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Benefits of renting at Palmetto Dunes:

  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
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Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

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  • Posted on 13th Jun 2019, 10:46 am

    Run in the Sun at Palmetto Dunes: The Turtle Trot is Back!

    While when it comes to getting around Hilton Head Island, a bike is usually the way to go, this spring and summer you can ditch the wheels for a good old-fashioned foot race right here at Palmetto Dunes!

    For the second year in a row, the Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association is launching its Turtle Trot 5K race series — and you’re invited! Two equally stunning 3.1-mile routes have been created that take you over sand, under shaded oak canopies, and along our lagoon and beautiful oceanfront so you can start your day by trotting past the best that Palmetto Dunes has to offer.

    Each race starts at 8 am on Wednesday mornings. You can sign up in advance or register in person beginning at 7am. Then, it’s off to the races! Depending on which week you participate, you’ll be running a beach or road route. Check out the schedule below.

    Not only is the Turtle Trot an amazing way to start your day, it’s a fun event regardless of your age or fitness level! We’ve had many people walk the route and we love seeing kids having fun participating. In fact, we encourage you to bring the whole family along! Kids aged 12 and under race for free.

    The registration fee is $25 for each race, which includes a Turtle Trot t-shirt. The proceeds from every race go to the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund, a local charity that promotes health, environment, arts and culture, community development, and education on Hilton Head Island. After you’ve finished your route, stick around for some light snacks and drinks.

    Are you ready to turn your fun in the sun into run in the sun? Sign up for a Turtle Trot race today.

  • Posted on 12th Jun 2019, 8:40 pm

    Hilton Head Island Summer Activities Checklist

    2019 Summer #Goals—Checklist of Hilton Head Island Summer Activities To Do This Year

    It’s heating up here on Hilton Head Island and there is no greater time to visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort than the summer. With an array of activities available for everyone in your family, we can guarantee a goal-worthy summer vacation. And while you countdown the days, we’ve compiled the ultimate 2019 Summer #Goals Checklist of things to do at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

    Beaches

    Nothing says summer vacation like hitting the beach and there is no shortage of them on Hilton Head Island. Grab your beach bag, rent an umbrella and chair, and prepare to unwind on the three miles of sandy beachfront here at Palmetto Dunes.

    Looking for a little adventure? We’ve got you covered! Head over to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and partake in one of the many water activities available daily. From boat tours and cruises, water skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding, to pirate ships and dolphin tours, there is something for everyone in the family.

    May we suggest: Family Ski Day, a private and custom adventure available for those of all skill levels. With cruises leaving daily at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, grab your group and choose your adventure—tubing, water skiing, knee boarding or wakeboarding, and prepare for a jam-packed day of fun on the water.

    Further explore the Marina by booking one of our many fishing charters. Never fished before? No worries! No matter your experience level, one of our many seasoned fishing captains will customize your adventure. Fishing charters are scheduled daily with an added bonus of evening “Shark Trips”—a three-hour shark fishing adventure exclusively offered in the summer months.

    Bikes

    Grab a bike from Hilton Head Outfitters and make use of the over 50 miles of paved bike paths that surround the resort and Island. With bike rentals available for family members of all ages it’s easy to take in the breathtaking views that the Island has to offer.

    Our suggestion: Change up the scenery and ride down to the beach and cycle on the sand!

    Bites

    Foodies rejoice! There is no shortage of restaurants on location at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for whatever your taste buds desire. From grills to cafes and pub fare, prepare for a truly indulgent culinary experience at either The Dunes House, Alexander's Restaurant, or Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers & Pizza. Make your way over to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and sit portside while enjoying fresh seafood at the award-winning Ela’s On the Water. Or enjoy some live entertainment at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour. Additional dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina include San Miguel's Mexican Cafe, Scott's Fish Market, Bistro17, and Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill. With so many options, we can guarantee no one will leave hungry.

    Our summer tip: Quench your thirst at one of the many Happy Hours available nightly throughout the summer months on the Marina, from wine, local draughts, margaritas, and more!

