What would island life be without beaches? Hilton Head Island is a great place to live for many different reasons, but perhaps nothing is more appealing than the 12-plus miles of pristine beaches that ring the island. The entire beach is public from the ocean to the high water mark. Access to the beach is often private, however. The Town of Hilton Head provides five beach accesses:
Alder Lane Beach Access
Alder Lane beach is near Marriott’s Grand Ocean Resort off South Forest Beach Drive. Restrooms and metered parking are on site.
Located off Coligny Circle at Pope Avenue, Coligny Beach has restrooms, seasonal lifeguards, seasonal beach rentals and metered parking.
Driessen Beach is located mid-island at the end of Bradley Beach Drive. The beach has restrooms, a boardwalk, seasonal lifeguards, seasonal beach rentals, a playground, and metered parking. A pavilion with picnic tables and a grill is also located at the park.
Folly Field Beach Park
Folly Field Beach Park is located mid-island at the end of Folly Field Road. The park has restrooms, a boardwalk, seasonal lifeguards, seasonal beach rentals and metered parking.
Islanders Beach Park
Islanders Beach Park, the newest beach park on the island, is located near the end of Folly Field Road just south of the Westin Resort’s rear entrance. The park includes changing rooms, restrooms, showers, a boardwalk, and a playground. A pavilion with picnic tables and a grill is also located at the park.
Hilton Head Island’s official beach season begins April 1 and runs through September 30th each year.
Aside from the metered spaces, Coligny Beach Park and Driessen Beach Park have lots for long-term parking. These spaces cost 50 cents an hour during the week and a flat fee of $4.00 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Parking spaces at Islanders Beach Park are reserved for those who purchase annual beach passes.
Rules and Regulations
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department enforces all beach regulations. Examples of things prohibited on all beaches include alcoholic beverages, glass containers, fire and fireworks and motorized vehicles. For a more complete list of beach regulations, as well as a details on when animals are allowed on the beach, visit the website of the Town of Hilton Head.