It’s not easy to pick the best season in Hilton Head Island, but summer makes a great case. With long sunny days, miles of pristine beaches, live music around every corner, and endless outdoor activities it’s no wonder this is one of the most sought-after times to visit. Whether you’re counting down the days until you leave for your beach vacation or you’re still in the planning phase, this Summer Guide to Hilton Head Island will help you have the perfect island getaway.
The beach is the quintessential Hilton Head Island summer activity. Pack your beach essentials and follow the sounds of the waves. You’re never more than a few steps away from the beach at the Beach House, so don’t worry about travel time. It’s hard to decide which is better – the beach or the pool. The good news is you don’t have to. Our favorite days are spent hopping back and forth between poolside cocktails and long walks on the beach.
Eat, swim, cheers, sleep, repeat.
Experience Hilton Head Island in the most authentic way. Grab a printed map of our local multi-use paths and start exploring! Our bike friendly island is one of 21 communities in the United States that has been awarded the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists.
Though it is true that Hilton Head gets more sun than rain, rainy days are a great opportunity to see a different side of the island. Don’t let the beach fool you into thinking it’s the only way to enjoy your vacation. When the weather isn’t cooperating with your poolside plans, head inside and enjoy even more uniquely Hilton Head Island experiences. Faces Day Spa is the perfect way to spend a rainy day. Voted Hilton Head Island’s best day spa, best manicure, and best massage, you’ll leave this relaxing oasis without a care in the world. Even better, Beach House Resort guests receive a 15% discount on spa services. Simply show your room key and let the bliss begin. After the perfect morning of self-care, head to The Porch and watch the rain go by with one of their daily drink specials and some pulled porch nachos. If you’re looking for, “a spirited adventure,” The Hilton Head Island Distillery should be your next rainy afternoon stop. The tasting room is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm, featuring a tasting flight on a first come first served basis, including a souvenir shot glass. For fun with the whole family, the Coastal Discovery Museum features indoor exhibits including a Discovery Lab and the Kids Zone.
Take your great outdoor adventure to new heights with Zipline Hilton Head . Get your adrenaline pumping with heights up to 75-feet on this two-hour tour. Try the Aerial Adventure Challenge with, “50 in-the-tree challenge activities on six different ability courses.” Kids as young as five can enjoy the green courses while adults challenge themselves on black courses.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is taking the world by storm and Hilton Head Island is no exception. It’s not kayaking, and it’s not surfing – it’s something in between. Standing on a large stable board, you’ll use a paddle to explore our inland waterways. H2O Sports offers one hour guided tours that include a lesson and a tour of Calibogue Sound and the surrounding marsh.
On Hilton Head Island, golfing is a year-round activity. Golf first came to Hilton Head Island in 1926 and has become an integral part of this island’s culture. With over 20 public and private championship courses featuring some of the most well-known golf architects, Hilton Head Island really is a golfer’s paradise. Don’t take our word for it – Golf Digest has named Hilton Head Island one of the Best Buddies-Trip Destinations and Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head as one of the best Golf Resorts in the Carolinas Best Golf Resorts in the Carolinas.
It’s hard to find somewhere that doesn’t offer live music at some point during the summer in Hilton Head Island. The Tiki Hut features local and traveling musicians every day from 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm with an afterparty at The Porch on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10:00pm. We're sure you'll be able to find your next favorite band right here. If you want to explore more of the local area, check out Shannon Tanner at HarbourFest every weeknight at 6:30pm and 8:30pm through mid-August. The night owls will love The Boardroom's late-night music, and right next door to the Beach House, Coligny Plaza, is hosting summer entertainment throughout the week into September.
A summer trip to Hilton Head Island requires no sacrifices; there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re the type of person that likes to fill every day with activities, prefer to keep it casual with your days wide open, or something in between, Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to unwind, explore, and enjoy.
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