Whether you’re stopping by for a special event, strolling the boardwalk, going on a boating adventure, or grabbing a bite to eat, one thing is for sure; it’s always fun spending time at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! If it’s your first time visiting, here is a list of places you must see, and if you’ve been coming to Shelter Cove Harbour for years, we think this list will have some of your favorites.
We can’t talk about Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina without talking about the marina itself! For decades the friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art facilities at Shelter Cove Marina have been welcoming boaters from across the globe to its docks. Features include free WiFi and laundry service, boat washing and detailing, Eaton Lighthouse Power Pedestals and more.
The hub of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is undoubtedly The Ship’s Store. With everything from fishing tackle and boating wear to snacks and souvenirs, this one-stop shop and its friendly staff are open daily to help you make the most of your Shelter Cove experience.
For a unique, high-octane open water adventure head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and hop aboard a Craigcat Boat! These two-person catamarans are easy to maneuver and can reach speeds of up to 30-miles per hour. They’re perfect for discovering the marshes and waters of Hilton Head Island.
There are all sorts of boating adventures to be had at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! Particularly popular are our fishing charters, which offer both inshore and offshore fishing experiences for novices and experienced anglers alike. Reel in some fun!
There’s a boat tour for everyone at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! From the family-favorite Pirate Tour to peaceful nature cruises to evening tours that give you an unparalleled view of the Harbourfest fireworks, you’re sure to make some memories when out on the water at Shelter Cove Harbour.
When you come to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, don’t forget to bring your appetite! With dining options that range from an authentic French café to an Irish pub to elevated Mediterranean and more, you’re sure to find something to eat regardless of your tastes.
Did you know that you can stay at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina? Even if you don’t have a boat to dock, the beautifully appointed condos at Shelter Cove provide a picturesque home base for your Hilton Head Island vacation.
What’s the one thing that keeps you coming back to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina? Share your Shelter Cove adventures with us on social media using #ShelterCoveHarbour. See you on the boardwalk!
The holidays are fast approaching and we know that everyone is looking for that special something for the loved ones on their gift list. We know that Black Friday Deals can be a huge help when it comes to finding gifts at a steal, but if you’re looking for a truly unique gift that says a little bit more, local boutiques often beat out big box stores. This year, celebrate Small Business Saturday with our top picks for small business and specialty stores in Hilton Head Island.
More than just a gallery, Nash Gallery always has a wide variety of unique items for even the pickiest of people on your gift list. TripAdvisor member ChristinaCatLvr says “This is a 100% artists driven gallery and nothing is mass-produced like other shops on HHI. They have gift items at all cost levels so [there’s] lots to choose from.” We couldn’t agree more!
Christmas on the Harbour
Since we’re talking about Christmas gifts, this has to be a must-stop on our list! Christmas on the Harbour is one of the many amazing shops in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and despite its name, it is open year round. Find the perfect ornament or stocking stuffer, or get their friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you pick out the perfect present.
This gift shop, located steps from the iconic Neptune Statue at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, is a veritable one-stop shop for stocking stuffers and thoughtful gifts—especially if the person on your list loves Hilton Head Island.
Those who appreciate the finer things in life will love a special something from Taffeta, the European fashion boutique in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Family owned and operated for close to 30 years, this shop finds clothing, shoes, and accessories from Europe and brings them to Lowcountry!
Tradewinds Trinkets and Treasures
As the name suggests, this Shelter Cove stalwart has trinkets and treasures for everyone in on your list—especially if they’re as big a fan of a Hilton Head beach as we are.
Speaking of beach lovers, check out Treasure Island! This surf shop in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is brimming with beachwear for the whole family as well as a great selection of toys and souvenirs.
Shopping for someone who loves outdoor adventure? The Ship’s Store at Shelter Cove Marina is the perfect stop! The store carries fishing gear, tackle, and bait, a selection of Sperry footwear, clothing, gifts, and more!
