South Forest Beach

South Forest Beach

True island feel without the confines of a gated community

South Forest Beach is considered the downtown area of the main island and is part of the Forest Beach community. Situated on a one-mile stretch of beachfront that begins at Coligny Circle and ends at Sea Pines Plantation, the area offers visitors a quiet place to enjoy their vacation, but still has close access to beachside barefoot cafes and the Forest Beach shopping, dining and live entertainment options.


  • Home to the world famous tennis facility, the Van de Meer Tennis Center
  • Multiple golf options at the Shipyard Golf Club, Sea Pines and Legendary Golf
  • Pool Bar Jim’s, Sea Pines Beach Club or The Tiki Hut are great choices for a seaside cocktail or casual fare
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More About South Forest Beach, Hilton Head Island SC

South Forest Beach is located in the highly sought after Forest Beach Hilton Head area. Your vacation experience includes the best of everything Hilton Head Island has to offer, including the glorious natural beauty of the beach as well as convenient shopping, beautiful homes in quiet residential areas.
Getting to South Forest Beach (PDF)

  • Take the Cross Island Parkway through the toll ($1.25) and follow it until you reach the Sea Pines traffic circle.
  • Take the second exit (half way around the circle) to Pope Avenue.
  • Follow Pope Avenue approximately 1 mile until you reach the Coligny traffic circle.
  • To get to South Forest Beach, take the first exit off the traffic circle on South Forest Beach Drive.

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:
A “tip only” open air golf cart service can take you home after shopping, about the neighborhood or to Piggly Wiggly, Jamaican Me Crazy, Steamers, Rita’s Italian Ice and dozens of other establishments around this shopping and dining district.

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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