The low season in Lowcountry—there’s nothing quite like it! When the winter months roll around, Hilton Head Island never runs short of things to see and do. From outdoor adventures to fun festivals and events, a winter getaway promises all the best of summer, plus a few extra perks.
1. The Weather
Lower temperatures bring less humidity to the air around the island. From late November to early March, you can expect the temperature to hover around 64°F, rarely dipping down to the forties. Days are still just as sunny as summer, but less stifling. Definitely pack your shorts and t-shirts, but also bring along some warmer wardrobe pieces for after the sun sets. Speaking of sunsets…
2. Sunrises and Sunsets
Hilton Head Island is known for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets—and in the winter months they get even more vibrant. Low humidity gives way to clear, crisp air that allows for reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows to shine brighter—here’s the science behind it. To catch a stunning sunrise, rent a bike and cruise along the east side of the island in the morning. For sunsets, dine al fresco at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for some of the very best.
3. Pet-Friendly Vacations
Want to bring your four-legged family members along on your Hilton Head Island vacation? Winter is the perfect time to do just that. Not only will Fido enjoy those cooler temperatures, there are no restrictions for dogs on the island’s beaches during low season. Browse our pet-friendly vacation homes and villas here.
4. The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival
Authentic Lowcountry cuisine is paired perfectly with wines from around the world at this festival that’s a must for any foodie. From March 11 through 17, festival events are held all around the island to mark the unofficial end of winter. On Thursday’s Sip ‘N Stroll, grab a glass of wine and browse the sales and discounts at the shops around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Go big at Friday’s Grand Tasting, and sample over 250 wines and delicious bites at Saturday’s Public Tasting.
5. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival
What could be better than seven days of seafood? From February 18 – 24, sip, shuck, and savor your way through a series of incredible events including an oyster roast, a big barbeque, champagne brunch, plus the much-anticipated James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour. Book a three-day package at Palmetto Dunes and you’ll get VIP tickets to headline events, villa accommodations, and much more.
6. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
The winter season of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra promises a sophisticated, special night out during your winter getaway. Enjoy the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Haydn and more surrounded by the stunning architecture and sublime acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church. Special features include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, featuring all of your holiday favorites, and Coastal Traditions—a showcase of Lowcountry music, stories, and dance. View the orchestra’s performance schedule here.
7. Holiday Fun
We think “the most wonderful time of year” is even better around here. Hilton Head Island offers tons of holiday fun with no shovel or snow tires required! Ditch the big box stores and head to Coligny Beach for Black Friday deals from local vendors, and keep kids entertained with wagon rides and scavenger hunts. For some seasonal sparkle, head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina to see boats bedecked with Christmas lights. Need to work off some of that holiday feasting? The Jingle Jingle 5K run is perfect for a little outdoor fun.
8. Water Wonderland
No snow? No problem! Warm temperatures are perfect for all kinds of aquatic adventures on Hilton Head Island. Paddleboard or kayak along the lazy Skull Creek for a leisurely day, or if it wouldn’t be winter without some kind of skiing, strap on some water skis and zoom around at high speed. Hit the open water on a fishing charter, or get your sea legs with a sailing lesson for even more fun this winter.
9. Winter Wildlife
Gators tend to hibernate in winter, but much of the island’s wildlife actually becomes more active and easier to spot from late December to early March. Head to Fish Haul Creek Park beachfront at low tide and you’ll be treated to flocks of migratory shorebirds including curlew, dunlin, dowitcher, godwit, red knot, and willet. Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to colonies of larger birds like egrets and herons, while the waters all around the island are prime for spotting playful dolphins.
10. Golf Galore
The low season means fewer golfers on our courses, giving you more time to perfect your swing and take in the exceptional natural beauty that surrounds you while you play. With three iconic courses on our resort, you won’t have to go far for an award-winning golf experience. Soak in stunning sea views on the Robert Trent Jones course—considered the best in the southeast—challenge yourself on the final four holes of the George Fazio Course, or try the shot-maker’s favorite Arthur Hills Course that perfectly blends in the beauty of the Lowcountry. Try them all with one of our incredible golf packages.
