10 Reasons to Vacation in Port Royal Hilton Head


The Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head is a smaller resort area on the northeastern curve of the island, known as the heel of Hilton Head Island. If you’re seeking quieter seclusion away from the crowds, yet still staying close to the top attractions and activities on Hilton Head Island, the Port Royal Plantation is the Hilton Head destination for you!

Southern Living’s “The South’s Best 2022 Awards” recently ranked Hilton Head Island #1 in The South’s Best Beach Towns 2022. With southern charm and hospitality, award-winning golf and tennis, tranquil nature walks and bike paths, and miles of unspoiled, sandy beaches at your doorstep – Port Royal is a top destination to spend your vacation on Hilton Head Island.

1. UNTOUCHED NATURAL BEAUTY


From lush Lowcountry landscapes to stunning Atlantic seascapes, natural beauty abounds in Port Royal Plantation. Guests have access to miles of scenic trails weaving through old moss-laden oak trees, saltwater estuaries and freshwater lagoons for fishing and crabbing, and wild, secluded beaches along the historic Port Royal Sound and Atlantic Ocean.

The top activities in the Port Royal Resort Area include fishing, crabbing, bike riding (bring your own or rent locally), exploring the historic sites on a golf cart, and simply living the coastal lifestyle on Port Royal’s beautiful stretch of beaches.

2. AMAZING BEACHES & BEACH CREDIT!


The Port Royal Plantation is home to some of the best and quietest beaches on Hilton Head Island. Islander Beach Park is one of the best beaches on Hilton Head Island with a shady park for beach BBQs and picnics, a large playground for the kids, wide stretches of sandy beaches and calm Atlantic waters for swimming. Other nearby options for a beach day include Folly Field Beach, Driessen Beach, and Burkes Beach – swim, surf, sunbathe and enjoy ocean adventures in Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island.

For a different beach experience, Fish Haul Beach Park is a hidden gem overlooking the Port Royal Sound. While it’s not the best beach for swimming on Hilton Head, you can walk the pristine shoreline to historic Mitchelville Beach Park, birdwatch from the observation deck, hike the enchanting beach trails, and beachcomb for unique shells. Fish Haul Beach Park features four unique habitats – maritime forests, marshlands and creeks, ancient sand dunes and the tranquil Port Royal tidal flats.

Beach Credit! Sunset Rentals offer complimentary beach gear packages in select Port Royal vacation rentals. Whether you’re looking for top quality beach gear, kayak and paddle board rentals, boogie boards to ride the waves or beach games for a day by the ocean, we’ve got your vacation beach gear in Port Royal covered!

3. TEE OFF ONE OF THE TOP EXOTIC GOLF COURSES IN THE WORLD


The Heritage Golf Collection on Hilton Head Island features 81 holes of championship golf at the Shipyard Golf Club, the Oyster Reef Golf Club, and two world-class courses at the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club. Nestled along the Atlantic Coastline, the Port Royal Golf Club is ranked one of the “Top 75 US Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest and one of the “Top 10 Exotic Golf Courses in the World”.

For warming up and to improve your game, the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club features a world-class practice facility with a driving range, putting green, and short game practice area with PGA professional instruction throughout the year. The Port Royal Club is also home to Hilton Head Island’s first FootGolf Course – golf with a soccer ball and great fun for the whole family!

The Barony Course is one of the first golf courses on Hilton Head Island, designed by George W. Cobb in the early 1960s and set in lush Lowcountry landscapes. Robbers Row Course was later designed by George W. Cobb and William C. Byrd in 1967, one of the most exotic golf courses in the world set on former Civil War grounds, rich in history and natural beauty with live oaks, magnolias and luxury homes lining the fairways. Golfers can enjoy after golf happy hour and the tastes of the Lowcountry at Robbers Row Grill in the southern mansion-style Port Royal Clubhouse.

4. CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS CENTER


The Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club is also ranked one of the Top 25 Tennis Resorts in the World! The Port Royal Racquet Club offers top-notch tennis instruction and award-winning tennis on eight new Har-Tru clay courts in a scenic setting on Hilton Head Island. Pickleball is a Hilton Head Island tradition and if you’re not yet a player, the Port Royal Racquet Club is the perfect place to get up to speed with America’s fastest growing sport!

5. HISTORICAL SITES & ATTRACTIONS


The historical Port Royal Sound and Port Royal Plantation is the original landing site of Captain William Hilton on the island in 1663. The Battle of Port Royal began in 1861 and the town of Mitchelville was established in 1862, the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. You’ll find historical sites and markers across the Port Royal Plantation at Fort Walker Park, Steam Gun Beach, Fort Sherman, Fish Haul and Fort Mitchel, and along the fairways of the Robbers Row Golf Course.

