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Monthly Vacation Guide – May 2024

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

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

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


  1. Music & Taste on the Harbour – Dance the night away every Thursday evening this Spring season at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina featuring local favorite bands, great food, and fun dancing with family and friends!
  2. Mayfest – Annual festival in the nearby town of Bluffton, featuring more than 130 artists and food vendors for the whole family on May 11th.
  3. Memorial Day Weekend Harbourfest – Join the Shelter Cove Harbourfest for Memorial Day Weekend festivities including live music, entertainment, arts & crafts, kids’ activities, and more!

    DINING GUIDE


    1. Coast – Located in the Sea Pines Resort Area, this popular beachfront restaurant offers an inviting atmosphere and a menu full of fresh local seafood, frozen cocktails, and more.
    2. WiseGuys Modern American Restaurant – WiseGuys offers a unique and sophisticated dining experience with hand-cut steaks, a thoughtfully curated menu, and an exceptional wine collection.
    3. Catch 22 – Catch 22 is a locally owned and operated restaurant offering hand-cut steaks, fresh “catch” daily, and local artwork for sale throughout the establishment.

      LUXURY PROPERTIES



      1. Villamare 3423 – Beautifully updated, oceanfront villa with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pool access, a community fitness center, and more!
      2. St. Andrews 1662 – Spacious two level villa offering two bedrooms, two bathrooms, new furnishings, community pool access, and close proximity to the beach.
      3. Seascape 3090 – Two bedroom, two bathroom villa with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, plenty of natural light, an expansive outdoor living space, island views, and close proximity to Coligny Plaza. (Pictured)




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

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

        Where to Play Pickleball on Hilton Head Island

        Get ready to dink and dive your way into the sensational pickleball phenomenon sweeping the shores of Hilton Head Island! Whether you’re a curious newcomer or a seasoned pickleball pro, Hilton Head Island’s pickleball scene offers an irresistible invitation to be part of a sensation that’s not just a game – but an island-wide obsession! 

        Pickleball has captured the hearts of enthusiasts across all generations, uniting the young and young at heart in the pursuit of timeless fun. This captivating and competitive sport combines the best elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong requiring no more than a lightweight paddle, a hollow plastic ball, a companion (or three!), and a court. Singles, doubles, round robins, and pickleball matching, the pickleball options on Hilton Head are endless. 

        From award-winning racquet clubs offering professional instruction to public parks with free open play pickleball sessions, Hilton Head Island provides the perfect playground for pickleballers of all ages and skill levels. Grab your paddle and get ready to serve up some unforgettable fun with a side of southern charm and beauty on a pickleball getaway to Hilton Head Island.


        Local’s Favorite Pickleball Courts:

        1. PALMETTO DUNES TENNIS & PICKLEBALL CENTER


        6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (888) 926-8784

        Situated in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center is the largest pickleball facility on Hilton Head Island with one of the most comprehensive instructional programs on the East Coast! The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center is your gateway to an unforgettable pickleball experience. 

        This state-of-the-art facility, ranked the #1 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas, boasts 24 dedicated pickleball courts lighted for night play, and a wide variety of group or private instruction with world pickleball pros. View all Palmetto Dunes Resort rentals HERE!

        Tennis & Pickleball Center Hours

        Sunday – Saturday 7:30 AM to 6 PM
        *Select courts lighted for night play through 10 PM

        Reservations & Rates 

        Call (888) 926-8784 or stop by the Pro Shop to book. With the largest Pro Shop on the island, paddle rentals at Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center are readily available. 

        Pickleball Programs

        View the Adult & Junior Pickleball Programs HERE.

        2. SEA PINES RACQUET CLUB


        5 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (843) 363-4495

        Situated in the heart of Harbour Town, the Sea Pines Racquet Club offers six dedicated pickleball courts, pickleball programs under the instruction of former US Open and Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith, and weekday round robins where all skill levels are welcome.

        Whether learning the basics, advancing your pickleball game, or starting the day with social play, the Sea Pines Racquet Club sets the stage for an unparalleled pickleball escape every enthusiast should explore. View all Sea Pines Resort Area rentals HERE!

