Hilton Head Island is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, and rolling golf courses as far as the eye can see. But the island offers so much more than that, with gorgeous scenery, exciting adventures, and lots of nature to explore. Read our list of the best ways to experience Hilton Head’s beauty up close and make the most out of your next Palmetto Dunes vacation!
1. Nature Cruises at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
What’s more exciting than exploring nature and all of the beautiful wildlife species Hilton Head Island has to offer? Take the chance to get up close and personal with sightings of egrets, herons, osprey, bald eagles, pelicans, and bottlenose dolphins on one of Shelter Cove’s Nature Cruises!
These cruises offer one of the best ways to enjoy the South Carolina waterways. Make the most of your vacation and witness the true coastal beauty of the island for yourself.
2. Biking Around the Island
They say the best way to truly experience a place is on two feet, or perhaps even better, two wheels. Get lost on your next vacation with a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters. Palmetto Dunes alone offers nearly 5 miles of paved bike paths perfect for exploring, while Hilton Head offers more than 80 miles of trails that intertwine from one end of Hilton Head Island to the other, making it easy to explore. You can even bike on the beach for some gorgeous views. Veer off the beaten path and see more of the beauty of the island, while experiencing the beach, wildlife, and more!
3. Spot A Bottlenose Dolphin
Spot a bottlenose dolphin in its natural habitat on a Dolphin Cruise with Shelter Cove. The common local residents of Hilton Head can be seen frolicking in the water right before your eyes! While you’re at it you’ll get the chance to learn all about their social behaviour, feeding habits, and more.
4. Kayak Through the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon
The Palmetto Dunes lagoon is arguably one of the best places to view wildlife on the island and it’s a great place to experience total serenity. Take a scenic kayak ride at your own pace on the 11-mile inland lagoon system with its assortment of wildlife and large variety of fish. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous trees and relaxing calm waters! The lagoon is a must-see location if you want to have a relaxing and personal experience with nature.
5. Spend A Day Sailing
Just because you’re being adventurous and experiencing nature, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice relaxation! Set sail on the sea to take in Hilton Head Island’s picturesque scenery on pristine ocean blue waters. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers many wonderful sailing charters to choose from. Spend your day with the wind in your hair and the beauty of our breathtaking seascapes; it’s experience you’re sure not to forget anytime soon.
6. Fishing Charters
Whether you’re alone, with friends, or with your family, a fishing charter is a great way to get close to the Island’s marine life while partaking in a fun daytime activity. Hilton Head Outfitters offers a variety of fishing charters on our famous Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Waterway. The lagoon is home to a variety of saltwater species which holds giant redfish, trout, bluefish, black drum, flounder and even tarpon. Come out and see what new species you can catch on your next visit.
7. Two-Person Catamaran Rides
Nothing says summertime quite like some fun on the water. Experience the thrill of speeding along the Atlantic Ocean with the Shelter Cove Catamaran Rides. You’ll have the chance to drive your own 2-person catamaran boats around the Hilton Head waterways, while getting info from guides who are well-trained and know the water like the back of their hands. Get off of dry land on your next adventure and see the island from a different perspective.
8. Surf’s Up
Sometimes experiencing the beauty of a place is all about being close to nature and what it has to offer! With surf lessons on Hilton Head Island you’ll get the chance to be connected with the ocean and experience terrific views of the beach and water! Catching waves can be easy and enjoyable for all ages with our guided, experienced instructors. Lessons are taught on the beach at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, with plenty of time slots, making it an easy vacation outing to enjoy.
9. Fireworks Cruise
After a busy day of exploring the island, unwind with an activity that will allow you to kick back and relax, while being exposed to some beautiful views! Set out on for a Fireworks Cruise on the water at night, as the sky lights up with fireworks reflecting over the ocean. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view. A Fireworks Cruise is the perfect end to any day spent on Hilton Head Island.
