Hilton Head Island Beaches
Lounge on the beach. Swim in the surf. Work on your tan.
If you want more excitement than a beach chair provides, rent a wave runner by the hour and experience the thrill of "motorcycling" on water. Or, for those who would "rise above it all", try parasailing – a soaring adventure that's sure to be the "high time" of your visit. Towed by a speedboat, you'll command a bird's eye view of the Island from your parachute!
Hilton Head offers nearly 12 miles of beach, most of it is along the Atlantic Ocean, some along Calibogue Sound, some on Port Royal Sound at Port Royal Plantation and Hilton Head Plantation has a small beach next to Dolphin Head, also on the Port Royal Sound. The newly opened Fish Haul Creek Park offers little known access to a beach on Port Royal Sound.
The sand below the mid tide line is usually hard packed enough to support a bicycle with wide tires, and biking on the beach at or near low tide is a popular pastime (be warned that hitting a patch of soft sand will bring you to a very sudden stop). Beach bikers have learned to check the wind direction before heading out - riding into the wind is like riding uphill, and vice versa.
There are six "public access" beach areas popular with visitors (five are attended by life guards from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day). Pay parking is available at all but the Islander's Beach Park, and there are reserved parking spots for those who purchase annual beach tags (available to Hilton Head property owners only).