        Racquet Club Hours

        Sunday – Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

        Reservations & Rates 

        Call (843) 363-4495 or BOOK ONLINE 

        Pickleball Programs & Pricing

        View the current pickleball programs & pricing HERE

        3. SOUTH BEACH RACQUET CLUB


        230 S Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (843) 671-2215

        For Hilton Head’s best pickleball experience, look no further than the South Beach Racquet Club next to South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. The club is wheelchair accessible with 20 competition grade pickleball courts lighted for night play (the most pickleball courts on HHI!), daily pickleball clinics and round robins for all ages and skill levels, and a full Pro Shop for all your pickleball needs. After play socials spill to the viewing deck and rocking chairs around the clubhouse or the world-famous Salty Dog Cafe, only steps away. View all South Beach rentals HERE!

        Racquet Club Hours

        Sunday – Saturday 8 AM to 6 PM

        Reservations & Rates 

        Call (843) 671-2215 or stop by the Pro Shop. 

        Click HERE for current pricing. 

        Pickleball Programs

        View the current pickleball programs HERE.

        4. ISLAND CLUB OF HILTON HEAD


        85 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (843) 785-8012

        Situated on a beautiful stretch of shoreline between Folly Field Beach and Islanders Beach Park, the Island Club of Hilton Head boasts excellent resort amenities exclusive to Island Club guests. The Island Club boasts landscaped grounds with swimming pools, a hot tub, gazebo areas, BBQ grills, a stocked lagoon for fishing, and private beach access. The property is also home to the Island Club Tennis Center with 8 tennis courts, 3 pickleball courts, a Pro Shop, and an event schedule packed with pickleball programs. Guests must sign up for all activities. View all Island Club rentals HERE!

        Island Club of Hilton Head Hours

        Sunday – Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM

        Pickleball Programs

        View the current pickleball programs HERE.

        5. PORT ROYAL RACQUET CLUB


        10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island 

        Phone: (843) 686-8803

        Nestled amidst live oaks on the northwestern point of the island, the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club features 8 new Har-Tru clay courts and 2 dedicated pickleball courts, one lighted for night play. With professional pickleball instructors, players of all levels can enhance their skills through private lessons, custom clinics, and spirited round robins in serene Lowcountry surroundings. End your rally with a round of drinks on the southern-style plantation veranda at Robber’s Row Grille. View our Port Royal rentals HERE!

        Racquet Club Hours

        Sunday – Saturday 8 AM to 6 PM

        Reservations & Rates 

        Non-members can book courts 24 hours in advance

        Call (843) 686-8803

        Click HERE for current pricing. 

        Pickleball Programs

        View the current pickleball programs HERE.

        6. HILTON HEAD ISLAND RECREATION CENTER


        20 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island 

        Phone: (843) 681-7273

        Located on the north end of the island, the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center is one of the most popular public places to play pickleball in Hilton Head. The center offers a fitness facility with 20+ land and water fitness classes, guided tours and charters, and 5 outdoor basketball courts with permanent pickleball markings and open play sessions for visitors Monday through Saturday. The Island Rec Center courts can be crowded in the mornings, for a quieter pickleball rally, plan your play around midday. 

        Rec Center Hours

        Monday – Sunday: 6 AM to 9 PM

        Winter Hours: 6 AM to 6 PM

        Reservations & Rates 

        Call (843) 681-7273 or BOOK ONLINE

        Cost: $5 daily or $50 annually

        Pickleball Programs

        Open Pickleball Play on Monday – Saturday: 8 AM to 2 PM

        7. HILTON HEAD ISLAND PUBLIC PARKS WITH PICKLEBALL


        HILTON HEAD ISLAND PARK 

        Adriana Lane, Hilton Head Island 

        The Adriana Lane courts at Hilton Head Island Park (also known as Old Schoolhouse Park) include 7 public outdoor hard courts with permanent pickleball lines with open play every day from 9 AM – 2 PM. Bring your own paddles and portable nets. 

        CHAPLIN PARK 

        11 Castnet Drive, Hilton Head Island

        The Chaplin Community Park between Burkes Beach Road and Singleton Beach Road has 4 basketball courts with permanent pickleball lines, open to the public on a first come first serve basis, no open play! Bring your own paddles and portable nets. 

        CORDILLO COURTS

        2 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island 

        Located near Lowcountry Celebration Park in the Forest Beach resort area, the Cordillo courts have 4 tennis courts with permanent pickleball lines, open to the public from 8:30 AM to 7 PM on a first come first serve basis, no open play! The nets must be lowered and bring your own paddles!