10. Relax on the Beach
No list of Hilton Head Island would be complete without mentioning our pristine and gorgeous beaches. The island is known for its beaches, and Palmetto Dunes alone boasts three miles of beachfront, meaning there’s plenty of land for you to explore. See the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that captivate visitors, sit under the warm sun, smell the fresh ocean air, and perhaps even collect some seashells while you’re at it.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore—and don’t forget to share your photos with us using #PalmettoDunes on social media.
With gorgeous and pristine beaches, delicious dining, and an array of family-friendly activities, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect vacation destination to kick back and have some much-needed fun. There are endless options for family-friendly adventures so we compiled a list of our favorites to help make your vacation planning stress-free and, more importantly, fun for the whole family!
1. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Boat Tours
With a number of fun and exciting Boat Tours to choose from, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has a list of options that your family is sure to love! Whether it be spotting beautiful bluenose dolphins frolicking in the water, watching fireworks under the summer sky, having your kids dress up as pirates to search for lost treasure, or spotting the island’s gorgeous wildlife on a nature cruise, there’s something for everyone. The only hard part will be choosing which one!
Surf lessons on Hilton Head Island are perfect for the whole family, and a great excuse to spend your vacation soaking up the sun and smelling the fresh ocean air. Lessons are taught throughout the week just in front of The Dunes House, making it easily accessible right from your vacation rental. The lessons teach the basics of surfing and ocean safety, while creating a fun and exciting experience for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your family, a surfboard, and hit the water!
3. Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Fishing Charters
Fishing is fun for the whole family, especially on the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon, which is home to a variety of saltwater fish species. Hilton Head Outfitters offers fishing charters led by guides on a quiet boat which can accommodate up to four people. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful day on the water and want to learn the art of catch and release, this is the perfect day adventure for you and your loved ones!
Plan your fishing excursion.
4. Tennis or Pickleball
Whether you and your family have played tennis or pickleball in the past, or its your first time, we’ve got a number of options to ensure you have a great time on the court. If you’ve booked a vacation rental with Palmetto Dunes you can get access to two hours of free court time when they’re available with each night of your stay! Or, there are lessons and junior tennis programs for those looking for a more competitive edge. Either way, you’ll love spending time bonding with your family while getting active and learning a new skill.
5. Canoeing and Kayaking
We can’t seem to get enough of all of the exciting water sports that are offered at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers a number of canoe and kayak rentals, so why not venture out on an 11-mile long adventure right on the Palmetto Lagoon? With two-seater kayaks available for rent, and the minimum age being five, it’s a great way for you and your kids to get active and enjoy Hilton Head’s beautiful natural surroundings. So, come out and enjoy a true laidback, Lowcountry experience.
6. Beach Days
Would any list be complete without mentioning a fun family day spent on one of Hilton Head’s gorgeous beaches? The Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort boasts three miles of pristine beachfront for your enjoyment. Whether you and your family will be swimming, collecting shells, or building sandcastles, a day spent under the sun on a gorgeous beach will provide vacation memories that will last a lifetime!
Does this list have you itching to plan a family getaway? Check out our vacation packages, or call our reservations team at (855) 450-4861.
Whether you’ve visited Hilton Head Island before, or are in the mood for a brand new adventure, there’s never been a better time to plan a vacation to Palmetto Dunes! Don’t believe us? Here are 10 reasons to visit Palmetto Dunes in 2018.
1: It’s our Anniversary!
Did you know that 2018 is the 50th Anniversary of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? We’ll be celebrating throughout the year, and we want you to come join us! We’ll also be taking a look at five decades of history at Palmetto Dunes, so follow along as we collect 50 Stories for 50 Years at www.palmettodunes50.com.
2: Incredible Festivals
From the delectable Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in February to the annual Concours d’Elegance in October to our very own Harbourfest throughout the summer, there’s always an exciting event or festival happening on Hilton Head Island!
3: 30th Anniversary of Harbourfest
Speaking of Harbourfest, did you know that this year marks the 30th Anniversary of our favorite summer festival at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina? Stop by for weekly live music, fireworks, family fun, and more!
