January might be the coldest month on Hilton Head Island, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst time to visit. In fact, there are so many things to love about Hilton Head Island in winter time. Here are 10!
1) It’s quiet – The crowds of summer are long gone and you’re much more likely to find a beach all to yourself or a quiet bike ride along the island’s 50 miles of bike paths. If you head out on a kayak or canoe through the 11-mile Palmetto Dunes lagoon, you might only run into the occasional local, which makes for a peaceful journey to clear the mind.
2) See more wildlife – With fewer people on the island, our fantastic wildlife are more likely to make an appearance. Keep an eye out for dolphin close to shore and in inlets and channels, go bird watching around ponds and the lagoon system that runs just behind Hilton Head Outfitters. You might even spot the occasional otter in our lagoon!
3) Fishing is abundant - Fishing around the island is plentiful come winter. The reaction of the fish is slowed so if you can find a big school, you can sneak up on them to see if they’re going to bite. More on winter fishing on Hilton Head Island.
4) 70-degree days – While it might not be 70 degrees EVERY day, there are plenty of days that do see 70 degrees or warmer during winter. We might have the occasional cold snap, but it’s always punctuated by a nice sunny mild day soon after.
5) Better weather for sports – Playing golf or tennis during the more humid summer months can be challenging to say the least. Fall, winter and spring are all ideal times to enjoy time on Palmetto Dunes’ three award-winning golf courses and 26 tennis courts.
6) It’s warmer than where you are! Unless you live in Florida or California, we’re betting Hilton Head Island is warmer than wherever you are located in the United States or Canada. So no matter when you come, it’ll likely be a weather improvement .
7) Beachcombing – With fewer people combing the shores, you’ll have your pick of shells if you head out after a storm or high tide. More Hilton Head beachcombing tips.
8) It’s less expensive – With Hilton Head Island’s peak months coming June-August, you’ll spend less on your Hilton Head vacation by coming during winter. In fact, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers two-bedroom vacation rentals starting at just $159 per night for winter 2014-2015 complete with a kitchen, washer/dryer and more.
9) It doesn’t snow here – Once in a blue moon, we may have the occasional flurry or ice, but it’s a real rarity and it doesn’t last long. Fact is… it just doesn’t snow on Hilton Head Island, so if you want to get away from the white stuff and wiggle your bare feet in the sand instead of strapping on boots to shovel snow, come on down!
10) You can wear shorts – Yep, even in winter you just might be able to wear shorts. That’ll feel good after a long winter of jeans, sweatshirts, mittens, coats and hats! On those 70-degree days, you might even be able to sneak on a pair of flip flops!