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Hilton Head Island Beach

Hilton Head Island's official beach season is April 1st through September 30th of each year.

Public Beach Accesses

All of the beach is public, from the ocean to the high water mark. Access to the beach, however, is often private. The Town of Hilton Head Island provides beach accesses at the following locations:

Parking & Facilities

Access to and services at all Town public beach and recreational parks has been fully restored. All bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic shelters are open.

  • Islanders Beach Park at 94 Folly Field Road will only be accessible to beach parking pass holders.
    • If you do not have a beach parking pass, please do not visit this beach location.
    • Security will be on site at Islanders Beach Park to close the parking lot once it reaches capacity and will only reopen when it is safe to do so.

  • Burkes Beach visitors must park at the Chaplin Community Park, 11 Cast Net Drive. Metered spaces and on-street parking along Burkes Beach Road will be terminated until further notice.

Vehicles that are illegally parked in unmarked spaces or along road rights of way will be towed.

There are 23 metered spaces at Alder Lane; 54 metered spaces at Folly Field and 13 metered spaces at Burkes Beach Road. The parking fee for metered spaces is a quarter for each fifteen minutes.

Photo of Burkes Beach AccessAdditionally, there are 207 spaces at Driessen Beach Park for long term parking. The fee is a quarter for each thirty minutes during the week.

Parking spaces at Islanders Beach Park are always reserved for annual beach passes. Parking at Driessen Beach Parks for annual beach passes is reserved from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Parking is free at Fish Haul Beach Park, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park and Coligny Beach Park. Handicap parking is available at no fee at all beach parks.

Designated Swimming Areas

Photo of Lifeguard on DutyOfficial swimming areas have been designated for the Alder, Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field, and Islanders beaches. The boundaries of these areas will be clearly marked on the beach and in the water.

During the beach season lifeguards are stationed in each of the designated swimming areas and other heavily populated beach areas for assistance and beach information. Please ask a lifeguard before entering the water if the yellow caution flag is flying.

Beach Regulations

Hilton Head Island Parks and Facilities