Welcome to the beach! As part of the wonderful beach community of Hilton Head Island, we designed this website to give you access to information you need to learn more about our beautiful Hilton Head Island Beaches and how to make the most of your time spent here.
Hilton Head, the largest resort island on the East Coast, is surrounded by water with one bridge connecting it to the mainland. Arrive by car, boat or air, but do visit this island paradise and see all that it has to offer. For more information on activities, a calendar of current events and happenings and other Island info, be sure to visit EnjoyHiltonHead.com.
Although well known for fabulous golf, our beaches are what bring families back year after year. Hilton Head offers about 14 miles of pristine beaches along the Atlantic Ocean coast, Calibogue Sound and Port Royal Sound, with some unique and beautiful vacation rental properties available right along the shore!
Hilton Head Island beaches are a very popular choice of vacation destinations among families, couples and sports enthusiasts who want to spend some time on the beach, in a relaxing, tropical environment that offers tons of activities for everyone.
While strolling along our beaches, you will surely notice the numbered markers, which lots of tourists ask about. These have been put in place to help identify the location to Town Emergency Responders. The numbers start at "one" on the Calibogue Beach at Lands End in Sea Pines Plantation and increment by one every tenth of a mile as you go North or East. Numbers ending in "A" "B" or "C" designate a location between the two numbers on either side and are not indicative of miles.
It is also important to note that the beaches slope very gradually in most areas. You can go out a long way from shore and still be able to stand with your head above water (there are some places where tidal currents produce deep holes, so be careful). This gradual slope inhibits wave action, so Hilton Head is not a place to surf unless you are just learning. It also means the tides have a very significant effect on the width of the beach.
The sand on Hilton Head beaches is hard packed enough to support a bicycle with wide tires, and biking on the beach at or near low tide is a popular pastime on the Island. Many vacation villa rentals come equipped with bicycles for your use and the Island also has several bicycle rental companies that offer free delivery to your accommodations.
No matter which Hilton Head Island Beach you choose, you are guaranteed to have a great time along the coast in the Carolina Sunshine!