Posted by: Sunset Rentals | June 24, 2019

Hilton Head Island Beaches

Beach with Lounge Chairs and Umbrella


Sea Pines: Sea Pines Beach Club

There will not be any available parking at the Sea Pines Beach Club itself in 2019. Daily parking for shuttle service that will take you to the Beach Club from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be available as follows:

  • Saturday, March 23 – Saturday, April 13 – Lot 2 at the Main Trolley Lot
  • Sunday, April 14 – Sunday, April 21 – Lot 6 across from Lawton Stables
  • Monday, April 22 – Saturday, May 11 – Lot 2 at the Main Trolley Lot
  • Sunday, May 12 – Monday, September 2 – Lot 8 near Fraser Circle


Palmetto Dunes: The Dunes House

This favorite beachfront destination also offers convenient beach access as well as public restrooms and limited on-site parking. The best way to travel to and from the Dunes House during the peak spring and summer season is to ride your bike or take the free Dunes Buggy shuttle. To reserve a ride on the free Dunes Buggy shuttle from April through September, please call (843) 689-4222.


Shipyard: The Beach Club

All property owners and renters may access the beach at the Beach House and use the restroom during daytime hours of operation. The private Beach Club may be rented by an owner for a private party and can be reserved by contacting the Beach Club Coordinator.


Port Royal Area: Islanders Beach

Not only does Islanders Beach have a great sandy seashore to enjoy, but it also has a park with a playground, picnic pavilions, grill, restrooms and sand showers. It’s by far one of the best places to bring you’re whole family or a group of friends for a long day at the beach.


  • Beach Access
  • Beach Matting
  • Boardwalk
  • Grill
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Permit Parking
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Seasonal Life Guards


Forest Beach: Coligny Beach

If you’re looking for the most popular beach on the island, this is it, Coligny Beach, located right at the end of Pope Avenue. Whether you want to bike, walk, ride a taxi or beach cart is all up to you. It’s one of the busier parts of town because it’s next to Coligny Plaza. There is Free Beach Parking available off of Pope Ave.


  • Beach Access
  • Beach Matting
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Seasonal Beach Rentals
  • Seasonal Life Guards
  • WI-FI

Singleton Area: Burkes Beach

At the end of Burkes Beach Road, you’ll find a handful of metered parking spaces and a sandy path leading out to the Burkes Beach. Its location right next to Chaplin Community Park makes it one of the best beaches to visit on a bike, especially since that bike will get you down the sand pathway to the beach much quicker.


  • Beach Access
  • Meter Parking
  • Outdoor Showers


Folly Field Area: Folly Field Beach

Off of Folly Field Road, at the intersection of Starfish Drive & Sand Dollar Road, a sign welcomes you to Folly Field Beach. If you’re thinking about going here, consider visiting in the early morning when the sun colors the clouds in the sky and the two small parking lots haven’t filled up.


  • Beach Access
  • Beach Matting
  • Boardwalk
  • Meter Parking
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Seasonal Beach Rentals
  • Seasonal Life Guards


North End: Mitchelville Beach Park ( Fish Haul Beach Park )

If you’re looking for a less crowded, quiet beachside escape then Mitchelville Beach might just be for you! Located at 124 Mitchelville Road, this beach is one of the least populated. The trees inch right up to the beach, which has some grass that looks beautiful in the mornings & evenings.


  • Beach Access
  • Beach Matting
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Restrooms




Posted by: Sunset Rentals | June 18, 2019

Biking and Beach Bars

Biking and beach bars are some of the common themes on Hilton Head! Below are a few bars that you can bike to!

1.Coast, Oceanfront Dining; Beach Marker 38 (Located at the Sea Pines Beach Club)

 Signature Cocktail: Mango Madness

Signature Dish: Oysters on the half shell



2.The Tiki Hut; Beach Marker 59 (Located at the Beach House Hotel on South Forest Beach Rd)

This is the only bar directly on the beach on Hilton Head Island!

