May 2022 Tide Chart [Hilton Head Island]

If you’re visiting our beautiful island during the month of May, it’s a good idea to know when High or Low Tide is happening before you plan your beach bike ride or sunrise stroll.

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Pedal Hilton Head–May 1st, 2022

Celebrate National Bike Month and Hilton Head Island’s award-winning cycling community by joining in on the 14th Annual Pedal Hilton Head.  Rain or shine, locals and visitors alike will participate in one of six different rides that accommodate every level of rider.  From a fun, family-centered two-mile beach ride to a grand tour of the island in the sixty-two-mile ride, there is a carefully planned route for everyone to enjoy.  

Event proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.  Not only is it Pedal’s mission to be a marquee cycling event in the island’s Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, but the event organizers’ main focus is to fund as many programs and scholarships as possible for the kids who benefit from the Boys and Girls Club.  Pedal, and Pedal-for-a-Kid program specifically, continues to be a successful fundraising event year after year, and directly supports programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and the importance of being good, productive and caring citizens.

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What to Do for Mother’s Day on Hilton Head Island

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re drawing a blank trying to think of something to do for your World’s Best Mom, here are some ideas of some of the best things to do if you find yourself on Hilton Head Island this year.

Plan A Picnic

Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and treat your mom to an al fresco spread on one of the island’s beaches or parks.  Nothing beats eating lunch outside on a warm, sunny day, and your mom will love this thoughtful gesture and quality time with you.  Grab all of mom’s favorite eats and everything else you’ll need at Piggly Wiggly.  Not sure what to pack in the cooler?  Try preparing something new like this tasty Thai Mandarin Salad with Peanut Orange Chipotle Dressing or these delicious chicken wraps.  Have a sweet tooth?  These easy-to-make Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies will be a hit!

Spend some time in the sunshine at one of the island’s beautiful parks, and enjoy a Sunday afternoon picnic. Photo by Liana Mikah

Paint Some Pottery

Fun for all ages, make a reservation for yourself and your mom at the island’s very own pottery studio, The Art Café. With hundreds of items to choose from, you both will have a great time creating your own masterpieces.  Located on the second story above Rockfish, the studio has paired with the restaurant to serve food and beverages in the evenings.  If you and your mom want to enjoy a relaxing time painting and sipping on refreshing drinks from The Art Café’s patio, think about making your reservation anytime after four o’clock.  Give the staff three days to hand-glaze and process your pieces, and your new favorite keepsake will be ready to pick up!

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Brunch, Anyone?

You can never go wrong with taking your mom to a delicious brunch to start Mother’s Day off right.  Hilton Head is home to an array of cafés and restaurants that serve fantastic brunch favorites, and of course if Mom is an early riser, breakfast.  Because Mother’s Day lands on a Sunday, expect the brunch crowds to be more crowded than usual and make a reservation ahead of time if you can.  For our guide to some of the best brunches on the island, click below:

Go for a Bike Ride

Something that should already be on your to-do list while visiting Hilton Head Island regardless of the occasion, rent bikes and let Mom decide where to going exploring.  From miles of bike paths to open stretches of beautiful beaches, make sure to ask for a bike basket in case you happen to stop at any of the island’s shops in between! Remember to take a break and lock up your bike to grab a bite to eat—your mom (and legs) will thank you!

Find the perfect size and style of beach cruiser to explore the island with at Wheelz of Hilton Head.

Day Trip to Daufuskie Island

Spend the day with Mom on Daufuskie Island, a sea island situated between Hilton Head and Savannah.  Only accessible by ferry, this lowcountry gem is a great escape from the crowds. The island has few paved roads, making golf carts the best way to explore the five-mile-long island.  While there, enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood and other local ingredients at one of the dining locations on Daufuskie that take advantage of their beautiful surroundings and offer outdoor seating.  Remember to bring your camera while roaming the island and soak in the Lowcounty’s natural beauty.

