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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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.

Featured Homes for the Holidays on Hilton Head Island

Travel to Hilton Head Island for the holidays to make the ultimate family memories and new annual traditions. Celebrate the season together in a luxury vacation rental with plenty of space for the whole family and amenities for everyone, including heated pools, stunning kitchens, beachfront access, and pet-friendly homes. Sunset Rentals offers an extensive collection of rentals to fit every family’s unique needs.

Heated Pools for Unforgettable Family Memories

Mooring Buoy 54

Mooring Buoy 54 is a lovely 5 bedroom Palmetto Dunes home on the beach path, just a few steps to the Atlantic Ocean. Professionally decorated and furnished, this spectacular home boasts the finest details, spacious interiors, and luxurious private heated pool.

Haul Away 33

A relaxing holiday vacation awaits you when you stay at Haul Away 33. The home is located on the Robert Trent Jones golf course and has a private heated pool, screened-in porch and is located just a quick walk or bike ride to the beach!

Lark 2

Located in the heart of North Forest Beach, Lark 2 is a spacious 4-bedroom pet-friendly home that exudes Lowcountry beach cottage flare with easy access to Hilton Head’s top beaches and attractions. Enjoy the private heated pool, outdoor deck, and spacious interiors.

Spacious Kitchens for Baking Holiday Treats

West Beach Lagoon 23

West Beach Lagoon 23 offers luxury, lowcountry vacationing at its finest! As you walk in the front door, you’ll be greeted by an open-concept floor plan, views of the pool and patio, new décor and furnishings, as well as a luxury kitchen and dining area perfect for home cooked holiday meals.

Happy Place

Happy Place is a stunningly updated 4 bedroom home with picturesque marsh views, designer interiors, private pool, and a gourmet kitchen. Enjoy all new kitchen appliances, double ovens, a beverage center, formal dining area, and more to bake all your favorite holiday treats.

Colonnade Club 198

Colonnade Club 198 is a beautifully updated 2 bedroom condo featuring new furnishings, open-concept floor plan, private balcony overlooking the lagoon and golf course. Sit around the spacious kitchen bar baking cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, and tasting holiday treats together!

Private Access to Uncrowded Beaches

Dune Lane 127

Dune Lane 127 is a 4 bedroom oceanfront Forest Beach home with direct access to the beach, private oceanfront pool, and outdoor deck. Head out the back door, by the private pool, and onto the uncrowded beach for an unforgettable holiday.

Beach Villa 3

Just steps from the sand, Beach Villa 3 is a 3 level, 3 bedroom Palmetto Dunes villa with an expansive outdoor deck with oceanfront views, beautiful spacious interiors, and directly located on the uncrowded beach.

Windsor Place 308

Expansive ocean views await at Windsor Place 308! This 3 bedroom oceanfront villa has been completely renovated and meticulously outfitted to provide guests with luxurious rental accommodations with private access to the Atlantic Ocean.

Pet-Friendly Homes to Celebrate with the Whole Family

Gloucester 77

This luxurious 3 bedroom pet-friendly Shipyard home is the perfect retreat for your holiday vacation on Hilton Head Island. Gloucester 77 offers stylish living in a secluded setting with luxury amenities both indoor and out, including a private hot tub!

St. Andrews 1876

St. Andrews 1876 is a colorful two-bedroom, second floor, pet-friendly Palmetto Dunes villa offering tranquil views of the golf course, the inviting community pool, the calming lagoon fountain, and features newly updated furnishings, kitchen, and baths.

Oak Court 61

Oak Court 61 is a beautifully updated property with all new furnishings, spacious living areas, outdoor deck, screened-in porch, and stunning views. This home is also pet-friendly, so bring your furry family members along to celebrate the holidays!

Large Family Accomodations with 5+ Bedrooms

Duck Hawk 27

Breathtaking ocean views await from almost every room in the house with grand architectural interiors at 27 Duck Hawk – a true oceanfront retreat! The 5-bedroom home has upgraded features, elevated living spaces, a private pool, beach access, and abundant outdoor living spaces offer enough room for larger groups or multi-generational families.

Capri 2

The Hilton Head Island vacation of your dreams awaits at this luxurious, newly renovated 3rd row wonder: 2 Capri Lane in North Forest Beach. This 7 bedroom home offers glimpses of the ocean, a raised pool and spa deck, spacious interiors for everyone to lounge, and contemporary coastal furnishings to accommodate up to 22 guests.

