The oceanic beaches on Hilton Head Island are public, but some access points to the beaches are private. Don’t worry, there are many places to park your car, bike, and hit the beach. Additionally, each beach has designated parking available, and there are swimming areas for Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field, and Islander Beaches. During the season, there will be lifeguards present in numerous locations. Beaufort and Bluffton are also home to beautiful beaches you must try to see.
Hilton Head Island Beaches
2 Woodward Ave.
Adler Lane provides beach access just off of South Forest Beach Drive. Metered parking is available across the street for beachgoers, so be sure to bring some quarters! If you are looking for a more tranquil experience, Alder Lane Beach is usually un-crowded. The beach does offer handicap beach matting, restrooms, outdoor shower stalls, and seasonal lifeguards.
60 Burkes Beach Rd.
Burkes Beach is a lovely stretch of Hilton Head Island coastline. Chaplin Community Park is right down the road, bringing you everything from basketball and tennis courts to a playground and a fenced-in dog park!
Coligny Beach Park
1 North Forest Beach (Coligny Circle)
At Coligny Beach Park, you will discover one of the Hilton Head’s most popular beaches, along with a shopping center where you can dine and find souvenirs and pick up extra beach gear. Outside of Sea Pines, Coligny feels like the heart of Hilton Head Island.
Driessen Beach Park
64 Bradley Beach Rd.
With a picnic table pavilion, two grills, and a playground, Driessen Beach Park is the perfect place for families and friends. It’s one of the larger beach parks on the island, ideal for large gatherings.
Fish Haul Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Rd.
Fish Haul Beach Park gives you more opportunities to become one with nature and the environment. Keep your eyes open for hermit crabs and shells, and who knows, while you’re looking, you might discover some deer tracks in the sand.
Folly Field Beach Park
55 Starfish Drive
Even without all the amenities of some of the other beach parks, Folly Field Beach is still worth visiting, with clear waters and beautiful sand.
Islanders Beach Park
94 Folly Field Road
If you’re looking for a beach to relax at for the entire day, look no further. Islanders beach park is outfitted with all you need, including a picnic pavilion, grill, playground, and restrooms, of course.
Mitchelville Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Rd.
With one of the most natural beaches on the island, Mitchelville is sure to please; be sure to keep your eyes open for hermit crabs, and who knows, while you’re looking, you might find some deer tracks in the sand.
Beaches Around the City of Beaufort
Located halfway between Charleston and Savannah, it is conveniently positioned between Hunting Island State Park to the north and Pritchards Island to the southwest. An expansive marsh and estuarine system separate these islands from the larger St. Helena’s Island to the northwest. The upland acreage of the island is approximately 3,000 acres. Fripp has around three miles of beachfront along the Atlantic, though some parts of the beach are fully submerged at high tide.
A private 1400-acre barrier island on the Atlantic seacoast, Harbor Island is located outside the city of Beaufort. The island’s natural beauty lies in its graceful sand dunes covered with sea oats and coastal grasses and in its tidal waters and saltwater marshes. Three miles of pure, untamed sandy beach is waiting for your exploration, relaxation, and play. Walk among the terns, pelicans, egrets, herons, and horseshoe crabs or sit in the sands and bask in the sun while watching the dolphins play.
Located just 16 miles east of Historic Beaufort, Hunting Island State Park is the most popular state park beach in South Carolina. The beach is a 5,000-acre park with 3 miles of natural beach and home to 200 campground sites. White sands and warm waters grace this state park preserved for visitors and locals to “get back to nature.”
Port Royal Sands
The Town of Port Royal is located between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Way down on the southern tip of the town of Port Royal, you will find a fantastic area where Battery Creek flows into the Beaufort River. From the sandy beaches, you can get some great views of the river and estuaries. A long boardwalk runs along Battery Creek and is a popular place for strolling and fishing. Near the end of the path is a large observation tower.
Beaches in Bluffton
For that small-town Lowcountry feel, Brighton Beach is the place to go at the end of Alljoy Road. Alljoy Boat Landing provides access to the May River and Calibogue Sound. It is an excellent spot to visit during a day of shopping or dining in Old Town Bluffton.
May River Sandbar
The May River Sand Bar is a classic place for a picnic or leisure. Locals and visitors dock at the sand bar to enjoy a few hours of swimming, playing volleyball, or just relaxing. Check the tide chart carefully before planning your play date – the sand bar doesn’t exist when the tide comes in.