower-level patio with an outdoor sofa and firepit, a volleyball net, and a private boardwalk to the beaches of Sea Pines and Hilton Head Island. Even a quick weekend getaway at Duck Hawk will shift your whole mindset!

Mooring Buoy | Palmetto Dunes


3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

$250 Vayk Bike & Beach Gear Credit

Nestled in the towering trees on the Palmetto Dunes lagoon system, Mooring Buoy 175 is a relaxing Hilton Head vacation home to restore your mind, body, and soul. Get active with oceanfront tee times, pickleball and tennis, or ocean play minutes away, paddle the Palmetto lagoons, or simply relax, unwind, and indulge in the home comforts of Mooring Buoy Palmetto Dunes.    

Inspirational spa sessions begin in the master suite complete with a romantic skylight soaking tub, a separate rainfall shower, and sliding doors out to the deck with calming views over the lagoons. Settle in on the sun loungers for a dose of vitamin D, grill fresh seafood on the BBQ, plunge in your private pool and spa, and take advantage of your Vayk gear credit to kayak or SUP from your private lagoon front dock!

With a selection of 220+ professionally managed vacation rentals, exceptional guest services from a local on-island team, and a flexible cancellation policy – you can book your Hilton Head Island wellness retreat with confidence and ease with Sunset Rentals.