Dune Lane 105

Dune Lane 105 sits directly on the oceanfront in North Forest Beach with a private pool and boardwalk to the beach! Complete with an expansive kitchen, living and dining areas, this stunning home accommodates up to 16 guests. The living area features wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows providing oceanfront views no matter where you are in the main areas of the home.

Stay with Sunset Rentals for the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful enough without worrying about where you’ll stay. Stay with Sunset Rentals for a little peace of mind this holiday season. For 28 years, Sunset Rentals has understood that there are few things more precious than your vacation with friends and family. We are driven by the desire to make certain that your vacation is spent enjoying that time. We are a locally operated Hilton Head Island company that takes pride in offering first-class service to our guests.

A Complete Guide to Palmetto Dunes Resort Area

Hilton Head Island was named the #1 Island in the U.S. and Canada in Travel+Leisure 2021 World’s Best Awards for the 5th consecutive year! The award-winning Palmetto Dunes is one of the most well-known and popular resort areas of Hilton Head, nestled mid-island on 2,000 acres of lush oceanfront landscapes with world-class amenities, 3-miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, luxury oceanfront accommodation, and bike paths leading to the top attractions and iconic landmarks on Hilton Head Island.

Palmetto Dunes central location in the heart of the island makes it the ultimate Hilton Head vacation destination for families looking to stay close to the action (and the beach!). Whether you’re a nature lover, beach-goer, adventure seeker or sportsman, this highly-desirable Hilton Head plantation offers solace, excitement and island experiences for all types of travelers.


Palmetto Dunes is a beach lovers paradise with 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches all within a short walk or bike ride from your Palmetto Dunes vacation rental. Spend your vacation in an oceanfront home or villa in Palmetto Dunes with private beach boardwalks or ride your bike or the seasonal Dune Buggy to the Disney Beach House or Dunes House with bike racks, restroom facilities, and an oceanfront bar and restaurant for a quintessential island-style beach day. 

Take a bike ride or stroll along the shoreline, rent a surfboard to play in the waves, build sandcastles or simply soak up the warm sun and Lowcountry charm of Palmetto Dunes.


Rent a kayak or canoe and escape into nature on the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System. The inland waterways weave for 11-miles through the plantation with an abundance of wildlife, over 40 species of birds, rewarding fishing spots and boat launches to get on the water. Hilton Head Outfitters are located near the General Store and are your one-stop shop for outdoor activities and rentals, and Sunset Rentals selection of lagoon-front villas offer the ultimate retreat for a nature escape in Palmetto Dunes. 


Palmetto Dunes is a dream destination for golfers and is home to three of the best courses you can play in South Carolina, and one of only two oceanfront golf holes on Hilton Head Island. 

Play a challenging and scenic round on three world-class golf championship golf courses: the top-ranked Robert Trent Jones course with ocean views, the challenging George Fazio Golf Course with new state-of-the-art greens, and the Arthur Hills Course, one of South Carolina’s most unique and scenic golf layouts in lush, Lowcountry landscapes on the south shores of Palmetto Dunes Resort Area.

The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy has outstanding private golf instruction and group clinics with programs for all levels and the three Palmetto Dunes championship courses all feature welcoming clubhouses with on-site golf shops, Srixon golf club rentals (and shipping services!), and relaxed dining experience for a memorable golf vacation on Hilton Head, the Golf Island!


Hilton Head is one of the top tennis destinations in the US! The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center ranks among the best tennis resorts and was recently named the “Pickleball Resort of the Year” by Racquet Sports Magazine.

The award-winning sports center features 19 clay tennis courts (four lighted for night play), 24 dedicated pickleball courts (all lighted for night play), professional instruction for tennis and pickleball, and seasonal clinics for all ages. Palmetto Dunes promises the best pickleball and tennis vacation you’ve ever had!


Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina lies on Broad Creek at the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort – a premier waterfront destination for shopping, dining and endless activities on the Lowcountry waterways. The colorful marina is lined with rentals of every kind from high-speed power boats, jet skis and catamarans to fishing pontoons and luxury sailboats.

Whatever level of adventure sparks your wanderlust, you’ll find it at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Captain your own boat or choose from a selection of saltmarsh paddle tours, dolphin discoveries, fishing charters, eco-tours, party boats, pirate adventures or picture perfect sunset cruises in the awe-inspiring Lowcountry waterways, marshlands and creeks.