4: RBC Heritage turns 50
We aren’t the only ones celebrating a big anniversary! It’s also the 50th tournament of one of Hilton Head Island’s favorite golf tournaments, RBC Heritage. Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to stay for RBC Heritage—you’ll get all the golf action combined with characteristic lowcountry relaxation.
5: Outstanding Golf
It’s no secret that Hilton Head golf is some of the best around, and our award-winning golf courses have never been in better shape! So make sure you add a golf trip to your to-do list in 2018.
6: Beach, beach, and more beach
Three miles of pristine Hilton Head beachfront...it’s what keeps our guests coming back again and again and it’s a definite reason to add Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to your vacation bucket list this year.
7: More adventure than ever
Heading out on the open water from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is one of the most popular activities at Palmetto Dunes, and this year you’ve got more options for boating adventure than ever—and you can even book them online!
8: Beautiful new vacation homes
Spacious, beautifully appointed vacation homes with amenities like full kitchens, swimming pools, stunning views, and more are what sets a vacation at Palmetto Dunes apart. Whether you’ve visited us before and are looking for a new experience, or you’re looking to wow with your first trip to Hilton Head Island, our ever-growing selection of rental properties is sure to please.
9: Top Notch Instructors
Our award winning golf and tennis instructors will have your game in top form no matter what sport you prefer! Sign up for one of our daily clinics and lessons, or register for private instruction. If you’re looking to improve your swing or serve in 2018, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to practice.
10: Good eats
There’s nothing like good old fashioned Southern cooking, and at Palmetto Dunes you’re sure to find impressive lowcountry cuisine along with a delicious selection of global flavors at our many restaurants.
What are your reasons for planning a Palmetto Dunes vacation this year? Tell us! And if you need any help planning your stay, contact our vacation specialists.
Your idea of a perfect day is…
A) Sleeping in, finally finishing that novel you’ve been reading, some quality beach time, and heck, maybe even a trip to the spa, because you deserve it.
B) Waking up with a perfect cup of coffee, whipping up a decadent brunch, and then you’re basically just counting down to your dinner reservations at the hottest new restaurant.
C) Starting the day right with a morning jog or trip to the gym, and finishing it with a fun outdoor activity, preferably with friends.
D) It’s hard to say! You usually just head out the door and see where the day takes you.
The best adventures…
A) Are complete indulgences.
B) Are culinary adventures!
C) Make your heart pound.
D) Are unexpected detours.
Your favorite part of vacationing is…
A) Enjoying R&R with friends and loved ones.
B) Eating local food.
C) Finding a new thrill.
D) Getting to know a new destination inside and out.
What do you look up when you’re planning your vacation?
A) The best spas.
B) The hottest new restaurants (and their menus, of course).
C) Activities, activities, activities!
D) Excursions – you want to get to know the place you’re visiting!
What appeals the most to you?
A) A mani-pedi followed by a full body massage.
B) Checking out a restaurant you’ve never heard of based on a local recommendation.
C) Finally mastering your overhead serve.
D) Setting sail on an adventure.
Would you rather?
A) Spend the day poolside with a good book.
B) Instagram photos of your latest tasty meal.
C) Work up a sweat.
D) Visit a place you’ve never seen before.
What’s your favorite way to wind down at the end of the day?
A) Curling up with a glass of wine.
B) A sweet treat or indulgent chocolate to cap off the day.
C) Hiking somewhere to watch the sunset.
Scrolling through your photos of all of the places you discovered.
If you answered mostly As:
You love to relax.
A vacation for you is a chance to wind down and get away from it all. You’re not a big stickler for an itinerary, preferring to just relax and go with the flow. Luckily for you, there are plenty of easy ways to unwind at Palmetto Dunes! Of course, we’ve got three miles of stunning Hilton Head beach for you to enjoy, and with beach rentals like chairs and umbrellas available at Hilton Head Outfitters, you’ll be chilling at the beach in style. When you’re booking your vacation rental, look for one with a pool so you can lounge just outside your door, or a patio perfect for sipping a cup of coffee and soaking in the view. Hilton Head Island’s characteristic laidback, no-fuss lifestyle is perfect for you!