    Bashes

    With three award-winning courses to choose from, Palmetto Dunes is a golfer’s paradise. With daily lessons and clinics available all summer long, whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro, we’re here to help you with your game. To get started, head to our Robert Trent Jones course and learn tips from former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver and staff at the free golf class and exhibition held every Monday at 4pm throughout the summer months.

    It wouldn’t be summer on Hilton Head Island without HarbourFest! Celebrating 31 years, this annual event takes place weekly throughout the summer months and is perfect for the whole family. Prepare for live music and entertainment, arts crafts, kid’s activities and more!

    Our tip: Head over Tuesday night (June 11- August 20) for the weekly firework show that’s sure to wow the whole family!

    With so many things to do at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this summer, we can’t wait to see what you get up to! And while you daydream about your stay, check out our available vacation rentals to make your reservation.

  • Posted on 10th Jun 2019, 2:31 pm

    Doug Weaver’s U.S. Open history commemorated in newly released video

    Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Golf Academy Director & PGA Teacher of the Year for North and South Carolina, Doug Weaver made U.S. Open history three decades ago at storied Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., which recently played host to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

    As a tour rookie in 1989, during a breathtaking span of one hour and 50 minutes, Doug became the first of four U.S. Open contenders at Oak Hill to ace the sixth hole. Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe were the other three. The hole-in-one was Weaver’s eighth.


    From right: Mark Weibe, Nick Price, Jerry Pate & Doug Weaver

    News 8 and RochesterFirst.com sports anchor and reporter Thad Brown put together a video to commemorate the event at Oak Hill, including interviews with all four golfers and other witnesses that day 30 years ago. The video can be viewed here:

    https://www.rochesterfirst.com/sports/local-sports/remembering-the-four-aces/2019991952

    For Doug — who was inducted in the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and is consistently ranked among the state’s best instructors — that historic event became one of many professional highlights. He captured 14 mini-tour titles and played in PGA Tour events during six years spanning three decades, including three Top-25 finishes.


    Jim Uremovich congratulates Doug on his 5 shot victory in the Old south Pro Am in March of 2019

    Doug played and practiced with many of the game’s greatest best including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Lee Trevino and Payne Stewart — and many others. He took lessons during the years from some other legends, including David Leadbetter, Harvie Ward, Davis Love Jr., and Sam Snead.

    Doug — who first moved to Hilton Head as a 17-year-old prep athlete, later playing at Furman University alongside Brad Faxon — eventually returned to the island full time to teach and spend more time with his family.

    All his PGA Tour experiences Doug firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling. “Today, I ask my students, ‘How much are you willing to invest?’ Doug said. “I know what it takes, and if you aren’t willing, I can help you with another game plan. But let’s be realistic and enjoy the journey.”

    To sign up for one of Doug Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call 866-744-7558 or visit https://www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf-instruction.

  • Posted on 10th Jun 2019, 2:25 pm

    Tennis Resorts Online names Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center world’s “Best Pro Shop”

    The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center was recently rated as the world’s “Best Pro Shop” by Tennis Resorts Online.

    Palmetto Dunes topped hundreds of outstanding tennis resort’s around the globe. The Resort at Longboat in Key Club, Fla., was No. 2 on the Tennis Resorts Online ranking, followed by The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Calif., and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

    “The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center caters to a mixture of groups and vacationers,” writes Tennis Resorts Online Editor Roger Cox. “The reception is extremely friendly—these aren't kids behind the desk but adults. All of them play tennis—many in fact are on teams—and so they really do understand tennis players and their needs.”

    Boasting 21 clay courts, including four lighted for night play, 16 lighted pickleball courts and a beautifully well-stocked, 1,800-square-foot tennis pro shop — Hilton Head Island's largest — the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has been named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine. There's also a helpful, energetic staff whose primary goal is to make your visit a rewarding one.

