South Carolina Beaches: Hilton Head Island Beach Getaway
If you are looking for a South Carolina beach getaway, consider Hilton Head Island Beach. It is one of South Carolina’s best beaches offering wide beaches, golf, great restaurants, and fun for the whole family.
South Carolina beaches have been our family’s go to beach getaway for years. We have been taking romantic birthday weekends and last minute family beach getaways to Hilton Head Island beach for more than ten years. In this article I share some of our favorite aspects of one of South Carolinas best beaches: Hilton Head Island Beach.
In this article learn more about
- South Carolina Beaches on Hilton Head Island
- Visiting Hilton Head Island Beaches in the Spring
- Biking in Hilton Head Island
- Where to eat on Hilton Head Island
- Hilton Head Island: South Carolina Beach Getaway for the family
South Carolina Beaches on Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, first and foremost means BEACH! Our family often stays in the Palmetto Dunes in a condo or Port Royal area in either the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa or the Marriott Baronay Bay resort on Hilton Head Island. We have also enjoyed time at the Sonesta located in the Shipyard Plantation.
We have enjoyed every one of these Hilton Head Island beaches. In each location, the beach is always wide with plenty of space for the kids to play while you sun or dip in the ocean. Though we have never vacationed there in the peak seasons, I imagine even in busy times there is plenty of room for everyone.
Visiting Hilton Head Island In The Spring
We often visit Hilton Head Island beaches in the Spring so the winds can be high, however, the temperatures can also be as high as 80° in February. It is best to check the current weather before heading to any South Carolina beach in the Spring and plan accordingly.
While it is rarely warm enough to swim in the ocean during the spring, we enjoy swimming in heated outdoor pools and indoor pools so packing a swimsuit is usually a great idea. Hilton Head Island offers so much more than just the beach, however, so don’t let the weather deter you from a beach getaway to HHI in the Spring.
Hilton Head Island Biking
Hilton Head Island boasts over 60 miles of public pathways and trails for cyclists. Biking on Hilton Head Island is our absolute favorite activity (besides eating the great food, of course). Because Hilton Head is so friendly to bicyclists, it’s super easy to rent a bicycle for the duration of your visit.
Our favorite location is The Bike Doctor. Their rates are always fantastic when we are in town, and their service is even better. We simply call them on the phone, tell them where we are staying, give them our credit card, and that’s it. They deliver the bikes to our hotel, leave the receipt at the front desk, and come back in three days to pick up the bikes. They often give you a little extra time on your checkout day as well.
The bikes come equipped with a lock and a basket so you can do a little shopping and eating while riding around the island.
We recently enjoyed a South Carolina beach getaway to Hilton Head with our kids for a three day weekend. After many years of not being able to bike with our kids because someone was too small, we were thrilled to be able to get tandem bikes for our younger kids and a bike for our older son.
We had a great time biking around Hilton Head Island. While it’s bitter sweet to see our kids get older, the joys of experiencing outdoor adventures with them makes up for the loss of those baby moments.
Where To Eat on Hilton Head Island: The best bites on the beach
Some of the best food in the low country is found on Hilton Head Island! Next to my favorite dining in Charleston, SC, I have not eaten better food than I have on Hilton Head Island even in Disney World. (Disney fans don’t throw things, please.)
Skull Creek Boat House
As soon as our bikes arrive at our hotel, we often hop aboard our bikes and head straight to our favorite restaurant on the Hilton Head; The Skullcreek Boathouse!!
Sometimes you may hear people refer to it as just “The Boathouse” because it is located directly behind HH Boathouse a large boat storage house located on Squire Pope road in Hilton Head. It’s fun to see all these massive boats in storage as you walk to Skull Creek from your car.
If you are a fan of ceviche or sushi, there is no fresher and better tasting on the island in our opinion. If traditional seafood is more your style, they have a bit of everything. The quality is top notch.
Be warned, however, this is no secret place. It’s a hopping location and if you don’t want a long wait, go early, like before 5 pm. If you can’t make it that early, pick a bar seat and enjoy. It seems to be a little known fact that the Sushi bar serves the full menu and hubby and I have been seated right away there while others waited thirty minutes or more for a table. Besides you can enjoy good food and entertainment while looking at Lobster and Octopus. What more could a girl want?
For breakfast, we recommend The Watusi Cafe. We also recommend if you can to sit at the bar for breakfast. This place is hopping as well, but the bar is the most entertaining and usually available.
We were able to chat it up one morning with the manager who shared with us the story behind the name, Watusi. Her sister owns the restaurant, and when they were children they used to dance and sing along on vacation at the beach or wherever and they would often remark that they were “Doing the Watusi”. They weren’t actually doing the “Watusi” but that phrase became associated with fun and family time for their family so the restaurant name is a family inside story. Also, after naming it, many people started calling it the “What U See” Cafe, so their tagline on the sign reads, “Watusi: It Is What It Is” Haha!!
It’s stories like this that keep my heart in love with travel and, most especially, with the little mom and pop restaurants and businesses that make up this country. Don’t worry, I’m not running for political office. I just really love getting to hear stories like that.
A newer restaurant we have discovered, but have added to our list of “must do restaurants in Hilton Head” is The Charbar.
If burgers, brews, and bands are your thing, then definitely take the time to check out The Charbar. We had an amazing burger and enjoyed some live music. It’s very low key and casual so it’s a great place to go as a couple or with the kids.
Shelter Cove Dining
In the Shelter Cove area the dining options are numerous. We enjoy dining bot at the Shelter Cove Harbor and Marina as well as in the newer Shelter Cove Shopping district. Here are just a few of our favorites.
For a romantic dinner on the marina try Ela’s on the Water They have a large wine selection and the food was superb.
If you are looking for a quick breakfast pastry while strolling the marina try out The Hilton Head Social Bakery
Other dining on Hilton Head Island
The dining options on Hilton Head Island are endless, but here are just a few more of our favorites.
Hilton Head Ice Cream Shop. Easy to remember. I am an allergy mom so I always ask about their processes and I was excited to learn that they take great effort to not cross contaminate their very delicious hand made ice cream flavors including washing equipment and keeping dedicated scoops for peanut and tree nut allergic patrons. This place was so cute! I can’t wait to take my kids there. Lego designs, a fish aquarium, very kid friendly murals, and eclectic collections of cookie jars and toys.
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks is also another family favorite for it’s great water views and allergy friendly policies. The service is always top notch and they always ensure my kids can safely eat their delicious seafood.
Seagrass Grill is our final recommendation for another great romantic option. It’s very intimate and the steaks and seafood are both fresh and tasty.
Hilton Head Island: South Carolina Beach Getaway For The Family
Whether you are looking for a family beach getaway to a South Carolina beach or a romantic weekend retreat, Hilton Head Island is perfect. We enjoy spring beach getaways to Hilton Head Island for the wide beautiful beaches, the fun activities like biking and shopping, and especially all the fabulous lowcountry food on Hilton Head.
By the way, if you happen to be traveling through Columbia, SC while on your way to or from HHI, check out these fun things to do in Columbia, SC.
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