        Plan your Pickleball Getaway with Sunset Rentals!


        Ready to play America’s hottest new sport on America’s favorite island? Hilton Head Island vacation accommodations are set in unique resort communities within the island’s plantation resort areas. Each plantation and each community has its own unique personality, set of adventures, and island attractions.

        Take a tour of the top resort areas HERE or call our team of vacation planners today at (843) 785-6767.

        14 Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Bluffton, SC

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

        DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN HISTORIC BLUFFTON, SC

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

        1. Bluffton BBQ 

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

        2. Captain Woody’s Seafood Bar 

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

        3. Cheap Seats Tavern 

        Burnt Church Road   
        Phone: (843) 837-3287

        4. Cinco Mexican Grill 

        Buckwalter Parkway  
        Phone: (843) 815-2233

        5. Corner Perk Café 

        May River Road  
        Phone: (843) 816-5674

        6. The Cottage Café 

        Calhoun Street  
        Phone: (843) 757-0508

        7. Giuseppi’s Pizza 

        Bluffton Road  
        Phone: (843) 815-9200

        8. The Juice Hive 

        Johnston Way  
        Phone: (843) 757-2899

        9. Katie O’Donalds Irish Pub 

        Fording Island Road  
        Phone: (843) 815-5555

        10. Local Pie Woodfired Pizza 

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

        11. Mellow Mushroom 

        Fording Island Road  
        Phone: (843) 706-0800

        12. Old Town Dispensary 

        Captains Cove Rd  
        Phone: (843) 837-1893

        13. Southern Barrel Brewing Co. 

        Buckwalter Pl Blvd  
        Phone: (843) 837-2337

        14. Okatie Ale House 

        William Pope Drive  
        Phone: (843) 706-2537

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

        5 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near Port Royal

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

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

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

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

        DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS NEAR PORT ROYAL

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


        1. Frankie Bones 

        Main Street Village  
        Phone: (843) 682-4455

        2. Hilton Head Brewing Company 

        Cardinal Road  
        Phone: (843) 715-3251

        3. Main Street Café & Pub 

        Main Street Village  
        Phone: (843) 689-3999

        4. Street Meet The American Tavern 

        Port Royal Plaza  
        Phone: (843) 842-2570

        5. WiseGuys 

        Main Street Village  
        Phone: (843) 842-8866

        VIEW ALL PORT ROYAL VACATION RENTALS



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

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

        Top 10 Questions Guests Ask About Hilton Head Island 

        Fondly known as “America’s Favorite Island”, Hilton Head is one of the best beach towns on the East Coast for a vacation! Visitors have miles of stunning beaches to explore, excellent water sports, world-class golf courses, waterfront dining, drinking, dancing, and so much more! 

        Situated only 45 minutes from Savannah and 90 minutes from Charleston, Hilton Head attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors a year to its sunny shoreline. Our team at Sunset Rentals has been locally serving Hilton Head since 1993 and we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming countless guests to our beautiful coastal town. To enhance your Hilton Head experience, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 questions our guests ask when traveling to the island. 

        1.     When is the best time to visit Hilton Head Island? 

        Hilton Head Island has an enticing sub-tropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Summer is peak tourist season on Hilton Head and the time to visit if you’re after festive events and family fun in the sun! Spring and fall bring tolerable temperatures for outdoor adventures (and fewer crowds), and the warm winter weather attracts flocks of snowbirds for extended stays on the island. Take a peek at our HHI weather planner to determine the best time for you to visit Hilton Head Island. 

        2.     Is Hilton Head Island pet-friendly? 

        YES! Hilton Head Island is so pet-friendly that you can take your dog nearly everywhere, except the lush green fairways! Our beaches are pet-friendly year-round with limitations in the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day), you can book a private paddle, cruise, or fishing charter with Fido, and most outdoor patios are quite happy to welcome well-behaved and leashed pets, some even going the extra mile! Browse our selection of 65+ pet-friendly properties on Hilton Head and take some time to read our tips on planning a dog-friendly vacation on Hilton Head Island

        3.     What are the BEST things to do on Hilton Head Island? 

        Whether you’re planning on staying active and hitting the hotspots, relaxing away from the crowds in nature, or a little bit of both – Hilton Head Island has it all! Aside from 12 miles of insta-worthy Atlantic beaches with a tropical island vibe, Hilton Head Island is a mecca for a fun-filled vacation for families with kids, a group of friends, or a romantic couples getaway! Here are the best things to do on Hilton Head Island at a glance – or go ahead and click the link for detailed vacation planning.    

