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Benefits of booking with Palmetto Dunes:

  • Up to 20% off resort dining, bike rentals, golf and more!
  • Complimentary Tennis & Pickleball court time when available.
  • Save more when you stay longer! Ask our vacation rental experts.
  • Palmetto Dunes Rentals are exclusively for 3 – 7+ nights.
  • Some rentals may require Saturday to Saturday summer stays.

Home & Villa Rental Frequently Asked Questions

Tee Times

Tee Times

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Benefits of playing at Palmetto Dunes:

  • Book online in advance and save up to 15%!
  • Multi-round rates available. Call to start saving.
  • Three distinct and memorable championship courses you'll love to come back to. Which one will be your favorite?

Golf Course Frequently Asked Questions



Bike Rentals & More

Bike/Beach Rentals & Lagoon Activities

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Benefits of renting at Palmetto Dunes:

  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
  • Free delivery/pickup for 3+ day rentals. On-site hourly rentals available. Same day delivery available before 4 p.m.
  • Island's largest assortment of bikes, kayaks/canoes & beach accessories.

Bike Rentals and Other Frequently Asked Questions



Fishing & Water Sports

Marina Fishing & Water Sports

Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

Shelter Cove Marina Frequently Asked Questions

Resort Blog

  • Posted on 19th Oct 2015, 5:04 pm

    12 Tips for Taking the Perfect Travel Photo at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

    1. TAKE THE PHOTO HORIZONTALLY

    Hold your camera or phone in a horizontal position. This way, you can capture more stunning Hilton Head scenery and then crop for Instagram if you need to.

    2. KNOW YOUR CAMERA

    Whether you have the latest and greatest professional camera or simply your cell phone, know the tool you are working with.

    Digital cameras have tons of setting options to allow you the best photo possible. Read your camera’s manual to make the most of each photo.

    Who needs a fancy camera when you always have your phone on hand? Your smartphone can take beautiful pictures too! Learning the settings of your camera and how to use them makes taking brilliant photos a snap!

    3. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

    Don’t hesitate to get dirty! How cool would a picture of the waves rolling in be if it was taken from the sand instead of standing at the water’s edge? Think outside the box to find unique camera angles that capture an image in an unexpected way.

    4. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THIRD-PARTY APPS

    Explore your phone’s app store for a variety of camera apps and photo editors. Apps allow you to tweak the brightness, colors and sharpness of your image, and often have cool filters too! Change a photo from good to great with the help of a little “studio work”. Some of our favorites are: VSCOcam, Camu (iPhone only) and PicsArt.

    5. FOCUS YOUR SHOT

    Most mobile cameras allow you to focus the photo by pressing your finger on the screen where you want to center the focus. This can be a helpful tool when trying to take a portrait of the family before an awesome kayaking trip with Hilton Head Outfitters, or to kick it up a notch and focus on the condensation of your perfectly frozen drink at the Dunes House. Making the focal point of your photo stand out makes for excellent pictures.

    6. LIGHTING IS ESSENTIAL

    Is there anything more beautiful than watching your kids nap on the beach as the sun sets after a long day of playing in the ocean? Can anything outdo the view on Jones Hole 10 as the sun climbs into the sky? It’s important to think of the lighting when you’re capturing these memories with your camera. Is the light in front or behind you? Is it harsh and casting shadows or causing a soft glow? We love soft lighting, like at sunrise and sunset; the silhouettes are uncanny.

    7. BECOME ONE WITH NATURE

    Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place. Capture Hilton Head Island wildlife with some nature shots! Clouds, birds, gators, sunrays, and even rainstorms make for stunning imagery. Make use of a good zoom lens to capture the detail of bird in the distance, or use burst mode or a faster shutter speed to get the perfect shot of a gator as it shoots by. Walk, kayak, or ride your bike, and make the time to take it in.

    8. TAKE A BIG BITE

    Apps like Instagram have us drooling over delicious food all the time. Why not add some foodie shots into your vacation album? Try framing one of Big Jim’s mouth-watering burgers, or snap a shot of your buddy taking the first sip of a cold beer after 18-holes on Hills.

    9. MIND THE RULE OF THIRDS

    Placing the subject of your photo off-center is an example of the rule of thirds and can often make for a more interesting photo. Many cameras and phone cameras have grid functions to help you align your focal point (think 18th green flag).

