With its winding bike paths, miles of beachfront, and a vibrant lagoon ecosystem, Palmetto Dunes is an outdoor lover’s paradise. However, even Hilton Head Island isn’t immune to grey skies and rain clouds. Don’t let a little bit of rain ruin your vacation! There are still lots of fun things to do on a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Vacation in your villa
One of the best advantages of a vacation home or villa rental is you’ve got space to lounge and enjoy. Peruse your vacation rental’s DVD collection, grab a deck of cards, or use your villa’s kitchen to whip up a rainy-day feast. It’s a perfect excuse to spend time together, and there’s tons of fun to be had without having to leave your home away from home.
Dine with a view
Enjoy beautiful marina views from the great indoors while feasting on a long lunch at one of our restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. ELA’s offers an exquisite view of the harbor mouth and refined European flavors, they’ve even been featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Or head to Scott’s Fish Market for fresh seafood and a casual Lowcountry vibe. You can also enjoy and quiet lagoon view at our recently reopened Alexander's Restaurant & Wine Bar. Check out 5 menu itemas you must try here!
Work on your golf swing
At Palmetto Dunes, you’ve got the unique opportunity to improve your game without ever setting foot on the green. SwingFit is the premier custom golf club fitter on Hilton Head Island. The experts at our SwingFit facility will track your drive, measure your swing, and create a custom club—or clubs—just for you. This indoor facility is located at the Robert Trent Jones golf course, right behind Big Jim’s. We recommend making an appointment. Call 855-225-8214 today.
Catch the game
Speaking of Big Jim’s, why not watch the big game? Our favorite sports bar is always broadcasting the hottest matchups on the big screen.
Don’t forget that we also have kids’ activities (even on rainy days).
Ocean adventures in the rain
Rain may hamper your beach day plans, but we think you’ll find that the dolphins of Hilton Head don’t mind it one bit! Search availability and book a boat charter online out of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina (most boats are covered and enclosed) and head out to see what wet wildlife you can spot! They say that rainy days make for the best fishing. It might be time to test that theory out by chartering a fishing boat.
Enjoy the cozy comforts of Hilton Head Island
If you have kids, why not take a visit to the Art Café at Coligny Beach Park, where you can enjoy a local lunch while painting souvenirs together. Or if you’re by yourself, grab a good book and head to the Hilton Head Social Bakery, owned by award-winning Manhattan chef Philippe Feret. Enjoy a perfect pastry and wait for the rain to clear.
On the other hand, you’re on vacation, so why not treat yourself? While the sky is busy raining, you can get busy relaxing. We have two spas at Palmetto Dunes, where you can indulge in a relaxing massage, soothe your sun-touched skin with a wrap or facial, or get a pedicure so your toes will be polished and ready for your next beach day.
Find some inspiration
You can also take advantage of a little bit of down time to make some more vacation plans. Relax in your villa or at a café while signing up for a Tennis Clinic or Pickleball lesson! Arrange some private golf instruction for when the sun comes out, plan your next bike route, or read up on the fish of Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. You’ll be ready to make the most of your Hilton Head trip as soon as the clouds part.
How have you made the most of a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments