Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area

Sandy beach
779G+C8 Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
58 miles from Charleston, SC
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

The area is private and only accessible for the residents of the gated community.

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.

Beach Conditions

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.

Other Activities

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.

Dog Policies

It is a dog-friendly recreation area so feel free to bring your four-legged friend.

Driving Time

  • 2 hours 5 minutes from Charleston, SC
  • 4 hours from Charlotte, NC
  • 4 hours 25 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:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area which you can visit:

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Rocks and trees in Dolphin Head Recreation Area SCTrees on Pine Island Beach SCA grassy area on the seashoreMan on the beachSunset on the beachKitesurfer out in the sea
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Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area videos

Dolphin Head Sunset
A terrific drone made video of the sunset on the beach
Dolphin Head Recreation Area on Hilton Head Island
A cool video of the recreation area and of the kids' playground

Weather conditions

Current weather at the beach and 3 day forecast

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 779G+C8 Hilton Head Island, SC, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: August 20, 2020