Ready to book your winter getaway at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Browse our vacation packages and specials and find the perfect cure for those winter blues.
Welcome to Palmetto Dunes! A place where Southern hospitality is alive and well. So, in that spirit, why not welcome friends old and new into your home away from home. After all, your vacation rental comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room perfect for hosting a dinner party.
Don’t know how to get started? Here are the ingredients for the perfect dinner party, Palmetto Dunes style:
Food is the star of any dinner party. And while the menu doesn’t have to be complicated, it should be delicious. Luckily, that isn’t hard to accomplish at Palmetto Dunes! Whether you take advantage of your vacation home’s gourmet kitchen or have your event catered, take this opportunity to introduce your guests to some Southern staples like rice, grits, and produce paired with local crab, shrimp, and fish. For a signature drink, you can’t go wrong with a classic mint julep.
Tip: Our motto is to always keep it simple, especially when you’re on vacation. When planning your menu look for things that can be prepared plenty in advance.
When planning a dinner party, the atmosphere you create contributes to the experience almost as much as the meal itself. But with a beautiful backdrop like Hilton Head Island, you don’t have to go to great lengths to decorate. Gather what you can from your vacation home, and pair it with table linens, placemats, napkins, and name cards brought from home.
Tip: For any special must-have items, order them ahead of time to your vacation home. This will allow you to avoid bringing cumbersome décor items with you, and save time and energy once you arrive.
If there is anything you can do for your table setting, it is a great centerpiece. The island has a variety of florists who can help you bring any vision to life. Classic Southern style is all about a simple elegance so your florals do not need to be elaborate or expensive.
Tip: When choosing your flower arrangement, avoid anything too tall that will prevent conversation over the table.
From the start to finish, you want your dinner party guests laughing and having a great time—so be sure to have some activities in your back pocket. Whether its conversation starters or pre-planned games, this will avoid any unexpected lulls in the evening and have your guests leaving your party with great memories.
Tip: For a Lowcountry flare (and a delicious appetizer), we suggest teaching your guests how to shuck an oyster. Learn how to here!
The one thing great dinner parties have in common is a great playlist. When selecting the soundtrack to your evening, pick songs that complement the mood that you want to create. Since you’re serving Southern, why not add some tunes from local musicians to your list!
Tip: It’s easy to forget to hit the play button, so get into the party mindset by turning on the tunes before guests even arrive. This will give you time to test the volume and speaker position.
Feeling inspired to plan your own Palmetto Dunes dinner party? The first step is booking your vacation rental. Learn more here!
Santa Claus is coming… to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, just part of a creative and memorable celebration of the season. Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Thanksgiving at a pair of popular resort locations.
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina will ring in the holiday season with Thanksgiving dinners, visits from Santa, seasonal lights and much more.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is located on Hwy 278 at mile marker 8, across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance. Visit the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Facebook page for more information www.ShelterCoveHiltonHead.com.
Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Turkey Day (Thursday, November 22) at a pair of popular resort locations.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be offering a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $25 for Children’s Thanksgiving Meal including dessert (includes tax & 18% gratuity). Reservations required, visit: AlexandersRestaurant.com/Thanksgiving or call 866-921-6639 after 12 noon daily.
In addition, the Centre Court Pavilion will be serving an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $34.95 per person and $17.95 (plus tax & 18% gratuity) for kids 12 and under. Kids 5 & under are free. Reservations required, visit: www.PalmettoDunesThanksgiving.com. For additional information, please call 877-497-2068.
Santa Comes Friday, November 23rd to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
On Friday, November 23rd, Santa Claus will arrive at Shelter Cove Harbour — via a firetruck — at 12 noon and stay until 2:30 p.m. for children to share their Christmas wish list and snap a pic with Old Saint Nick at the iconic Neptune Statue.
