Hilton Head Island is a unique and fun-filled vacation destination. Discovered in 1663 by Captain William Hilton, the island is rich in history, wild life, and outdoor activities. Hilton Head Island is an extraordinary place to make memories and escape from the stresses of your every day life.

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Because every day should feel like a day at the beach
— Wilton Artisans

Hilton head island facts:

  • The local population of Hilton Head Island is only 39,000 but with over 2.5 million visitors a year, it never feels that small!
  • The average year-round temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature average is also 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Our tide changes 6-10 feet every 6 hours.
  • Hilton Head Island has 12 miles of beautiful beaches, all open to the public!
  • There are over 1 million rounds of golf played every year!
  • Hilton Head Island was the first Eco-planned vacation destination in the United States!
  • Over 250 species of birds call Hilton Head Island "home" through the year
  • There are 114 steps to climb to get to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse!

 

  • The PGA Heritage Golf Tournament is played in Harbour Town every year.
  • Hilton Head Island has over 20 golf courses!
  • There are 60 miles of public bike trails on the island, plus 50 miles of bike trails within private developments!
  • There are over 250 restaurants on this small island!
  • There is not a single billboard on the island and all of the signs are close to the ground and painted with a specific natural paint color.
  • There are over 2,000 shops on Hilton Head Island and over 300 tennis courts!
  • We became the Town of Hilton Head in 1983.
  • Over the years, Hilton Head has been and still is "home" for select celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Bob Hope, Michael Jorden, and Stan Smith.

PUBLIC BEACH ACCESS

There are several public beaches on Hilton Head Island. It is an island, after all!

Hilton Head is a very pet friendly island as well, however to respect others dogs are only allowed on the beach (on leash or positive voice control) between Memorial Day and Labour Day before 10am and after 5pm, the rest of the year they are allowed all day long as long as they are leashed or on positive voice control.

All of Hilton Head's 12 miles of beaches are public, however getting to them is not always easy. Hilton Head Island has beach accesses at the following locations: 

  • Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Drive
  • Burkes Beach Access, at the end of Burkes Beach Road - if it's a busy beach day, this is the perfect beach to go to! With a huge parking lot at Chaplin Community Park, and free parking it's the way to go! However, it is quite a hike to the beach from the parking lot.
  • Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle - located at the south end of the island, Coligny has a large parking lot with free parking. With restrooms, boardwalk, changing rooms, and fountain it makes a great beach to take the kids to! Not to mention it is also close to local shopping and dining. Because of this, and it's location, it has become quite the hang out so it can get very crowded.
  • Driessen Beach Park, at the end of Bradley Beach Road - this beach has a large parking lot with metered parking. It also has a boardwalk to the beach, restrooms, a picnic area and a playground, making it a great beach to spend the day!
  • Fish Haul Park, at the end of Beach City Road
  • Folly Field Beach Park, off Folly Field Road - with a small metered parking lot, a boardwalk to the beach, and restroom facilities, this is a great beach! However don't go during a busy beach day if you're driving because finding a parking spot can be quite tricky.
  • Islanders Beach Park, off Folly Field Road - this beach is for the locals! There is a large parking lot for locals with beach passes as well as a boardwalk to the beach, restrooms, and a playground.
  • Mitchelville Beach Park, off Beach City Road - located on the north end of the island, this beach is fairly secluded with a small parking lot with free parking. However, there is quite a hike to the beach from the parking lot.