Experience the rich history of Port Royal on a walking tour of historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, a Gullah Heritage Tour of the historic Gullah neighborhoods, or a living history tour of the Zion Chapel of Ease and Baynard Mausoleum, the resting place of four Revolutionary War Heroes and the oldest structure on Hilton Head Island. The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horns offers guided and self-guided tours of the historic sites on Hilton Head Island.

The Port Royal Plantation is only a short drive from the charming Lowcountry town of Bluffton, SC. Take a walking tour of the historic Spanish-moss draped homes and buildings in Old Town Bluffton nestled among the stately oaks along the May River.

6. PORT ROYAL ARBORETUM


Visitors to the Port Royal resort area have access to the Port Royal Arboretum, a quaint arboretum nestled near Fort Sherman, between Fort Walker Drive and the Robbers Row Golf Course. The arboretum features paved walkways, nature paths through ferns, cypresses and palmettos, scenic overlooks, an azalea garden, and is full of wildlife and native Lowcountry plants.

7. AWAY FROM THE CROWDS


Port Royal Plantation is a quieter Hilton Head Island community, away from the crowds yet only a short drive (or energetic bike ride!) away from the attractions, restaurants, shopping and activities in neighboring Hilton Head Island resort areas. If you’re seeking a quieter vacation on Hilton Head, look no further than Port Royal Plantation.

8. NEARBY DINING & SHOPPING


Port Royal Plantation is close to Hilton Head’s best dining and shopping, yet you have amazing options close to home too! Guests have an option of outdoor patios with poolside and oceanfront dining at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and Marriott Barony Beach Club, Lowcountry cuisine at the Robbers Row Grill, and you’re only a short drive to Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and Skull Creek Boathouse for waterfront dining on Skull Creek.

9. CLOSE TO HILTON HEAD’S TOP RESORT AREAS & ATTRACTIONS


Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Distance: 3 miles

  • Waterfront on Broad Creek
  • Accessible by Bike Path
  • Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
  • Watersports, Activities & Eco-Tours
  • Boat Rentals & Fishing Charters
  • Year-Round Events, Festivals & Live Music

Palmetto Dunes Resort Area

Distance: 3.5 miles

  • 3 Miles of Immaculate Beachfront
  • Three Championship Golf Courses
  • Seasonal Palmetto Dunes Buggy
  • Quick Access to Shelter Cove Marina
  • World-Renowned Tennis Center
  • Miles of bike trails

Shipyard Resort Area

Distance: 6.6 miles

  • Shipyard private beach access 
  • Miles of scenic trails 
  • Championship Golf & Tennis Center 
  • Centrally located to Hilton Head downtown 
  • Great location for family reunions, and gatherings 
  • Access to the Shipyard Beach Club 
  • 20 Tennis Courts located in Shipyard

Forest Beach Resort Area

Distance: 7.3 miles

  • More than 100 shops and restaurants
  • Miles of walking, jogging, and biking trails
  • Updated Coligny Beach Entrance
  • Free Family Entertainment
  • Miles of Sandy white beaches

Sea Pines Plantation

Distance: 8.5 miles

  • 5 Miles of Sandy White Beaches
  • Easily accessible beach access passes 
  • Three World-Class Golf Courses
  • Tennis Facilities
  • Restaurants, Entertainment, and Shopping at Harbour Town
  • Miles of Bike, Jogging, and Walking Trails
  • Sea Pines Trolley Available

10. PORT ROYAL PLANTATION VILLA COMMUNITIES


Port Royal Village has quiet golf villa communities nestled along the fairways of the Barony Golf Course, boasting tranquil Lowcountry lagoon and golf views, and seasonal pools (perfect for an after-golf or after-beach dip!), and walking distance to oceanfront dining at the Port Royal resort hotels.

The Links Villas

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Golf Villas, Sleeps 6-8

$250 Beach Gear Credit included

The Links in Port Royal Village are spacious, luxury Lowcountry style golf villas, located on the Port Royal Barony Golf Course, a short walk from the Marriott Barony, Westin Hotel, and Islanders Beach Park. Our selection of Port Royal Links Villas boast views of the Barony fairways, access to a seasonal community pool, and select villas include a golf cart for your vacation in Port Royal. 

Devonshire & Beckenham Villas

2-3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Golf Villas, Sleeps 6-9

$250 Beach Gear Credit included

The Devonshire and Beckenham Villa complexes are nestled nearby on the banks of a tranquil lagoon overlooking the 9th hole of the Barony Golf Course. These quiet Port Royal communities share a sparkling seasonal pool on the fairways, a BBQ area and picnic sites on the lagoon, and are a short walk to miles of Atlantic Coast beaches on Hilton Head Island.