If you answered mostly Bs:
You’re a foodie.
There’s no shame in admitting it—you love food! Travel is a way for you to discover new dishes and flavors, and maybe even pick up some recipes to try on your own. Get excited, fellow foodie, because here in Lowcountry, we love food too. Try Southern Classics like fried chicken sliders and barbecue at Big Jim’s, or fried chicken at The General Store. Treat yourself to something a bit more decadent and upscale with an impeccable meal at Alexander’s Restaurant or ELA’s. Take advantage of the incredible seafood Hilton Head has to offer at Scott’s Fish Market—you can even sample authentic French pastries at The Hilton Head Social Bakery! If you’re really looking for a culinary treat, consider timing your stay with one of our food events, like the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in February, or The Dunes House’s annual Oyster Roast in the fall.
If you answered mostly Cs:
You love to stay active.
Whether at home or on vacation, you love to keep moving. At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to enjoy what you love best: having fun while staying fit. Make sure you grab a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters (if you order in advance, they’ll even have it waiting for you at your vacation rental!). From there, it’s up to you to choose the activity of the day. Sign up for a tennis lesson or round robin tournament—or try your hand at Pickleball! Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore Hilton Head’s stunning natural beauty while giving your arms and core a great workout. Our three-mile beach makes for a perfect morning jog, and of course, we can’t forget golf! Rent one of our Golf Bikes to add some cardio to your game.
If you answered mostly Ds:
You’re an explorer.
You love to see the sights, discover new places, and try new experiences. You’ll love strolling Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and the various excursions on offer there are perfect for you! Set out in search of marine life on a dolphin cruise or sail the open waters on a sailboat charter. You can even embark on a fishing expedition that not only lets you explore Hilton Head by water, but you might just reel in the catch of the day! If you prefer to explore on your own, rent a canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and spend an afternoon navigating Palmetto Dunes lagoon.
What a year it’s been! As 2017 comes to a close, we’re looking back on all of the fun we’ve shared throughout the year. From action-packed itineraries to Harbourfest adventures, tennis tournaments to #PDSummer fun, it’s been a blast!
To wrap up the year, we’ve gathered some of our most popular Palmetto Dunes photos to share. A lot of these incredible photos were taken by guests like you! We just love seeing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort through your eyes. Which one is your favorite?
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is on three miles of breathtaking Hilton Head beach, and it makes for a beautiful picture day or night.
We can’t decide what we love more, waking up to watch the sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach, or stopping by to see the sunset. One thing we know for sure is that we love the stunning photos taken by guests like you!
Photo credit: @vchrzanowski
Photo credit: @mkate105
It’s no secret that the best way to get around at Palmetto Dunes is by bike. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bikes of all sizes so the whole family can get out and explore. Based on these photos it looks like everyone’s favorite cycling destination is the beach!
Photo credit: @mikehikes626
Photo credit: @destinationangels
Speaking of Hilton Head Outfitters, this photo was another favorite this year. It’s always a great feeling when the Outfitters’ dock comes into view after a paddle on the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon.
We can’t forget about all of the incredible shops, restaurants, and views at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! A sunset stroll after a meal at Bistro 17 or a drink at Scott’s or San Miguel’s is the perfect way to end a day at Palmetto Dunes, and we love how this photo captures the calming beauty of the marina.
Photo credit: @dawncrna
We’ve said it before and we’ve said it again—there’s nothing quite like a Hilton Head sunset! Did you know that you can take a sunset cruise from Shelter Cove Marina? It’s a wonderful way to get out on the harbor and experience unobstructed views of the stunning Lowcountry sky.
Photo credit: @cocobrandi
Now, this is a familiar sight! Happy Holidays from all of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort—even Neptune! We can’t wait to welcome you in the New Year and see what adventures 2018 will bring.