        4.     Where are the best beaches on Hilton Head Island? 

        With 12 miles of white sandy Atlantic beaches to explore, we’re always asked which is the best beach to visit on Hilton Head Island. The award-winning Coligny Beach Park is the most popular beach with excellent amenities and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and kids’ activities all nearby. Driessen Beach Park, Burkes Beach, Folly Field Beach, and Islanders Beach Park located mid-island are uncrowded and less “touristy” with grills and pavilions for picnics, kids playgrounds, dog parks, and beautiful boardwalks to stretches of sandy shoreline and calm, lifeguarded waters. 

        For seclusion in nature, the north island beaches at Fish Haul and Mitchelville Park are idyllic. The city also offers a free beach wheelchair program and beach matting for visitors with disabilities to access the public beaches on Hilton Head. 

        5.     Are there any cultural or historical attractions on Hilton Head Island? 

        Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination to unwrap the fascinating cultural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. The island is home to several historic sites and landmarks including the 4,000-year-old Native American Indian Shell Ring and Baynard Plantation ruins in Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on Port Royal Sound, commemorating and preserving America’s first pre-Civil war slave settlement. 

        Situated on the historic Honey Horn Plantation, the Coastal Discovery Museum is a must-do for every visitor to the island. Here you can take nature tours on land and water, explore the breathtaking grounds and gardens, and discover the rich Gullah Geechee heritage of Hilton Head with a local guide. 

        6.     Do I need a car to get around Hilton Head? 

        For the ultimate Hilton Head Island experience, yes! There are lots of things to see and do in Hilton Head that may require a car, but with miles of interconnected bike paths and seasonal trolleys, getting around locally is easy. The Breeze is Hilton Head Island’s free seasonal trolley running seven days a week, every 30 minutes, between the shops, restaurants, and events at Shelter Cove Town Center and Coligny Beach Park in Forest Beach. Or look out for the bright red Forest Beach Shuttle serving North and South Forest Beach, Coligny Plaza, and Pope Avenue. 

        In season, guests in Sea Pines Resort Area can hop on the complimentary Sea Pines Trolley connecting Harbour Town, The Shops at Sea Pines Center, South Beach Marina Village, and Sea Pines Beach Club. If you’re staying in Palmetto Dunes, the seasonal on-demand Dunes Buggy will pick you up from your vacation rental and take you anywhere within Palmetto Dunes Resort Area, Shelter Cove Harbor, and Shelter Cove Town Center. From a sandy beach to a sunset seafood bar, for free! 

        7.     Where are the best restaurants and bars on Hilton Head Island? 

        The short answer, they are everywhere! Hilton Head Island boasts 250+ bars and restaurants with lively happy hours, a plate for every palette, and an ice-cold beverage to pair! Whether you’re craving our rich tradition of Lowcountry cuisine, indulging in a sunset dinner cruise, or planning a pizza night for the kids, you’ll find it here on Hilton Head Island. 

        If you’re looking for things to do after dinner in Hilton Head, nightlife activities range from laid-back island-style Tiki bars and hip rooftop bars with late-night DJs and live music to world-class jazz rooms and sophisticated fine dining bars with panoramic views. For the ultimate Hilton Head Island foodie itinerary, check out our guides to the Best Restaurants on Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head’s 10 Best Bars

        8.     Can I rent gear locally in Hilton Head? 

        Everything you need for an epic Hilton Head vacation is available to rent locally – kayaks and paddleboards for the waterways, skimboards, and surfboards for ocean play, beach loungers and umbrellas, and bike rentals for the whole family. Rentals are readily available at Outside Hilton Head in Shelter Cove, H20 Sports in Harbour Town, and at the various marinas around the island. 

        Save on gear rentals and add “hassle-free” to your Hilton Head Island vacation when you stay with Sunset Rentals. We’ve partnered with Vayk Gear to offer an exclusive “Bike & Beach Gear Credit” program on participating properties with a wide range of top-quality gear delivered to your rental on arrival and picked up on departure.   

