By now you’ve read, heard, and seen enough to know you definitely want to visit Hilton Head Island. But of course, as you plan your vacation, you want it to be just perfect. So take a look at this brief overview of seasonal tips to decide what time is ideal for you to go.


Those who would like to make the most of more athletic outdoor activities like bike riding, tennis, and golfing may find the milder temperatures (upper 70s – low 80s) of the spring most to their liking. One thing to know about the island beginning in spring is that all lights visible from the ocean must be turned off by 10pm to protect baby sea turtles. This law is in effect from May 1 – October 31st.


Summer is the time to hit Hilton Head if you’re going for the beach or water activities. However, there are quite a few others who vacation at this time of year. This makes it important to plan for the crowds and high-season pricing. Reservations are recommended for restaurants, tee times, and many other popular activities.


South Carolina weather in the early fall is still quite enjoyable (expect mid-fall temps in the 70s at least), and after Labor Day the crowds begin to subside as well. The quiet makes autumn a great time for fishing. If you’d like to get out and about, check out the island’s fun fall festivals. Unfortunately, fall is also prime hurricane season, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the forecasts.


Temperatures in winter are generally very mild in Hilton Head, so this could be a perfect time for a vacation away from the crowds. Winter is prime time for seafood, and the island is well known for their oysters. And of course, you’ll find some glorious holiday displays if you visit during Christmas time.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Hilton Head, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to make your trip fantastic.