Running on sand is more challenging than running on pavement, but it can make for a fantastic workout! The beach at Palmetto Dunes is ideal for running in many ways. It’s 3 miles long, which makes for a good 30-minute run, plus it has smooth sand, next to no rocks, and is relatively flat. So take your next jog through Palmetto Dunes off the trails and onto the beach!
The best time for a beach run is when the tide is low. The wet, packed sand the water leaves behind is firm and sturdy—much closer to pavement than its soft, dry neighbor. Check for tide times and weather conditions (or sneak a peek at The Dunes House’s webcam!)
Running on loose sand provides a unique kind of resistance training, and you’ll definitely feel it—particularly in your lower legs. You need more force to run on sand so it can take up to 1.6 times more effort (and consequently burn that many more calories, too). Don’t worry if you’re not running at your usual pace. Remember, you’re working so much harder! A slower pace allows you time to focus on your form.
If you’re new to beach running it’s also best to try your first few runs with your sneakers on. Running barefoot is more challenging than you may think! Your feet are used to support, and to the added cushioning your running shoes provide. You’ll more than likely feel the difference in your ankles, Achilles heel, and the top or arch of your feet should you try running on the beach barefoot. If you do want to try it, take it easy. Build strength in your feet gradually, starting with short 15–20 minute runs and increasing incrementally as your feet and body adapt and strengthen.
Photo credit: Brenda C.
Don’t forget to put on some sunscreen and wear some sunglasses. There’s rarely any shade on the beach and waters of the ocean reflect a lot of sunlight, which can make it quite bright when you’re running next to the waves. Some runners recommend prepping your feet with a bit of Vaseline to avoid and chafing or blisters should you get some sand in your shoes.
calming about running on the beach, especially if you leave your earbuds at
home in your vacation rental. The sound of the waves lapping on the shore
creates a relaxing natural rhythm that’s the perfect background noise to a
If you’re looking for more than a casual jog, an easy way to beef up your beach run is with a zig-zag drill. After a good 10-minute warm up on wet, hard sand, zig up to dry, soft sand for a one-minute sprint, before zagging back to the hard sand for a one–two-minute recovery. See if you can get 10 sprints in before cooling down with another 10-minute jog on the packed, wet sand.
And don’t forget: There’s no better way to reward yourself for a jog well done than refueling at The Dunes House! Carb-load with a tantalizing plate of nachos, or keep it light with a sandwich wrap. See you on the beach!
Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S. Not only that, our Lowcountry slice of paradise was listed as the second best island in the world! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.
10. The Convenience
With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!
9. The Adventure
Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.
8. The Wildlife
Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.
7. The Weather
We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.
6. The Laidback Lifestyle
There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.
5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.
4. The Food
There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.
3. The People
Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.
2. The Golfing
Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.
1. The Beaches
If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.
Summer has arrived on Hilton Head Island, and that means one thing: it’s time for sun, sand, and a drink in your hand! After all, the best way to cool down on a hot day is with a refreshing, summery beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of places to grab a delightful drink at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Here are ten island favorites.
The Dunes House
This beachfront eatery is a longstanding favorite with Palmetto Dunes guests and property owners. You simply can’t beat that ocean view! (See it for yourself by checking out the live webcam.) The Dunes House is famous for offering the best fish tacos on Hilton Head Island and a wide range of drinks served frozen or on the rocks.
Sip on this: The Arnie Palmer, a frozen cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.
This waterfront café brings French flair to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, with lunch and dinner menus featuring classic French cuisine. They offer a kids’ menu, so little ones can dine on chicken fingers or grilled cheese while the grownups indulge in favorites like escargot or mussels, paired with the perfect wine.
Sip on this: Rather than a cocktail, try something from Bistro 17’s extensive wine list.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Hilton Head Island guests and locals were thrilled when Alexander’s Restaurant reopened in March of 2017. The upscale seafood restaurant is back and better than ever, thanks to its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and a revamped atmosphere. The brand new stand-up bar is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends.