        9.     When can I find nearby grocery stores & grocery delivery services? 

        There are a number of big box and boutique grocery stores on the island to fill your fridge! Big box stores include Kroger and Whole Foods at Shelter Cove, a Publix Super Market at Island Crossing near Sea Pines, a Publix and Walmart Supercenter at Festival Center near Port Royal, and two Harris Teeter locations in Main Street Village and Park Plaza Shopping Center at Sea Pines Circle. The smaller boutique-style grocery stores include the Palmetto Dunes General Store, the Fresh Market, and Piggly Wiggly at Coligny, a Hilton Head Island institution since 1969! 

        Many of these stores offer online ordering, curbside pickup, and express delivery or skip the lines completely and have your groceries delivered right to your rental, with your pantry packed, and your fridge filled by our local Lowcountry Grocery Runner – private chef experiences available too! 

        10.   Which resort area of Hilton Head Island is best suited for my stay? 

        The home and villa rentals on Hilton Head Island are set in unique resort communities each with its own ambiance, activities, and attractions. Sea Pines Resort and Palmetto Dunes are particularly popular with families, the Forest Beach neighborhood places you steps from the buzz at Coligny Plaza and Beach Park, and Shipyard Plantation and Port Royal are quieter neighborhoods, away from the crowds. 

        Serving Hilton Head since 1993, Sunset Rentals have a selection of 230+ Hilton Head Island vacation homes and villas with options for luxury oceanfront pool homes, seaside condos, gorgeous golf villas, and private dog-friendly homes to accommodate anywhere from 2 to 23 guests. 

        Take a tour of the top Hilton Head Island resort areas to find a neighborhood and rental to suit your style or call our team of local experts at (800) 276-8991 to assist with vacation planning and answer all your questions about visiting Hilton Head Island.  

        8 Easy Beach Access Spots On Hilton Head, SC

        Who doesn’t love a beach vacation? Hilton Head in South Carolina is the premier choice for your next ocean getaway. From community parks and recreational facilities with endless activities to protected nature preserves and beautiful beach parks with miles of white sand and crystal clear waters, Hilton Head Island has something for everyone! With over 60+ miles of bike paths weaving through the island, exploring Hilton Head is fun and easy!

        Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, nature lover, sandcastle builder, or sun worshipper here is a list of beaches not to miss during your stay on Hilton Head.

        Local’s Tip: From the ocean to the high water mark, all the beaches on Hilton Head Island are public, however, beach access is often located on private property. There are several beach parks on the island providing public beach access to 12 miles of uncrowded, natural beaches and glistening ocean waters that beckon you to play. Our Guide to Hilton Head Island Beaches & Nature Preserves has the full scoop on the beaches of HHI.

        CLICK HERE FOR AN INTERACTIVE HILTON HEAD ISLAND BEACH PARK MAP  


        1. Alder Lane Beach Access

        Park Information

         2 Woodward Ave
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        Directions
        Located off South Forest Beach Drive
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Beach Access
        • Beach Matting
        • 22 Metered Parking Spaces
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Restrooms
        • Seasonal Life Guards
        2. Coligny Beach Park

        Park Information

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Free Parking (Main parking lot is accessed from Pope Ave)
        • Beach Matting
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Public Art
        • Restrooms
        • Seasonal Lifeguards & Beach Rentals
        • Free Beach Wheelchair Reservations
        • Wi-Fi
        3. Burkes Beach Access

        Park Information

         60 Burkes Beach Road
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        Directions
        Located off William Hilton Parkway at the end of Burkes Beach Road
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Beach Matting
        • Seasonal Lifeguards & Beach Rentals
        • Outdoor Showers

        * Visitors must park at the Chaplin Community Park, 35 Cast Net Drive.