Signature Cocktail: Mojito

Signature Dish: Fish Tacos



3. Heyward’s and Seacrest Terrace and Patio; Beach Marker 72 (Sonesta Resort)

Signature Drink: Blood Orange Cosmo

Signature Entrée: NY strip with Crispy Potatoes, Demi-glace and Asparagus



4.Coco’s on the beach; Beach Marker 94A (Located near Folly Field Beach)

 Signature Drink: Funky Monkey

Signature Entrée: The Chilli Cheese Dog



Information is courtesy of Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine. Here is more information on these bars and more beach bars as well!

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | June 11, 2019

Top 10 Pet Friendly Restaurants

Did you decide to bring your dog on your family vacation to Hilton Head Island? Are you finding it hard to find somewhere where you can bring your dog? Well worry no more, Hilton Head Island has 58 pet friendly restaurants that you can bring your furry friend to.  Here is a list of the top 10 places to bring your dog!!


Black Marlin Bayside Grill

86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 11am to 10pm

Happy Hour: 4-7pm


Skillets Café & Grill

1 N Forest Beach Dr j, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 7am to 9pm

Happy Hour: 5-6:30pm


Captain Woody’s

6 Target Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 11am to 10pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 7pm


Skull Creek Boathouse

397 Squire Pope Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Hours: 11am to 10pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 7pm


Frosty Frog Café

1 N Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 11am to 1am


The Crazy Crab

104 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Hours: 11am to 10pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 5:30pm


One Hot Mama’s

1 Greenwood Dr #7A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 11am to 9:30pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 7pm


Aunt Chiladas Easy Steet Café

69 Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hours: 11:30am to 10:30pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 7pm


Fishcamp on Broad Creek

11 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Hours: 11am to 10pm


Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Hours: 11am to 9pm

Happy Hour: 4 to 6pm

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | June 5, 2019

Shelter Cove Towne Center Summer Entertainment!

The Shelter Cove Towne Center is the new hot spot to be on Hilton Head. From Festivals to free events they have it all from the start to the end of summer! Located right in the middle of Hilton Head Island it is easy access for everyone. The towne center is booming with shops and restaurants such as Janes Bistro, Poseidon Coastal Cuisine and the Roof Top and The World of Beer! Overlooking the water is the Towne Center Park and Playground. This is where you will find the tons of Free and Fun Summer events! Below you will find them listed to help plan your summer stay!


Summer Jams on Tuesdays from 5pm to 9pm!

The Island Recreation Association is proud to bring you a fun-filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks! Yes, Fireworks every Tuesday!


Movie Night in the Park on Thursdays at 9pm!

After the sun sets over Broad Creek join us waterside at Shelter Cove Community Park for a summer full of blockbuster hits! Watch all your favorites under the stars on a 20′ movie screen. No admission fee! Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from Shelter Cove Towne Centre merchants recommended!




Thursday, July 11-JURASSIC PARK

Thursday, July 18-TOP GUN

Thursday, July 25-FROZEN

Thursday, August 1-THE PARENT TRAP 1998

Thursday, August 8-MONSTERS, INC.



Free and open to the public.  Family entertainment, pets welcome.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets and pillows and sit back and enjoy the movie.  Get take out from any of the SCTC restaurants or Kroger.


Music in the Park on Fridays from 7pm to 10pm!

Join us on the banks of Broad Creek for a picnic and a sunset serenade at the pavilion in Shelter Cove Community Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and pick up take-out from one of our local merchants. Sunset Celebration, featuring live local music and laid back family entertainment, is brought to you every Friday each summer by the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

Friday, June 14 – Deas-Guyz

Friday, June 21 – The Headliners

Friday, June 28 – Deas-Guyz

Friday, July 5 – Cranford Hollow

Friday, July 12 – Target the Band

Friday, July 19 – Lowcountry Boil

Friday, July 26 – The Headliners

Friday, August 2  – The Headliners

Friday, August 9 – Deas-Guyz

Friday, August 16 – Cranford Hollow

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | June 3, 2019

Daufuskie Island

One of the most historical landmarks in Hilton Head is Daufuskie Island. The only way to get to Daufuskie is by boat.  It offers a unique experience for visitors. Golf carts are available for rent to explore the island. There are many attractions on Daufuskie.  Below are a few of them.

Old Daufuskie Crab Company

This is located at Freeport Marina. They offer great local food, drinks, and live music. The seating overlooks the dock. They open daily at 11:00 am and phone number is 843-785-6652.