Must-Try Cocktail: Enjoy a glass of the house wine for only $4, or choose your favorite from a wine list of over 100 selections.
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Located in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors to Hilton Head Island love dining on authentic Mexican food at San Miguel’s – and taking in those incredible Shelter Cove sunsets while they’re at it.
Sip on this: Their award-winning Cadillac Margarita.
XO Sports & Spirits
Located at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, XO Sports & Spirits is a popular place to grab a drink and watch the game. They offer classic pub snacks like pimento cheese dip, wings, and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft, draft, and bottled beer.
Sip on this: The Peach Palmer includes Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, peach puree, and iced tea.
Scott’s Fish Market
This waterfront hotspot has been a Hilton Head Island favorite for over 25 years! The outdoor bar, “Hurricane Harry’s”, offers enticing happy hour deals and an assortment of tropical libations make it one of the best places to grab a drink at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Grab a seat at Scott's Fish Market on Tuesday nights during HarbourFest and enjoy a cocktail during the fireworks display!
Sip on this: Hurricane Harry’s Rum Runner includes dark and white rum, and tropical fruit juices like pineapple and mango.
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
One of the most popular restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ELA’s was even featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Lowcountry locals and visitors love the outdoor dining, live music, and fresh-caught seafood. It’s the perfect Hilton Head Island spot for a romantic date night. ELA's boasts a fantastic boutique wine list, quality scotches, and perfectly crafted cocktails.
Sip on this: The Lemon Basil Martini features Svedka Citron, Triple Sec, and a splash of orange juice with fresh basil and lemons.
For a casual and fun night out on Hilton Head Island, you can’t go wrong with Big Jim’s —especially if there’s a game on! Watch sports year-round on the restaurant’s big TVs, or sit outside and watch the action on the Robert Trent Jones course. Kids and adults love the menu of burgers, pizza, and other comfort food. Enjoy an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or one of Big Jim’s signature cocktails! Pro tip: Visit on Martini Monday for $6 martinis all day.
Sip on this: The Lowcountry Long Island Iced Tea includes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour Mix, and cola.
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
This family-owned waterfront restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is famous for its great Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and outdoor bar. Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can enjoy live music with your dinner or cocktail! Bucci’s happy hour, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a popular time to visit.
Sip on this: The tropical and tasty Bucci’s Delight!
Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge
Located at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, dining at this oceanfront restaurant is a must for seafood lovers.
Sip on this: The bartenders at Conroy’s will happily whip up a classic cocktail for you to toast your Hilton Head vacation.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with the flavorful Lebanese cuisine served up at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill located at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Sip on this: With such an extensive beer selection and excellent wine list, you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal!
Wherever you choose to say “cheers”, you’re bound to have a good time when you’re at Palmetto Dunes! Even better, challenge yourself to trying all ten. Start planning your next vacation by checking out these deals and packages. Scoring a great price on your next Hilton Head Island getaway will give you something to toast to.
Hilton Head Island has everything you need for the perfect vacation! Beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people, stunning scenery, top-notch golf, there’s no end to all of the things you can experience! But there are some things that you can only experience at Palmetto Dunes. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Palmetto Dunes vacation so you can cross these one-of-a-kind activities off your list.
1. Outdoor Pickleball
Pickleball is one of America’s fastest growing sports. This fast-paced paddle racket sport is often played in gymnasiums but at Palmetto Dunes you can play it outdoors in the South Carolina sunshine! Our tennis center offers 8 outdoor Pickleball courts and a variety of round robins, clinics and lessons for players of all ages and skill levels.
2. Lagoon Fishing
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is one of our most unique features. It not only helped create the dunes our beach is famous for, it’s a vibrant ecosystem that weaves its way past our golf courses and through the property. The lagoon is home to a variety of fish and the experts at Palmetto Lagoon Fishing Charters have all of the gear and knowledge you need to land a catch!
