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.
One of the best things about Big Jim’s is that not only is it one of the best family friendly restaurants in Hilton Head Island, it feels like a family restaurant. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the food is made with love and care, and it serves up classics.
Whether you’re celebrating a great round out on one of our golf courses, grabbing a beer and watching the game, or indulging in a “Wine Down Wednesday” glass, or a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy, Big Jim’s offers something for everyone.
Not only that, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no matter when hunger strikes! And even though the property rentals at Palmetto Dunes have full kitchens, it can be nice to take a vacation from cooking. Big Jim’s has you covered! Call up (or order online) for some take out, or if you’re serving a crowd, request delivery.
We can’t talk about a restaurant without talking about its food, and when we’re talking about Big Jim’s we’re talking about three things: BBQ, burgers and pizza. Of course, that’s only a sampling of what’s on the menu, but if you’re a first timer, it’s a good place to start! The ribs are slow smoked for fall-off-the-bone, finger-lickin’ good flavor (and on Thursdays they’re two for one all day long!). The pulled pork sandwich is a classic Lowcountry lunch choice, and Big Jim’s comes served with tangy coleslaw, fries, and a pickle. Of course, if it’s a classic burger you’re craving, the Big Jim’s Cheddar Burger can’t be beat. The BBQ Chicken pizza uses Big Jim’s signature barbecue sauce and smoky chicken to make a perfect pizza pie, or get creative and make your own using the many pizza-topping options available.
Located next to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Big Jim’s is at the heart of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Even though there is plenty of parking, it’s an easy ride from your rental home on your Hilton Head Outfitters bike. The spacious, sunny patio has fantastic views of the Robert Trent Jones driving range and 18th hole, and the interior is comfortable and casual.
Why Big Jim’s?
Big Jim’s is more than a restaurant name! It celebrates an important figure in the history of Palmetto Dunes. Jim Self was one of the original investors in Palmetto Dunes back in 1979. He saw the property’s potential and just knew that he could turn it into a beloved Hilton Head Island vacation destination. Funnily enough, Jim’s nickname was actually “Little Jim” for most of life, thanks to his small stature—he was only 5’7” — but once he had grandchildren, he managed to get them to call him “Big Jim” and the name stuck!
Big Jim Self had many talents, including sport fishing, golf and cooking! From his killer barbecue sauce to famous Tennessee-style coleslaw, friends and family knew that when they sat down at Big Jim’s table, they were in for a delicious, Southern meal. Luckily for you, little has changed at the restaurant that bears his name.
Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Big Jim’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.
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.
Christmas is fast approaching, and what better way is there to get into the holiday spirit than enjoying the festivities that Hilton Head has to offer? From family fun to great food to holiday events, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best events on Hilton Head Island we recommend checking out this holiday season.
When: December 1 to 31, 6:00 pm onwards.
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
This December, take a stroll through the Palmetto Dunes’ version of a winter wonderland, as Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina transforms into a colorful affair. Stroll the boardwalk, where the marina and boats will be decorated with holiday lights, and enjoy everything a Lowcountry "winter" has to offer.
When: Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am–2:00 pm, during the month of December.
Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cost: 2-course meals for $22 per person, 3-course meals for $32 per person.
Get festive this holiday season and enjoy some delicious Lowcountry cuisine without the hassle of cooking. Indulge in some delicious holiday-inspired meals created by the chefs at Alexander's Restaurant. They will be offering prix fixe meals, with crowd-pleasers on the menu including their Lowcountry crab bisque and braised beef short ribs.
When: December 2 to December 23
Where: Coastal Discovery Museum
Cost: $65 per person.
Put your creativity to the test as a local Gullah basket maker teaches this traditional Lowcountry art style. You will then be given the opportunity to start a wreath of your own. Register by calling (843) 689-6767, ext. 223 or online here.
When: November 30 to December 30
Where: Shelter Cove
Looking for something fun for the whole family to do? Shelter Cove offers a wide array of family activities, including a skating rink, horse and carriage rides, face painting, or meeting Jolly Ol' Saint Nick! Be sure to check out the calendar for rotating events happening all throughout the month of December.
When: December 7, 14, and 21
Where: The Shelter Cove Community Park
Grab a blanket, some hot cocoa, and head to the park for free screenings of your family’s favorite holiday movie classics. Every Thursday leading up to Christmas, we’re celebrating the season family style, with a lineup of The Polar Express, Elf, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
When: December 8
Where: Northridge Shopping Plaza
Cost: $35 single, $65 per couple, $500 per table.
Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and experiencing the true essence of the Gullah culture. Tickets for this Hilton Head Island event include a buffet and live music performances.
When: December 9, 3:00–6:00 pm
Where: St. Luke’s Church.
Take a stroll through the history of Bethlehem with your family as you explore the marketplace, pet live animals, and create some arts and crafts at the local shops.
When: Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Where: Hilton Head Sonesta
Check some items off of your holiday gift shopping list this year at the Holiday Hookup. This event features homemade gifts and treats created by local women in business. Not only will you be sure to find something for everyone on your list, there will also be a silent auction to benefit a local charity, Hopeful Horizons.
When: December 15
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Cost: Between $15 and $40
Celebrate the holiday season on Hilton Head Island by enjoying some live, festive music. The First Presbyterian Church will be putting on a show featuring carols galore, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Christmas movie soundtracks. It's fun for all ages, giving you the opportunity to sing along to some popular holiday tunes. Tickets are available here.
When: Sunday, December 31, 5:00–9:00 pm
Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cost: $99 per person (includes a champagne toast, tax, and 18% gratuity.)
Ring in 2018 with great food and company. Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a four-course fixed meal complete with a bubbly New Year's toast. Be sure to put your reservations in now for a guaranteed enjoyable night.
The weather is lovely, the people are friendly, the golf is glorious, and the food delicious! Fall is a wonderful time to be on Hilton Head Island, and Thanksgiving is no exception. If you’re planning on a Lowcountry Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! We’ve got plenty of specials, events, dining options, and more, so come celebrate Thanksgiving with us!
What would Thanksgiving be without a beautiful meal? At Palmetto Dunes, we're cooking up some feasts, and we're looking forward to welcoming you to our table.
Palmetto Dunes Club Thanksgiving Buffet: Just because you’ve got a fully appointed kitchen in your vacation rental doesn’t mean that you have to cook! Join us for the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Palmetto Dunes Club on Thursday, November 23 featuring all your turkey day favorites plus all the trimmings!
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $43.00 per person
Child 12 & under: $23.00
Under 5: FREE
Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations required. Call 1-843-686-9143 by November 21 to make your reservation.
Alexander’s Restaurant: This year, up the ante on your Thanksgiving meal with a decadent feast prepared by the chefs at Alexander’s. Their Thanksgiving menu includes Lowcountry lobster bisque, apple cider and sage-roasted turkey breast, blackened salmon, pumpkin cheesecake, and more.
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $55.00 per person
Child’s Turkey Dinner: $25.00
Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations recommended. Call 1-843-785-4999 or visit www.AlexandersRestaurant.com to make your reservation.
Dunes House Oyster Roast: It’s oyster season in Lowcountry and the annual Dunes House Oyster Roast & Seafood Boil is the perfect way to celebrate. So take a break from turkey and head to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 25 to enjoy oysters by the bucket, live music, food and drink specials, and more!
Saturday, November 25, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Live music from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Oysters are $20 per bucket.
(Entertainment, hours and specials are subject to change and are weather permitting.)
Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating until you’re too full to move! At Palmetto Dunes, there are some fantastic events that will be fun for the whole family. (Not to mention that nothing burns off a turkey dinner like a round of golf!)
Shop, Dine & Stroll at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: Stroll right into the holiday spirit with this annual tradition at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Take in the festive holiday lights on the boats in the marina, and even get a head start on your holiday shopping with specials at the stores in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina happening throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26 Store specials at Nash Gallery, Tradewinds, La Belle Image Fine Art, Christmas on the Harbour, Taffeta, Eliza Bleu Boutique, Ship’s Store
Santa at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: One of the highlights of Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes is when Santa Claus comes to town! Rumor has it he’ll be pulling into Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at noon on November 24 to say hello, get some Christmas wishes from kids and kick off the holiday season. Come early to enjoy all of the family fun, including gingerbread decorating courtesy of Hilton Head Social Bakery (while supplies last), a bounce house, wax hands, train rides, and more!
Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Santa’s Arrival: 12 p.m.
Live Music at The Dunes House: Celebrate Thanksgiving by the beach at The Dunes House! Weather permitting, everyone’s favorite beachside restaurant will be open with a limited menu and live music for your enjoyment on Thanksgiving Day. For the complete monthly schedule, click here.
Friday, November 24 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Taking the kids with you on vacation to Palmetto Dunes Resort? Making dinner a family affair doesn’t have to limit you to fast-food standbys. Dine at these family-friendly and kid-approved Hilton Head Island restaurants, and the whole gang can enjoy the experience.
