Posted on 6/10/2020

Have Fun and Play it Safe on Hilton Head Island this Summer

Sun. Sand. Sea. And playing it safe and smart. There are plenty of fun and relaxing things to do here on Hilton Head while still maintaining safe social distancing practices.

Hit the beach…
and soak up some UV love [UV rays are no friend to viruses]. There are more than 12 miles of soft, sandy beach to spread out safely from others and have some fun or just chill. From riding the waves to building sandcastles to shelling to biking to doing absolutely nothing at all, there are endless island memories to be made.

Restaurants are now open inside and out…
But with these al fresco options you’ll want to dine under the sun and stars with sea breezes swaying the palms.

For more than 50 years, Hudson's Seafood on The Docks has been a one-of-a-kind Hilton Head Island experience. You’re not just dining and having drinks by the water, you’re literally doing it on the dock in Skull Creek(Intracoastal Waterway). Tables, both inside and out, feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound. But the main thing that sets it apart from any other dining experience is just how fresh the seafood is. The Carmines family-run Hudson’s has one of only two remaining fishing fleets on Hilton Head Island, bringing fresh local seafood straight from their boats to your table. Watch as their crews unload thousands of oysters, shrimp and soft shell crabs from the day’s catch, while you catch sunsets from one of the best spots on the island.

Sea Pines Beach Club is an oceanfront dinning oasis. Located on the south end of Hilton Head Island directly on the beach it features Coast, a beautifully appointed restaurant and beach bar. Dine on fresh oysters, broiled Mahi Mahi tacos and other seafood fare as you watch the waves role in. There’s also the Surfside Market offering freshly made salads, sandwiches, and more. Plus, Ocean Lounge, a stunning, second floor bar where you can take in breathtaking, elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean while sipping your favorite cocktail.

Poseidon Seafood Steaks and Raw Bar overlooks Broad Creek and the Shelter Cove Community Park. Not only does it offer an unforgettable coastal dining experience, it’s located at the heart of bustling Shelter Cove Center. Two stories of wide-open, but covered outdoor dining make it the ideal spot to not only watch sunsets over Broad Creek and the marsh, but also to people watch as locals and tourist alike flock to the Center’s retail stores, concerts, and other restaurants and bars. And don’t miss out on their Rooftop Bar, it’s The place to be seen, and be seen eating!

Just across Broad Creek you’ll find a Hilton Head icon: Old Oyster Factory. It’s been called “Hilton Head Island’s Finest Waterfront Dining” and has been a waterfront restaurant for family and children of all ages for over 25 Years! The wide water and marsh views pair perfectly with their Sunset Dining Menu favorites like Shrimp and Grits and Seafood Pot Pie. Overall you can enjoy fresh caught seafood and a wide variety of steaks and delicious desserts, while taking in what Open Table voted as one of the “Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants.”

More golf than you can shake a titanium driver at…
because we know being all cooped up must have had birdies and eagles dancing in your head. We’re not just talking great Blue Herons and White Egrets [you’ll see plenty of those too], we’re talking sticking greens and sinking putts. We’re talking golf. Yes, Hilton Head Island has courses that will test the nerve and skill of everyone from scratch golfers to high-handicappers, so whether you can grip it and rip it or just making contact makes you happy will have you calling, FORE!! Plus, you might not be able to rest easy on a tricky double breaking putt for par, but you can in knowing all of the island’s golf courses have had social-distancing protocols in place now for a couple months.

There are over 30 courses on the island alone. Many of them world-class tracks such as Atlantic Dunes in Sea Pines Resort, which was named the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of The Year.” Or the Robert Trent Jones course—one of three Championship courses in Palmetto Dunes—that is considered to be one of the best golf courses in the Southeast, and named by Golf Week as one of the, “Best Resort Golf Courses” in 2018. And let’s not forget Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort. Home to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event.

Get on your bike and ride…
to your heart’s content. Hilton Head Island puts the pedal power in your hands–and feet with Home to over 150 miles of public and private bikepaths. And hello…that doesn’t even count the 12 plus miles of beach to cruise along taking in the ocean views as the waves roll in. Hilton Head is one of America’s most friendly biking communities, even earning the silver award from the League of American Bicyclists. There are plenty of bike rental outfits all over the island to grab your wheels and go, such Vacation Comfort Bike Rentals and Peddling Pelican with delivery and pickup in Sea Pines, Shipyard, Palmetto Dunes, Port Royal, Folly Field, North and South Forest Beach and all points in between.

Hit the high seas, or Lowcountry waterways…
for some wet and wildlife-filled adventure. Some of the best views on Hilton Head Island aren’t actually on the island. They’re on the water looking back at the island. And one of the best ways to stay safely distanced from larger crowds is out on a boat. There are all kinds of ways to get out on the water from kayak, paddle-board, and jet ski rentals to sightseeing and excursion cruises to charter fishing boats. Here are a few of the best places to that can help get you out there: Outside Hilton Head in Shelter Cove, Vagabond Cruises in Harbour Town, and Island Head Watersports on the Intracoastal Waterway [Skull Creek].

On the other shoreline of Skull Creek lays Pinckney Island, and the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. It attracts thousands of migratory birds annually [but not nearly as many people], and also provides a nesting habitat for wading birds such as ibis, egrets, and herons. Adding to this eye-catching wildlife soiree are alligators, bobcats, butterflies, salt marshes with a mosaic of snaking water channels, and a maritime forest full of moss-draped live oaks and palmetto trees.

One-of-a-kind vacation homes from a one-of-a-kind property management firm on a one-of-a-kind island.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have come to Hilton Head for years each of us at The Vacation Company can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful island. Our team has over 150 years of combined experience. Reach out today to one of our Hilton Head Island getaway specialists, and they’ll help you choose from a portfolio of nearly 400 exclusive island vacation rentals. From breathtaking oceanfront estates to well-appointed golf course villas, at the Vacation Company we bring you only the best Hilton Head Island has to offer.

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