There will be a variety of holiday activities for both children and adults. Parents and kids can ride the train around Shelter Cove Marina, enjoy the bounce house, and join in other arts and crafts. Adults can stroll through the area’s many unique stores and boutiques while enjoying holiday music.
In addition, the first 200 kids get to decorate a gingerbread cookie; starting at 11 a.m. Cookies are provided by the Hilton Head Social Bakery.
By the end of November, visitors can stroll the 4th annual “Light up the Harbour” display of holiday lights decorating private and commercial boats docked in the marina each evening. The display runs through January 1, 2019.
Schedule for Friday, November 23:
12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.: Santa arrives at noon aboard a fire truck. Take photos at Neptune’s Statue until 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enter to WIN Prizes: a variety of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina gift cards or items from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina shops.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy holiday music, bounce house, wax hands & kiddie train rides around the marina.
All day: Holiday sales & dining specials at participating merchants. Enjoy strolling around the marina & the Holiday boat lights & decorations.
Shop at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s locally owned boutiques & galleries:
Dine at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s seven waterfront restaurants open for the holidays:
Kid-Friendly Activities at Palmetto Dunes
Go beyond the ordinary for your next family vacation. From first graders to active teens, Palmetto Dunes gives every member of the family a chance to enjoy Hilton Head Island's natural beauty in one of the most pristine beachfront resorts in South Carolina. Not sure where to start? Let us be your guide!
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From Little Swingers to Advanced Juniors, your young ones will be spoiled for choice when it comes time to hit the greens. One-on-one instruction, week-long clinics, and the opportunity to play with our Palmetto Dunes golf pros are all up for grabs. We even feature permanent Junior Tees on the newly redesigned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course so the whole family can play together!
Serving Up Fun
Do you daydream of breakfast at Wimbledon while your child competes on center court? The first step to raising the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer is to teach your kids to love the game. No matter their skill level, Palmetto Dunes’ tennis clinics teach the basics with an emphasis on fun. And, when they’re ready to show off their killer serve, you can join them on the court for an unforgettable game of Parent//Child Round Robin!
Make a Splash
Looking for a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained this summer? Just add water! Start your day with a tour of Hilton Head Island's marshlands from a CraigCat—a surprisingly unique watercraft that you drive it yourself—then head to the beach to hang ten with our experienced surf instructors. Ever dreamed of being a pirate? At Shelter Cove Marina, we have pirate expeditions setting sail daily that are guaranteed to be a swashbuckling good time.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the surrounding area of Hilton Head Island offer more than 50 miles of paved bike paths ideal for exploring. Hilton Head Outfitters offer a large selection of family-friendly equipment including tandem bikes, kiddie carts, and baby seats perfect for outfitting the entire family. Slow down and connect with each other as you explore the island or try your hand at cycling along the beach.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is renowned as one of the world’s best resorts for family vacations. We are proud to offer a unique selection of family activities for fun in the sun for children of all ages. Summer fun starts here!
Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S for the 3rd year in a row! 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.
When we think about the month of July around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, one word immediately pops into mind: “Family.”
Indeed, July is the ideal month to spend with your family by the beach, enjoying the outdoor weather and cooling off on the beach or by the pool. Which is also why at Palmetto Dunes, we celebrate July as our “Family Golf” month.
Palmetto Dunes is designed for families to get active together by offering a variety of ways to do just that — including its Hilton Head Family Golf School. Whatever levels at which a family may play, Palmetto Dunes will tailor its golf school to specific needs and skill level. Its head of golf instruction, former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver, is great with kids and teaches them moves like “closing the car door” and “alligator arms” to help them learn golf in a fun and engaging way.
The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront golf course, while the George Fazio course caters to juniors. The Fazio junior tees measure 3,384 yards for 18 holes, with the longest hole (No. 10) measuring 316 yards. Holes range between 90 and 316 yards. In addition, kids 10 and under play free after 4 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course and the Arthur Hills golf course with an adult paying regular rate.