10. A Lowcountry Backyard
True to its name, this eatery has a big beautiful backyard filled with swings, plants, fire pits, and plenty of seating. Lowcountry Backyard serves up all your favorite southern classics, including their famous Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Pimento Cheese, and homemade Banana Puddin’.
Photo Credit: @josh40000
9. Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza
Named after the founder of Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find this popular joint on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Just like the name says, this restaurant serves up hearty burgers, pizza, and BBQ. You can’t go wrong with any menu item that comes smothered in Jim’s barbecue sauce, and his Tennessee coleslaw is legendary. On the kid’s menu, besides the usual fries, you can switch up their sides to mac n’ cheese, apple slices, or corn on the cob.
8. Carolina Crab Company
Dine dockside with the family at Palmetto Bay’s Carolina Crab Company. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for dolphins in the water—they are known to swim by. There’s lot of choice on the kid’s menu and for the adults? Consider starting your meal with some spicy Fried Crab Bites, or chow down on some Carolina Crab Chowder. The Jack Pot is a popular Boil, filled with Maine lobster, crab legs, clams, shrimp, and oysters. A true feast for any seafood lover.
Photo Credit: @carolinacrabco
7. Fishcamp on Broad Creek
On beautiful Broad Creek you’ll find the family-friendly Fishcamp restaurant. Grab a seat out on the pet-friendly patio if you can, where there are games and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s often live music, too. On the menu, you’ll find lots of seafood, from a Shellfish Tower to Daufuskie Island Blue Crab Cakes. And for the kids? The menu’s got basics like Chicken Fingers and plain Kids Pasta for pickier palates, and Petite Filet Mignon and Snow Crab Legs for the more adventurous young adults.
Photo Credit: @ashleyjeanreese
6. Hilton Head Ice Cream
When you and the family need to cool down, head to Hilton Head Ice Cream. At the Fountain Center you’ll find homemade ice cream in so many flavors, there’s bound to be something for everyone. The kids will especially love options like Cookie Monster and Superman, while grown-ups will want to dig into flavors like Kaluha Chip and Cayenne Chocolate.
Photo Credit: @hiltonheadicecream
5. Kenny B’s French Quarter Café
Oh la la! Add a little French Cajun flair to your trip with a visit to Kenny B’s French Quarter Café. On the menu, you’ll find lots of Creole classics like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Muffulettas. Kids will get a kick out of their meals being served in dog bowls. The real draw here though, are the Beignets. These French-inspired donuts are made fresh, daily and are served to you piping hot out of the oil, with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar. Kids of all ages go crazy for ‘em.
Photo Credit: @matthewpenning
4. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Located near the Palmetto Bay Marina, this is a great spot to bring the kids for breakfast or lunch. The lunch menu includes lots of soup and sandwich options, but the all-day breakfast menu is where it’s at. You’ll find all of the classics like Eggs Benedict multiple ways, pancakes, and omelets. For the little ones, with little appetites, there’s an extensive side dish section, where kids can build their own breakfast.
Photo Credit: @sabellekimi
3. Palmetto Dunes General Store
Going out to eat is great, but sometimes, even on vacation you just want a night in. Villas in Palmetto Dunes come with fully equipped kitchens, so if you feel like making your own meals, head on over to the Palmetto Dunes General Store. With their supplies, you can grab everything you need to make a meal at home. Kids love to help! Ask them for their input in-store, then have them get their hands dirty helping out. Don’t feel like going out, but also don’t feel like cooking? The General Store also offers take-out breakfast and lunch options, including their famous Fried Chicken.
Photo Credit: @pdgeneralstore
2. Salty Dog Café
This perennial favorite can be found on the waterfront in Sea Pines. You can’t go wrong with their Salty Dog Po’Boy, and for those over 21, a frozen margarita. On the kid’s menu, you’ll find a wide selection of favorites, liked Fried Fish Nuggets, made from fresh fish. Kids who clean their plate earn a special sticker! It’s a popular spot, but if there’s a wait, you’ll get a buzzer, so you and the kids can keep busy with a stroll or a peruse through the gift shop.
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1. Skull Creek Boathouse Situated right on the waterfront, the comings and goings of the boats will keep your kiddos entertained through the meal, while you can indulge in a seafood feast. If it comes from the sea, chances are the Skull Creek Boathouse serves it, from classic Lowcountry Boils to Salt & Vinegar Crab Cakes, and even sushi. Does dining with the kids mean you’re eating early? Take advantage of their Sunset Supper specials, available daily from 4:00-5:30pm.
