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Beach Access


Beach lovers will find no shortage of places to plant their sun umbrella in the Lowcountry! All of Hilton Head Island’s beaches are public and there are 8 different beach access points scattered throughout the Island.

Alder Lane

2 Woodward Avenue.

Located just off South Forest Beach Drive on the South End. Featuring handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards. Metered parking.

Burkes Beach

60 Burkes Beach Road.

Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Community Park. Featuring basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, and fenced-in dog park. Very limited, metered parking.

Coligny Beach Park

1 North Forest Beach.

Located on the South End, just across from Coligny Plaza, this is Hilton Head’s most popular beach. Featuring outdoor showers, changing rooms, restrooms, free Wi-Fi, chair and umbrella rentals, handicap beach matting, and seasonal lifeguards. Free lot parking.

Driessen Beach Park

64 Bradley Beach Road.

Located mid-Island just past Folly Field Road. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic table pavilion, grill, playground, and vending machines. Ample, metered parking.

Fish Haul Beach Park

124 Mitchelville Road.

Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park. Featuring restrooms. Free parking.

Folly Field Beach Park

55 Starfish Drive.

Located mid-Island and one of Hilton Head’s most popular beaches. Featuring restrooms, showers, handicap beach matting, and vending machines. Limited, metered parking.

Islanders Beach Park

94 Folly Field Road.

Located mid-Island in the popular Folly Field area. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic pavilion, grill, handicap matting, and a playground. Metered parking.

Mitchelville Beach Park

124 Mitchelville Road.

Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park and a hidden gem! Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, and picnic table. Please note: this beach is not handicap accessible and vehicular access is down a dirt road. Ample, free parking.

Beyond Hilton Head:

May River Sandbar

Old Town Bluffton.

Located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the May River Sandbar is one of Bluffton’s best-kept secrets and is where Blufftonians go for a great time. Be sure to check the tide! The “beach” is a sandbar and disappears at high tide. This is a quintessential Bluffton experience and one not to be missed. There are no restrooms and limited parking.

Hunting Island State Park

If you’re looking for a day trip from Hilton Head or Bluffton, don’t miss Hunting Island State Park. South Carolina’s most popular park, Hunting Island offers stunning beach access, a maritime forest, historic lighthouse, camping, fishing pier and nature center. It’s a bit of a trek from Hilton Head or Bluffton (about 1.5 hours) but it’s a can’t miss if you are a nature lover.