    For tennis enthusiasts, Palmetto Dunes runs back-to-back group clinics and drills so that guests can carpenter together a program day by day that could be as short as one hour or as long as 4.5 hours. And the junior programs coincide with the adult programs, so families can more easily come and go together. Among the options are a 90-minute Grand Slam clinic — a series of fast-paced drills and ball machine workouts — a 90-minute Competitive Edge Doubles clinic, and a 90-minute Competitive Edge drill session. All are scheduled to run one after the other and geared to intermediate-advanced players.

    Beginners and intermediates, meanwhile, can choose from less demanding 60-minute stroke-of-the-day, daily drill, and cardio tennis sessions, also scheduled back to back. Because of this thoughtful, modular schedule, those who want activity after activity can easily spend a whole morning and part of the afternoon on court. What's more, as a boon to parents, the junior clinics run at the same time as the adult clinics, so the whole family can come and go as a group. Beyond that the tennis center runs a daily round robin, supervised by a member of the staff, and former Finland No. 1 Tapi Hayrinen runs a set of Cardio tennis sessions. From March to October there is a weekly exhibition and happy hour and a demo day.

    The most significant recent change at Palmetto Dunes is the introduction of pickleball, now available on 16 dedicated courts. "We are ramping up our lesson, clinic and round robin offerings for pickleball and really are having fun with it," said Palmetto Dunes Director of Tennis & Pickleball John Kerr. "Pickleball is a great family activity because the learning curve is much shorter than tennis. Nobody is a beginner for very long and soon they are smiling and laughing. The grandparents can compete with grandkids on court, making it a multigenerational activity."

    “Tennis remains a focus,” writes Cox on Tennis Resorts Online. “Stop by the (Palmetto Dunes) pro shop, as I did, and you'll find an experienced staff who are at once friendly and very service conscious. Game matching remains a priority: if you give them 24 hours’ notice and book a court, they promise to have someone for you at that time. All in all, the center offers an excellent series of programs.”

    Cox has made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of Tennis Resorts Online. During the course of several decades, Cox has visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers — that underpins Tennis Resorts Online.

    Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has helped vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday.

    Palmetto Dunes offers getaway specials for tennis players. The Tennis Stay and Play package includes four days and three nights in a two-bedroom resort-view villa. After breakfast at the Palmetto Dunes General Store, enjoy two free hours of court time and a one-hour clinic, covering either the stroke of the day or a daily drill. The “Extreme Tennis Vacation” package includes an 8-day/ 7-night stay in a two-bedroom resort-view villa for four guests with three 1-hour, semi-private tennis lessons per player, two clinics per player and daily court time. Free court time is based on availability.

    “Over the last few years a subtle change has taken place at Palmetto Dunes to the benefit of its vacationers, tennis and otherwise,” writes Cox on Tennis Resorts Online. “Greenwood Communities and Resorts, which owns the resort's recreational amenities, has also taken on a larger and larger share of the villa rentals. That has given them far more flexibility to offer a range of attractive packages that bundle lodging with whatever recreational activities you want as part of your holiday, whether that's tennis, golf, group outings, weddings, family reunions, or other celebrations. With a phone call or online request to a trip planner, you can arrange every detail of your vacation, including lodging in a villa or home at preferred rates.”

  • Posted on 30th May 2019, 3:53 pm

    Celebrating Women’s Golf Day at Palmetto Dunes

    With three award-winning golf courses, enviable Pro Shops, and professional instructors, it’s no secret that we’re passionate about golf at Palmetto Dunes! On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, we’re celebrating some of our favorite golfers—women!

    National Women’s Golf Day is celebrated across the globe, with special events happening in over 50 countries worldwide. So join us and the 50,000 other golfers who are supporting women and sharing their love of the sport.

    How can you celebrate Women’s Golf Day?

    Join us at our Robert Trent Jones course at 4 pm for a two-hour golf clinic lead by Krista Dunton and Dana Johnson. Get hands-on attention from these impressive women golf experts as you work on putting, chipping, driving, and more, all in the company of like-minded women who love golf and love learning.

    Aching to get off the range and onto the course? Opt for our Women’s Golf Day 9-hole play deal, instead. Head out on the stunning Robert Trent Jones Course from 4–6 pm to get some holes in and enjoy the company of some golf-loving gals.