The Rum Distillery

The Rum Distillery has been around since 2013. They offer several kinds of rum plus some bourbon and vodka as well. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am-5:00 pm.


Bloody Point Light House And Silver Dew Winery

The light house was established in 1883. The museum is open to the public for daily tours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Silver Dew winery was also established in 1883. The winery was around until 1956. You can taste some wines in the gift shop for the Bloody Point Lighthouse. For more information on the future of the winery and more information on the lighthouse check out this website below:


Ferry Information

The best way to get to Daufuskie is on the ferry. Below is the website to book a ferry time and some information as well:

Leaves from Buckingham Landing

(at the foot of the Hilton Head Bridge on the Bluffton side)

Departs for Daufuskie at 7AM, 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM every day and 9PM on Fridays only.

Returns from Daufuskie at 8:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM and 5:30PM every day and 10:15PM on Fridays only.

Tickets are $17.50 one way.

Daytime parking is free.  Overnight parking at the landing is $10/night but at our remote location, it is free.



For more information on Daufuskie Island and tour information/renting golf carts visit this website:

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 13, 2019

Historical Sites to see on Hilton Head!

People visit Hilton Head Island to experience the beach, shopping and variety of local food options. But if you take a second to look around, you might find a little history behind every corner. Taking one day out of your vacation to go and see the history of Hilton Head Island. It will allow you to appreciate how Hilton Head became what it is today even more. Below are some of the many historic locations we have on Hilton Head Island!

Mitchelville Freedom Park

Mitchelville Freedom Park also known as Fish Haul Peach Park is located on Beach City Road. In 1862, It was named after General Ormsby Mitchel after he dedicated sections of land to the newly freed slaves. This historical site has amenities like walking trails, an observation deck, a picnic pavilion and a beach access visitor can explore at their leisure.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 6am-9pm


Leamington Lighthouse

The Leamington Lighthouse was constructed in 1879 by the United States lighthouse board, to help guide ships that entered the Port Royal Sound. The lighthouse is one of the only surviving lighthouses in South Carolina which makes it so significant. In the 1980s the land was sold to private developers and the lighthouse became a landmark to Arthur Hills Golf Course which is located in Palmetto Dunes Resort. If you’re staying inside of Palmetto Dunes or even passing by this is definitely a must stop and see location.


Coastal Discovery Museum

Founded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum operated at two locations until 2007 when they opened a location at Honey Horn. Honey Horn has several of Hilton Heads oldest buildings and since it has opened the museum has expanded its programs and has hosted dozens of festivals and events. This 68-acre property has walking trails with beautiful landscapes, live oaks and ancient cedar trees. They also offer programs, tours and exhibits to gain more knowledge about how you can make a difference when caring for the environment.

Hours: Monday- Saturday 9am-4:30pm, Sundays 11am- 3pm

Fees: $5 per person suggested donation


Stoney-Baynard Ruins

In 1793, the Baynard Plantation was originally built as a part of the Braddock’s point plantation by Captain Jack Stoney. The house was 1,885 square feet and it overlooked the Calibogue Sound. Story’s say that the Stoney family lost the estate to the Baynard family during a late-night poker game. William Baynard was a well-known cotton planter who lived in the home from 1840-1849. After his death, the home was raided by the Union forces and then became home to soldiers during the Civil War.

These are just some of the many historical places on Hilton Head Island. As you can see Hilton Head Island has so much history to be discovered. Just take one day out of your vacation to experience the history of Hilton Head Island. It might just be the most memorable part of your vacation.



Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 13, 2019

Happy Hour is the Best Hour

Hilton Head is known for the some of the best Happy Hour places where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks as a discounted price! Below are 5 of the best places for Happy Hour that we recommend!

1.The Sand Bar Beach Eats

101 Pope Avenue Hilton Head, SC 843-342-7263

Happy Hour: 4:00 pm -6:00 pm daily

Enjoy $3 house margaritas, $3 well liqueurs, $1 off all wine, $2 Landshark and Bud Light 16oz pints, Select $3 and $4 shots and $2 off all beach snacks!!


  1. Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

1 Hudson Road Hilton Head, SC 843-681-2772

Happy Hour: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm daily

Enjoy some of the best views during Happy Hour!


  1. Fishcamp on Broad Creek

11 Simmons Road Hilton Head, SC 843-842-2267

Happy Hour: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Enjoy not only $1 off your drinks at the bar during Happy Hour but $2 off the bar menu!


  1. Old Oyster Factory

101 Marshland Road Hilton Head, SC 843-681-6040

Happy Hour: 4:45 pm-7:00 pm in the bar and lounge only

$.75 peel ‘n eat shrimp & oysters

$1 off all beer

$1.50 off all liquor drinks or wine glasses


  1. 5. Poseidon Coastal Cuisine/The Rooftop Bar

38 Shelter Cove Lane #121 Hilton Head, SC 843-341-3838

Happy Hour: 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Yummy oysters and Delicious drinks!

Check out the rest of their large happy hour menu through the link above!


Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 6, 2019

Help Protect the Sea Turtle!

Each year on our very own Hilton Head Island we have the pleasure of watching something wonderful! Starting the 2nd week in May hundreds of Sea Turtles come to shore to nest. They often do this at night and lay an average of 120 eggs per nest. Just 60 days later, roughly between July to the end of October hatchlings begin to emerge and head for the ocean. We here on Hilton Head have taken great strides to keep these babies safe as they make their way home with groups such as the Turtle Trackers Association. Here are just a few ways you can help!

Turtle post


  1. Turn your lights off between 10pm and 6am. Lights can be distracting for the hatchlings and could cause them to start crawling in the wrong direction since they often use moonlight as their guide.
  2. Many children spend hours on the beach digging and making sandcastles but these to can be large barriers for our little friends. Remember to fill in your holes and knock down those castles before heading home for the day. Leave only your footprints!
  3. Litter not only cause a serious pollution problem as well as can be very harmful to these turtles causing many of them to become trapped and unable to make it to the ocean. Picking up after yourself is something I know we all strive to do here on the beach!
  4. When you come upon a nest while walking the beach do your best to leave it be. These turtles don’t like to be disturbed. Often you will see them sectioned off and marked for safety.



Resources :

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 6, 2019

Six of the best Family Activities on Hilton Head!


1.The Sandbox Museum


Stimulating children with educational play since 2005, The Sandbox Museum is designed to allow kids to freely play and lead the way! Offering 11 exhibits you can experience all the fun from flying through space at The Flight Deck, Grocery shopping in The Grocery Corner, to letting your inner artist go wild in the Rhythm and Hues Room.  Stop by for their Imagination Hour on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30AM filled with story time and arts and crafts. Fun for all ages! Need a break? Enjoy an evening to yourself while the kids get hands on at Parents Night Out where a pizza dinner is provided every Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:00 – 9:00PM! This museum is one you don’t want to miss.



Jan-Mar, May, Sept-Dec

Tues – Sat: 10a.m. to 5p.m.


April | Mon-Sat: 10a.m. to 5p.m.


June-Aug | Mon-Sat: 10a.m. to 5p.m.


 Day Rates:

Adults: $7.00

Seniors (65+): $6.00

Active Military: $6.00

Groups of 10 plus*: $6.00

Children (1+): $7.00

(0-12 Months): Free



2.Coastal Discovery Museum

Coastal Discovery

Want to soak in the history and local culture of Hilton Head? The Coastal Discovery Museum inspires people to care for the Lowcountry. This museum is the place to be with several exhibits and areas on the grounds to explore. Walk one of the 3 educational Marsh Front Boardwalks or explore the Replica Shell Ring modeled after the shell rings built by local Native Americans 4,000 years ago. The Butterfly Habitat is a local favorite only open May-September, visitors learn about the 4 stages of a butterflies life. Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll through the Camellia Garden with 131 varieties of camellia plants on display!


Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Property closes a half hour after the Museum

843 689 6767

Call for holiday hours


3.The Art Café in Coligny Plaza

Art Cafe

You can be the next Pablo Picasso letting your inner artist go crazy at The Art Café! This paint your own pottery studio has hundreds of items to choose from such as cups, bowls, to your favorite figurines. This is a place the entire family can enjoy.

