Palmetto Dunes Beach

Palmetto Dunes

Stay at one of the top family destinations on the East Coast

Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes is an oceanfront resort and the ultimate vacation destination with three championship golf courses, an award-­‐winning tennis center and the Shelter Cove Harbour. Beyond its golf courses and clay tennis courts, Palmetto Dunes offers an abundance of outdoor fun for all ages. From biking and walking to kayaking and fishing, the 2,000‐acre property has it all. One of the most interesting features of Palmetto Dunes is its 11‐mile lagoon, which can provide a leisurely day of canoeing or kayaking.

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  • Ranked #1 Family in the United States by Travel+Leisure
  • Three championships golf courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, Arthur Hills Course and George Fazio Course
  • 23 clay and 2 hard tennis courts
  • Shelter Cove Harbour offers indoor and outdoor dining, charter fishing, seasonal nightly fireworks, galleries and multiple shopping options
  • Find some of island’s best restaurants in Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour
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Getting To Palmetto Dunes (PDF)

From I-95 & Savannah Airport

  • Traveling north or south on I-­‐95 proceed to SC Exit 8/ Hwy. 278 East.
  • Follow Hwy. 278 East to Hilton Head Island (approximately 18 miles)
  • After crossing the bridge onto the Island, Palmetto Dunes is located mid‐island at mile marker 8
  • Merge right onto William Hilton Parkway/278 Business. Drive approximately 4 miles.
  • At the Palmetto Dunes / Shelter Cove traffic light, please turn left into Palmetto Dunes Plantation or right into Shelter Cove Harbour.

Alternate route to HHI

Bluffton Parkway (a 7 mile newly constructed road) runs parallel to HWY 278 and can be reached by taking a right turn (out of Island bound traffic at most major intersections) and turning left on Bluffton Parkway.

From Hwy. 278 Business

  • Guests should turn into Palmetto Dunes from Hwy 278 Business/ William Hilton Pkwy.

From the Hilton Head Airport

  • Exit the airport and turn left at stop sign onto Beach City Road.
  • At traffic light turn left onto Hwy. 278 Business/ William Hilton Pkwy.
  • Proceed approximately 3 miles. At the intersection in front of Palmetto Dunes, use the left turn lanes into the property. The Welcome Center is the first building on the right.

Getting to Island Getaway

  • After crossing the main bridge onto Hilton Head Island, merge into left lanes and look for signs to the Cross Island Parkway.
  • Follow the Cross Island Parkway through the Toll Booth ($1.25) until the Sea Pines traffic circle.
  • Take the third exit on the traffic circle (3/4 of the way around the circle) to Route 278 (mainland).
  • Turn right at the first traffic light onto Arrow Road and go to the stop sign ahead.
  • Turn left on New Orleans Road and Island Getaway is approximately one block on the left, 28 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Getting Around

By Car:

Hilton Head Island has two main roadways: the Cross Island Parkway or Business 278. The Cross Island Parkway is a toll road, costing $1.25 for most passenger cars. Hilton Head has 24 hour taxi service, 7 days a week and transport from Savannah and Hilton Head airports.

By Free Shuttle:

The Palmetto Dunes Buggy provides courtesy transportation within Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove.  Visit the beach, golf courses, restaurants, shops and tennis courts, as well as Shelter Cove Harbour.  The buggy runs 7 days a week April through September, and is dispatched on a first come, first served basis.  Call (843) 689-4222 to request a ride.

By Bike:

There are many parks with nature trails and public beaches. Biking along the 12-­‐mile coast is also a popular option, and there are many bike rental choices (with delivery and pick-up) on Hilton Head Island. Also unique to Hilton Head are the 50 miles of bike paths that will wind you through almost all of the Island’s areas and parks.
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