The Beaches of Hilton Head Island
Explore the Best Beaches of South Carolina
Play in the sand, frolic in the surf, walk along the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean and bask in more than 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the United States. From South Beach to Folly Field Beach, Forest Beach to Driessen Beach, and every beach in between, it’s no wonder Hilton Head Island has been recognized as one of the top 10 family beaches in the country. And with so many pristine stretches of sand, warm waters, and days filled with sunshine, it's no surprise we're renowned as one of the most relaxing vacation destinations. In fact, Hilton Head Island has been ranked the #1 Island in the Continental U.S. and #1 Island in the U.S. by readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler for the past several years, and even ranked the #2 Island in the World by readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine in 2017.
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Hilton Head Island’s Public Beaches and Parks
From the ocean to the high water mark, all beaches surrounding Hilton Head Island are public. Access to the beach, however, is sometimes private. Public beach access is provided at the following locations: Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Drive; Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle; Fish Haul Park at the end of Beach City Road; Driessen Beach Park at the end of Bradley Beach Road; Burkes Beach Access at the end of Burkes Beach Road; Folly Field Beach Park, off Folly Field Road; and Islanders Beach Park, off Folly Field Road. Some beaches, like Coligny and Mitchelville, have free parking, while others offer paid or metered parking.
Accessible Beaches. Enjoyable For All.
Alder Lane Beach, Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, and Islanders Beach Park are all equipped with mats to make them wheelchair accessible.
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