Tired of Tybee? Head to Hilton Head Is. beach

seapineslogoSavannah folks typically opt for Tybee over Hilton Head. But lately, SouthernMamas has received requests from readers who are Tybee-weary and want to make the trek to Hilton Head for a day @ the beach.

Private-access beaches

If you go, we recommend shelling out $5 for a day pass to Sea Pines Resort. You can spend the day at the beach, then grab a bite to eat at one of the Sea Pines restaurants before heading back to Savannah. The daily pass – which you can purchase at the Sea Pines Greenwood or Ocean gates – gets you access to most Sea Pines highlights.

Beach it

We recommend going to the beach @ the Sea Pines Beach Club . You’ll have access to restrooms, food service, a bar, picnic tables, showers, entertainment. The beach is attended by lifeguards and has some parking, which fills up quickly.

You can grab dinner right on the beach (without giving up your coveted parking space) @ the Surfside Grill, located at the Beach Club.

Post-beach in Sea Pines

Other Sea Pines restaurant-entertainment options:
The Salty Dog Cafe @ South Beach Village. A guitar-player performs 7 nights a week, 5- 9 PM in May and 6-10 PM June. Starting Fri. May 22, Cappy the Clown will be at the Salty Dog Cafe 7-9 PM Friday – Monday. Click here for entertainment info.

Harbour Town, children’s musician and sing-along legend Gregg Russell plays for free under the Liberty Oak 8-9:30 PM. Sun-Fri May-Sept (dates vary call 843.842.1979 to confirm.) Check out the playground at Harbour Town named after Gregg Russell, too. Here’s a list of places to eat in Harbour Town.

Public-access beaches

Not interested in going the Sea Pines route? Hilton Head has four main public entrances to the beach and pay parking is available at each.

The most popular is Coligny Beach, located at Coligny circle which intersects Pope Avenue with North and South Forest Beach Drive. Coligny Beach is across from Coligny Plaza, where you can find places to eat and shop. The beach has restrooms, water fountains, outdoor showers. Check out the legendary Tiki Hut outdoor at the neighboring Holiday Inn.

Park at the public parking lot for Coligny Beach for $4 for the day ($2 after 2:00 PM ) which allows you to come and go throughout the day with your receipt.

Click here for other public beach entrances on HHI. Most of the same beach rules apply as on Tybee except dogs are allowed on leashes BEFORE 9 AM and AFTER 5 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Rain options

Don’t head directly home if your beach day is rained out. Take the kids to:
The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Ave. The museum will be open Memorial Day Mon., May 25 from 10 am-5 pm.
The Island Playground, an indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play. 1538 Fording Island Rd, Suite 104, near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side.

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