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.
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