There are many things to do on Hilton Head Island, but most people for: The Beach, The Golf, The Tennis, or to lounge around The pool. Luckily, our Tennis Master Villa is located within 2 – 10 minutes of each of these 4 activities; so, we are starting this page with detailed information about them.
Then, as you scroll down the page, you will see where we are adding more information about the many, many other things you can do here. And, there are so many, more things to do on and near the island that we guarantee there is absolutely something for everyone.
The Beach is almost everyone’s favorite place.
Hilton Head Island beach is the # 3 beach in America according to Travel Magazine. There are 18.5 km of beach on the Atlantic Ocean side and 7.2 km of beach on the Port Royal Sound side. You can paddle, swim, stroll along the water’s edge or ride your bike along this almost 26 km of beach. You can also just sit and relax while the little ones build sand castles and collect shells; but, don’t forget to keep a look out for the many dolphins and pelicans that troll the shallow waters looking for fish early in the morning and at sunset. They are amazing to watch.
To get to the beach just turn right out of our neighborhood and follow the road as it curves past the Van De Meer Tennis Center and the Sonesta Resort parking lot:
- It’s a short 5 – 10 minute walk along the shaded pathway on the left hand side of the road. (Time depends on your walking speed)
- If you ride your bike (which many people do) it takes 3 – 5 minutes and you can lock your bike up outside the Shipyard Beach Club or ride it along the beach.
- The Beach Shuttle (extended golf cart) runs every 10 minutes from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The shuttle stops on Barcelona Drive just outside Tennis Master.
- If you are the type of family that likes to take beach chairs, boogie boards, coolers, and picnics down to the ocean and stay all day, then taking it all down by car can be very helpful. The parking area is just outside the Shipyard Beach Club. Beach parking passes are required between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We pay for the parking pass which is given to you along with your gate pass in to Shipyard Plantation. Unfortunately, Shipyard only allows us to buy one parking pass per week, so if your group is using multiple cars we advise that one car be designated for carrying the beach paraphernalia and everyone else walks, bikes or rides the trolley.
Note: The parking lot is ample during Fall, Winter & Spring, but fills rapidly during the busy Summer season so if you are going to drive in Summer get there early or ride the shuttle.
There are showers and bathrooms at the Beach Club so everyone can clean up before heading home at the end of the day. The club house is also used for owner and guest activities and special events. It can also be rented for weddings, birthday parties and corporate events; so, if you go down to the beach any Friday or Saturday evening in Spring, Summer, or Fall you will probably see a wedding party dancing on the beach club deck or in the Sonesta Pavilion across the bridge. Both venues face the beach, which provides a musical evening for those who like to walk the beach during the magical sunset hours.
Hilton Head is a golfer’s paradise
- Our home is on Shipyard’s Brigantine golf course and our living room, master bedroom, and one of the upstairs bedrooms all have beautiful views of the 8th hole and beyond. The Shipyard Golf Club is just a 5 minutes walk from our home in the opposite direction from the beach. The Golf Club offers guest golf packages that allow you to play as many times a day as you want (7 days for $308 or 3 days for $258). The price includes the golf cart, greens fees, and driving and practice areas.
- There is also a restaurant at the Golf Club so avid golfers don’t even have to leave between rounds. Shipyard keeps the golf interesting because there are 3 nine-hole courses and you can mix up the combination to make your 18 hole course. Then, after you have enjoyed Shipyard’s golf, you can still play some of the 27 other golf courses on the island. Or, come in April and see the world’s top players compete in the Heritage Golf Tournament.
We do love Tennis
We have a membership at the world famous Van De Meer tennis center which is just 2 minutes from our front door if you turn right out of our neighborhood. Our guests can use our membership for one free hour of tennis each day on one of Van de Meer’s 20 courts. Or, try one of the other 350 tennis courts located around the island.
