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How do I get to The Beach... ?

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort features three miles of beautiful beach, ideal for surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, walking, lounging and collecting shells.

Guests staying with Trident Villa Rentals  access the beach at The Dunes House, a private beach facility located through the north gate of Palmetto Dunes.  Features include a deck, casual restaurant, restrooms and limited parking.  Chair rentals are available, but we recommend you bring your own chairs.




Great decision!

The Dunes Buggy is a free shuttle service offered to guests in Shelter Cove and Palmetto Dunes. 
Call 843-689-4222 and the shuttle will pick you up, drop you at the beach, and return you to your villa. 
It's easy, fast and free.  Operates 8 AM to 9PM Daily.
  April - September



It's only ¾ of a mile from Shelter Cove.

Bikes can be rented at the Marina store in the Harbourmaster building or at Hilton Head Outfitters in Palmetto Dunes.  If you are biking to the beach, you must use designated paths, including the bike path that takes you under Highway 278.  Remember to lock your bike and wear a helmet!



Be sure to have your parking pass in your car!

Palmetto Dunes has no parking on the beach, but there is limited guest parking at the Dunes House. This lot is typically busy all day.  Try to go at less popular times (i.e. early morning, late afternoon), as it may be full.  (Hint:  take the shuttle!)


Want to spread out and avoid the crowd?  Plan your visit for Low Tide or during an Outgoing Tide. The beach has much more space with the tide out.  Don't go at High Tide!!!
Check the Tide Table here.


The Beaufort County Sheriff's Department patrols the beaches and enforces all beach regulations.  Violators of these regulations are subject to fines up to $500 per offense.

The following are PROHIBITED on all Hilton Head Island beaches:

  • Alcoholic liquor, beer, wine

  • Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)

  • Littering

  • Indecent exposure

  • 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

  • Unauthorized commercial activity

  • Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6am

  • Unauthorized wearing of lifeguard emblems, insignia, etc.

  • Solicitation or distribution of handouts

  • Kites not under manual control

  • Stunt kites from 10am to 6pm, April 1 through September 30

  • Sand-sailing​

For the added protection of sunbathers and swimmers, the following activities are prohibited in Designated Swimming Areas from 10am to 6pm, April 1 through September 30:

  • Fishing or surfcasting

  • Surfboards, boogie boards, etc.

  • Frisbees or other team sports involving a ball

  • Games with metal components

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