Daufuskie Island is rich in culture and heritage. The island’s story is still told through historical sites such as the First Union African Baptist Church, pictured above. Photo by Yohan Marion

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Out to Brunch–Hilton Head Island Brunch Recommendations

It’s beginning to be brunch season again. What is brunch season, you ask? Well, to be honest, we just completely made that up. But we are heading into the time of year when there are more reasons to plan on spending your mid-morning sipping on mimosas and enjoying a delicious plate of French toast.  With Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s a good idea to start making plans now—especially if you’re able to make reservations ahead of time! Here are our recommendations for some of the best brunches on Hilton Head Island:

Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, this café is a great option for breakfast or lunch—or in this case, brunch!  Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café is a local favorite that quickly turns new customers into regulars.  With a full bar that can whip up delicious Bloody Marys, and a regularly updated specials menu that continues to wow, this island favorite offers a dog-friendly patio where you can enjoy a beautiful morning waterside.

We recommend the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or their signature Breakfast Burrito with homemade salsa. Although breakfast items are served all day, their “Late Risers,” or lunch menu, is equally delicious. Try the Shrimp Scampi, Leslie Burger, or the Egg Salad Melt. Add an order of Crab Wontons from their “Snax” menu, or try their delicious She-Crab Soup.

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Plantation Café & Deli

A Hilton Head staple that has been in operation for almost half a century, Plantation Café & Deli has three convenient locations that cover both the island and Bluffton. For early risers that want to get a head start on their day, visit this café before eight a.m. to order from their delicious Early Bird Specials menu. If sleeping in is on the day’s to-do list, both breakfast, lunch, and Sunday Brunch menus are packed with mouthwatering plates. A must-stop while visiting Hilton Head, visitors and locals alike rave about the delightful, family-friendly atmosphere and scrumptious southern-style cooking.

The breakfast menu boasts country skillets, an array of benedicts and omelets, as well as plates from the griddle that are all beautifully topped with powdered sugar. Our favorite breakfast plate is Ellie’s Southern Breakfast, a more traditional order with a southern spin that includes fried green tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with a Creole skillet or golden Belgian Waffle. Our Sunday Brunch favorites include the Salad Platter and Pimento Grilled Cheese.

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Skillets Café & Grill

Located in Coligny Plaza, Skillets Café & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Although they don’t have a specific brunch menu, they do serve breakfast until three p.m. due to popular demand. In operation for twenty-five plus years, Skillets has always been the go-to place before or after a trip to the beach. Among plenty of great reviews from happy customers, praises for how seriously the restaurant staff takes gluten-free allergies are just as plentiful as the amount of options of menu items that are gluten-free friendly and even vegan.

When at Skillets Café & Grill, why not order one of their five, delicious breakfast skillets? In true island fashion, two of our favorites are called The Beach and The Coligny. We would also recommend the Country Crepe, The Kitchen Sink, as well as the Seafood Omelette off the breakfast menu. If you’re ordering off the lunch menu, try the Monte Cristo or Shrimp and Grits. Lunchtime also unlocks a long list of dessert options, so make sure to save room for a slice of Key Lime Pie, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake, or the House Made Cobbler.

These are just three of the long list of fantastic brunch options you can find on Hilton Head Island. For more places to find great food and hospitality on the island, visit our Restaurant page.


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Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

Hilton Head Island is an idyllic escape from neon signs and chaotic cities—and that wasn’t an accident.  Over the years, locals and generations of visitors alike have worked hard to preserve and protect the island’s natural habitats throughout the town’s stages of development.  If it weren’t for the early visionary and developer of Sea Pines, Charles Fraser, and continued conservation efforts such as the creation of the Hilton Head Land Trust in 1987, the island would’ve looked very different.

Fraser’s use of strict land-use covenants and sincere respect for wide-open spaces started a trend that ultimately caused Hilton Head Island to be considered a leader in environmental activism.  Additional public, residential, and tourist-driven communities all share the same respect for the island’s natural beauty.  This desire to showcase Hilton Head’s natural landscape instead of buildings is the reason why you might drive past a shopping center ten times before you knew it even existed.

