Vacationers looking to live the island life for a while will love Hilton Head. Filled with fun, sun, and down-home Southern charm, this island getaway has something for everyone: golf courses, great restaurants, bike and walking trails, a thriving arts scene, and sandy beaches. The town is small, with everything within a short bike ride or drive away. But the island is divided into farms — most, but not all, of which are open to the public — and choosing a rental place can be confusing for visitors. Here are some top spots for renting a vacation home in Hilton Head.
A rental in Sea Pines offers a bit of everything
Sea Pines has a little bit of everything: 4 golf courses, 2 tennis clubs, over 5 miles of coastline, and a large nature preserve. It’s also home to Harbour Town — with its iconic red-and-white lighthouse — and South Beach, both of which have plenty of shopping and dining options. Vacation rentals tend to be villas and condos situated within smaller communities. And given its varied terrain, whether you’re looking for a home by the ocean, harbor, surrounded by nature, or on the golf course, you’re sure to find something that suits. Keep in mind, too, that while public access is possible, anyone not staying within the ranch will pay an entrance fee, so if you plan to spend a lot of time within Sea Pines, it’s well worth looking into a vacation rental here.
Golf the day away and explore the lagoons in Palmetto Dunes
One of the most popular ran on the island for vacationers, Palmetto Dunes has plenty of things to do. In addition to the amenities found in the condo or villa communities, such as pools, fire pits, fully equipped kitchens, oceanfront views, and easy beach access, the area has 3 public golf courses, numerous tennis courts, and nature trails. What’s more, the lagoons that snake through the resort are perfect for leisurely afternoons spent fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. Just across the street, you’ll find Shelter Cove, a bustling area with shops, restaurants, a grocery store, and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, which hosts shows and events throughout the year. And getting around is a cinch with the Palmetto Dunes Buggy service, which runs during the spring and summer and takes visitors to spots within the ranch and to Shelter Cove.
Tennis players will love renting a condo in Shipyard
If you’re looking to take your tennis game to the next level, Shipyard is where you want to be! Practice your serve or perfect your backhand at the top-rated Van Der Meer Tennis Center and Resort, which has several indoor and outdoor championship courts and offers a selection of junior and adult clinics year-round. If tennis isn’t your thing, there are 3 beautiful golf courses—with a total of 27 holes— as well as plenty of trails ideal for hiking or biking. While ocean views aren’t as plentiful as they are in Palmetto Dunes or neighboring Forest Beach, vacation homes and condos within this ranch are all within easy access to the beach through Sonesta Resort, so you can also easily choose to spend the day laying out on the beach and listening to the ocean waves.
Oceanfront homes near Forest Beach offer truly stunning views
Forest Beach is one of the few ungated neighborhoods in the area and completely open to the public, although many of the condominium complexes within this area are gated. Considered the downtown of Hilton Head, it offers vacationers their pick of bars, restaurants, and shops. Coligny Beach Park provides beachgoers with several miles of shoreline to lay out and catch some rays. And there are also restrooms, showers, picnic tables, a playground, plenty of parking, and even Wi-Fi. Those looking for a vacation rental here have a choice between South Forest Beach and North Forest Beach and with Coligny Circle neatly separating the two areas. There’s no wrong choice between the two, though. Both offer vacation rentals of varying sizes and bedroom configurations with stunning ocean views, balconies, and access to community pools, so you’re sure to find your perfect beach home away from home!