A Visitors Guide to Shopping on Hilton Head Island

There are so many reasons to visit Hilton Head Island, it’s no surprise our slice of paradise is consistently voted one of the world’s favorite islands and the top island in the US. The top attraction that draws visitors from around the globe to Hilton Head is the stunning natural setting with pristine sandy beaches, scenic waterways, lush wildlife preserves and secluded outdoor activities. But there’s more! 

The appeal of the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island is enhanced by the luxury plantations, quaint villages and scenic marinas with an abundance of eateries serving the finest Lowcountry seafood and southern fare and upscale shopping destinations for the ultimate shopping experience on Hilton Head.   

Slow down your pace, switch to island time and indulge in some family-friendly retail therapy and island style shopping on Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re shopping for necessities, picking up fresh produce or seafood from a market or searching for a unique Hilton Head souvenir or gift to take home, you’ll find it all on Hilton Head Island.


Coligny Plaza

Slip away from the beach for a one-of-a-kind shopping spree at Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head’s favorite shopping destination since 1955, just steps from the ocean. The Coligny Plaza is located oceanfront in Hilton Head’s downtown Forest Beach area and has everything you need for your Hilton Head Island vacation with the best shopping on the island. Coligny Plaza welcomes beach-goers for a laid-back shopping experience at over 60 specialty stores and fun outdoor kiosks, with year-round entertainment and the best oceanfront dining on Hilton Head. 

Shelter Cove 

Shelter Cove is Hilton Head’s premier waterfront shopping destination, just off the Intracoastal Waterway across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. The Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a hub of activity with cruises and nature tours, water sports, fishing charters, live entertainment, fun festivals and Mediterranean-style island style shopping. Browse the boutiques, gift stores and the eclectic Nash Gallery along the harbour side promenade, then make your way to the nearby Shelter Cove Town Center. 

Shelter Cove Town Center is Hilton Head’s newest shopping attraction with an open-air waterfront village, palmetto lined walkways and tranquil views of Broad Creek and the Lowcountry marshlands. With over 30 charming boutiques, specialty stores, enticing eateries and a community park and playground for the kids, you can shop to your hearts content at Shelter Cove. 

The Harbour Town Shops at Sea Pines 

The Harbour Town Shops are located in the upscale Sea Pines Plantation, home to the Hilton Head’s legendary landmark, the candy-cane Harbour Town Lighthouse. The Harbour Town Shops offer visitors to Hilton Head a leisurely shopping experience surrounded by the scenic Harbour Town marina scattered with luxury yachts, sailboats and over 20 boutiques, galleries, gift shops, coastal treasures and unique dining experiences. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for the perfect souvenir and lasting memories of your vacation from the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop. 

Main Street Village

Step back in time with an old-fashioned shopping experience in Hilton Head’s Main Street Village, home to the island’s oldest and traditional family-owned stores. The quaint shopping area has tree-lined walkways with unique shops and some of the best restaurants in Hilton Head. There’s no big-box stores on Main Street, just a small town island shopping experience.

Tanger Outlets Hilton Head

Go for the big savings on designer brands at the Tanger Outlet Stores, just over the bridge in nearby Bluffton, SC. Hilton Head’s Tanger Outlets has a variety of over 90 top outlet stores, curbside pickup if you choose to avoid the crowds and a variety of onsite restaurants and eateries. For trinkets and treasures,  stop by the quaint shops in Old Town Bluffton before heading back to the island. 

Hilton Head Island Seafood & Farmers’ Markets 

Your island shopping experience on Hilton Head is not complete without a visit to a local farmer’s market, the perfect place to pick up fresh, local produce and savor the flavors of the Lowcountry with a home cooked farm-to-fork meal in the comfort of your Hilton Head vacation home.


Stay with Sunset Rentals!

Sunset Rentals represent over 225 of the most trusted vacation rentals in the top resort areas of Hilton Head. From the shores of the pristine Atlantic coastline to the rolling fairways of Hilton Head’s award-winning golf-courses, our vacation rentals are perfectly placed to experience Hilton Head Island’s top attractions and world-class shopping destinations.

