Top Beaches on Hilton Head Island, SC


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is known for its natural beauty, world-class golf, incredible food, and stunning beaches. Hilton Head is home to a 12-mile stretch of sand beaches, each with its own unique features, access points, and amenities. 

Hilton Head Public Beach Access

Living on Hilton Head Island puts you close to the beach no matter where you are. And, even better, is that every Hilton Head, South Carolina beach is open to the public. However, the public can only access certain beaches from public access points around the island.

Read on to discover some of the best beaches on Hilton Head Island. Or, explore local communities with real estate for sale on Hilton Head Island and contact Dunes Real Estate for more insight into what it’s like to live on Hilton Head Island.

Coligny Beach

Coligny Beach is known for being the most popular beach on Hilton Head, located at the end of Pope Avenue. And because of its large sandy area and amenities, it’s no wonder people flock to this beach. At Coligny Beach, you’ll find a Tiki Hut with live music and great drinks, an area to play volleyball, and several shops close by. You can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas to set up on the beach while you look out at the water and take in the view. After taking a refreshing dip in the ocean, you can rinse off in the showers in nearby Coligny Beach Park which also have restrooms as well. As for parking, there’s a large free lot available right by the beach and extra parking a short walk away for when it’s a busier day.  

Alder Lane Beach

If you’re looking for a quieter beach to spend the day at, Alder Lane Beach is the place to be! Located off of South Forest Beach Drive, you’ll have access to the beach from a paved path to the boardwalk and out onto the beach. Alder Lane Beach offers restrooms, showers, and beach mats for accessibility. And, there are metered parking spots across the street from the beach access point. 

Burkes Beach

Situated mid-island, Burkes Beach has a long sandy pathway that leads to the beach. This beach is less crowded than some of the other HHI beaches, making it a great spot to spread out and enjoy the sound of the waves. One of the highlights of Burkes Beach is its proximity to Chaplin Community Park. At the park, you’ll find parking for the beach, basketball courts, tennis courts, and restrooms. 

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Driessen Beach Park

Driessen Beach Park is one of the best Hilton Head beaches thanks to its plentiful amenities. Here, you’ll get to enjoy a playground, picnic area, restrooms, showers, chair and umbrella rentals, and is wheelchair accessible with a boardwalk and beach matting. There is metered parking in the parking lot that brings you on a nature-filled walk to the beach. 

Fish Haul Creek Park

Overlooking Port Royal Sound, Fish Haul Creek Park is a hidden gem for those looking to take a stroll along the water or rest on the beach. This beach has the essentials like parking and restrooms so you can enjoy being outside all day long. Fish Haul Creek Park is also home to lots of wildlife, making it a great spot to stop and birdwatch. 

Folly Field Beach Park

Located off of Folly Field Road, Folly Field Beach Park offers restrooms, showers, and metered parking a short walk from the beach. Here, you’ll get to take a stroll on the boardwalk leading to the sand, bringing you through a peaceful natural setting. If you want to sit and relax on the beach, chair and umbrella rentals are available during beach season. 

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If you’re looking for stunning public beaches, Hilton Head has many options to choose from. From bigger beaches with tons of amenities to smaller, more quiet spots, you’re sure to find the best beach in Hilton Head to enjoy. If you want to learn more about what it’s like to live on Hilton Head you can explore homes for sale on Hilton Head. 

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