Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area is a family-friendly seaside park on Hilton Head Island. It has big trees, picnic tables, a seating area, two walking paths along the beach, and a well-maintained children’s playground.
It’s a great place to go alone or bring your family and enjoy sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, strolling, watching sunsets and sunrises. In addition to walking, you can also ride a bike on the dirt path along the scenic shore.
Location and Access
The beach is located in the private gated area of Hilton Head Plantation at the northernmost tip of the island. You can find it at 103-199 Dolphin Head Lane, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The beach is accessible for residents only. There is plenty of parking including dedicated ADA spaces.
Bring your favorite food for a picnic – there are tables with benches. If you have kids, note that there is a playground with swings, slides, and a merry-go-round.
Most of the beach is covered with rocks and you’ll have to climb over them in order to get to the water – not very difficult, but still, you should keep that in mind. There are also sandy areas and some shells to find. The shore is wild and serene, with palm trees and debris washed ashore.
This beach is the most distant on Hilton Head Island, located away from the winds and waves of the open sea, so the water is usually calmer here. Still, depending on the weather, there are opportunities for activities like windsurfing.
For sports enthusiasts, there is a volleyball playground located between the parking lot and the children’s play area.
Enjoying the Views
The sunsets on the beach are beautiful! If you are an early bird, coming to meet the sunrise is also a great idea – it’s one of the best places on the island to watch the sun rising. Besides, you can often see eagles and dolphins around these early hours.
It is a dog-friendly recreation area so feel free to bring your four-legged friend.
- 2 hours 5 minutes from Charleston, SC
- 4 hours from Charlotte, NC
- 4 hours 25 minutes from Atlanta, GA
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area which you can visit: