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10 Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island This Winter

Summer may be long gone, but vacation season on Hilton Head Island never ends! Winter is the perfect time to escape to America’s Favorite Island—discover our top ten reasons to indulge in a low-season getaway.

1. Wonderful Weather 

November to March may be dubbed cold season in Hilton Head Island, but take that with a grain of salt—the Island’s subtropical climate means it’s still nice enough to get outside and explore the Lowcountry landscape. During the winter months, the average daily temperature rarely dips below 64°F.

2. Pet-Friendly Fun

Want to spend a day frolicking in the sand with a furry friend? In the summer, dogs are restricted from visiting the beach between 10am and 5pm—it’s simply too hot. During low-season, they can visit at any time. Sound like heaven? Browse a list of our pet-friendly accommodations here.

 

3. Seafood Season

Though you can enjoy delicious, local flavors on Hilton Head Island year-round, low-season is prime time for seafood—especially oysters. Visit in February and March to experience the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, or the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, for all-you-can-eat oysters, live entertainment and more.

Oyster platter on Hilton Head Island
Photo: @michaelhrizukphotos

4. Insta-worthy Sunrises & Sunsets

Did you know sunrises and sunsets are more vibrant during the winter? It’s a scientific fact. For the perfect sunrise snap, take an early morning stroll on the east side of the island. For spectacular sunsets, face west—Harbour Town, Shelter Cove, and restaurants along Skull Creek all have great views.

5. Holidays—Hilton Head Style

There’s something special about families coming together on Hilton Head Island for the holidays. And here in Lowcountry, it’s all about the lights. Be sure to take in the decorated boats at Shelter Cove Marina and the iconic light display at Shelter Cove Towne Centre—‘tis the season to sparkle!

 

6. Winter Wildlife

During winter, the Island wildlife become more active and easier to spot—so be sure to pack your camera! With hundreds of preserved habitats, parks, and open spaces, you’ll be primed for a premier wildlife-watching experience. Need tips on where to go? We’ve got you covered

 

7. Gone Fishing

Hilton Head Island’s near-perfect weather makes it a prime fishing destination year-round. If you’re looking for lots of bites (who isn’t?), low-season is the best time to cast a line. Fish are feeding more in preparation for cooler temperatures, and it’s the peak season for Redfish, trout, and flounder.

Fishing rod at sunrise on Hilton Head Island
Photo: @kevinconnell on Instagram

8. Under Par, Above Freezing

Before you pack up the 8-iron in favor of a snow shovel, consider this: maybe colder temperatures simply call for a change of scenery? Hilton Head Island is called “The Golf Island” for good reason—with its world-class, public-access golf 12 months a year, you’ll be hitting the greens all year long.

9. Winter Wonderland

Moderate temperatures mean winter is a beautiful time of year to get outside on Hilton Head Island. Kayak the tidal waters of the coast, try your hand at paddleboarding, or sail through Lowcountry waterways on a boat tour. For more land-based pursuits, the Island boasts over 60 miles of trails and paved paths for some of the best biking and hiking in South Carolina.

10. Exciting Events

Low-season experiences abound on Hilton Head Island! The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in February is a haven for foodies, as is the annual Wine and Food Festival in March. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Harbour town, and make good on your resolutions at the Dafuskie Island Marathon in January.

Will we see you on Hilton Head Island this winter? If so, we hope you’ll share photos of your experience using the #LowcountryLife hashtag—you just might see them featured in our online gallery!

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