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Hilton Head offers more than 14 miles of pristine, sandy beaches. While most of it is along the Atlantic Ocean coast, some is along the Calibogue Sound, some on the Port Royal Sound at Port Royal plantation and Hilton Head plantation has a small beach next to Dolphin Head, also on Port Royal sound. The recently opened Fish Haul Creek Park offers a little known beach access to a beach on the Port Royal Sound. The beach there is quite private (NO, not that private!) and offers gentle waves instead of pounding surf.

The sand below the mid tide line is usually hard packed enough to support a bicycle with wide tires, and biking on the beach at or near low tide is a popular pastime. Be aware, though, that hitting a patch of soft sand will bring you to a sudden stop. Beach bikers have learned to check the wind direction before heading out—riding into the wind is like riding uphill, and vice versa.

There are seven "public access" beach areas popular with visitors (most are attended by life guards from Memorial weekend to Labor Day). Pay parking is available at all but the Islander's Beach Park, and there are reserved parking spots for those who purchase annual beach tags (available to Hilton Head property owners only).

  • Coligny Beach

    Coligny Beach

    This beach is located at Coligny circle at Pope Avenue and South Forest Beach Drive. It's the island's busiest beach, in part because volleyball nets are available and an outdoor bar is located just off the beach at the Holiday Learn More
  • Burke's Beach

    Burke's Beach

    Burke's Beach is located off William Hilton parkway (278 Bus.) at Burke's Beach Rd. The parking is limited, though you can park next door at Chaplin Park. There are no amenities, however there is a lifeguard stationed there. There is Learn More
  • Driessen Beach

    Driessen Beach

    Driessen Beach is also off William Hilton parkway, at Bradley Beach Rd. It has Life Guards, plenty of parking, rest rooms, sand showers and vending machines. It has a playground and a few picnic tables, one with a grill nearby. Learn More
  • Fish Haul Creek Beach

    Fish Haul Creek Beach

    Tucked away near the end of Beach City Road, this 31-acre preserve is a sanctuary of quiet far removed from the busy visitor attractions. A shaded trail through a pristine maritime forest leads to the seashore. This section of beach, Learn More
  • Folly Field Beach

    Folly Field Beach

    Folly Field beach is located on Starfish Road, a right turn off Folly Field Road. Parking is somewhat limited (52 spaces at meters at 25¢ per 15 minute period), but restrooms, sand showers, Life Guards and water fountains are available. Learn More
  • Tower Beach

    Tower Beach

    Tower Beach is located in Sea Pines plantation on the Atlantic ocean. While this beach is intended for use by property owners, and parking is restricted to property owners, it is otherwise accessible to anyone by bicycle or on foot. Learn More
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