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And, while dining with kids can be delightful, if you’re in the mood for an adults-only date night, order in pizza for the kids and a sitter, and enjoy the best places in Palmetto Dunes to grab a drink.
On Monday, August 21st, a rare event that hasn’t happened in this country since 1979 will take place when the moon will entirely cover the sun in a total solar eclipse. Only a narrow swath of destinations across the United States will be in a position to view the full phenomenon.
South Carolina will be the final state in the viewing path of the eclipse, which will cross Charleston starting at 2:40 p.m. Beat the sky-gazing crowds and head to Hilton Head Island which is just outside the complete viewing path. The moon will not entirely cover the sun from our vantage point but it will cover over 97% of it! View the video below to see exactly how much.
The eclipse will peak at 2:46:32 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 97.8% of the sun.
Join us at Palmetto Dunes Resort, where we’ll be celebrating the Great American Eclipse with a variety of activities and specials. Where better to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence than from the beach?
Join us for the BEST seat in the house at The Dunes House, the perfect place to watch the 2017 eclipse. while enjoying live music and themed drink and lunch specials. We'll be serving Eclipse Cookies, our Dark & Sunny frozen cocktail & Southbound Brewing's Scattered Sun on draft. Unicorn Meat will be playing from 1 - 4 p.m. with a secret song during totality.
Or, head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for another unobstructed view. We'll have a special Solar Eclipse Cruise aboard the Holiday from noon to 2 p.m. Call the marina at 843-842-7002 to learn more or book.
To make sure you’re prepared for this incredible natural event, we’ve collected six facts about the 2017 solar eclipse:
1. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s light for a period of time. A total solar eclipse hasn’t happened over the United States in close to 40 years, and won’t happen again until 2024.
2. The totality, when the moon completely covers the sun, will be visible in parts of 14 states across the United States, including South Carolina where the totality will occur over Columbia from 2:41–2:44 p.m.
3. When the eclipse passes over Charleston it’s estimated that it will be at a speed of 1,502 miles per hour.
4. It is harmful to look directly at the sun. You will need special eclipse glasses, or a protective device such as a sun funnel or solar filter.
5. NASA will be very busy on August 21st! A solar eclipse allows the space association to gather all sorts of data that they would not otherwise be able to, such as observations of the sun’s outermost atmosphere–the corona, and maps of the moon.
6. During a solar eclipse, not only does the sky turn dark, but the temperature drops.
Learn more about the Great American Eclipse from NASA with this NASA Eclipse Fact sheet.
What are you waiting for? Book your Palmetto Dunes trip before it’s too late and get ready to gaze upon an awesome phenomenon from our beautiful shores.
Sure, at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort we know that when you take a vacation, your main goal is to relax and have fun. We also know that relaxing and having fun does not necessarily translate into staying fit.
However, when you are visiting Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, enjoying your vacation and staying fit do not have to be mutually exclusive. We offer plenty of ways you can relax, enjoy your vacation AND stay fit at the same time! Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes one of the country’s top 50 mainland resorts, which is why vacationers never run out of things to do at this beautiful, 2,000-acre locale.
From biking and fishing to surfing and paddleboarding, plus kayaking and canoeing the Palmetto Dunes lagoon, if you want to explore the island while engaging in some fun physical fitness, Hilton Head Outfitters is the place to go. They offer free delivery and pick-up for bikes rented for three days or more and they offer the largest bike fleet on the island. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, Hilton Head Outfitters can also teach you how to surf.
Of course, Palmetto Dunes is probably best known for its world-class golf. A trio of outstanding courses to choose from designed by three legends of the game: Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy is a leader in providing quality golf lessons, instruction and support, offering nine distinct programs for golfers of all ages. Fifteen teaching pros, including some former PGA Tour professionals, provide hands-on instruction for all skill levels.
Want to run around and swing the racket, instead? Well, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is also the ultimate tennis vacation destination for anyone who wants to improve his or her court skills. The resort has been ranked among “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine, ranked No. 4 in the world for instruction and programming, ranked No. 3 in the world for overall children’s programs, ranked No. 2 in the world for best tennis pro shop and ranked in Top 25 in the world overall by Tennis Resorts Online. We also now offer Pickleball and POP Tennis, which are rapidly growing racket sports that can be enjoyed by all ages.
So, when you visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, plan on relaxing and having fun… but don’t plan on getting soft while you’re here!