Tired of the beach, the golf and the tennis? There is a wonderful, large pool for our guests to use. To get to the pool, stand at the front patio. Look across the parking lot and a little to your left. You will see a gap between 2 blocks of villas where there is a short path to the pool. The total distance from patio to pool is about 100 feet.
The pool is open for swimming from 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from March 1st through October 31st each year. Of course, our weather is so mild in the winter that some of our guests like to sit out on the pool deck and socialize with neighbors even in the Winter months when the pool is not open for swimming.
An Almost Endless List Of Other Things To Do While Staying At Our Home.
There are so many other things to do in and around Hilton Head Island that there is sure to be something to please everyone in your group. We’ve attempted to list as many things as possible in the list at the bottom of this page and over time will will add more detailed descriptions of each and provide links to other sites that provide even more information where possible. So, whatever your pleasure, we hope you have fun and enjoy your stay at our Hilton Head home.
- Kayaking on the ocean or on Broad Creek and other water sports are very popular. You can rent equipment and take lessons at many different locations on Broad Creek and the Calibogue Sound. We have enjoyed so many guided kayaking trips with Kayak Hilton Head at Broad Creek Marina. Our favorite guide/instructor is David Drake, but everyone there is good. They are all naturalists so they teach you about the tides, the marshes and the wildlife while teaching you how to kayak safely. We have enjoyed this sport so much that we are even thinking of buying our own kayaks.
- Bike Riding, Jogging and Walking along the beach or around the over 60 miles of bike paths that weave around the island connecting everyone to everything. (Hilton Head is rated as a gold medal bicycle friendly community by the American League of Bicyclists.) If you don’t want to bring your own bikes to the island, there plenty of bicycle rental shops on the island. Most bike rental companies deliver the bikes to your villa and pick them up again when you leave. Our favorite rental shop is South Forest Surf and Cycle which is not far from the Pope Avenue gate of Shipyard Plantation and close to Coligny Plaza.
- Other Water Sports
- Jet Skiing
- Renting a boat
- Taking a boat tour of the area’s water ways. Our favorite way to do this is by taking one of the many dolphin tours offered on the island. Our two favorites are Dolphin Safari out of Palmetto Bay Marina and The Vagabond out of Harbor Town in Sea Pines.
- Fishing. There are so many types of fishing and places to fish it would be impossible for anyone who loves fishing to get bored. We are not fishermen ourselves but friends tell us we should list at least the following fishing activities:
- Surf Fishing,
- Deep Sea Fishing,
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Gigging for crabs
- Shopping at Coligny Plaza, Shelter Cove, Town Center at Shelter Cove, or any one of the other shopping centers on the island or in Old Town Bluffton or The Bluffton Outlet Center
- Dining: There so many great restaurants on the Island that we had to give Dining Out its own page with reviews and links to some of our favorite restaurants.
- Antiquing along Arrow Road
- Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing on the beach, the sound and around the lagoons
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Enjoy our:
- Live Theater
- Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
- Firework Displays
- Spas and Fitness Centers, especially Hilton Head Health a Premier Health Spa and Weight Loss Center located right here in Shipyard.
A brief note about doing your part to protect our island’s delicate ecology:
- Take everything with you when you leave the beach or place it in one of the trash cans by the mile markers.
- We are fans of beach combing/shelling but please leave live sea creatures in the ocean and only take the shells that have washed up with the tides.
- Also, remember that May through October is Turtle Nesting Season, so please don’t have any lights on at night on the beach during this time. Lights confuse the baby turtles and send them scurrying in the wrong direction resulting in their untimely deaths. Also, sand castles or sand pits can create barriers for baby sea turtles trying to reach the sea during this time, so leave the sand as flat as you found it when you leave the beach at the end of the day. Believe it or not, Hilton Head averages 150 nests per season but, largely due to the sea turtle protection project, we had 324 nests in 2015. Please help us maintain this trend by helping our sea turtle babies make it safely to the ocean.