        4. Driessen Beach Park

        Park Information

         64 Bradley Beach Road
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        Directions
        Located off William Hilton Parkway at the end of Bradley Beach Road
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Metered Parking
        • Permit Parking
        • Beach Matting
        • Boardwalk
        • Grill
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Picnic Pavilion
        • Playground
        • Restrooms
        • Seasonal Lifeguards & Beach Rentals
        5. Folly Field Beach Park

        Park Information

         55 Starfish Drive
        Hilton Head Island 29926

        Directions
        Located off Folly Field Road
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Metered Parking
        • Beach Access
        • Beach Matting
        • Boardwalk
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Seasonal Lifeguards & Beach Rentals
        • Restrooms



        6. Islanders Beach Park  

        Park Information

         94 Folly Field Road
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        Directions
        Located off William Hilton Parkway
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Permit Parking
        • Limited Metered Parking
        • Beach Access
        • Beach Matting
        • Boardwalk
        • Grill
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Picnic Pavilion
        • Overlook Pavilion
        • Seasonal Lifeguards & Beach Rentals
        • Free Beach Wheelchair Reservations
        7. Fish Haul Beach Park

        Park Information

         124 Mitchelville Road
        Hilton Head Island 29926

        Directions
        Located off Beach City Road
        Learn About Beach Parking

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Free Parking
        • Beach Access
        • Beach Matting
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Restrooms
        8. Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park

        Park Information

         40 Harriet Tubman Way
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Directions
        Located near the end of Beach City Road

        Hours

        • Summer Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am – 9 pm
        • Winter Hours: Monday thru Sunday 6 am to 6 pm

        Amenities

        • Free Parking
        • Observation Deck
        • Outdoor Showers
        • Picnic Pavilion
        • Restrooms
        • Trails

         

        Escape to Hilton Head Island with Sunset Rentals! 


        Take a tour of the Top Resort Areas of Hilton Head Island, find a Hilton Head home to suit your style, and start planning your vacation with the peace of mind of a local trusted team that has been locally serving Hilton Head Island since 1993! Sunset Rentals – here to serve all your vacation needs on Hilton Head Island!

        Top 9 Community Parks On Hilton Head

        Get ready to soak up the sun and have some fun while visiting one of Hilton Head Island’s local parks. To make life easy while you’re on vacation, Sunset Rentals has compiled a list of Hilton Head’s Best community parks all offering endless activities, even something for the pickiest person in your group. Love biking? check out the over 60+ miles of bike paths weaving through the island. Love hiking? Hilton Head is extremely walkable, making it fun and easy to explore!

        Whether you’re on a family getaway, group gathering, or romantic stroll, our guide to Hilton Head Island’s local parks will have you on the right path to epic adventures during your stay on Hilton Head.

        HILTON HEAD ISLAND COMMUNITY PARKS 


        1. Capri Chaplin Community Park

        11 Castnet Drive
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        Situated just north of Palmetto Dunes Resort Area, Chaplin Community Park is Hilton Head Island’s largest and most diverse community park with excellent facilities and bike paths connecting to the shoreline of Burkes Beach. Sports enthusiasts have large fields for soccer, baseball and football, a basketball and pickleball pad, and six tennis courts, there’s a shady playground for the kids and a large off-leash dog park for Fido! There’s something for the whole family at Chaplin Community Park.

        2. Compass Rose Park

        4 St Augustine Pl 
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        Nestled in the trees near Coligny Beach Park & Plaza, Compass Rose Park is a small and peaceful community park with tranquil reflecting pools and fountains, gardens, walkways, and covered plazas. Compass Rose Park is also home to one of Hilton Head Island’s favorite attractions – a statue of Charles Fraser, the modern day founder of Hilton Head, walking his legendary alligator, Albert.

        3. Green Shell Park

        99 Squire Pope Rd
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Situated on Skull Creek near the north end of the island, Green Shell Park is a small 3-acre park with a covered picnic area, two playgrounds, a basketball hoop, and a wooded nature trail to an observation deck overlooking wetlands and marshes teeming with birdlife. For history lovers, the park is an archaeological site dating back to 1335 AD and is home to the historic Amelia White Cemetery and the Green Shell Mound, an authentic Native American shell ring.

        4. Honey Horn Park

        70 Honey Horn Drive
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Honey Horn Park is perhaps Hilton Head’s most famous park – home to the top-rated Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Encompassing 68 acres of lush Lowcountry landscapes, Honey Horn Park features some of the oldest structures on the island, a butterfly enclosure, a stunning camellia garden, a marsh tacky horse barn, and a scenic interpretive nature trail through the grounds. The Coastal Discovery Museum offers the best tours and activities on the island with something for every interest and adventure level and regular exhibits and events for visitors to step back in time and experience the rich history of Hilton Head Island.