This summer, the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy features lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels. Palmetto Dunes offers four family-oriented options:
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In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort also offers the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, which is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff — one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
Away from the golf course, your family will also enjoy Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and its outdoor Southern phenomenon known as HarbourFest. Shelter Cove Harbour is a Mediterranean-style village located mid-island at mile marker 8 across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering casual waterfront dining, unique shopping, live entertainment and beautiful views of Broad Creek. And don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Statue of Neptune, the world’s largest figurative sundial.
Sunset strolls on the beach? Afternoon paddles? A round or two of pickleball? We’ve consulted the stars, touched base with the planets, and we’re ready to share with you what summer 2018 has in store for you!
Aries, your passion, competitive spirit, and unrelenting energy keep you on the go. Non-stop. 365 days of the year. This summer, our challenge for you is easy: Take a break! Use your impulsive nature to book a last-minute beach vacation, grab a beach read, and park yourself in the dunes.
Recent planetary transitions might have inspired you to look inward and focus on self-expression and creative pursuits. We know it’s a lost cause to get you to change your mind when its set, so our suggestion for Taurus is more of a reminder: Don’t forget to spend time with your loved ones this summer. Use the sunshine and take some time to make memories with the ones who matter most, whether it’s around the dining table or by the pool.
Gemini, our favorite Twins, this summer is all about letting your social side shine. Put yourself in situations where you’ll learn new things and exchange ideas with others. Like, a boat tour, a dinner party, or a sunset cruise. Keep your nerves and indecision at bay this summer, and it’ll be one for the books.
You’ve been going through a major cycle of change for years—since 2011 in fact! Starting in June, you’ll see this rapid pace slow down (finally) and we encourage you to take some time to get to know yourself better. We know this isn’t the first thing on Cancer’s “Things I Love To Do” list. Embrace it. This summer is all about going deep and centering yourself now that the storm has passed. Might we a contemplative bike ride to start?
In a perfect world, Leo, you would love everyone and they would love you right back. You’re the first to double tap a pal’s Instagram post (and you expect the same in return). This summer is all about trying new things and keeping that Instagram feed up-to-date. Get up a little earlier and catch a sunrise. Try a pickleball match. Do what you have to do to keep yourself in the spotlight you love.
Modest, but hard working. Precise, yet adaptable. Virgo, it’s time you stop channeling attention into the projects and people you spend so much time improving and focus on you! We don’t necessarily mean spa days, either (though, of course, they’re always encouraged). We think you’re focused energy is best put to use in a new athletic pursuit, which can be just as therapeutic. Try zipping down the beach on two wheels, or learning to surf.
Decisions aren’t your favorite thing, Libra, and this summer we say embrace it. Book a few long weekends on a whim, find yourself a comfortable homebase, and then let the winds decide what to do.
Jupiter, the planet of luck and inspiration, is moving through Scorpio until November 2018. To this we say: Milk it for all its worth! Now is the time to take risks and chase thrills. Feel the need for speed on a CraigCat. Get a bird’s-eye view on a parasailing adventure. Soar through the trees on a zipline. The choice is yours!
Saturn, the planet concerned with teaching karma (aka “no fun”), has finally skedaddled out of your sign after 28-years. Sagittarius, it’s time to celebrate! This summer, we see a lot of travel and adventuring in your future. Road trips, impromptu beach days, and afternoons on the links are all up for grabs.
Serious Saturn hopped right out of Sagittarius and landed right in your lap, Capricorn. Which means this summer is all about process and methodology—something your responsible, serious self knows and loves all too well. Apply your self-discipline to your vacation planning, book early, catch all of the summer deals you can find, and your summer will go exactly how you planned it—music to your ears!
You’re comfortable overthinking and detaching yourself from the here and now, but, dear Aquarius, you have to let that go this summer. Your best bet for the best summer yet is to dive head first into new and fun experiences. Try new things! Taste new flavors! Just make sure you bring a friend or two along for the ride.
