Hilton Head Outfitters Island Adventure Blog

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What to Do, What to Pack, What to Rent.

Aside from the famous golf courses, world-class tennis center, local seafood restaurants and awesome summer-long festivals – the beaches on Hilton Head Island will always be the main attraction. Pristine white sand, easy waves and a breeze that smells even better than freshly baked cinnamon rolls from the Palmetto Dunes General Store, ensure that no matter how you plan your beach day, it is going to be great. Change a ‘great day’ into a perfect day with this ultimate beach day guide from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Upon arrival to Palmetto Dunes, the first stop is always Hilton Head Outfitters. With our bikes already ordered and delivered to our vacation rental home, we are strictly shopping. The kids go nuts for Waboba Balls, which bounce on water and impress even the most angst filled teenager. We stock up with a few shovels and pales, suntan lotion, aloe and goggles (kids version of reading glasses, they never stick around for longer than a few months). The staples are added to the family beach bag along with towels and sunglasses and we head to our rental home.
Unpacking is saved for nighttime when the beautiful Island sun isn’t calling our names. Bathing suits on, sunscreen applied, covered ups added and we board our bikes for the short ride to the beach. We park at the Dunes House and walk up to the Outfitters Kiosk. With the option of renting beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, skim boards, ocean paddle boards and more, there are infinite choices for your family to indulge in some fun-in-the-sun! Everyone gets their own beach chair and the kids usually rent one activity each day, including the highlight of their trip, a surf lesson from “Surf Dog” Capt. Byron who has the kids giggling and saying “cowabunga” for the entirety of our vacation.
Let the games begin! After years of vacationing on Hilton Head Island, we have the beach games down to a science. We love playing paddle ball, bocce ball and drawing our own football/baseball fields in the sand for a quick game (games/sports balls can be purchased at Outfitters). The kids also compete in their own sandcastle making contests which allow my husband and I at least an hour of piece before we judge the competition.
Other than a few waters stuffed into the insulated pockets of the beach bag, we look forward to treating ourselves to a heavenly frozen concoction from The Dunes House and let the kids enjoy a virgin Pina Colada or an ice-cream cone. The staff at this iconic beach bar is full of character and always makes our experience extra special. Insider tip – we eat dinner early, around 5:00 pm. The restaurant is between the busy lunch and dinner crowd and the weather cools down a bit, making the deck at the Dunes House the perfect place for our family to devour the world-famous fish tacos in just our cover-ups and sandy toes.
Taking a cocktail with us, our family tradition is to take a nice walk on the beach after dinner. My daughter and I pick out the most beautiful shells and my husband and the boys prepare some fishing tackle to test their luck at a little shark fishing at dusk.
I am not lying when I say that we repeat our beach routine most of the days we are on Hilton Head Island with a few rounds of tennis, golf and kayaking trips sprinkled in between. Finding our groove and routine at the beach was such a fun adventure for our family, but now that we have it down, our family takes comfort on that sandy shore. The beach at Palmetto Dunes is our own little slice of heaven and when we leave after those seven blissful days; I can’t help but book next year’s trip online on the drive back home.

By Guest Blogger

Hilton Head rentalWhile winters here are not so bad — we have yet to see a single snowflake (and rarely ever do!) and have had only a handful of “chilly” days — we are still looking forward to springtime on the island.

Here are five reasons why:


1)    Azaleas in bloom – If you haven’t seen the glory of the azaleas in bloom in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, you are truly missing out. These wild, bushy blooms dot the side of the road and fill Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort with beautiful colors of purple, pink, white and red.

2)    Kayaking and canoeing – Spring is perfect for hopping in our 11-mile inland lagoon system for a peaceful paddle without having to worry that you’ll be too cold if you get a little wet. Get in some exercise while exploring the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island.

3)    Wildlife – The wildlife start to come out and about as the weather warms from our plentiful birds to colorful butterflies and of course, dolphins and even the occasional otter who swims up into the lagoon behind Hilton Head Outfitters.

4)    Bikes, bikes and more bikes – We love biking the 50 miles of paved paths on the island in spring, as they are as busy as they are during summer and the weather is perfect for wearing shorts — or maybe even your swimsuit — as you head to the beach, the oceanfront Dunes House or even the General Store for some yummy fried chicken.

5)    Walks on the beach – While the water may still be a bit chilly for a dip, the sunshine makes it plenty warm for a walk on the beach. With the ocean breeze during winter, it can be a bit too cold for comfort. Spend time running, beachcombing or keeping an eye out for dolphins.


What do you like most about spring on Hilton Head Island?


To get your spring Hilton Head bike rentals and kayak and canoe rentals, visit us at www.HiltonHeadOutfitters.com.

As the seasons change, it’s inevitable we have to start putting away the shorts and flip-flops and digging out the jeans, boots and sweatshirts. Of course, here on Hilton Head Island, the temperatures stay mild through fall and we regularly have 70-degree days throughout winter. So we can hang onto those flip-flops just a bit longer and even bring out the shorts here and there :) .

We’ve recently gotten some fashionable and trendy apparel in store here at Hilton Head Outfitters … just in case your wardrobe needs a bit of an update for fall and winter!

Spirit Jerseys

Spirit Jerseys have caught on over the last year and are especially popular for showing your pride in your favorite sports team or even sorority or fraternity. Now, you can show your “spirit” for Hilton Head Island with these fun jerseys in blue and pink. Wear them over a shirt or on their own depending on the weather.

Hilton Head shirts

Southern Style

Show off your “Southern Style” with these super cute T-shirts in a variety of colors featuring bikes with bows! Biking is one of our favorite things to do here on Hilton Head with so many miles of paved bike paths and we can’t think of a better thing to wear while pedaling around the island. You can even wear them back home to show your love for Hilton Head Island.

Take Home a Piece of Hilton Head Outfitters

Our latest Hilton Head Outfitters T-shirts come in some fun, bright colors like pink, green, blue and even black. Take one home as a remembrance of your trip to Palmetto Dunes and Hilton Head Island.


If it happens to get a bit colder around your parts than it does here on the coast of South Carolina, pick up a Hilton Head Island sweatshirt currently on sale for just $19.95 to take home. We’ve got even more colors available for sweatshirts, including gray, red, bright blue, navy blue, pink, green and gray. Something for everyone!

HHI Sweatshirts

Of course, you can always find a variety of products in store at Hilton Head Outfitters from fishing gear and bike accessories to skim boards and souvenirs. Be sure to stop by the store on your next Hilton Head Island vacation.

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