Preserving this natural paradise is always on the island’s mind, but in honor of Earth Day, here are a few ways to keep Hilton Head Island beautiful for generations to come:

Skip the Straw

In the summer of 2018, Beaufort County encouraged everyone to participle in something called a Strawless Summer.  Four years later, local communities have continued finding ways to either replace plastic straws with greener options or encouraged people to just simply skip the straw.  The next time you head out for your beach day, try swapping a to-go cup for an insulated, reusable cup so your drink can also stay colder for longer!

It might not seem like saying no to a plastic straw would make much of a difference, it’s not only an easy way to help limit single-use plastics, but it takes one of the most detrimental pieces of trash out of the ocean.  The shape and size of a plastic straw make it more dangerous if consumed by wildlife.

Skipping the straw is not only an easy way to help limit single-use plastics, but it takes one of the most detrimental pieces of trash out of the ocean.

Bring a Tote Bag

Efforts to reduce single-use plastic doesn’t stop at plastic straws in Hilton Head.  Beaufort County started a plastic bag ban in 2018, so it’s always a good idea to bring a reusable bag or two when you’re in town.  Having an extra bag while traveling is always a good idea as it is.  From having a designated snack tote for your road trip to having an extra bag on hand to carry wet towels back from the beach, you will certainly find a use for reusable bags on your vacation even if a trip to the grocery store isn’t on your to-do list.

Leave Nothing but Your Footprints:

The town has provided baskets at beach entrances in efforts to make picking up trash along the beach that much easier!

      Now that you have that reusable bag handy, make sure that everything you’ve brought to the beach leaves with you.  If you see trash that previous beachgoers have left behind, please do us a favor and pick it up!  The island’s beaches have plenty of receptacles that make disposing of your garbage easy.  The town has even added baskets at beach entrances to help those who want to help our beaches stay clean.

      Not only is it important to pick up your beach toys and any trash you might have, but always remember to fill in any holes you might have dug. A hazard the entire year, filling in holes in the sand is especially important during the summer. During nesting season, sea turtles are deterred from laying their eggs in a safe location if they run into any barriers or holes in the sand.

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Attend Hilton Head’s Annual Beach Clean Up

Respect the Wildlife                                 

      Wildlife and their habitats are always considered a priority on Hilton Head Island. The entire reason behind conservation efforts, respecting local wildlife is necessary in keeping the island a natural paradise. The best way to show your respect is to leave them be! Feeding—and especially harassing–wild animals is never a good idea and could cost you a big fine!  Take as many pictures of all the dolphins, deer, and alligators you’d like, just don’t put yourself or them in dangerous situations and give them plenty of space.

Here is an example of why it’s so important to pick up after yourself. Regardless of where you are on the island, your trash will end up interfering and endangering local wildlife.

      Not only should you let the wildlife alone, but you should also stay away from the dunes on the island’s beaches.  The island’s beaches are large enough, so there really is no need for biking or walking through the dunes. Serving as important storm barriers, the dunes are also home to various native species and allow animals to navigate the island without having to cross any roadways.  Dunes are also where many sea turtles decide to nest.  

      Speaking of sea turtles, the island has a saying during turtle season in the summer months—lights out for turtles! This simply means that all outside lights near the beach should be turned off. Baby turtles look for the moonlight reflecting off of the ocean, so if they were to see other lights in the opposite direction, they may not make it to the waterline.


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April 2022 Tide Chart [Hilton Head Island]

If you’re visiting our beautiful island during the month of April, it’s a good idea to know when High or Low Tide is happening before you plan your beach bike ride or sunrise stroll.

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Southern Living Names Hilton Head Island the South’s Best Beach Town

The South’s Best of 2022 is officially out, and it looks like the Lowcountry and neighboring City of Savannah have officially won over the hearts of those at Southern Living as well as their readers. With fourteen categories in total, South Carolina captures the “winningest state” title, earning the number one ranking in five divisions. Four out of the five are located right here in the Lowcountry:

  • The South’s Best Beach Town: Hilton Head Island, SC
  • The South’s Best Small Town: Beaufort, SC
  • The South’s Best City: Charleston, SC
  • The South’s Best Brewery: Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, SC)

We’re also excited to see the South’s Best Bakery, Back in the Day Bakery, is located in the lovely, Savannah, GA, which was also the runner up to the South’s Best City!

