Hilton Head Tides Guide

If you’re like the rest of us, you probably don’t think about the tide when you’re planning for a day at the beach. That’s a problem, because the tide actually plays a huge role the characteristics of the beach itself. From the size of the waves, to the amount of shore space available, the difference between low and high tide can often be quite significant. That’s why we’ve created this Hilton Head tide chart, so that you’ll always be able to plan ahead when you head to the beach.

High Tide

When the moon is high in the sky, it’s gravitational pull takes hold of the ocean - creating a high tide. As the name suggests, this means that the water line comes up high on the shore, creating less beach “real estate”. This means that the higher the tide, the more potential there is for the beach to be crowded. But if you’re a surfer, high tide is the number one time to be out in the water. That’s because a high tide creates bigger waves, making for superior surfing conditions.

Low Tide

But the lower the moon is, the less gravitational pull it holds over the ocean. That leads to a lower water line (a.k.a. low tide). Opposite from high tide, the lower ocean tide creates more space on the shore itself. This means a less crowded beach, making it the perfect time to take the whole family. It’s also a great time of the day to bring kids to the beach, because there will be tidepools all along the shore for them to play in.

 

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