Sunset Rentals proudly boast one of Hilton Head Island’s largest selection of private vacation homes and villas in the top resort areas of Hilton Head Island, and complete with all the amenities for a luxury vacation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Start planning your Hilton Head Island vacation today with our team of vacation specialists at Sunset Rentals.


Wildlife Viewing on Hilton Head Island


Southern Living has officially ranked Hilton Head Island “The South’s Best Beach Town” for 2022! 

Hilton Head Island is a destination worthy of every vacation bucket list – miles of enticing Atlantic coastline for beach-goers, world-famous golf and tennis for sports enthusiasts, luxury shopping, dining and spas (it’s a must on vacation!), and acres of pristine protected habitats for unique marine life, birdlife and wildlife experiences on Hilton Head.

No sacrifices have been made in sustainability and the preservation of Hilton Head Island’s natural beauty and pristine wildlife habitats. Personal encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat on Hilton Head Island are regular and expected – Great Blue Herons, pelicans and eagles soar the skies, dolphins and otters play in the water, loggerhead sea turtles nest on the shoreline, indigenous white-tailed deer cross the bike paths and fairways, or grazing the seagrass, and you may even experience a sighting of a gator lazing in the sun, or an elusive bobcat deep in the preserves.

Aside from your daily wildlife encounters on the beaches and trails of Hilton Head, here’s the top ways to experience the abundance of birdlife, wildlife and majestic marine mammals that call Hilton Head Island home. 


Embark on a Dolphin Experience

A dolphin encounter on Hilton Head Island should be #1 on your wildlife adventure bucket-list! Any aquatic adventure on Hilton Head Island offers the chance to encounter our friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat – but embarking on a dolphin watching tour is first prize!

On Hilton Head Island you’ll find everything from family-friendly dolphin tours and kid-centric pirate ship dolphin encounters to fishing charters, strand-feeding tours and romantic sunset cruises. Each experience offers a chance to get up close with our friendly, local dolphin pods and encounter Hilton Head’s friendly residents in their natural environment.


Paddle the Waterways

There are hidden creeks and waterways on Hilton Head that only a kayak or SUP can reach! Paddling and gliding through the salt marshes and shallow marsh creeks along the historic Calibogue Sound and waterways is an experience that puts you in the heart of Hilton Head’s natural landscapes. From ospreys, herons, eagles and oystercatchers to dolphins swimming alongside, it’s here you’ll find the most unique, personal encounters with the wild residents of Hilton Head Island. Book a tour or pick up a rental and adventure alone, Hilton Head Island offers eco-adventures for every traveler!


Take to the Skies

Not everyone likes their feet off the ground but, if you do, having a birds eye view of Hilton Head Island is the perfect opportunity for wildlife viewing. Soar hundreds of feet in the air on a Hilton Head parasailing adventure with dolphins swimming in the Calibogue Sound below and views as far as Daufuskie Island – or head to Adventure Hilton Head and zipline through the ancient pine forests with an abundance of birdlife and views of the island marshes.


Eco-Adventures in Sea Pines Forest Preserve

The 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a top destination for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, nature tours and eco-adventures on Hilton Head Island – a must for nature lovers visiting the island with swampy woods, marshes and lakes attracting an abundance of birdlife and wildlife.

Visitors to Sea Pines Forest Preserve can pick up a trail map to wildlife watch at their own pace, book eco-adventures along the waterways, wagon tours of the preserve, or horseback ride with Lawton Stables through Sea Pines Forest Preserve with wildlife encounters along the way. If you’re traveling with kids, visit the petting zoo at Lawton Stables to play with their local (and not so wild!) residents.  


Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is one of the top wildlife viewing and birding spots on Hilton Head Island, with tours and activities for every nature lover! The grounds offer visitors 68-acres of Lowcountry landscapes with wheelchair accessible walkways, boardwalks with spotting scopes, a butterfly house, and marsh tacky horses, a breed native to South Carolina.

The Coastal Discovery Museum offers amazing indoor exhibits and all kinds of tours and activities, on the grounds and beyond! Hilton Head tours from the Coastal Discovery Museum range from seasonal turtle talks and beach discovery tours, on land birding tours and boat tours along the waterways of Hilton Head Island.


The Audubon Newhall Preserve

The Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50-acre preserve located near the Sea Pines resort area. The preserve boasts five diverse ecosystems with tranquil trails through the wetlands and wilderness, forest canopies with birds and butterflies, native plants, and the chance to spot a Great Horned Owl on Hilton Head Island. The Audubon Newhall Preserve is a treasured wildlife habitat on Hilton Head Island and offers guided bird walks and nature walks for nature enthusiasts.


