Weekend Guide to Hilton Head Island
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax on the beach all day? Hilton Head Island is the destination for you. With miles of bike trails, wide beaches speckled with sand dollars and horseshoe crabs, inlets vibrant with colorful paddle boards and kayaks and 360-degree sunsets, Hilton Head makes for the perfect leisurely vacation.
Over the years, I’ve gotten to experience Hilton Head as both a tourist and a local (my boyfriend’s family lives there). Below I’ll be sharing my recommendations for visiting the island, which combines main stream activities with local hidden gems.Rent a bike and spend a morning or afternoon (or both) exploring the trails and beaches along the island. If you’re staying in Sea Pines, or visiting the Sea Pines Resort for a day, make sure to bike through the Forest Preserve and also pit stop at the Baynard Plantation Ruins.
Visit the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse and go up to the observation deck for an even better view.
While you’re at Harbour Town, walk the pier, do some shopping, and go for a trolley ride.
As you may know, The Salty Dog Cafe is a staple to Hilton Head Island. So, while you’re in Sea Pines, make sure to stop by the waterfront establishment, which consists of the iconic cafe, the Salty Dog Ice Cream Parlor, Jake’s Pizza and the Salty Dog gift shop!
For Hilton Head knick knacks and souvenirs, shop at the Coligny Plaza. On your way out grab a to-go spiked frosty from Frosty Frog Cafe and take it with you to the beach (they’ll seal it in a milk carton and you’ll be on your way)
Head over to the Tiki Hut at Coligny Beach for some fun in the sun with a beach bar and sand volleyball.
Though the Tiki Hut is a good time (especially during summer nights), my favorite beachside bar and restaurant is Coco’s on the Beach.
Not only does Coco’s have a great atmosphere and beach volleyball but it has THE BEST fried bologna sandwiches you’ll ever have. Don’t like fried bologna? Don’t know if you’ll like it? I promise you will like this one.
For an afternoon snack, a meal back at the beach house/hotel or for a casual dinner out, grab a Giuseppi’s pizza. I may be a little biased on this one because my boyfriend’s dad opened this pizza parlor (though he no longer owns it), but I think it’s undeniably delicious regardless!
For a fancier dinner, visit the Fishcamp on Broad Creek. Located on the water, this restaurant has great food, indoor & outdoor seating, outdoor games, a great view and live music. You can’t go wrong by eating here.
If you try any of my suggestions next time you’re on Hilton Head Island, I’d love to hear what you think! Enjoy your visit!
P.S. If you’re looking for night life suggestions, please leave a comment and I will write to you.