The waterfront promenade along the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has a selection of shops, galleries, outdoor patios with live music and marina views, and award-winning restaurants with the best seafood on Hilton Head Island! The nearby Shelter Cove Town Center is an open-air Mediterranean style village that lures shoppers, foodies and families with a selection of over 30 shops and restaurants, a rooftop bar for nightlife on Hilton Head, and a community park overlooking Broad Creek, host to year-round events and Hilton Head’s famous HarbourFest

From delicious breakfasts at the General Store and signature southern BBQ on the golf course to laid-back oceanfront snacks and cocktails at the Dunes House and fine dining and wine pairing at Alexander’s, the Palmetto Dunes resort area will meet all dining requirements for your Hilton Head vacation.

Palmetto Dunes is centrally located mid-island on Hilton Head Island so you’re only a short bike ride from outstanding beachfront shops and restaurants at Coligny Plaza and waterfront delights at Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort.


Palmetto Dunes has a 5-mile network of well-maintained paved bike trails throughout the plantation and connecting to the other resort areas of Hilton Head Island. Load up the bike ride or speak with a Sunset Rentals vacation specialist about our state-of-the-art bike rentals and complimentary Vayk Gear rentals at select Palmetto Dunes vacation homes and villas. There is no fee to bike the trails in Palmetto Dunes.

The Palmetto Dunes Buggy is a seasonal free shuttle service that serves the beaches, golf clubs and tennis facilities in the Palmetto Dunes resort area, as well as Shelter Cove Marina & Town Center. The buggy runs from 8am to 9pm daily from April through September with an on-call service to take you where you need to go within the plantation!


Oceanfront in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Barrington Court offers true oceanfront villas in a quiet Palmetto Dunes complex, steps to the beach and minutes from world-class Hilton Head golf and tennis. Surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens, tranquil ponds and ocean views, guests enjoy garage parking, elevator access, a year-round oceanfront pool and spa, gardens with grills for BBQ cookouts, and private boardwalks to the beach.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Windsor Place and Windsor Court sit oceanfront on one of the best stretches of beach on Hilton Head Island. Both complexes offer the ultimate in outdoor living with oceanfront pools, hot tubs, sun decks, space for the kids to play, and private boardwalks to the beautiful beaches of Palmetto Dunes. You’re minutes from world-class golf and a short bike or Buggy ride to fun adventures on HHI.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Hampton Place is one of the newer Palmetto Dunes oceanfront complexes with luxury resort-style amenities, some of the best in Palmetto Dunes! Guests enjoy a private gym, a large, heated pool and smaller lap pool, hot tub, outdoor BBQ areas, and private beach boardwalks to oceanfront sundecks and the Atlantic Ocean.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Captains Walk is a multi-story oceanfront complex nestled between Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort and Disney’s Beach House. These oceanfront villas are centrally located and a haven for beach loving families with tropical landscaped gardens, a heated on-site pool, shallow pool for the kids, a sun deck and shade cabanas, BBQ areas, multiple boardwalks to the beach and a short walk to golf, tennis and the Dunes House.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Villamare is one of the most popular Palmetto Dunes oceanfront complexes in a central location between Disney’s Beach House and Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa. Stay in shape on vacation with a fitness center, indoor pool and sauna, and enjoy endless outdoor play with a year-round oceanfront pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, oceanfront sundeck and private boardwalk to Palmetto Dunes beach.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront

Beach Villas are the closest Palmetto Dunes complex to the beach and Dunes House – your private deck is on the sand! This highly-desirable oceanfront complex features spacious villas with large oceanfront decks, a seasonal swimming pool and hot tub, and the best location in Palmetto Dunes for a family beach, golf or tennis vacation.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Villas near the Beach


Oceanside across from Palmetto Dunes Beach

Wendover Dunes are nestled in a quiet oceanside location on the south shores of Palmetto Dunes, a very short walk from the beach and the Arthur Hills Golf Course. The complex features spacious family villas, a seasonally heated pool, a children’s pool, outdoor grilling areas and bike paths to the beach.


Oceanside across from Palmetto Dunes Beach | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

Huntington Villas are spacious lagoon front villas near the Arthur Hills and George Fazio golf courses with private porches, Lowcountry charm and upscale comfort for a secluded stay on Hilton Head Island. The complex features a large private seasonal pool, year-round heated hot tub, bike paths to the beach, and a beach boardwalk across the street.


Across from Palmetto Dunes Beach | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

Abbington Villas offer a tranquil nature escape on the picturesque lagoon system, surrounded by lush, manicured gardens, Lowcountry landscapes and only minutes from beach access across the street. Situated through the south security gate, guests have access to the luxury resort-style amenities at the oceanfront Hampton Place.