Visit Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Once an island lookout during the Civil War, Pinckney Island offers visitors to Hilton Head Island the ultimate escape in a Lowcountry wildlife refuge with 14 miles of trails through a variety of wildlife habitats home to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. 

Boasting over 4,000 acres of pristine tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and forestlands, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to white tailed deer, red foxes and racoons, rare bobcat sightings and beautiful birdlife including ibis, egrets and herons. Ibis Pond is a prime spot to relax with your binoculars and soak up the beauty of the South Carolina sea islands.


Boat Trip to Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a small and serene five by two mile island nestled between the South Carolina mainland and Hilton Head Island, abounding in natural beauty and wildlife. The ferry embarks daily from Buckingham Landing near the Hilton Head Island bridge for naturalists to explore the island alone or embark on a Daufuskie Island tour from Hilton Head Island where you’ll ride along with dolphins to bike or golf cart your way around Daufuskie Island, with wildlife opportunities at every turn.


Wildlife on Hilton Head Island Beaches

The wildlife on Hilton Head is found without effort on our miles of wild beaches. Our suggestion – walk or bike ride the shoreline from where the Calibogue Sound meets the Atlantic at South Beach to the remote shoreline of Fish Haul Creek and Mitchelville Beach near Port Royal Sound.

You’ll find wildlife encounters all along the shoreline – South Beach on Hilton Head Island is a prime spot for shore birds, and dolphins making their way to the Calibogue Sound, Fish Haul Creek and Mitchelville Beach overlooking Port Royal Sound are Hilton Head’s most natural beaches with maritime forests, boardwalks for wildlife viewing, historical sites and tidal flats teeming with shorebirds and crabs (best found at low tide!).


Stay with Sunset Rentals

Stay near Hilton Head’s top wildlife attractions with Sunset Rentals – the chances are you won’t have to leave home to experience some of the best wildlife viewing on Hilton Head.

Our selection of luxury Hilton Head Island vacation homes and villas are situated in the top resort areas of Hilton Head Island with luxury amenities, peaceful Lowcountry views, and opportunities for wildlife watching from your porch.


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 BEACH ACCESS


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.

PALMETTO DUNES 11-MILE LAGOON SYSTEM


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. 

GOLF COURSES 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!

TENNIS & RACQUET CLUBS IN PALMETTO DUNES


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!

WATER ACTIVITIES AT SHELTER COVE HARBOUR & MARINA


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.

SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS IN PALMETTO DUNES (and nearby!)


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.

GETTING AROUND PALMETTO DUNES


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!

WHERE TO STAY IN PALMETTO DUNES

Oceanfront in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island


#3 – BARRINGTON COURT

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.

#43 & 44 – WINDSOR PLACE & WINDSOR COURT

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.

#8 – HAMPTON PLACE

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.

#5 – CAPTAINS WALK

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.

#41 – VILLAMARE

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.

#4 – BEACH VILLAS

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


#42 – WENDOVER DUNES

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.

#13 – HUNTINGTON

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.

#1 – ABBINGTON

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.

#20 – MOORINGS

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.

#27 – OCEAN COVE

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!

#39 – TURNBERRY VILLAGE

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.  

#14 – INVERNESS VILLAGE

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. 

#35 – ST. ANDREWS

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.

#11 – HICKORY COVE

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.

#32 – QUEENS GRANT

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.

The Best Time to Visit Hilton Head Island – Weather Planner


Hilton Head Island is a destination for all seasons! Our beautiful barrier island 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 season brings new experiences, unique adventures, seasonal events and laid-back Lowcountry living on Hilton Head.

Winter: December, January & February

Average Temperatures: 40-70o F


The winter season is the quietest time of year for tourists on Hilton Head Island and makes for an idyllic low season beach vacation, romantic winter getaway or warm weather snowbird escape. January is the coldest month of the year with highs in the mid-60s and lows down to 40oF, but rarely dipping below. 

The water is too icy for swimming but it’s the perfect season for sightseeing Hilton Head, easy golf tee times, sunrise beach strolls, sunset cruises, fishing charters for exceptional sports fishing, horse riding and wildlife spotting in Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and hanging out at Hilton Head’s winter festivals.

Be sure to book your stay with Sunset Rentals to enjoy the top winter events on Hilton Head Island. Experience a warm coastal Christmas with family festivities, New Year’s Eve in Harbour Town, a sub-tropical Snow Day in January, or end the winter seafood season indulging in all you can eat oysters at the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in February.