        5. Jarvis Creek Park

        99 Squire Pope Rd
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Situated on Skull Creek near the north end of the island, Green Shell Park is a small 3-acre park with a covered picnic area, two playgrounds, a basketball hoop, and a wooded nature trail to an observation deck overlooking wetlands and marshes teeming with birdlife. For history lovers, the park is an archaeological site dating back to 1335 AD and is home to the historic Amelia White Cemetery and the Green Shell Mound, an authentic Native American shell ring.

        6. Shelter Cove Community Park

        39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        Across from Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove is Hilton Head’s premier destination for watersports, shopping, dining, and seasonal events that draw a crowd! The Shelter Cove Community Park is situated waterfront at Shelter Cove Town Center with peaceful picnic spots, walking paths connecting to Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park, and a pavilion with a lineup of fun festivals and events throughout the year.

        7. Lowcountry Celebration Park
        94 Pope Ave
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        Lowcountry Celebration Park lies in the heart of “downtown Hilton Head” across from Coligny Plaza Shopping Center and the Coligny Beach parking lot. Minutes away from Hilton Head’s award-winning beaches, the park features an open pavilion and lawn, fitness stations, public art, and two of the island’s favorite family attractions – The Sandbox Museum and The Adventure Playground. 

        The little ones love to play and learn at the Sandbox Museum (great for a rainy day activity!) and clamber, climb and set sail aboard The Adventure Playground, a 1,400 square foot replica of the ship where Captain William Hilton first spotted the shoreline of Hilton Head Island.

        8. Squire Pope Community Park

        137 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        If you’re planning a paddle on the Lowcountry waterways without competing with motorized boats, head to the Sailing and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park on Skull Creek. The state of the art facilities include a floating dock and launch, a waterfront picnic pavilion among the moss-draped oaks, a playground, and a firepit area for after adventure stories and s’mores.  

        9. Xeriscape Garden

        1 Town Center Court
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        Located at the Town of Hilton Head offices near the Village of Wexford, the Betsy Jukofsky Xeriscape Garden is a small interpretive community garden full of indigenous and wild plants, towering palmettos and pines, and beautiful birdlife. If discovering Hilton Head’s local flora, fauna, and nature is on your vacation itinerary, be sure to stop by the Xeriscape Interpretive Garden.

        Escape to Hilton Head Island with Sunset Rentals! 


        Take a tour of the Top Resort Areas of Hilton Head Island, find a Hilton Head home to suit your style, and start planning your vacation with the peace of mind of a local trusted team that has been locally serving Hilton Head Island since 1993! Sunset Rentals – here to serve all your vacation needs on Hilton Head Island!


        5 Best Recreational Parks On Hilton Head

        Who doesn’t love a game of pick-up basketball or softball? Or exploring a new skatepark while on vacation in Hilton Head Island? There is something for everyone here, from baseball fields, to skateboard ramps, and tons of tennis courts — (psssttt… and also, even everyone’s new favorite sport, PICKLEBALL!)

        These recreational facilities have endless activities to delight every member in your group. Whether you’re a pickleball enthusiast, avid runner, on a family outing, or planning a romantic picnic, our guide to Hilton Head Island’s recreational parks will have you on the right path to epic adventures during your stay on Hilton Head.

        HILTON HEAD ISLAND RECREATION PARKS

        1. Barker Field

        708 Baygall Road
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Situated on the north end of the island next to Fish Haul Beach Park, Barker Field features multi-use sports fields, baseball fields, and a playground for the kids. A boardwalk leads from Barker Field across the marshlands to an observation deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Port Royal Sound.

        2. Bristol Sports Arena

        4 Helmsman Way
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        For action and excitement on wheels, head to the Bristol Sports Arena just off Palmetto Bay Road. The Bristol Sports Arena outdoor skate park has ramps, rails, and features for all abilities or get your skates on for a session at the hybrid in-line outdoor hockey rink. 

        3. Cordillo Courts

        2 South Forest Beach Drive
        Hilton Head Island 29928

        With more than 300 tennis courts and 4 of the “Greatest US Tennis Resorts” on the island, Hilton Head is a haven for racquet sports. The Cordillo Courts near Coligny Plaza feature 4 tennis courts and 4 pickleball courts, open daily, year-round, on a first come, first serve basis. 

        4. Crossings Park

        4 Haig Point Ct, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

        Situated one block from the Bristol Sports Arena, Crossings Park is one of the first (and largest) recreational parks on the island with three baseball fields, a playground shaded by tall trees, and a huge grassy meadow for playtime!  A well-marked dirt trail winds between the playground and the meadow for a bike ride or nature walk beneath the towering live oaks.

