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.
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.