Hilton Head Social Bakery Rum Cake
If you’ve visited Hilton Head Island, you know the food here can’t be beat! Treat the foodie on your list to a special meal with a gift card to their favorite Hilton Head restaurant—or introduce them to one of your own! Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina has some of the best restaurants (and some of the best views) around, and they all offer gift certificates. Stop by Scott’s Fish Market, San Miguel’s, Mediterranean Harbour or Bucci & Murray’s for outstanding casual dining, or grab a gift card from Bistro 17 or ELA’S if you’re looking to impress with something more upscale. Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Don’t miss Hilton Head Social Bakery for specialty baked goods or a gift certificate so they can choose their own.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible selection at each of our golf pro shops! Stop in to find the perfect gift for the golfer on your list. We carry brands such as Peter Millar, Greyson Clothiers, Free Fly, Odyssey Golf, and more! Our Tennis & Pickleball Center has an incredible pro shop, too. One of the largest on the island, it’s stocked with top brands in exercise, tennis, and pickleball gear. For a gift that keeps on giving, talk to a member of staff about gifting a golf or tennis membership!
Palmetto Dunes’ Local Stores
Hilton Head Outfitters is known for its rental equipment and outdoor adventure, however, its shop also has an incredible array of gifts for people of all ages! Choose from comfy sweatshirts, awesome tees, beach gear, fishing equipment, and tons more for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. And while the General Store is obviously an excellent choice to stop for breakfast, did you there is a wide selection of gifts on offer there as well!
What’s your favorite shop to visit when you vacation at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Whether it’s Small Business Saturday or throughout the year, we love giving these special locally owned and run stores our business and we know you’ll love trolling their treasures to find the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season. Happy shopping!
Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins on Hilton Head Island are beloved by residents and visitors alike. Next time you’re sailing around the island, keep your eyes peeled! You could be delighted by a dolphin taking a leap through the air and splashing in the water. Here are some fun dolphin facts to help you get excited about dolphin watching on your next visit to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Have you ever seen a dolphin on Hilton Head Island? Check out our dolphin boat tours and excursions to start planning your dolphin adventure.
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.
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.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! Celebrate in style with some of our favorite and most romantic places in Hilton Head Island that make for a perfect date night.
There are so many couples’ activities on Hilton Head Island; it’s hard to pick just five! When it comes to planning the perfect date night for your valentine, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is an ideal place to start.
For a table for two with a view head to ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Treat yourself to a cocktail and dine as the sun sets over the water. From now until February 18, they’re even offering a stunning special Valentine’s Day meal with gorgeous entrées like Steak and Scallops with Champagne and Butter Sauce and a sinfully delicious sea salt caramel cheesecake for dessert. We can’t think of a more romantic backdrop for you and your loved one!
True romantics know that there’s more to date night than wining and dining. Make the evening special with a Sunset Cruise from Shelter Cove Marina. With nothing but the fresh air, the open water, the stunning sky, and each other, you’ll enjoy a memorable date as the sun dips below the horizon.
For a whole new kind of water view—not to mention an impressive meal—head to Alexander’s Restaurant. Cozy up by the fireplace and order oysters on the half shell to start the meal off right. With beautiful signature dishes like Filet Mignon and Jumbo Scallops, you really can’t go wrong with this menu.
Of course, what makes a date night special is the person you’re spending it with! When it comes to romantic things to do in Hilton Head Island, nothing beats a walk on the beach at sunset. Our stunning three-mile beachfront sets the scene for romantic excursion that’s really, all about the two of you. With the sounds of the waves and the spectacular sky, we wouldn’t be surprised if you fell in love all over again!
For even more romance, consider booking one of our Hilton Head romantic getaway packages! Because the only thing better than one date night is three in a row.
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.
If you think Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers plenty of fun on land, wait until you experience it on the water. From a leisurely sail to a custom cruise, and everything in between, the perfect day on the water is waiting for you on Hilton Head Island.
Find out what type of boating excursion best suits you:
There’s nothing more relaxing than setting sail on the sea to simply take in Hilton Head Island’s picturesque scenery. Cruising our blue waters surrounded by nature, you can’t help but discover the true definition of low country life on a leisurely catamaran tour.
Making memories with your kids is what family vacations are all about and that’s not hard to do with a family outing on the water. After all, who doesn’t love hitting the high seas for a day of fun in the sun? For a truly memorable family adventure, you can’t go wrong with Shannon Tanner’s Excellent Pirate Expedition!
The beautiful waters of Hilton Head Island are home to a variety of wildlife, making an ocean excursion a must for animal lovers. Off our shores, you’ll have the chance to cross seeing egrets, herons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, pelicans, bottle nose dolphins, and sharks off your bucket list. Aboard the Dolphin Seafari, you may even spot a mermaid!
There’s no better place for a fun-filled fishing adventure than Hilton Head Island, and no better way make it happen than a Palmetto Dunes Fishing Charter. Whether you’re an avid angler or a fishing newbie, you’ll love casting a line for your next big catch—which could be sea bass, mackerel, barracuda, red fish, or even shark!