    10. CHECK YOUR FRAME

    Nothing can ruin a photo like a stranger strolling through your special moment or one of the kids picking their nose during your family portrait. Check the frame to make sure your photo is capturing exactly what you want. When in doubt – take another!

    11. CLEAN THE LENS

    It’s important to clean the lens of your camera - especially when using your phone. Post bike ride you might have some glistening sweat to clear, or after a Palmetto Dunes General Store visit you might need to rid the lens of the legendary cinnamon roll icing. A clean lens means clarity and sharpness in your pics.

    12. LET GO!

    Forgo the filter! Don’t suck in for your bathing suit photo! Who cares if Tommy has ice cream stains on his brand new shirt? The best part about being on vacation is relaxing and experiencing new things with your loved ones. So let loose! Sometimes the best photos are taken when no one is paying attention, and instead they are just enjoying their time at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    Have a photo tip to share? Comment below! Want to share your favorite vacation photos with Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PalmettoDunesSC and “Like” us on Facebook. Say cheese and use the hashtag #PalmettoDunes!

  • Posted on 12th Oct 2015, 4:31 pm

    Have a pet-friendly vacation at Palmetto Dunes

    We know that your dog is part of the family. So if you’re heading to Palmetto Dunes this winter, bring your furry friend with you!

    From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas we have incredible Palmetto Dunes properties that are pet-friendly and have enough room for everyone to enjoy their time on Hilton Head Island!

    We think your dog is going to love Hilton Head Island as much as you do! Hilton Head beaches are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, so grab your leash and head to the beach! There’s no better way to start the day than with a seaside stroll with your pooch.

    If your dog loves to be surrounded by action, head to the boardwalk at Shelter Cove Harbour. Between the restaurants, shops and bustling activity, there will be no shortage of new sights and smells for you and your dog to discover!

    So grab your pug or your poodle, or dachshund or doodle and head to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! Check out all of our dog friendly vacation rentals here.

    (photo credit: moonlightproductions)

  • Posted on 7th Sep 2015, 3:01 pm

    Top Five Free Apps to Download Before Your Hilton Head Island Vacation

    1. PACK POINT – Free

    Before arriving to Hilton Head Island, turn to PackPoint, a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner perfect for every family on the go! Eliminate the worry of forgetting the essentials (from your favorite waterproof mascara to the baby’s favorite pacifier) and keep yourself from over packing car with non-essentials. Once your build your packing list in the app, you can share with your friends and family in case they need help packing too! You can even select the types of activities you are participating in during your vacation and PackPoint will help you choose the right items, even taking weather into consideration.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    2. INSTAGRAM - Free

    Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably already heard of or have already downloaded Instagram. This free photo sharing and editing tool will take your Hilton Head Island vacation photos to the next level! Not only can you share your awesome experiences and photos from your trip, but you can follow Hilton Head Island accounts for great suggestions of what to do, where to eat and what you need to see.

    Follow these Hilton Head Island Instagrammers for the inside scoop:
    @PalmettoDunesSC
    @VisitHiltonHead
    @CH2HHIMag

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    3. HILTON HEAD ISLAND COMPASS - Free

    Download the Hilton Head Island Compass app to build your own custom Hilton Head Island experience! The app serves as an interactive map to find activities, restaurants and special offers nearby. You can also search for activities to create your own itinerary with restaurants, beaches, shopping and everything in between. Check-in to receive exclusive deals from your favorite places. Make sure to review Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s golf courses, Tennis Center, Hilton Head Outfitters, Big Jim’s and the Dunes House.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    4. PALMETTO DUNES GOLF APP - Free

    Enhance your ultimate golf vacation with the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App! The app allows you to receive notifications with exclusive offers and tee time specials. You can book your tee time directly from the app! During play, take advantage of the interactive scorecard, GPS system, hole descriptions, playing tips, live tournaments and leader board, course tours, Facebook sharing and even order lunch from the food & beverage menu.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    5. CHARITY MILES - Free

    The best part of vacationing on Hilton Head Island is enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches, shady bike paths and endless walking/jogging trails. More and more, people want to stay active while on vacation and “Charity Miles” provides an added bonus! “Charity Miles” is an app available for iOS and Andriod and donates money to a charitable cause on your behalf for every mile that you run, walk or ride your bicycle. Now, you can burn calories, spend quality time with your family and donate to a great cause simultaneously! You do not have to solicit donations, just launch the app, pick a charity and hit the ground running (or the beach walking, or the pavement walking)!