    After engaging two hours of golf, make sure you stay for our Women’s Golf Day Social Hour. You can talk golf, or just meet some new people, all while sipping on complimentary beer and wine and enjoying some light appetizers.

    Not only are these unique Women’s Golf Day events a fun way to engage, empower, and support women golfers, they’re affordable, with the two hours of golf and social hour priced at only $30.

    Register and pay online here


    View full flyer here

    Can’t make it to Palmetto Dunes on June 4th? Treat the women golfers in your life to a round of their favorite game. A Palmetto Dunes gift card can go towards tee time on any of our courses and can even be used to be a round at the “19th hole”.

    What is it about golf that women love so much?

    It’s outdoors, which in Hilton Head Island generally means beautiful, warm and sunny conditions. It also provides wonderful exercise! If you walk an 18-hole course, you can burn up to 1,400 calories. Palmetto Dunes Resort offers a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts on all three golf courses. Our Tempo Walk caddies (available for a small rental fee) are perfect for enjoying a golf course with your gal pals without having to worry about carrying your irons. To pick up the pace, consider renting a golf bike. Aside from the chance for outdoor exercise, golf is also wonderfully social! It’s a chance to catch up and connect with girlfriends or your partner as you swing your way to victory.

    As Bobby Jones once famously said, “golf is the closest game to the game we call life,” so get out and live a little with the golf loving women in your life! Show off your Women's Golf Day spirit by wearing red and white on June 4th and don’t forget to share the love by posting on social media, tagging @palmettodunessc and @womensgolfday. See you on the course.

  • Posted on 28th May 2019, 3:16 pm

    Father’s Day Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again: Father’s Day! Time to celebrate Dads and thank them for all the bad jokes and all the good times we’ve shared so far. We know sometimes Dad can be hard to shop for but don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our 2019 Father’s Day gift guide, filled with items and experiences Dad will be sure to love.

    For the Dad who loves Golf:

    The newly launched Nike Jordan ARG Golf Shoes are the perfect gift for a Dad who is eager to get a jump start on this summer’s golf season. These stylish and comfortable new shoes have a plush midsole and flexible outsole, designed to help with the perfect swing. Be sure to check our Robert Trent Jones Pro Shop to get your hands on a pair before they sell out.


    Photo via Nike

    For the Dad who take his beard very seriously:

    Be sure to get him a Beard Grooming & Trimming kit. Made with natural and organic ingredients, this kit was designed to make beard styling easy.


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who loves to read:

    If your Dad loves to read and he doesn’t own an e-reader yet, this is definitely the perfect gift. We love the Kindle Oasis, which is waterproof, so whether your Dad likes to read on the couch, on a flight, on the beach at Palmetto Dunes, or even in the pool he can take his e-reader with him.


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who is always on-the-go:

    Summer brings on a lot of travel, so why not get Dad something practical to suit his travel needs? This duffle bag from Peter Millar is great for packing the essentials for a Hilton Head getaway or to visit friends and family for a weekend.


    Photo via Peter Millar

    For the Dad looking for a new skill:

    Our vacation homes are perfect for hosting, but if dad has never really mastered the art of cocktails, this gift will boost his mixology skills. The Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and App Kitchen Tool has over 400 drink recipes and will coach your Dad through all his cocktail mixing (even if he makes a mistake).


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who is fashion forward:

    Dress him up in a new fitted blazer, like this one from Polo. This sport coat is comfortable, classy and suitable for a number of different occasions. Check this one out online, or be sure to find Polo brand items at our Robert Trent Jones Golf Pro Shop.


    Photo via Polo Ralph Lauren

    For the Minimalist Dad:

    Just because time slows down in the Lowcountry doesn’t mean dad can’t have a stylish timepiece! This sleek and simple watch with leather strap and a clean white face will go with just about anything he might wear.


    Photo via Daniel Wellington

    For the Dad looking for the perfect swing:

    Just in time for Father's Day, SwingFit club fitting at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course are $100 (originally $150)! Give Dad the gift of new clubs guaranteed to work. Call 855-225-8214 to request a gift card for the fitting.