        5. Hilton Head Park
        152 William Hilton Pkwy
        Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

        Hilton Head Park, also known as Old Schoolhouse Park, is one of the quieter recreational parks on the island. The park borders a tidal marsh and features courts for tennis and pickleball, a basketball pad, and a large grass field for soccer, football, and family fun after a day at the beach!

        Escape to Hilton Head Island with Sunset Rentals! 

        Take a tour of the Top Resort Areas of Hilton Head Island, find a Hilton Head home to suit your style, and start planning your vacation with the peace of mind of a local trusted team that has been locally serving Hilton Head Island since 1993! Sunset Rentals – here to serve all your vacation needs on Hilton Head Island!

        17 Best Fishing Charter Companies on Hilton Head


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

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


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

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

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

        BROAD CREEK MARINA


        Location: 18 Simmons Road, Hilton Head Island

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

        TAIL TAMER FISHING CHARTERS

        Phone: (843) 422-1860

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

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

        INTEGRITY FISHING CHARTERS

        Phone: (843) 422-1221

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

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

        Reel Easy Charters

        Phone: (843) 290-2932

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

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

        SEA BEE CHARTERS

        Phone: (843) 949-0407

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


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

        TOP SHOT SPORT FISHING

        Phone: (843) 384-9714

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


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

        SKULL CREEK MARINA


        Location: 1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island

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

        BULLDOG FISHING CHARTERS

        Phone: (843) 422-0887

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


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

        SHELTER COVE HARBOUR & MARINA


        Location: 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

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

        OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD

        Phone: (843) 686-6996

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

        Ultimate Lowcountry Day – From $745

        Click HERE for a list of all activities!


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

        CAPTAIN HOOK PARTY FISHING

        Phone: (843) 258-4677

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


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

        Bay Runner Fishing Charters

        Phone: (843) 290-6955

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

        Shark Fishing Trips – From $495

        Make Your Own Trip


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

        Native Son Fishing Charters 

        Phone: (843) 816-3312

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


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

        Hilton Head Outfitters

        80 Queens Folly Rd, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (843) 593-9110

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

        Fishing Gear Rentals


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

        HARBOUR TOWN YACHT BASIN


        Location: 149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island

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

        IZZY-A FISHING CHARTER

        Phone: (843) 298-0990

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

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

        BLACK SKIMMER HILTON HEAD

        Phone: (843) 363-8335

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


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

        VALOR FISHING CHARTERS

        Phone: (843) 422-1935

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

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

        PALMETTO BAY MARINA


        Location: 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island

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

        REEL JOB CHARTER FISHING

        Phone: (843) 384-8236

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


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

        DRIFTER EXCURSIONS

        Phone: (843) 363-2900

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

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

        Shark Fishing aboard The Drifter – From $65 pp


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

        OFF THE HOOK FISHING CHARTERS

        86 Point Comfort Rd, Hilton Head Island

        Phone: (843) 298-4376

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

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

        HILTON HEAD HARBOR & MARINA


        Location: Jenkins Rd, Hilton Head Island


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

        OUTCAST SPORT FISHING

        Phone: (843) 290-0371

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


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

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

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


        10 Best Bars On Hilton Head Island


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

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

        1. Pool Bar Jim’s

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

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


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

        2. Quarterdeck

        Sea Pines Resort Area
        160 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island

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

        Quarterdeck Menu


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

        3. Tiki Hut

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

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

        Tiki Hut Food & Drink Menus


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

        4. Reilley’s Grill & Bar

        7D Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island

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

        Reilley’s Grill & Bar Menus


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

        5. Callahan’s Sports Bar

        49 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island

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

        Callahan’s Menu


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

        6. Main Street Island Pub

        Main Street Village, 1411 Main Street, Hilton Head Island

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

        Pub Menu


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

        7. Hurricane Bar

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

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

        Black Marlin Grill & Hurricane Bar Menus


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

        8. The Dunes House

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

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

        Food Menu | Drinks Menu


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

        9. Poseidon

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

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

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

        Poseidon Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Menus


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

        10. The Sandbar

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

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

        The Sandbar Menus


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

        STAY WITH SUNSET RENTALS

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

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