Browse our rentals on Hilton Head Island online, book direct or call our on-island team on (800) 276-8991 today to guide you to the idyllic home-away-from-home on Hilton Head Island.

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Featured Vacation Homes for the Holidays

Featured Vacation Homes For The Holidays

If you are looking to getaway to warmer temperatures this winter, Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination. 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 plenty to offer even during the winter season.

Below are featured Hilton Head vacation homes available for the holidays, offered by Sunset Rentals. If you would like help booking a vacation rental for your upcoming stay, please give us a call at 843-785-6767. A member of the Sunset Rentals team will be happy to assist!

Full Sweep 60

4 BED | 3 BATH

Be one of the first to stay at this luxurious vacation rental home in Palmetto Dunes! Renovated in the spring of 2021, this home offers comfort and style with all the modern conveniences you could hope for.

Haul Away 33

4 BED | 3.5 BATH

This Palmetto Dunes home offers breath taking views of the Robert Trent Jones golf course, a private pool, a screened in porch and is a short stroll to the Atlantic Ocean.

*Pool can be heated for an additional fee.

Ketch 5

4 BED | 4 BATH

This 2nd row Palmetto Dunes home has a wonderful open floor plan with plenty of room for your family vacation! The beautiful resort style pool has recently been remodeled and offers relaxing waterfalls and a brand new jacuzzi.

*Pool and spa can be heated for an additional fee.

Midstream 5

3 BED | 3 BATH

Spend your holidays enjoying your sweeping waterfront views of the 11-mile saltwater lagoon, relaxing in your private pool and spa, napping on your screened-in porch, or kayaking/fishing off your own waterfront dock.

*Pool and spa can be heated for an additional fee.

Sandcastle 58

6 BED | 4 BATH

Located in Hilton Head’s newest gated community, Sandcastles by the Sea, this newly constructed Folly Field home features 3,200 SF of luxury and comfort for your holiday vacation.

Sandhill Crane 17

5 BED | 4 BATH

This Sea Pines home is located three rows from the Atlantic Ocean and is a short five minute walk to the beach. The outside patio and private pool and spa is wonderful for entertaining the entire family on a sunny day!

*Pool and spa can be heated for an additional fee.


Spend the Holidays in Hilton Head Island

Sunset Rentals offers offers 225+ of the finest Hilton Head Vacation Homes and Villas. Explore all of our vacation rentals or give us a call today at 1-800-276-8991 to book your stay to the island!


Best Hilton Head Golf Courses to Play on Your Winter Getaway

Just because it’s winter in Hilton Head Island doesn’t mean you can’t play golf. While courses around the country close for the season, Hilton Head’s famous golf courses remain open. So, if you’re visiting Hilton Head Island in winter and want to hit the links, where should you go? The team at Sunset Rentals has some ideas. Here’s our list of the best courses to play in Hilton Head on your winter golf trip.


Atlantic Dunes

Sea Pines Golf Course

Atlantic Dunes is the oldest golf course in Hilton Head, but it remains one of the best. Of all of the courses in Hilton Head, only two have oceanfront holes, and Atlantic Dunes is one of them. Be prepared to lose a few balls in the water; many of the holes feature water hazards. Overall, Atlantic Dunes is a challenge for golfers of all skill levels, but it’s a gorgeous course well worth visiting.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Sea Pines Golf Course

“Iconic” is how three-time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin describes Harbour Town Golf Links, and it’s hard to disagree. You might recognize the red and white striped lighthouse that backdrops this course; it’s quite famous. Harbour Town Golf Links is a favorite among PGA Tour players, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s a beautiful-looking course that features a series of world-renowned par threes. Plus, this course is more fun and playable compared to other upper echelon golf courses.