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play

  • Posted on 31st Aug 2015, 10:10 am

    Palmetto Dunes Adventure Bucket List

    Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to vacation, whether you love to sit back and relax or are an outdoor adventure junkie! Here’s our list of Palmetto Dunes adventures that you cannot miss.

    Fishing Expedition

    Whether you’re looking to try fishing for the first time, or are an adept angler, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time sport fishing off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Sea bass, mackerel, barracuda, red fish and even sharks have been caught on our fishing expeditions! Head to Shelter Cove Marina to set off on your fishing adventure.

    Explore the ‘Outback’ by Kayak

    If you think Hilton Head Island is beautiful on land, wait until you’ve seen it from the water. Rent a kayak and head out to explore the 11-miles of lagoons on the island. Or, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, why not take advantage of our Outback tour, where you’ll head to Page Island, a stunning secluded area that will put you right in the thick of Hilton Head wildlife.

    Make a Splash

    Now that you’ve been out on the water, it’s time to try skimming on top of it! Grab the family or a group of friends to board the Centurion for a day full of wakrboarding, wakesurfing, wakeskating, waterskiing, kneeboarding and tubing. Just call the Shelter Cove Marina Ship’s Store at 843-842-7001 to book your adventure today.

    Hit the Surf

    Learn to hang ten with professional instructors at the Hilton Head Outfitters’ Surf School! You’ll be ready to brave the waves after our 90 minute session and then it’s time to get out there and catch a few! Already know the basics? You can rent surfboards from Hilton Head Outfitters too.

    Freewheeling

    It’s no secret that bikes are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island. Make your own adventure by renting a bike and hitting the road. See what wildlife you can spot, whether it’s dolphins off shore, pelicans on the beach, gators in a lagoon, or deer in a field. When you’re biking around Hilton Head Island, you never know what you’ll discover next!

    So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Palmetto Dunes, and let the adventure begin!


  • Posted on 24th Aug 2015, 1:11 pm

    Infographic: Palmetto Dunes By Numbers

    Fall is almost here and the weather is cooling off. But that doesn’t mean the fun is stopping! Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy sports and outdoor activities at Palmetto Dunes Resort. We created a fun infographic to show how much fun you can have this fall!


    One of the most unique things about Palmetto Dunes is our lagoon. Did you know that it’s 11 miles long? The waters are calm, making kayaking or canoeing a great family activity. Your kids will have so much fun spotting the different kinds of wildlife.

    There are 3,000 bikes at Hilton Head Outfitters, including one with your name on it. Book ahead, and have it delivered to your vacation home or villa. Talk about easy riding! You can ride your bike along the three miles of pristine beachfront at our resort – or just grab a chair, a good book, and relax.

    If golf is your game, fall is a great time to visit! Our 54 holes of golf can keep you entertained for days. Book online in advance to save up to 30%!

    After all that kayaking, golfing and biking, you’ve probably worked up an appetite! Luckily, there are 11 different restaurants to try out while you’re here. Sample the frozen cocktails at Dunes House, stop by the General Store for their famous fried chicken, or have a romantic date night at HH Prime.

    That’s not all! Did you know that the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center boasts the most courts of all of Hilton Head Island? Tennis fans love our 23 clay and two Nova ProBounce courts, our daily round-robin tournaments, and our world-renowned tennis instruction!

    What are you waiting for? The perfect fall adventure awaits. Here’s one more number: Call 1-877-567-6511 to get started!

  • Posted on 10th Aug 2015, 8:44 am

    Download These Free Summer Printables!

    We don’t know about you, but we’re not ready to say goodbye to summer. There are still plenty of beach days left here on Hilton Head Island!

    But if you can’t make it to Palmetto Dunes, here’s the next best thing: affordable beach-inspired decor! These summery printables for the home let you add a little coastal flair to your decor, without breaking the bank. They’re FREE!

    Simply send an email to palmettosocial@gmail.com or comment with your email address below, and we’ll send you ten fabulous prints that are inspired by Lowcountry living.

    What are you waiting for? Print off your new pieces of art, pour yourself a sweet tea, and pretend you’re relaxing at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

  • Posted on 3rd Jul 2015, 8:17 pm

    Top Five Instagram Posts in June

    Summer is in full swing, and we love following along on your adventures! If you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, tag your Instagram photos with #PalmettoDunes. There were so many great posts in June, it was nearly impossible to choose just five to highlight.