Spring: March, April & May

Average Temperatures: March 60-70o F | April 60-70o F | May 70-80o F


A glimpse of spring weather has arrived, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is fine! Spring is a wonderful time of year to get a taste of summer of Hilton Head Island without the crowds, and with temperatures warming up for the beach, shoulder season rental rates, and vacation discounts.

You’ll need a coat for morning beach walks or patio dining on the waterfront, but the temps are warm during the day and shorts and tees are all you need to hike or bike the trails, tee off on a championship golf course or visit the top sights on Hilton Head Island. Be sure to pack your swimwear (and sunscreen) for beach picnics or a chilly dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Kick off the spring season at the weeklong Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival (March 20-26) , join golf pros and champions from around the world at the RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament in Sea Pines Resort (April 11-17) or if you’re keen to get on the water, plan a trip later in May when Hilton Head’s seasonal attractions and water sports outfitters start to open up for the summer season.

Summer: June, July & August

Average Temperatures: 80-90o F


Hilton Head Island is a pristine, warm and sunny coastal town so expect summer crowds! This is the most popular season to visit Hilton Head so be sure to book your vacation rental, beach gear, attraction tickets, and outdoor activities in advance to avoid disappointment and start planning your summer vacation activities with Sunset Rentals Ultimate Guide to Summer on Hilton Head Island.

In the summer months the temperatures reach the high-80s and often the 90s (with water temps in the mid-80s) so be prepared for hot, sunny days and wonderful tropical thunderstorms that bring refreshing and quick summer showers, a welcome reprieve from the heat and humidity!

For the ultimate summer vacation and island style living on Hilton Head, stay with Sunset Rentals. Our vacation homes and villas are located in the top resort areas of Hilton Head near world-class golf and tennis, shopping & dining, live entertainment and Hilton Head’s HarbourFest, a family-friendly celebration and weekly fireworks all summer long at Shelter Cove.

Fall: September, October & November

Average Temperatures: September 70-80o F | October 60-70o F | November 50-60o F


After schools go back, the crowds start to thin and cooler temperatures cruise in – but the warm, sunny beach days continue well into October with highs occasionally in the 80s. We’re back to shoulder season on Hilton Head – seasonal water activities have closed, summer traffic has disappeared, the beaches are quieter, and it’s the best season to get a great deal on your dream vacation home!

October and November have the lowest rainfall and are the best months for getting outdoors on Hilton Head Island. Book a tee time or hit the tennis courts at our world-class facilities, hike or bike the trails with prime birdwatching, beachcomb and build sandcastles along the shoreline, or brave the cooler waters for a tranquil SUP sunset.

If you’re planning a Hilton Head vacation with your pooch, the pet-friendly beaches are open all day during low season from October to February (unlike the summer months) and there are plenty of pet-friendly rentals, restaurants and activities on Hilton Head.

October marks the start of seafood season and our favorite Lowcountry tradition, Oyster Roasts! Harvest and host your own oyster roast to shuck & slurp with friends and family at home or plan your vacation around the family-friendly Hilton Head Oyster Festival at Shelter Cove in November, a celebration of Lowcountry tradition, local music and the freshest, flavorful oysters you’ll ever feast on! End the fall season at the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance in November, a 3-day classic car experience with over 500 classic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft on display.

A Guide to Hilton Head Island Beaches and Nature Preserves

Spend any season in our slice of paradise and you’ll understand why Hilton Head is the “Top Island in the Continental US” and continually voted one of the best vacation destinations in the world! Cross the bridge from Bluffton, step back in time in iconic Lowcountry landscapes, and experience luxury island style living among the unspoiled wildlife refuges, nature preserves and award-winning tropical beaches on Hilton Head Island.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND NATURE PRESERVES


Hilton Head’s wildlife refuges, natural preserves and historical parks feature in our Top Sights to See on Hilton Head Island. Raised wetland boardwalks and trails for hiking, biking and horse riding weave through coastal habitats with ancient dunes, wildlife and wildflowers, beautiful birdlife, and rentals, activities and guided tours for all ages to escape in an untouched natural setting, equally as alluring as our beautiful beaches.  

  • Sea Pines Forest Preserve
  • Audubon Newhall Preserve
  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Mitchelville Freedom Park

THE BEACHES OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND


Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of unspoiled, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean on the South Carolina coastline. Pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming! Our beaches are consistently voted among the best beaches in the USA and the world and are easily accessible by scenic bike rides, old-school trolleys and oceanfront rentals throughout the unique resort areas of the island. 