Near the Beach & Dunes House | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

The Moorings Complex is situated just inside the north security gate behind the popular Beach Villas and Dunes House, a central location for golf, tennis, water activities on the lagoon, oceanfront dining and long lazy beach days. The complex features a seasonal on-site pool and you’re less then a 2 minute walk to the beach at Dunes House.


Near the Beach | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

Ocean Cove Villas allow you to play on the Palmetto Dune Lagoon System from home! The complex features private docks for fishing, canoeing or kayaking the inland waterways, a community pool and hot tub, and prime beach access across the street at the Dunes House. With the General Store, world-class golf & tennis, an 11-mile lagoon system, and 3 miles of Atlantic coastline on your doorstep – you can walk everywhere from Ocean Cove.

Palmetto Dunes Golf Course Villas & Townhomes

#6 – FAZIO

On the George Fazio Golf Course

The beauty of Palmetto Dunes is you can stay on the fairways of world-class golf courses, less than half a mile from the beach. It’s a win-win for the perfect vacation! Fazio Villas are set on the fairways of the George Fazio Golf Course and the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon system only a short walk from tennis, pickleball and beach access at Disney’s Beach House or Dunes House. The complex features tranquil lagoon boardwalks and a swimming pool to cool off after your round of vacation golf!


On the George Fazio Golf Course

Turnberry Village offers two-story townhouse-style golf villas on the championship George Fazio Golf Course, a little further from the beach than Fazio Villas. This family-friendly Palmetto Dunes complex features a picnic area and sandy playground, a shaded saltwater pool, and world-class golf! When you’re not out enjoying tee time, beach access is only a short walk, bike ride or buggy trip away.  


Next to the George Fazio Golf Course | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

Inverness Village is a little further inland from Turnberry with spacious golf course villas on the George Fazio fairways, sun decks on the lagoon, a lagoon front saltwater pool and cabana, on-site tennis courts, and beautifully landscaped grounds for a relaxing golf vacation on Golf Island. Inverness Village is approximately 1-mile from access to the beaches of Palmetto Dunes resort area. 


On the George Fazio Golf Course

The Villas at St. Andrews Commons are located near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes overlooking the George Fazio Golf Course. Guests are surrounded by rolling fairways and peaceful Lowcountry landscapes with an undercover pavilion, seasonal pool and lagoon-front sun deck for downtime on your vacation in Palmetto Dunes.


On the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course | On the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon System

From the challenging George Fazio fairways to luxury golf villas on the scenic Robert Trent Jones golf course. Hickory Cove villas are located lagoon front on the Robert Trent Jones fairways less than half a mile to the General Store, tennis & pickleball, and beach access – the closest Robert Trent Jones golf villas to the beach. The villas offer spacious decks with views and the complex has a seasonal pool set in the trees for guest enjoyment.


On the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

Queens Grant is a large villa complex near the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse and the new Toptracer Golf Driving Range at Palmetto Dunes. There are multiple pools, community areas, lagoon-front benches and bike paths throughout the complex and you’re only a 10-minute walk or quick bike ride to the beach.

Palmetto Dunes Private Beach & Golf Vacation Home Rentals

There are many perks to staying in a private home on vacation – Gather the whole crew under one roof, enjoy space and privacy away from the crowds, large gourmet kitchens, spacious master suites, full laundry rooms for convenience (it doesn’t end on vacation!), intimate waterfront docks on the lagoon, private beach boardwalks, heated pools and spas just for you, and the list goes on!

Our selection of luxury vacation homes in the Palmetto Dunes resort area are located throughout the plantation – beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean, on the world-class Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and waterfront on Palmetto Dunes 11-mile lagoon system – with luxury amenities to suit even the most distinguished guests.

Check out 10 New Hilton Head Vacation Rentals

Fall is the perfect time to start planning your 2022 Hilton Head Island vacation! At Sunset Rentals, we’re the most trusted vacation rental business on Hilton Head Island, and we’re happy to help you plan your upcoming trip.  Explore new vacation homes and villas added to our program or browse our entire collection of rentals here.

1 – ST. ANDREWS 1662

This beautifully updated 2nd floor condo includes new furnishings and upgrades throughout. St. Andrews Commons is located just inside the desirable Palmetto Dunes Ocean Front Resort!

2 – EVIAN 205

Evian 205 is a picturesque 2 bedroom, 2 bath property with fantastic views of the Shipyard Golf Course! This updated property features renovated bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and flat screen TVs throughout.


The Dunes 4H is a renovated 2 bedroom condo located in South Forest Beach with pool and beach access! The famed Coligny Plaza area is an easy 5 to 10 minute bike ride from the property.


