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.



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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.

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 26, 2015

Top Attractions on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head IslandAre you vacationing on Hilton Head Island for a short time and want to make sure you hit all the highlights? Here’s our list of what not to miss:

The Beach – Visitors will find 12 miles of beautiful beaches to splash in the Atlantic or sun in the sand. With its untouched natural setting, Hilton Head Island is a gorgeous place to wile away your day at the beach.

Lighthouse at Harbour Town – One of the most popular attractions for tourists is the red and white striped lighthouse located at Harbour Town within Sea Pines Plantation. The lighthouse is an icon representing Hilton Head Island and a beautiful spot for a bird’s eye view of the island. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and dining in the area.

Hudson’s Seafood House by the Docks – A longtime, classic seafood restaurant on the island, a little out of the main action but worth the drive, is Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. During busier months, expect to wait a while for your turn to dine, but the hush puppies, fresh shrimp and seafood galore is worth the wait.

Broad Creek – One of the more lovely marshy areas of Hilton Head Island is Broad Creek. Visit the area at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina where you can kayak, take a nature cruise or even jetpack over the water. There’s also a variety of waterfront dining options available. Head there around dusk to watch the sun set over the creek.

Tanger Outlets – Shoppers will want to spend some time at Hilton Head’s Tanger Outlets. These popular shopping centers offer brand names at discount prices. Shoppers will find hundreds of stores ranging from apparel and jewelry to shoes and cosmetics.

Oceanfront Golf – There are 24 golf courses on the island of Hilton Head, giving it the nickname, “Golf Island,” but only two offer oceanfront views. Don’t miss the award-winning Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes or the Ocean Course at Sea Pines. You can’t beat a game of golf with an amazing view to boot; just beware the sea breezes!

Van der Meer Tennis Center – The island is also known as a tennis retreat and one of the most famous tennis centers on the island is Van der Meer. This classic facility has been instructing newbies and pros on tennis since 1979.

What’s your favorite attraction on Hilton Head Island?

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

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 22, 2015

5 Reasons to Love Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head vacation home - 10 Iron CladWhy do you choose to vacation on Hilton Head Island?

Here are some of our top reasons to love the island we call home:

1) The beauty – You can’t beat the beauty of Hilton Head Island with its natural environment. You’ll find miles of ocean and beach, beautiful marshes, creeks and inlets, wildlife and architecture design to blend with our environment.

2) The weather – Most of the year on Hilton Head Island boasts mild weather. Some of the best times to visit are spring, fall and winter when the weather is cooler but a 70-degree day always pops up! It makes it great for playing sports, such as golf and tennis as the island is known for.

3) The activities – If you’re an active family, you’ll love all there is to safely do on Hilton Head. Choose from biking our 50 miles of paved bike paths, kayaking our creeks, swimming in the ocean, surfing, paddle boarding, golfing, playing tennis, parasailing, fishing and even jet packing!

4) The food – Our seafood here on Hilton Head is fresh and delicious! Enjoy your fill of crab, shrimp and fresh caught fish. But we offer even more than seafood. Our growing restaurant scene offers everything from Italian and French to Mexican and Mediterranean.

5) The shopping – You’ll never tire of the variety of unique shops and boutiques you’ll find on Hilton Head. Don’t miss Harbourtown, Shelter Cove Harbour and Coligny Plaza for some outstanding finds. If you’re looking for a deal, head to the Tanger Outlets.

What do you love most about Hilton Head Island?

For more information about Hilton Head vacation rentals this summer, or call 800-276-8991.

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 15, 2015

Summer Picnic in the Park Fridays on Hilton Head Island

Skull Creek BoathouseHead to the banks of Broad Creek this summer for a special Picnic in the Park every Friday on Hilton Head Island.

At Shelter Cove Community Park, there will be a Sunset Celebration with live family-friendly music at the pavilion as the sun sets over the creek.

Bring a beach chair and blanket and purchase a picnic from a local Shelter Cove merchant and enjoy a beautiful Hilton Head summer night. There will also be face painting and juggling demonstrations to entertain the kids.

The event will be held every Friday 6-9 p.m. between June 19-August 14, 2015.

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

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 12, 2015

Live Music at the Bluffton Sunset Party Series

If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island this summer, don’t miss your chance to enjoy live music in a beautiful setting. At the Bluffton Sunset Party Series throughout the summer, there will be live music, kids activities and food all by the May River.

Held at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, the event features food vendors, wine, soft drinks and a domestic and craft beer garden with a selection of 30 different brews. Tickets are $5 and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Upcoming dates include:

  • June 13, 4-9 p.m., featuring music from Craig Coyne and The Brotherhood of Blues
  • July 16, 5-9 p.m., featuring music from OCD and LaBodega and a Watersports Expo
  • July 17, 4-9 p.m., featuring music from Native, Will Snyder and Horan Brothers Band, as well as an Arts & Crafts expo. There will also be fresh local seafood and face painting at this event.
  • Aug. 21, 5-9 p.m., featuring music by Julie Gribble and the Spike Ivory Band, along with a Pet Expo
  • Sept. 18, 5-9 p.m., Blufftemberfest, which is a Bluffton Octoberfest with German food and beer and music from Souls Harbor and The Chiggers

Mark your calendars for some live music, food and fun this summer in nearby Bluffton!

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

Posted by: Sunset Rentals | May 8, 2015

Hilton Head Farmer’s Markets

Hilton Head Farmer's MarketWhile you’re visiting Hilton Head Island, get a real feel for local culture, including our delicious foods and crafts, by attending a local farmer’s market. Here are a couple that are nearby and make for a great local activity.

Bluffton Farmer’s Market

Thursdays 2-7 p.m.

Carson Cottages on Calhoun Street in historic downtown Bluffton

Just off island in beautiful Bluffton is a farmer’s market held Thursdays evenings. Load up on everything from spices, produce and sweets to fresh seafood, kettle corn and peanuts.

The Shops at Sea Pines Center Farmer’s Market

Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

On island, head over to Sea Pines shops for weekday morning treat. You’ll find fresh tomatoes, home-made pizzas, hand-made crafts, melons, sweetgrass baskets and even dog treats! Plus, you can shop all the great boutiques in Sea Pines while you’re there.

What’s your favorite find at a Hilton Head Farmer’s Market?

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

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