Hilton Head Island offers a unique beach vacation for every type of traveler. Whether you’re seeking a secluded stretch of sand, wildlife cruises and eco-tours, thrilling aquatic adventures, or a fun island vibe with sundowners and live music on the sand, you can experience it all on Hilton Head! Here’s our guide to beaches in the top resort areas of Hilton Head Island.

FOREST BEACH AREA

The Forest Beach Area is the “Hilton Head Hot Spot” located on the south end of Hilton Head between Shipyard and Sea Pines, and anchored by Coligny Plaza for shopping, dining and live entertainment to break up your day on the beach. 

Coligny Beach Park: The award-winning Coligny Beach Park is the most popular beach on Hilton Head and is centrally located an easy bike or trolley ride away from your vacation home. There’s excellent amenities, entertainment for the kids, summer rentals for beach and ocean activities, and the legendary Tiki Hut on the sand to end your day island style.

Alder Lane Beach: Alder Lane Beach is slightly away from the crowds, a mile south of Coligny Plaza on South Forest Beach Drive. The beach is less crowded with summer lifeguards for families, restrooms, outdoor showers and handicap matting for easy beach access.

SHIPYARD BEACH CLUB

The Shipyard Plantation is the smallest plantation on Hilton Head nestled oceanfront between Sea Pines Resort and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. While you’re only a short walk or bike ride from Coligny Beach and the Dunes House in Palmetto, guests of Shipyard have exclusive access to five-star amenities, an oceanfront deck, and a wide stretch of sandy beach at the oceanfront Shipyard Beach Club.  

SEA PINES BEACH CLUB

The Sea Pines Resort Area dominates the southern end of Hilton Head Island with 5 miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coastline, and private beach access to Sea Pines guests only. Ride your bikes to the boardwalks, hop on the Sea Pines Trolley to the Beach Club or stay oceanfront with a private boardwalk to a secluded stretch of beach. The Beach Club is a true island retreat with an oceanfront beach bar and restaurant, world-class amenities, and picture perfect white sands dotted with blue umbrellas and beach-goers soaking up the sun.

PALMETTO DUNES BEACH

The Palmetto Dunes Resort Area boasts 3-miles of pristine oceanfront beauty with wide sandy beaches, gentle ocean waters and super easy public beach access along Mooring Buoy, Ocean Lane and Dunes House. Ride your bikes, hop on the free Dunes Buggy or arrive early to find a parking spot at the oceanfront Dunes House, the perfect place to end your beach day with cool cocktails, fish tacos and ocean views in the laid-back beach bar and restaurant.  

MID-ISLAND BEACHES

As you head north from Palmetto Dunes, the beaches are quieter, and you’ll find hidden gems perfect for swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, beach picnics, and a scenic, fun-filled family day at the beach. 

Burkes Beach: For a pet-friendly beach day on Hilton Head, make your way to Burkes Beach. Burkes Beach is located next to Chaplin Community Park with parking, biking trails, sports courts, a playground, a dog park and trails to a wide, sandy, lifeguarded beach. 

Driessen Beach: Driessen Beach is another mid-island gem next to Burkes Beach at the end of Bradley Beach Road. A wooden boardwalk leads through a natural forest to a covered picnic pavilion, outdoor showers and restrooms, a water station and a beautiful stretch of shoreline with seasonal lifeguards for the kids to play safely in the ocean. 

Folly Field Beach: If you’re looking for the local hangout, you’ll find them away from the crowds at Folly Field Beach on Starfish Drive. Folly Field Beach has all the amenities of Coligny for a beach day and is the best place to learn to surf on Hilton Head! Go on, rent a board and ride the waves!

PORT ROYAL PLANTATION BEACHES

Staying in Port Royal gives you access to 19 beach walk paths on the historic Port Royal Sound and the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Islanders Beach Park is just north of Folly Field Beach and is one of the best family-friendly beaches on Hilton Head with a shady park and pavilion for picnics, a large playground, and a boardwalk to a wide, uncrowded beach. For shells, shorebirds and complete seclusion head to Fish Haul Beach Park overlooking the Port Royal Sound. This off-the-beaten path gem boasts untouched natural beauty with a boardwalk and observation deck for birdwatching, enchanting nature trails and a secluded shoreline (not recommended for swimming!).


Book Your Next Hilton Head Island Vacation with Sunset Rentals!

Sunset Rentals have been welcoming vacationers to Hilton Head Island since 1993, some have made it their home and many return year after year. We offer complimentary beach gear packages in select rentals, and we know where to stay & play on Hilton Head Island!