George Fazio Golf Course

Palmetto Dunes Golf Course

George Fazio Golf Course is Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course, and it is a beauty. George Fazio Golf Course is considered by many to be the most challenging public course on the island, but it is still an exceptional experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course only has two par fives, while the majority of the course features long par fours. George Fazio Golf Course is an excellent option if you’re looking for a challenging course with immaculate greens.

Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course

Palmetto Dunes Golf Course

If you want to play a round at a course on the oceanfront, look no further than Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course. What makes this golf course one of the best courses on Hilton Head? The 10th hole is stunning; on elevated greens, golfers enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are also the ever-shifting winds to account for, which means golfers must approach each hole differently. Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course is truly unique and is sure to be a memorable experience for all players.


Stay at a Luxury Hilton Head Vacation Rental

Stay in close proximity to all of the best golf courses in Hilton Head with one of Sunset Rentals’ luxurious vacation rentals. We have a variety of vacation rentals, including oceanfront options. To book your stay with us, please give us a call at 843-785-6767 or check availability online.


The Deep Well Project

Providing Livable Housing in the Hilton Head Island Community

The Deep Well Project was founded in 1973, digging wells to provide clean, safe water for the Hilton Head Island community.  Since then, it has been the source of emergency assistance to the local community and is supported by individuals, businesses, religious institutions, foundations, clubs, schools and various other organizations.

The Sunset Rentals team is proud to be supporting The Deep Well Project’s Livable Housing Division – a non-profit fund of Collins Group Realty. This initiative focuses on making repairs to owner-occupied homes with critical needs for the purpose of keeping families safe.


The average cost of each project is $870

Some repairs are much more expensive, like replacing a roof or drilling for a new well, but some are simple projects with labor provided by volunteers.

110 Homes are repaired each year

On average, 385 people are helped annually.

$40,000 is the fundraising goal of the Community Results Project for 2021

These funds will provide a “turbo-booster” to the existing Livable Housing project. The funds would not only purchase supplies, such as lumber, nails, and saw blades, but also helps with labor for projects not appropriate for volunteers.


At Sunset Rentals, we love our Hilton Head Island community and the Deep Well Project both serves and reflects the caring community in which we live. Click here to learn more about the organization and how to get involved.


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.

3 – THE DUNES 4H

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.

4 – COLONNADE CLUB 146

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.

5 – OCEAN BREEZE 18

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. 

6 – BECKENHAM 114

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.

7 – BEACHSIDE TENNIS 1869

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!

9 – BEACHSIDE TENNIS 1870

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!

Top 5 Kids Activities on Hilton Head

Top 5 Kids Activities On Hilton Head

If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation spot that the kiddos will enjoy, look no further than Hilton Head Island. This idyllic island has a little something for everyone in the family. At Sunset Rentals, we’re the most trusted vacation rental business on Hilton Head Island, and we’re excited to help you plan your upcoming trip. We put together a list of the five best kids activities on Hilton Head Island to get you started. 

The 5 Best Activities for Kids on HHI

1 – Set Sail on a Wildlife Tour
The waters surrounding Hilton Head Island are rich with marine life. Many tours will take you out on the local waters to catch a glimpse of dolphins, sharks, manatees, sea otters, and more. 

2 – Spend Some Time Mini Golfing
Mini golfing is always a fun activity with the kids, and on Hilton Head, you’ll have several fun mini golf courses at your disposal. You’ll have a blast at any of Legendary Golf, Adventure Cove, or Pirate Island Adventure Golf.

3 – Visit a Park
Let the kiddos cut loose on the two playgrounds at Green Shell Park. The park also is home to a basketball court for hoops lovers. Adults will appreciate the park’s shady pavilion and great views of Skull Creek.

4 – Enjoy Educational Play
The Sandbox is an interactive children’s museum that kids love. Visit the museum’s many hands-on exhibits like the no fishing aquarium and international bazaar for a pleasurable educational play experience. 