Neptune, your ruling planet of inspiration and dreams, will be floating on through Pisces this summer. And, while most of us would flounder underwater, you are going to glide right through it! We see a lot of boating and kayaking in your summer vacation because of Neptune’s transition. This is a great time for you to bring family and friends along the ride on vacation, so you can soak up the memories like the human sponge you are.
Regardless of your zodiac sign, we’re feeling pretty good about a trip to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort being in your future. Whether you’re booking well in advance, or looking for a last-minute getaway, consult our packages and specials before you book to make your stay even sweeter.
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Every good vacation needs a great reading list. A solid beach read is an essential part of your beach day packing, like remembering to bring sunscreen or a towel.
Palmetto Dunes is situated on three miles of pristine beachfront, ideal for swimming, surfing, or just lounging—with that great book you remembered to pack.
So, what should you be reading this summer? We’ve picked out ten beach reads for 2018 that are perfect for every kind of vacationer.
For the Whole Book Club
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
This novel about female friendship and cultural identities will be a hit with the whole book club. In fact, Reese Witherspoon recently selected it for her own club. It’s a playful yet thought provoking read that will leave you and your pals with lots to discuss.
For the Funny Fiction Lover
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This uproarious novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and will have you in stitches on the beach. In it, a failed novelist embarks on a round-the-world trip in order to politely avoid accepting an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. This bittersweet love story is the perfect summer beach read for anyone looking for a laugh.
For the Observational Comedian
Calypso by David Sedaris
If humorous memoirs are more your style, look no further than the master himself, David Sedaris. Sedaris’s latest offering, Calypso, features the wry, witty observational humor he’s known for. The stories in this collection often center around the time his family spends at a beach house on the Carolina coast, making it a particularly apt read for a Hilton Head Island vacation.
For the True Crime Junkie
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
If your smartphone is loaded up with true crime podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial, then you’ll want the latest and greatest from the genre on your reading list as well. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is being heralded as a masterpiece of true crime writing. In her book, author McNamara investigated the famous “Golden State Killer” and just may have contributed to his surprising arrest in April of 2018, decades after the crimes were committed. True crime junkies won’t be able to put this one down.
For the Short Story Lover
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
Short stories can be easily put down and picked back up again, making them perfect for busy vacationers. This is novelist Curtis Sittenfeld’s first collection of short stories, and they deliver the same colorful characters and sharp, clever observations as her acclaimed novels.
For the Science Buff
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Though this book will certainly resonate with science lovers, don’t mistake it for a dry textbook style piece of non-fiction. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is science, but it’s also storytelling. It’s a biography at heart. The book artfully traces a 200-million-year history and connects it with modern-day accounts of the real-life work of its paleontologist author.
For the Hopeless Romantic
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
This sweet story of an estranged family reunited for a wedding will appeal to the romantic souls on the beach. In her debut novel, Mirza tells the saga of a Muslim Indian-American family’s bonds and betrayals. Though the story spans decades, it is also intimate and captivating. Fun fact: this is the first book published under celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth.
For the Southern Belle
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
This book is perfect for southern belles, and those inspired by the South following a relaxing Lowcountry vacation. This frothy, lighthearted book offers advice on everything from entertaining, to home décor, to how to style one’s hair—the Southern way.
For the Pop Culture Junkie
You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey
If you’re the type of beachgoer who usually packs a few glossy magazines or tabloids in their bag, then this fun, funny book from actress Parker Posey is for you. The indie film darling’s memoir is as offbeat as her persona. Hilarious stories of her childhood, hobbies, and Hollywood life are told as though you, the reader, have Posey as an airplane seatmate.
For the Poetry Lover
Yesterday I Was the Moon by Noor Unnahar
Personal, insightful poetry has experienced a resurgence in recent years, thanks to works like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Love Her Wild by Atticus. If you liked those collections, pick up Noor Unnahar’s debut collection. You’ll love soaking up each beautiful word while you soak up your beautiful surroundings on Hilton Head Island.
What will you be reading on the Palmetto Dunes beach this summer? Snap an Instagram and tag it #PalmettoDunes to share your best beach reads with us.
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!
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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.