Come explore the southern charm of Shipyard while staying in 146 Colonnade! This 2nd floor, recently renovated property features comfortable furnishings, flat screen TVs in each room and lush island views.


Bring your pup to this pet friendly, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath end unit with pool views! The Ocean Breeze complex includes 3 swimming pools that are open from April through October, with one in this villa’s back yard, free on-site tennis and is a short walk to the beach. 


Beautifully updated 3 bedroom townhome with shared pool and easy walk to beach! Guests of Beckenham have access to a community pool, and conveniently located just a five-minute walk from the beach and Westin Resort.


A picture-perfect view awaits you from this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa! The Beachside Tennis Villas complex is located in the trendy South Beach section of Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island.

8 – TREETOPS 4301

Treetops 4301 is a pet friendly, 2 bedroom villa! Your stay includes access to complex tennis courts and 3 complex pools.  The villa is a short walk from the beach and Coligny plaza, featuring shops, dining and entertainment!


This renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa is located in the trendy South Beach area of the renowned Sea Pines Plantation – Hilton Head Island’s original and largest planned resort!

10 – OCEAN ONE 121

121 Ocean One is a beautifully renovated 3 bedroom oceanfront condo situated in the heart of South Forest Beach. This property allows easy access to the beach straight from the back patio!

Explore all of our Hilton Head Vacation Rentals or give us a call today at 1-800-276-8991 to book your stay.

Hilton Head Ranked #1 in World’s Best Islands

This year’s World’s Best Awards was published on September 8, 2021 by Travel + Leisure. A repeat favorite, Hilton Head Island was ranked #1 on the list – read the full article here.

“With 12 miles of pristine beaches, 33 golf courses, 60 miles of walking trails, as well as outstanding restaurants, museums and galleries, this South Carolina island has been popular with voters for years. For longer stays, many visitors choose to rent houses […] “We can be as busy as we like or just relax and take in all the beautiful beaches and sea life,” said one voter.” – Travel + Leisure

Stay with Sunset Rentals and see what Hilton Head Island has to offer for your next coastal vacation! You’ll understand why readers continue to vote for it as the best island in the United States.

Featured Vacation Rentals

Explore available vacation homes and villas offered by Sunset Rentals:

TURTLE LANE 19 – Spacious, updated 4 bedroom Turtle Lane townhome with community pool access!
KINGSTON 36 – Stunning private, dog-friendly home in Shipyard Plantation with private pool!
OCEAN ONE 121 – Picturesque 3 bedroom oceanfront villa, close to Coligny with pool access!

The Best Sea Pines Vacation Rentals in Hilton Head Island

This beloved South Carolina destination has been a popular vacation choice for generations. There’s so much to do here! A Sea Pines getaway is as relaxed, or as active, as you make it. The team at Sunset Rentals is on-hand to help you find an idyllic vacation rental in Hilton Head’s Sea Pines community that suits your aesthetic tastes and budget. And we’ve also pulled together a list of some of the best things to do on Hilton Head during your stay.

Tee Off

Hilton Head Island is a golf lover’s paradise—it’s a PGA Tour event destination and home to more than 24 championship courses! Sea Pines has three premier courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links, which was named one of the top 20 courses in the country. If you’re a keen golfer, what better way to start the day than with views over the Atlantic Dunes Golf Course from our two-bedroom, two-bathroom Plantation Club Villa 533.

Wine and Dine

Head into picturesque Harbour Town to sample a range of culinary offerings. Why not treat yourself to some of the best local produce at CQs, which is housed in Harbour Town’s first-ever building. Our three-bedroom, three-bathroom Ketch Court Villa is conveniently located close to town, so you won’t have far to travel at the end of the night. 

Family Fun

Hilton Head Island is the ideal location for a family beach vacation. South Beach is a great place for collecting shells—and spotting dolphins! Why not book one of our newly-renovated two-bedroom Beachside Tennis Villas down at South Beach, where there’s a good chance you’ll spot some of those gorgeous marine mammals over breakfast!

The Best Collection of Sea Pines Vacation Rentals

At Sunset Rentals, our Sea Pines properties range from two-bedroom villas to seven-bedroom homes. For peace of mind, all our properties feature high-security keyless entry, and our premium Sea Pines rentals include luxury linen and towels. Let us help to plan your next Sea Pines stay!

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.

10 Fun Dog-Friendly Activities

  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.

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.

To learn more about our particularly beautiful slice of South Carolina’s coast, please visit us online at SunsetRentals.com. 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!

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.