    Photo via SwingFit

    For the Dad looking to get in shape and have fun:

    Exercise doesn't have to be confined to the gym. Pickleball is a fun, easy sport that is great exercise and easy to pick up making it an enjoyable experience. Gift Dad with "the paddle the Pro's choose", the new 'Elite Pro' by Engage, which can be found at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center.


    Photo via Engage Pickleball

    And, last, but certainly not least...

    For something you can do together:

    Golf, sailing, spa days, dinners, and more—our Palmetto Dunes vacation packages give the gift of quality time and we can’t think of a better way to say Happy Father’s Day than that. Enjoy time with the whole family while watching the sun go down with a sailing charter with Salt Marsh Sailing.


    Photo via Salt Marsh Sailing

  • Posted on 9th May 2019, 11:39 am

    Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina Staples

    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.

    The Marina

    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 Ship’s Store

    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.

    Craigcat Boats

    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.

    Fishing

    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!

    Boat Tours

    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.

    Your New Favorite Restaurant

    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.

    Room with a View

    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!

  • Posted on 26th Apr 2019, 8:01 am

    Palmetto Dunes celebrates National Golf Day on May 1 … and every other day!

    At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, every day is golf day.

    Hey, what can we say? We’re surrounded by three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of legendary names, not to mention outstanding golf instructors giving interactive lessons and clinics, a nationally recognized club-fitting service, the most stylish attire adorning our pro shops — and we could go on and on.

    But there actually is an official National Golf Day… and in 2019, that day is May 1.

    National Golf Day celebrates the game’s more than $84 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.

    Golf industry leaders travel to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s 15,000 diverse businesses, 2 million jobs impacted, tax revenue and tourism value.

    WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, hosts the annual National Golf Day event in Washington, D.C.

    The Community Service Project on the National Mall will occur on April 30. This year, the day includes turf restoration projects between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There are opportunities to lay irrigation pipe along the Reflecting Pool, mow near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and lay sod near the Washington Monument.

    “Golf plays a substantial role in stimulating the American economy, as the industry impacts $58.7 billion in annual wage income,” says WE ARE GOLF Executive Director Steve Mona. “In addition to nearly 24 million U.S. golfers, a record-high 14.9 million are ‘very interested’ in playing the game, further cementing why it is vital to advocate on behalf of golf's interests with our country's lawmakers.”

    Last year's event was the most successful to date. The public relations and social media campaign outreach exceeded 2017 numbers. Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

    So, to celebrate National Golf Day, let’s see a show of hands — who is planning to do their part and leave work early to enjoy nine holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? And … if you really want to make a difference… make it 18!

  • Posted on 22nd Apr 2019, 9:14 am

    5 Ways to Stay Active at Palmetto Dunes this Summer

    The temperature is climbing, the flowers are blooming, and summer is well on its way here in Hilton Head Island! Summer vacation may be a chance to while the days away, but with the increasing popularity of wellness travel, it’s also a way to kick start a healthy lifestyle or stick to your current fitness routine. Whether you’re planning your first visit or are returning to Palmetto Dunes for another summer vacation, there are plenty of ways to stay active and have fun while you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    1: Turtle Trot 5K

    The Turtle Trot 5K is back and it’s a fantastic way to meet new people, take in the beautiful Hilton Head scenery, and get a great run in at the beginning of your day. Races run on Wednesday mornings at 8 am throughout June and July and alternate between beautiful beach runs and soothing countryside loops. Click here to learn more and register.

    2: Surf Camp

    Catch some waves regardless of your skill or fitness level, with surf lessons at Palmetto Dunes Beach! It’s a great core and upper body workout that’s also a whole lot of fun! Register for a private session or sign up for one of our 90-minute group lessons! You’ll be hanging ten in no time.

    3: Pickleball and Tennis Lessons

    With 16 Pickleball courts and an award-winning tennis program, your game is in good hands at Palmetto Dunes. Sign up for daily round robins to get your heart racing with some friendly competition, or enroll in tennis or Pickleball clinics to drill your skills and improve your game. Either way, you’ll be outdoors enjoying the Lowcountry sun while having a ball on the court.