If you want a more custom adventure on the water, we’ve got you covered! Rent a boat and find your inner sailor as you cruise through Hilton Head Island’s vast waterways in style. Or sit back and relax under the experienced hand of a fully equipped captain and crew on a chartered sailboat.
Summer has arrived on Hilton Head Island, and that means one thing: it’s time for sun, sand, and a drink in your hand! After all, the best way to cool down on a hot day is with a refreshing, summery beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of places to grab a delightful drink at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Here are ten island favorites.
The Dunes House
This beachfront eatery is a longstanding favorite with Palmetto Dunes guests and property owners. You simply can’t beat that ocean view! (See it for yourself by checking out the live webcam.) The Dunes House is famous for offering the best fish tacos on Hilton Head Island and a wide range of drinks served frozen or on the rocks.
Sip on this: The Arnie Palmer, a frozen cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.
This waterfront café brings French flair to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, with lunch and dinner menus featuring classic French cuisine. They offer a kids’ menu, so little ones can dine on chicken fingers or grilled cheese while the grownups indulge in favorites like escargot or mussels, paired with the perfect wine.
Sip on this: Rather than a cocktail, try something from Bistro 17’s extensive wine list.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Hilton Head Island guests and locals were thrilled when Alexander’s Restaurant reopened in March of 2017. The upscale seafood restaurant is back and better than ever, thanks to its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and a revamped atmosphere. The brand new stand-up bar is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends.
Must-Try Cocktail: Enjoy a glass of the house wine for only $4, or choose your favorite from a wine list of over 100 selections.
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Located in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors to Hilton Head Island love dining on authentic Mexican food at San Miguel’s – and taking in those incredible Shelter Cove sunsets while they’re at it.
Sip on this: Their award-winning Cadillac Margarita.
XO Sports & Spirits
Located at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, XO Sports & Spirits is a popular place to grab a drink and watch the game. They offer classic pub snacks like pimento cheese dip, wings, and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft, draft, and bottled beer.
Sip on this: The Peach Palmer includes Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, peach puree, and iced tea.
Scott’s Fish Market
This waterfront hotspot has been a Hilton Head Island favorite for over 25 years! The outdoor bar, “Hurricane Harry’s”, offers enticing happy hour deals and an assortment of tropical libations make it one of the best places to grab a drink at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Grab a seat at Scott's Fish Market on Tuesday nights during HarbourFest and enjoy a cocktail during the fireworks display!
Sip on this: Hurricane Harry’s Rum Runner includes dark and white rum, and tropical fruit juices like pineapple and mango.
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
One of the most popular restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ELA’s was even featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Lowcountry locals and visitors love the outdoor dining, live music, and fresh-caught seafood. It’s the perfect Hilton Head Island spot for a romantic date night. ELA's boasts a fantastic boutique wine list, quality scotches, and perfectly crafted cocktails.
Sip on this: The Lemon Basil Martini features Svedka Citron, Triple Sec, and a splash of orange juice with fresh basil and lemons.
For a casual and fun night out on Hilton Head Island, you can’t go wrong with Big Jim’s —especially if there’s a game on! Watch sports year-round on the restaurant’s big TVs, or sit outside and watch the action on the Robert Trent Jones course. Kids and adults love the menu of burgers, pizza, and other comfort food. Enjoy an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or one of Big Jim’s signature cocktails! Pro tip: Visit on Martini Monday for $6 martinis all day.
Sip on this: The Lowcountry Long Island Iced Tea includes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour Mix, and cola.
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
This family-owned waterfront restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is famous for its great Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and outdoor bar. Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can enjoy live music with your dinner or cocktail! Bucci’s happy hour, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a popular time to visit.
Sip on this: The tropical and tasty Bucci’s Delight!
Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge
Located at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, dining at this oceanfront restaurant is a must for seafood lovers.
Sip on this: The bartenders at Conroy’s will happily whip up a classic cocktail for you to toast your Hilton Head vacation.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with the flavorful Lebanese cuisine served up at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill located at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Sip on this: With such an extensive beer selection and excellent wine list, you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal!
Wherever you choose to say “cheers”, you’re bound to have a good time when you’re at Palmetto Dunes! Even better, challenge yourself to trying all ten. Start planning your next vacation by checking out these deals and packages. Scoring a great price on your next Hilton Head Island getaway will give you something to toast to.