Hilton Head Island’s Top Sights & Historic Landmarks

Hilton Head Island’s Top
Sights & Historic Landmarks

The list of Hilton Head awards and accolades are too long to mention, but one thing we know for sure – Hilton Head is America’s Favorite Island! Nestled on the southern tip of the South Carolina coastline, Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, the natural beauty and old-world charm of a bygone era, historical landmarks, beautiful barrier islands, and a long list of new experiences and fun things to do. 

Plan your Hilton Head Island vacation with Sunset Rentals. We offer a hand-picked collection of over 200 HHI vacation homes and villas in the top resort areas, first-class guest services for a hassle-free vacation, and local vacation specialists for a personalized experience on Hilton Head Island.

Top 5 Sights to See on Hilton Head Island


Coligny Beach Park & Plaza

Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, sunbathe, or simply mingle with the crowds, Coligny Beach Park & Plaza in the Forest Beach Area is the heartbeat of Hilton Head Island! There’s over 60 stores for shopping, oceanfront dining, beachfront tiki bars, year-round entertainment for all ages, and Lowcountry Celebration Park with an adventure playground and interactive museum for the kids. Steps from the Plaza is Coligny Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the US, stretching for five miles along the Atlantic coastline for a picture-perfect beach day on Hilton Head.

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a top Hilton Head Island attraction with 605-acres of lush forests, eight miles of trails and boardwalks for hiking, biking and horse riding, stocked freshwater lakes with picnic tables and fishing docks, and the oldest known archeological site on Hilton Head Island, the Sea Pines Indian Shell Ring. The preserve offers fun family wagon rides, guided walks, alligator boat tours, and horseback rides through the Lowcountry landscapes with Lawton Stables.

Harbour Town at Sea Pines

Visiting Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort is one of the top things to do on Hilton Head! Aside from upscale shopping, scenic dining and live entertainment on the marina, visitors can climb the iconic candy caned striped historic Harbour Town Lighthouse, embark on a pirate cruise on the one of a kind Black Dagger, book tours and water activities on the Calibogue Sound, or quietly soak up the Lowcountry scenery and watch the crowds and colorful boats sail by. A day pass is required for guests staying outside Sea Pines Resort Area.

Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a small, 5-mile barrier island nestled between Hilton Head Island and the northern shoreline of Georgia, only accessible by boat. It’s a must for your Hilton Head Island vacation itinerary! Daufuskie has 3-miles of pristine untouched beaches to discover, and the island is scattered with colorful beach homes, historic lighthouses dating back to the 1800s, quaint art galleries, seafood-inspired restaurants, and awe-inspiring scenery. Book a guided Daufuskie Island tour from Shelter Cove Marina or explore alone – hop on the ferry for a scenic ride with prime dolphin spotting along the Intracoastal Waterway, cruise around the island by bike or golf cart, discover the rich history of the Gullah culture on a walking tour, horse ride at Haig Point, and soak up the sun and scenery on the uncrowded, untouched beaches of Daufuskie.

Shelter Cove Marina & Village

Shelter Cove is a world-class marina and open-air village located on Broad Creek, across from the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Indulge in Mediterranean-style retail therapy, award-winning waterfront dining, seasonal celebrations with family-friendly entertainment and fireworks, and endless water activities with boat rentals, fishing charters, eco-tours, party cruises or sunset sails from the marina.

Hilton Head Island Top 5 Historic Landmarks


Stoney-Baynard Ruins

In the early 18th century, Revolutionary War hero Captain Jack Stoney built the Baynard Plantation in Sea Pines, only to be destroyed and burnt to the ground in the Civil War. The Stoney-Baynard Ruins are all that remain today with the preserved tabby ruins of the grand antebellum mansion, slave quarters and outbuildings nestled in an old maritime forest, easily accessible on a short hike in the Sea Pines Resort area of Hilton Head.

Mitchelville Freedom Park

Mitchelville was a town founded by freed slaves in the 1861 Battle of Port Royal. Today, visitors to Hilton Head can walk the quiet trails leading through historic Mitchelville Freedom Park with the original site of Battle of Port Royal, historical remnants of the town, and access to an off the beaten path beach overlooking the sound, a prime Hilton Head destination for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, and history!

Sea Pines Indian Shell Ring

Nestled in the heart of Sea Pines Forest Preserve lies one of the oldest known Native American archeological sites on Hilton Head Island, the Sea Pines Indian Shell Ring. This historic shell ring measures 150 feet in diameter, dates back over 4,000 years, and is one of only 50 Shell Rings known to exist.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a top Hilton Head landmark and a haven for both nature-lovers and history buffs! Nestled between Hilton Head Island and the mainland, this 4,000-acre untamed, coastal wildlife refuge is home to an abundance of wildlife, over 250 species of birds and over 100 prehistoric and historic archeological sites showing signs of life on the island as far back as 8,000BC. Hiking and biking trails weave throughout the reserve with historical markers at notable landmarks.

Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum is located in a historic plantation home on 68 acres of forest and Lowcountry marshlands in Honey Horn. The museum is home to the Santa Elena Center highlighting the history of 16th century Hilton Head, nine historical buildings dating back to the 1800s and beautiful grounds with butterfly gardens, nature trails and an ancient 500-year old Southern Red Cedar. Hilton Head history comes alive for all ages at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Lowcountry Cuisine: Enjoy the Flavors of the Lowcountry

One of the ways the diversity of the U.S. is best experienced is through food. Different regions utilize different techniques and flavors in their cuisine. In the South, you’ll experience “Lowcountry cooking,” a unique and delicious style of food.

You’re probably wondering what exactly Lowcountry food is. To help you wrap your head around this regional cooking style, the team at Sunset Rentals has prepared a guide for you all about Lowcountry cuisine.

What is Lowcountry?

Before we dive into the specifics of Lowcountry cooking, it’s important to define the area we’re talking about where the Lowcountry is. Many represent the Lowcountry as the southern region of South Carolina’s coast. By most definitions, it includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties. However, depending on who you’re talking to, this area could be well expanded, even reaching as far as Georgia. 

What is Lowcountry Cooking?

Lowcountry cooking incorporates many of the different ingredients commonly found in the Lowcountry. That means dishes typically center around seafood, vegetables, and rice. It might not sound like much on paper, but with fresh ingredients and a great recipe, your mouth will be watering.  Perhaps the most famous example of Lowcountry cuisine is shrimp and grits. This traditional dish is commonly eaten for breakfast, but it’s just as good for lunch or supper.  Lowcountry boil, also known as Frogmore or Beaufort stew, is another classic Lowcountry dish. This boil, which features shellfish, corn, potatoes, and other vegetables, is common at gatherings or community events.  Soups and stews are other Lowcountry cooking staples. Gumbo is a great example of this. Gumbo consists of stock, meat or shellfish, celery, bell peppers, onions, and usually some additional spice.

Where to Try Lowcountry Cooking in Hilton Head Island

If you’re interested in getting a taste of Lowcountry cooking, you’re in luck; there are several outstanding restaurants on Hilton Head Island serving up these tasty dishes. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

Experience Lowcountry Food at a Vacation Rental in Hilton Head

You can delight in the fabulous flavors of Lowcountry cooking when you stay in Hilton Head Island. At Sunset Rentals, we have a variety of excellent vacation rentals that would be the perfect place to call home on your next getaway to Hilton Head Island. To stay with us, book direct or call our team at 843-785-6767.

A Romantic Winter Getaway on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is always a great place for a romantic getaway, but the island gets a little more romantic at the end of season. With the summer tourists gone, the island is quieter, making it easier to relax and let your stress melt away. You and your loved one will enjoy the crisp sea breeze and all of the romantic things to do in Hilton Head on your vacation. Sunset Rentals wants to help you plan an unforgettable romantic getaway to Hilton Head this winter. To assist you, we’ve created a helpful guide on romantic things to do in Hilton Head during your trip.


Take a Romantic Beach Walk

It might be a little too chilly to swim in the ocean when you visit Hilton Head in the winter, but nothing is stopping you from taking a romantic stroll on the beach. You and your partner will enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean on the best beaches in the country. The sea breeze is often crisp during this time, so pack a sweatshirt or windbreaker just in case you get cold. 

Visit Island Winery

If you and your loved one enjoy wine, be sure to check out Island Winery. Island Winery has been serving up tasty craft wine since 2006. When you visit, you can order your wine by the glass or by the bottle. They also offer both indoor and outdoor seating. While they don’t serve food, Island Winery would be a great place to pack a meal and have a romantic picnic with your partner.

Spend the Day Relaxing at a Spa

A day at the spa can be both relaxing and romantic. Luckily, Hilton Head is home to several amazing spas. The Indigo Spa was voted 2021’s best hotel spa in America by USA Today. If you’re looking for a “green” experience, Ahh Green Spa is Hilton Head’s first green spa, offering organic and vegan products. Are you looking for more options? We’ve compiled a list of other great spas on the island here.

Now that you’ve read up on some of the most romantic things to do in Hilton Head, it’s time to find the perfect rental for your special trip. Sunset Rentals provides a wide variety of Hilton Head vacation rentals, ensuring you find one that’s suitable for you. To book your romantic getaway to Hilton Head Island with Sunset Rentals, please check our availability online or give us a call at 1-800-276-8991.

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.