Port of Call

An insider’s guide to the Islands many marinas

Photoshoot at Neptune centrally located in Shelter Cove

Photoshoot at Neptune centrally located in Shelter Cove

Being an island, many visitors anticipate waterways thereby expecting boats thereby predicting places that boats can dock.  Hilton Head Island boasts a number of world-class marinas that offer well beyond docking.  Here are my tips on how best to experience the Island’s various maritime docking options.

While all of the Island’s marinas offer a mix of culinary delights, retail therapy and action adventure, here is my list for the “Best Of” of Hilton Head Island’s marinas…

My husband I enjoy lunch marina-side in Harbour Town

My husband I enjoy lunch marina-side in Harbour Town

DINING
My favorite merely for its eclectic flavor and picturesque scenery is Shelter Cove Harbour.  Amongst its 5 restaurants are some of my favorite island-wide.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine over lunch at Bistro 17, Shelter Cove Harbour’s very own French bistro.  Situated waterside, it gives you the feel of the French Riviera, Hilton Head Island-style that is. And to top it off, they are probably one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in town featuring a separate k-9 menu.

The best for dinner is one of the Island’s newcomers, Ela’s Blu Water Grille.  The second-story eatery offers spectacular views of the marina and Broad Creek.  My favorite dish, the Lobster Carbonara, is a not to miss for your taste buds.

Looking for a good rest stop for the afternoon?  Kick your feet up next to the bar at San Miguel’s.  Featuring live music regularly and relaxing seating areas, it’s a great place to stop to grab a bite to eat (may I suggest the Chili Con Queso) and sip on a Margarita.

SHOPPING
Harbour Town would get my vote as the shopping Mecca amongst Hilton Head Island marinas.  From gift shops to toy stores to clothing boutiques, you can find just about anything you need for your time on vacation or for when you return home.

Looking for a souvenir to take home as a reminder of your time on HHI?  Look no further than Camp Hilton Head I & II. Wanting a new outfit to wear out for a special dinner while in town?  Ladies, you’ll find it at Radiance, a boutique offering clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories from Free People, Splendid, Kensie, Velvet and more.  Gentlemen, you’ll need to look no further than Knickers featuring classic trends from names such as Vineyard Vines, Tommy Bahama, Bobby Jones and Lacoste. Needing to satisfy your sweet tooth?  The Cinnamon Bear Country Store with delicious

Catching some air

Catching some air

ADVENTURE
Located off of Marshland Road, Broad Creek Marina is a little bit of a hidden gem.  However, with its newest addition, ZipLine Hilton Head, it’s quickly becoming a well-known island hot spot.   In addition to the 2 hour canopy tour, visitors to Broad Creek Marina can also delight in dolphin tours, parasailing, tours of nearby Daufuskie Island and fishing charters.  And, after you work up an appetite, you can feast on one of the island’s best burgers (and many more delicious menu items) at Up The Creek Pub & Grill!

On top of these 3 marinas, there a lot to see and do (and eat) at Palmetto Bay Marina including one of the best breakfast spots, Sunrise Café.  And, if all of this wasn’t enough, you won’t want to miss The world-famous Salty Dog located in South Beach Marina at the southern-most tip of Hilton Head Island in The Sea Pines Resort.  You wouldn’t want to go home without one of those famous Salty Dog t-shirts!