You can’t deny the charming allure of these destinations, and Southern Living has written fantastic accounts that’ll make you want to pack a bag and visit!  After winning the South’s Best Beach Town in 2019, Hilton Head Island has reclaimed its rightful title once again.  There’s something to be said about a place where pristine, near-perfect beaches are just the starting point as to why it’s considered the best beach town.

     The article sings Hilton Head’s praises in detail, stating that the island’s Gullah roots, environmental mindfulness, and delicious local fare are just some of the many factors that have shaped the island into the flouring coastal community that it is today. With a heavy nod to the surrounding waterways—be it oysters, beautiful views, or boats and watersports—the article includes comments from locals who have never taken the island’s splendor for granted.  


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#PlaidNation: Hilton Head Island prepares for the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic

Each year, for one week in April, Hilton Head Island becomes #PlaidNation as golf fans from across the globe flock to the Lowcountry to watch some of golf’s greats battle it out at Harbour Town Golf Links.  Welcome to The RBC Heritage Classic. 

Dating back to 1969, the RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event played in South Carolina, and its host, the Heritage Classic Foundation, supports charitable organizations across the Lowcountry. Since 1987, the Foundations has donated $47.5M to nonprofits in South Carolina and Georgia.

Golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, and Davis Love III have donned the tartan jacket, victorious. In recent years, the trophy has been lifted by the likes of Wesley Bryan, Satoshi Kodaira, C.T. Pan, Webb Simpson, and Stewart Cink. Cink will be back in 2022 to defend his title, and the RBC Heritage leaderboard is sure to feature some of the biggest names in golf. 

The RBC Heritage kick-off is unlike any other PGA Tour tournament opening. This year, defending champion Stewart Cink will gather with Heritage Classic Foundation Board members, volunteers, and state dignitaries as they parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sound of the Citadel’s Pipe and Drum band. At the opening ceremony, the past champion is presented with his Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and will continue the tradition of hitting a featherie-style golf ball into the Calibogue Sound with an authentic hickory golf club in unison with a cannon shot. This opening ceremony, a reenactment of a Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews tradition dating back to the mid-18th century, signals the official start of Tournament week on Hilton Head. 

If you’re planning to be a spectator at the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic, here are a few things you may want to know.

Monday, April 11, 2022

  • The course is closed to spectators.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • Opening Ceremonies begin on the 18th green at Noon.
  • Practice rounds commence at players’ discretions. No advance tee times will be available. 
  • Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | practice green | Children 15 and under are invited to putt alongside the pros. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • RBC Heritage Pro-Am begins at 7:00 am with players starting on the 1st and 10th tees. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

  • First Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon start times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

  • Second Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon tee times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

  • Third round starting times 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. 
  • #PlaidNation Games on the Heritage Lawn 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

  • 7:30 am Sunrise Easter Service featuring local ministers, music, and nondenominational prayer will take place at 7:30 am at Liberty Oak. 
  • Final round start times: 8:30 am – 1:30pm
  • Trophy presentation, 18th green, immediately following close of play. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rbcheritage.com.

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Coligny Beach Named One of Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the United States

Congratulations are in order for Hilton Head Island’s very own, Coligny Beach! Listed on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the United States, Coligny Beach is the only South Carolina beach that made the cut, beating out several well-known beaches on Hawaii and along Florida’s coastline.

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“Beautiful miles of sandy beach. Great for long walks on the beach. Nice walkways with bathrooms, showers, changing areas and decks to gather on.”

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Already an island favorite, Coligny Beach is easy to access with convenient, free parking and plenty of places to lock up your bike—that is, unless you’re going on a relaxing beach bike ride! Steps away from some of Hilton Head’s best shopping and dining, the beach is also within minutes of the Lowcountry Celebration Park, the island’s newest hotspot for festivals, seasonal events, and live entertainment.

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March 2022 Tide Chart [Hilton Head Island]

If you’re visiting our beautiful island during the month of March, it’s a good idea to know when High or Low Tide is happening before you plan your beach bike ride or sunrise stroll.

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