Ready to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf? Find the best Lowcountry beaches with our insider guide here! Our top four picks for Hilton Head beaches (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Coligny Beach Park

  2. Folly Field Beach Park

  3. Islander’s Beach Park

  4. Mitchelville Beach Park

Summer is upon us and because it is officially beach season, we’re explaining why each of these beaches might be perfect for you. 

Hilton Head beaches offer a variety of experiences depending on the kind of beach day you desire. Whether you want to live like a local on a private, peaceful beachfront...or explore the expansive, amenity-filled beaches that make Hilton Head Island famous, you will know exactly where to go with our guide.

Living on the coast in a location as perfectly suited for beach-goers as the Lowcountry means we get to enjoy sun and sand nearly year round. Use our guide below to create your perfect beach day. Check out our picks for the best beaches for your next adventure!

Best Hilton Head Beach for Kids: Coligny Beach Park

Coligny Beach is a great spot for families. It’s very close to the new Lowcountry Celebration Park, a great place to spend a few hours with kids. There are lots of clean restrooms, changing stations, and even porch swings and gazebos to snap a postcard-like photo on a peaceful Lowcountry summer afternoon. 

There is truly something for everyone at Coligny Beach Park: bike parking, plenty of restaurants, chairs and umbrella rentals, restaurants, and shops at Coligny Plaza. For the adults, there are a lot of beach bars within walking distance. You’re destined to have a grand summer day at Coligny Beach!

Address: 1 Coligny Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Folly Field Beach Park: Best Hilton Head Beach for Families

For a solid, relaxing beach day, you can’t beat a trip to Folly Field Beach Park. Close to Port Royal, Folly Field Beach features a boardwalk along the beach, is wheelchair accessible and completes the necessities list with showers, restrooms, and vending machines. The spacious beach is a beautiful spot to watch the sunrise and offers limited parking by the hour. 

Address: 55 Starfish Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Islanders Beach Park: Best Hilton Head Beach for Privacy

When you want to go to a more private beach, but with public access and amenities, check out a local’s favorite, Islanders Beach Park. There is so much to enjoy a beach-forward day here: bike racks, boardwalk picnic pavilion, grill, playground, and outdoor showers and restrooms. 

Pro tip: there is an annual beach parking pass available for residents to purchase, and pass holders can park in reserved spots at Islanders Beach. Parking worries are a thing of the past!

Address: 94 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Best Hilton Head Beach for Locals: Mitchelville Beach Park

For a perfect taste of nature, visit Mitchelville Beach Park, where you can explore the hidden park and enjoy the natural beauty of the Lowcountry beach. 

Here, you can find an expansive parking lot, restrooms and showers, and a quick walk to the beach from your car.  

Address: 120 Mitchelville Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


Local Hilton Head Beaches

The list above includes five of our favorite Hilton Head Beaches, but did you know there are a number of public beaches along our beautiful island? Perhaps you have already visited all five on our list and are looking to expand your beach experiences!

If you are ready to check out each and every stretch of sand in our slice of paradise, we compiled a COMPLETE list of Hilton Head Beaches for you! Check this out!



There is a reason Hilton Head Island has been recognized as the South’s Best Beach Town by Southern Living. Whether your perfect day at the beach includes sunbathing, grilling for a lunch picnic, access to restaurants, playgrounds, or beach bars, or a combination of everything, Hilton Head Island has a beach for you! 

It is hard to have a bad day at the beach. This summer, when you plan your next summer adventure, check our choices for the best beach on Hilton Head Island : 

  1. Coligny Beach Park is for the family and has everything you need for a great beach day, including an amazing new playground.

  2. Folly Field Beach Park is the best Hilton Head Beach for a sunrise beach moment. 

  3. Islander Beach Park is a locally-loved spot with a lot of outdoor amenities. 

  4. Mitchelville Beach Park is best for a quiet slice of nature. 

What is the best beach on Hilton Head Island will you visit first? What is your favorite beach? 

Share with us in the comments below!



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