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Prohibited on all Hilton Head Island beaches or adjacent waters:

  • Ordinance SignAlcoholic liquor, beer, wine
  • Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)
  • Littering (Articles left overnight are considered litter and will be removed)
  • Indecent exposure or nudity
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Unauthorized vehicles
  • Fires and Fireworks
  • Shark Fishing
  • Removal, harming, or harassment of any live beach fauna (sea turtles, sand dollars, conchs, starfish, etc.)
  • Removal, alteration, or damage to dunes, sea oats, or other dune flora
  • Operation, launching, or landing of unauthorized motorized watercraft
  • Horse riding or driving
  • Parasailing
  • Unauthorized commercial activity
  • Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 am
  • Unauthorized wearing of lifeguard emblems, insignias, etc.
  • Solicitation or distribution of handouts
  • Kites not under manual control
  • Stunt kites 10 am - 6 pm April 1 through September 30
  • Sand-sailing 10 am - 6 pm April 1 through September 30

 

Designated Swim Areas

For the added protection of sunbathers and swimmers, designated swim areas are located  at Alder Lane, Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field and Islanders Beach Parks. (Beach Markers 52A, 59A, 102, 105 and 110, respectively.)

All have restrooms and beach matting for easy access over the soft sand.

Prohibited between sunrise and sunset from April 1 through September 30.

  • Fishing or surfcasting
  • Surfboards
  • Frisbees and balls
  • Games with metal components

Animal Rules

Animals may visit with the following restictions:

October 1 -  March 31
Anytime On leash or under voice control

April 1 - Thursday before Memorial Day*

10am–5pm

On leash

5pm–10am

On leash or under voice control

Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day**

10am–5pm

Not allowed

5pm–10am

On leash or under voice control

Tuesday after Labor Day - September 30*

10am–5pm

On leash

5pm–10am

On leash or under voice control

  * No animals are allowed in Designated Swim Areas.
** Service dogs are allowed on leash.

Animal excrement must be removed from the beach.

Disposal bags for animal excrement are located at many beach signs.

Other Information

  • May through October is sea turtle season. Please respect their habitats and turn lights out along the beach after 10:00 pm
  • Lifguards are provided seasonally at various locations.
  • Recycling cans are placed at several locations on the beach.