Studio Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am-8pm (last painter at 7)

Saturday: 10am-6pm (last painter at 5)

Sunday: 12pm – 5pm (last painter at 4)

Pottery Pick-ups must be made by 5pm (4 on Sundays)


4.Hilton Heads Pirate Ship Adventure on the Black Dagger

Pirates Cruise

Take your kiddos on the trip of a lifetime! Learn how to dress and talk like a real pirate. Follow the map to a sunken treasure chest while defeating stinky Pete by blasting water cannons, and don’t worry we all get our share of the splendor! The ship does fill up fast so be sure to get your tickets online. Rated one of Hilton Heads #1 attractions for the family this is one adventure that will go down in history for your little one!


Monday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Ticket prices for the pirate cruise are $30 for adults and $30 for kids under 12, children UNDER 2 can ride for FREE


5.Mermaid Encounter Boat Tour

Mermaid Cruise

Something new to Hilton Head but worth all hype its been getting is the Mermaid of Hilton Head. Nina is professional mermaid here to help teach our younger generation not only about the ocean but how to keep it clean and protect our sea life. You can take your very own boat tour and meet Nina yourself, or you can schedule your turn to become a mermaid too! Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?? Mermaid Swim school is available at participating resorts and is available in a class setting as well as private lessons! What a magical way to spend your vacation, swimming with the mermaids.

Boat Tour Rates

Kids (12 and under): – $30.00

2 and under: – $0.00

Adults: – $35.00


1 hour and 15 minutes

Visit their website for times and booking!


  1. Lawton Stables

Lawton Stables

Share in your love for animals with Lawton Stables! Offering horseback riding along 600 acres of Sea Pines Preserve, Pony rides for the kids, and the Animal Farm where you will find a collection of farm animals for you to feed and love on! Trail rides must be booked online and in advance so make sure to get yours before heading over, pony rides are first come first serve. Be aware DHEC regulations state you cannot feed the animals food not provided by the stable so be sure to bring change, it is 0.50 cents per handful!

Stables Hours

Open 6 days a week

8am — 5pm


Trail Rides $65-$75 per person

Pony Rides $15 per child

Animal Farm FREE (feed is additional)


Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 28, 2015

Main Areas of Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head vacation rentalIf you’re vacationing to Hilton Head Island soon, here’s a quick look at the main parts of the island. It will help you decide where you’d like to stay and which area offer the style of vacation you may be interested in.

Sea Pines

Perhaps the largest area of the island is Sea Pines Plantation, which encompasses the entire south end. Here you will find the large entertainment, dining and shopping area of Harbour Town, three championship golf courses (one oceanfront), a 600-acre forest preserve, an equestrian center, five miles of beach and miles of bike paths.

Mid-Island/Palmetto Dunes

Centrally located on the island is Palmetto Dunes. Staying here makes anyplace you need to go on the island just a short drive or bike ride. Palmetto Dunes offers three award-winning golf courses (one oceanfront), a tennis center, an 11-mile inland lagoon, 3 miles of beach and lots of vacation homes and restaurants. Across the highway is Shelter Cove Harbour connected via bike path with more vacation rentals, Broad Creek, waterfront dining and shopping and seasonal live entertainment.

Folly Field

Also located mid-island is Folly Field, though this can often be a quieter getaway with fewer crowds. Only 10 minutes from Shelter Cove, it’s still close to many activities and restaurants. You’ll also find plenty of white sandy beaches here, as well.

Forest Beach/Coligny

Another great areas for shoppers is Forest Beach, which is close to the popular Coligny Plaza. This is one of the only non-gated areas of the island and everything you need is just a bike ride away. Head to the beach at the new Coligny Beach Entrance with water fountain, outdoor showers, restrooms and more. You’ll also find mini-golf, bike trails and lots of live entertainment in the area.

Port Royal

On the northeast corner of the island is Port Royal, home to many vacation rentals and homes, as well as activities. Within this area, there are three championship golf courses, both freshwater and saltwater lagoons for fishing, an arboretum, a variety of historic sites and 19 beach paths.

Which area of Hilton Head Island suits your style the best?

For more information about Hilton Head vacation homes, visit or call 800-276-8991.

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