    Instagramer @stillscapes shared this photo of one of San Miguel’s famous margaritas! What’s your vacation cocktail of choice? With seven different dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour, the options are plentiful!

    Hold on… let me take a selfie! After all, you’ll want to remember the family fun you have at Palmetto Dunes. Instagramer @sheiswoven snapped this photo of her “canoe crew” while exploring our lagoon system.

    Did you know that you can book canoes & kayaks online before your vacation? It’s true! Visit Hilton Head Outfitters for more info.


    Why do Palmetto Dunes guests take the best sunrise and sunset photos? Because Hilton Head Island is home to the best sunrises and sunsets! Instagramer @mrs_gabby_photos snapped a pic of the gorgeous pink and purple sky while she was strolling along Palmetto Dunes Beach.

    One of the best things about staying at Palmetto Dunes is being surrounded by nature. Twitter user @AroundIndy woke up to find these new friends right in his vacation home’s backyard!


    Last but not least, we had to share this photo that Twitter user @TotalGolfTravel shared of the iconic Robert Trent Jones course! If you’ve golfed there before, we bet you know which hole this is. Take an online hole-by-hole tour!

    Stay tuned for more guest photography from July! In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at Instagram.com/PalmettoDunesSC.


  • Posted on 5th Jun 2015, 11:29 am

    The Top Five Instagrams by Palmetto Dunes Guests

    Did you visit Palmetto Dunes last month? If so, we hope you shared photos from your trip! Tag your photos #PalmettoDunes, and you might see them shared on our social channels, or here on this blog!

    Instagramer @101ThingsILove shared this photo and said “Hard to get sick of this view.” Truer words were never spoken! That’s why guests love returning to Palmetto Dunes year after year.

    Don’t you just love a good round of golf on a sunny Spring day? We have three incredible courses for you to play. Instagramer @jasonphess snapped this photo while playing the Robert Trent Jones course.

    Time flies when you’re having fun! Harry S. and his family went on an eight-mile bike ride during their vacation. You can make your vacation even easier by booking your bicycles online, and having them delivered before you arrive.

    Wow, doesn’t this look like heaven? Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach is so peaceful. Instagramer @elfernandoville posted this gorgeous shot. What’s your favorite time to take a stroll on the beach?

    Gator alert! You’ll see plenty of wildlife when you stay at Palmetto Dunes. @Zalesc shared this awesome photo with us on Twitter.

    Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us last month! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.

  • Posted on 5th Jun 2015, 11:12 am

    #MyIslandTime: Win a Stay at Palmetto Dunes Resort!

    Vacations shouldn’t be go, go, go. They should be slow, slow, slow. Here on Hilton Head Island, we travel at our own pace. And when you vacation at Palmetto Dunes, you do too. You’re living on island time now.

    This summer, tag your Palmetto Dunes vacation photos or videos with #MyIslandTime on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You could win another stay at our resort this fall!

    Make sure you visit hiltonheadisland.org/myislandtime to enter the contest. If you win, you’ll receive a three-night stay at Palmetto Dunes, with complimentary bicycle and kayak rentals!

  • Posted on 1st May 2015, 10:44 am

    The Top Five Instagrams by Palmetto Dunes Guests: April Edition

    What do you love about Spring in lowcountry? Maybe it’s seeing the flowers bloom, or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on a warm day. Spring is perfect weather for golf and tennis, or to simply lounge by the pool. What we love about Spring is seeing your incredible vacation photos!

    We asked you to share your photos with us on social media by tagging them #PalmettoDunes, and you delivered! Here are five of our favorites from the month of April.

    Instagramer @cherylgirl36 snapped this photo during a scavenger hunt. Sounds like fun!

    John F. Kennedy once said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” We couldn’t agree more! Bikes are fun, relaxing, and a great way to explore the resort. Instagramer @101ThingsILove rented a bike during her Spring Break, and shared this great photo!

    Did you know that you can rent your bike in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters? They’ll even deliver it to your vacation rental, and pick it up when you’re done.

    Another favorite Springtime activity is tennis! Not only is tennis a great workout, it’s also a fun social activity. Instagramer @artnsole shared this photo from her visit to the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center.

    Check out this action shot! Instagramer @meegsmcswain shared this photo and said “Great day for some golf at #PalmettoDunes!”

    Tennis, biking and golf are great, but sometimes you just want to relax and catch a few rays. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. Palmetto Dunes features three miles of pristine beachfront. This Instagram by @tranix9624 says it all!

    Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.