3. See a Mermaid
The waters of Hilton Head Island are home to an astounding array of marine life, but, if you head out from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at Palmetto Dunes, you just might see the most elusive and mystical marine creature of all: the mermaid! This one-of-a-kind experience is a memorable family excursion and a fun experience for kids of all ages.
4. Fried Chicken at The General Store
If you don’t think the fried chicken at The General Store is an experience then you haven’t tried it! It’s no secret that fried chicken is a staple of Southern cuisine, and the homemade recipe that’s made daily at The General Store is crispy, juicy, and just plain delicious!
5. Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Summer in Hilton Head isn’t complete without the weekly fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Join us throughout the summer for HarbourFest, and experience all that Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has to offer, plus live music, family entertainment, and of course fireworks!
There’s no doubt that Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Vacation rentals and vacation homes provide space for everyone, as well as the convenience of a cooking space, and in some cases even an on-site pool. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike equipment in all sizes so you can be sure your little ones are cycling safely. Best of all, Palmetto Dunes offers some fun activities and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. Don’t believe us? Check out our Family Itinerary!
There’s no better way to explore Hilton Head Island than by bike, so first stop on our Family Itinerary is Hilton Head Outfitters! Did you know that you can reserve your bike in advance and they will deliver your bike right to your rental unit? Mine was waiting for me when I arrived, ready to roll as soon as I had settled in and wanted to head out exploring. If your child is still learning to bike, rent a kid’s beach cruiser with training wheels or a tag-a-long bike attachment. Child seats and kiddie carts allow even the smallest of your brood to enjoy the ride.
To start my day with an unbeatable breakfast, I headed to The General Store. This bustling hub is an excellent starting point for a day of adventure. After fueling up on eggs, bacon and grits, I headed off to Hilton Head Outfitters for a morning of paddling and nature exploring on Palmetto Dunes’ lagoon.
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is ideal for novice paddlers. No large boats are allowed in the lagoon, and any motorboats must be electric in order to preserve the lagoon’s pristine environment. This makes for an incredibly peaceful and calm paddle. One of the things I’ll never forget from my kayak trip was the wildlife I was able to witness up close and personal! Brave baitfish leaping out of the water. Cormorants drying their wings, egrets and heron patrolling the water’s edge, turtles sunning, even a small herd of deer enjoying some shade by the lagoon!
A morning of cycling and water sports drums up quite the appetite! For a Mexican feast fit for a family, we dined at San Miguel’s. Complete with a kid’s menu that doubles as a coloring page, this Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina restaurant is a delightful place to stop for a family meal. (And the queso dip was delicious!)
One of the most exciting items that is included in our Family Itinerary is a dolphin watching tour! I couldn’t wait to get back out onto the open water to see what other wildlife I could find. There are some excellent charters and cruises available at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and many of them can even be booked online! We boarded the Dolphin Seafari and set sail. This time of year you’re less likely to see as many dolphins as you can see in the height of summer, but we were fortunate enough to see a few as we traveled out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and into Broad Creek. The crew on Dolphin Seafari were really knowledgeable. I learned all about local shellfish and fish, and was told that in the summer months they’ll pull up local sea creatures to create an onboard aquarium for kids to enjoy! If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even catch glimpse of a mermaid sunning on a rock while cruising with Dolphin Seafari. What fun!
The winner of our Family Itinerary will receive a dining certificate so you can wrap up a busy day of family fun with some delicious eats! I headed to Big Jim’s. The convenient location, homemade Lowcountry cooking, and casual atmosphere made the perfect recipe for an easy and delightful dinner.
By now your kids might be worn out, but if not I highly recommend an evening walk—or bike ride—on the beach. As for me, I headed to my vacation rental where I relaxed while watching a DVD and went to bed in anticipation of another exciting and eventful day at Palmetto Dunes.
Are you dreaming of a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Family Itinerary! Visit our blog for more information on the Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest as well as details on our sports and romance itineraries.