Hilton Head Island Beach

Sandy beach
40 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
60 miles from Charleston, SC
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • Gear rentalsEquipment for rent
  • ShowerPublic showers available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Animals are permitted on the beach at certain hours only.

Alcohol, glass containers, fires, fireworks, vehicles are prohibited.

It is prohibited to sleep on the beach from midnight to 6 a.m.

Fishing requires a license. Shark fishing is not allowed.

Hilton Head Island Beach boasts more than 12 miles of sandy public beach. The number of people on the beach and amenities available vary depending on the access point you will choose. There are more commercialized and more tranquil swimming spots. For instance, Coligny Beach Park is extremely popular while Driessen Beach Park or Bradley Beach are quieter. Choose the place you like most and enjoy your stay on the beautiful Hilton Head Island!

Location and Access

All of the beach from the ocean to the high watermark is public but there are many private accesses. Public access points with parking are located at Alder Lane Beach Access, Burkes Beach Access, Chaplin Community Park, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park, Mitchelville Freedom Park, Coligny Beach Park, and Mitchelville Beach Park. The last three parks offer free parking. Beach entrance is free.

Swimming Conditions

The beach is fairly clean. At low tide, it can be up to two hundred yards wide. Designated swimming areas are clearly marked. You can find them at Folly Field, Alder, Coligny, and Islanders beach access points. The water is not always very clear but it’s warm. There is plenty of sea life in the water.

The official beach season is from April 1 to September 30, which means lifeguards will be on duty at designated swimming areas and some other heavily crowded spots during this period.


You should know that fishing is not free. If you don’t fish with a licensed captain or from a licensed pier, you are required to buy a South Carolina saltwater fishing license, otherwise, you will be fined (from $160 to $1000 and more).

Other Activities

The beach is wide and long and features hard-packed sand, which is just perfect for long strolls and bike rides. However, there are no shells so don’t expect a rewarding shelling session. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there are golf courses and watersport rentals.

Dog Policies

Animals are permitted on the beach at certain hours so dog owners should plan their visit accordingly. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, pets are not allowed at all! However, you can bring your dog on a leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1st through Thursday before Memorial Day and Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30th. Finally, at all other times, you can also bring your dog on a leash. But don’t forget to pick up after your pet.

Driving Time

  • 2 hours 5 minutes from Charleston, SC
  • 3 hours 55 minutes from Charlotte, NC
  • 4 hours 15 minutes from Atlanta, GA

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 40 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: July 11, 2020