    4: Dance the Night Away

    It just wouldn’t be summer at Palmetto Dunes without Harbourfest! This family-friendly event is a chance to see some fireworks as well as old and new friends but it can also be a chance to burn a few calories on the dance floor!

    5: Pedal to It

    It’s no secret that bicycles are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island, and for the health-conscious it’s also an easy way to add some activity to your day. Check out some of our favorite bike trails, bike the beach, or just pedal your way to and from the General Store for a sweet summer treat.

    How do you plan on staying active this summer? Share your summer adventures—action-packed or laid back—with us on Instagram using #PalmettoDunes.

  • Posted on 19th Apr 2019, 2:15 pm

    Palmetto Dunes’ Family Travel Tips

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been welcoming families for decades. With roomy vacation rentals that fit the whole family and activities that are fun for all ages, it’s no wonder! And while we know that a vacation at Palmetto Dunes is laidback and easy breezy, traveling with kids can make for its own set of challenges. Read on for some of our top travel tips so this year you can have the best family vacation ever!

    Tip 1: Make A List

    And check it twice! When it comes to kids—especially young kids—there are a lot of essential items you’re not going to live without. You can always head to a local store to pick up forgotten wipes, diapers, bottles and more, but a little planning and a careful list can avoid any unnecessary vacation stress.

    Tip: 2: Travel Distractions

    Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, you’ll have a smoother ride by making sure you’ve got plenty to keep your kids occupied throughout your travel time. Load up a favorite show or movie on your tablet, bring some books, puzzles, toys, and maybe even a special snack or surprise for your children to add some excitement to the journey.

    Tip 3: Book Accommodations with Separate Sleeping Areas

    At Palmetto Dunes, this is easy! From two-bedroom villas to 6-bedroom homes, there’s a space here that will fit the whole family. Not only do separate sleeping quarters make for a better-rested brood, having a common space to hang out in takes the stress off needing to have every day jam-packed with activity, and a full kitchen makes it easy to make snacks, stick to your normal morning routine, or accommodate any picky eaters.

    Tip 4: Rent Equipment in Advance

    Save yourself some space and time by renting equipment in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters. Strollers, children’s bikes and bike buggies, beach umbrellas, beach chairs and more are available with the option to have your items delivered to your home or villa the day you arrive.

    Tip 5: Don’t Forget Your Day Bag

    Snacks, water, sunscreen, a toy or book, a change of clothes or warm layer; these are all things you’re going to want to have handy as you’re exploring Hilton Head Island with your family. Take some time to pack a lightweight backpack or bag with these items in the morning and you’ll be thanking yourself come afternoon.

    Tip 6: Find Some Structured Activities

    It’s so exciting to explore a new destination with your children or to introduce them to a destination you’ve grown to love. As an adult, you might be fine to follow the day where it takes you, but with kids, a little structure goes a long way. Block out a couple of hours to go on a family canoe trip, sign your kids up for surfing or tennis lessons. Having a couple of activities with a start and end date helps keep everyone having fun without getting too tired out.

    Tip 7: Plan For Downtime

    Speaking of tired out, it’s okay to slow down and take a rest! You’re in The South, after all! And while you (and your kids) might be ready to go, go, go, an hour or two of hanging at your vacation rental will make sure no one gets too much sun, too over-tired, or too cranky.

    Tip 8: Go With the Flow

    After all of that planning, don’t forget to relax! After all, that’s what vacations are for, and Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for your family to do just that! Some of the most incredible travel experiences are those that happen spontaneously. Maybe you stumble upon some live music that your kids just want to dance too. Maybe your morning at the beach turns into a whole day of fun in the sun. With a go-with-the-flow attitude, you and your family can enjoy these moments instead of stressing out that you’re off-schedule.

    We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to Palmetto Dunes for a vacation filled with memory-making fun! We hope that with these tips, each and every member of your family, parents included, will have a stress-free, fantastic time.