5 – Spend a Day at the Beach
The beautiful beaches of Hilton Head Island are the perfect place to catch some rays, swim, build sandcastles, and relax. There are plenty of public access beaches to choose from, ensuring you’ll find the perfect location for your family beach day. 


Stay at a Family Friendly Hilton Head Vacation Rental

The kids will love all of the fun activities Hilton Head has to offer, so stay for a while at one of Sunset Rentals’ vacation rentals. We offer a wide range of rentals from well-appointed villas to homes with pools and everything in between.


Quintessential Things to Do in Hilton Head, SC

Quintessential Things To Do In Hilton Head, SC

From idyllic beaches and exhilarating water sports to historic sites and museums and everything in between, Hilton Head, SC, has plenty of activities for travelers. Ranked as a top-five continental island, read on for a list of some of the best things to do in Hilton Head:

Enjoy The Beach

Hilton Head has been recognized as one of the top 10 family beaches in the United States! Travelers can enjoy activities such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing, crabbing, paddle boarding, and more on over 12 miles of beach. Some of the island’s most popular beaches include Burkes Beach and Coligny Beach.

Discover Fashionable Finds

Bring a piece of your vacation home with you! There are plenty of opportunities for shopping at Hilton Head’s trendy boutiques. For our money, Birdie James and Southern Tide Signature Store are two must-stops for avid shoppers.

Play a Round (or Several) at Amazing Golf Courses

Home to 33 golf courses, book a tee time at the legendary courses at Palmetto Dunes and Sea Pines. Many travelers look fore-ward to taking advantage of the award-winning courses and the incredible views that they offer.

Meet Hilton Head’s Most Famous Residents

Get out on the water to meet our most famous residents, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, in their natural habitat. Dolphins aren’t hard to find on Hilton Head Island, and there are plenty of dolphin tours available that help visitors get up close and personal with these beautiful and playful creatures. 

Check Out the Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a fun and educational experience for the whole family! In addition to the exhibits in the museum building that will teach you the fascinating history of Hilton Head Island, you can also book a variety of guided tours. Explore on horseback, on a kayak, or by foot, and let the Coastal Discovery Museum be your guide.


Beautiful Vacation Rentals in Hilton Head, SC

After a day of fun-filled activities, relax at one of Sunset Rentals’ unique rental spots. We offer a variety of vacation rentals, ranging from large homes to villas, on some of the premier locations on the island.


3 Can’t-Miss Bars on Hilton Head Island

The Best Bars in Hilton Head

What’s better than lounging on the beach with the sun on your skin and sand between your toes? Doing all of that with a cool drink in your hand of course! From casual beach shacks to elegant wine bars, the island has something for everyone.

CoCo’s on the Beach

Enjoy one of the many frozen drink options at CoCo’s on the Beach while surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the ocean. Island music is constantly playing in the background as players of all ages compete on the sand volleyball court out front. If you get hungry, try their yummy food like peanut butter burgers and fried bologna sandwiches.

Pool Bar Jim’s

Pool Bar Jim’s is the type of Hilton Head beach bar where you can walk up barefoot in a bathing suit. This Hilton Head staple features one of the island’s most beloved bartenders and specializes in tropical frozen fresh fruit drinks, but also serves food like fish tacos and burgers. This hidden gem is a must-stop on your Hilton Head vacation. 

Twisted Cork Cocktail & Wine Bar

This cocktail and wine bar has a more upscale atmosphere than your typical Hilton Head beach bar. Twisted Cork Cocktail & Wine Bar features talented bartenders that can make you a unique cocktail like a lavender martini or strawberry margarita, or you can choose to order from a long list of wines and craft beers.


Unbeatable Luxury Hilton Head Vacation Rentals

After a fun-filled day of hitting up the bars, laying in the sun, and exploring the island, come back and relax in your Hilton Head vacation rental. Sunset Rentals provides various types of rentals to suit every family, like pet-friendly rentals, oceanfront rentals, or rentals with private pools. To book your Hilton Head vacation rental, give us a call at 1-800-276-8991.