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Hilton Head Island Weather Provides Year-Round Outdoor Pleasure

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Few things in life may be more desirable than island weather. And Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is among the best. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, Hilton Head encompasses 42 square miles of semi-tropical, Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos, magnolias and live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach.

Hilton Head Island's Average Monthly Temps

Hilton Head Island’s weather is ideal for those seeking to explore the outdoors and soak up the sunshine. The island possesses a delightfully temperate and seasonal climate that is enjoyably warm throughout at least 80% of the calendar year. Hilton Head's year-round mild temperatures are briefly but pleasantly spiked with a wintertime change-of-season feel.

Springtime blooms early and fall late on Hilton Head Island. There are even days in the middle of December that edge up to low 70s and high 80s. Overall, the year-round average of midday and evening temperatures are approximately 75 and 55 degrees respectively.

Popular Hilton Head Island Outdoor Activities

For basking in the great outdoors, there may be no more beautiful or eventful place to be than on Hilton Head Island. With limitless things to do and a delightfully perennial climate beckoning to be savored throughout the seasons, Hilton Head is a natural magnet for a spectrum of sports, recreation and outdoor leisure. The Lowcountry serves up a wealth of opportunities for recreational indulgences.

woman and man on red bikes on bike path under palm trees

One of Hilton Head Island’s crown jewels, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has for more than a half-century provided everything an outdoor sportsperson could want — from golf to tennis, fishing, surfing or simply relaxing on the beach — whatever your family’s pleasure. When you choose Palmetto Dunes, you’re picking one of the premiere Hilton Head resorts for families.

At Palmetto Dunes, everything Hilton Head Island has to offer is at your fingertips. The beautiful beach and world-class golf are only the beginning. The best place for Hilton Head bike rentals and watersports is right here, along with our full-service marina, award-winning tennis and pickleball center, and a sweeping 11-mile lagoon for kayaking, fishing or simply getting back to nature.

The level of activity throughout the entire island is not limited to the golf courses and tennis courts, but is found on land, the beaches and the open waters. All it takes is a glance at the winding pathways that traverse the Hilton Head Island — you'll see bikers, joggers and walkers of all ages.

Hilton Head Outfitters in Palmetto Dunes offers the island’s largest selection of bike rentals. There’s also a large selection of sport and beach rental gear for fishing, kayaking, and surfing.

Enjoy Hilton Head From the Water

Though all sports are enjoyed here year-round, even water sports enthusiasts have an advantage on Hilton Head, since waters are warmed from the Gulf Stream, heating the sea to a year-round 69 degrees. And in the spring the ocean heats up quickly, beckoning in even the most particular swimmers and sun-worshippers for a dip.

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina across from Palmetto Dunes offers year-round waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment, and water sports, activities and tours. All kinds of water sports and activities may be enjoyed at our Hilton Head Island marina, from inshore and offshore fishing charters to sport crabbing, sailing and dolphin tours, sightseeing and nature excursions.

No matter what your age, skill or comfort level, from high-speed adventures on our 2-person catamaran boats to just cruising around the waterways, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you and your family make the most of your vacation.

From the serious angler who wants to target the monster fish or shark, to the small child that has never caught a fish, Shelter Cove Marina offers something for everyone. Climb aboard with our experienced captains and explore Hilton Head Island's inshore & nearshore waterways.

Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes has provided one of the richest vacation experiences in the country for decades, with more award-winning amenities than any other resort in the Southeast. With 2,000-acres of activities and ideal year-round weather, it’s no wonder Condé Nast named Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island one of the top resorts in the south in its Readers’ Traveler Choice Awards for the past three years in a row.

When you’re ready to enjoy some outdoor activities in perfect weather, Palmetto Dunes is ready for you. We look forward to exceeding your expectations and delivering an unsurpassed vacation experience in a warm, welcoming — and safe! — environment.

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