Hilton Head Island, South Carolina beach landscape with rental umbrellas, bikes, and chairs.

At these 55+ communities, you can catch some rays on Hilton Head Island anytime.  

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is famously known for two things—its golf courses and its pristine, white-sand beaches. Each year the area’s beaches rack up countless awards from the country’s top travel and destination magazines, including being named one of the top family-friendly beaches as well as being one of the most relaxing vacation destinations in the U.S.

With 12 miles of scenic shoreline, there are plenty of incredible places to enjoy the sun and the sand—here are three of the best:

Hilton Head Beaches

Coligny Beach is one of the area’s most visited beaches due to its convenient location near Coligny Plaza, which is full of shopping, dining, and hotel options, making it extremely easy for beach-goers to enjoy a day on the beach with everything they could need or want close by.

The beach also features several useful amenities, including numerous showers to wash the day’s sand away, shady gazebos, benches, swings, and restrooms. Grandkids will especially love running through the spouts of water shooting up from the in-ground water fountain. There’s also ample parking and easy public beach access.

Another crowd favorite—especially among locals—is Driessen Beach (also referred to as Bradley Beach) for the peace and tranquility its uncrowded shoreline offers. And, although the beach tends to be less crowded than others in the area it doesn't lack in amenities, which include public grills, picnic tables, a playground, and a place to rent beach necessities like chairs and umbrellas during the summer months. The area is also known for its shells, making it a popular spot for beachcombers. (Metered parking is available.)

Situated only a few blocks from Driessen Beach is the popular Folly Field Beach Park, which not only offers visitors stunning seaside views but also another relaxing spot to soak up the sun without massive crowds. Beach-goers will find restrooms, showers, water fountains, soda machines, seasonal beach rentals, and lifeguards at the park. Beyond the park’s amenities, a number of restaurants are within walking distance at area resorts. (Metered parking is available in two lots.)

Active Adult Communities in Hilton Head

Luckily, if retiring by the beach and soaking up the sun all day is your dream, then you’re in luck. There are several active adult communities in Hilton Head that are just a short drive away from the sandy shorelines of the South Carolina coast.

Here are three active adult communities that are conveniently located near some of Hilton Head’s best beaches: 

Hampton Lake - Bluffton

High $300s - High $1Ms

Hampton Lake is a gated, resort-style community with a mixture of 900 single-family and attached homes. The development features several different home collections with more than a dozen floor plans to choose from that range in size from 1,158 to 3,205 square feet. Residences can have anywhere between two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and up to a three-car garage.

Amenities include a clubhouse, an on-site restaurant, a ballroom, an adults-only pool, an adventure lagoon, Sandi Pointe Beach, a fitness center outfitted with the latest equipment, a 165-acre lake, dock access, and an 18-hole golf course.

Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton

High $100s - High $800s

With more than 8,000 homes within its gates, the age-restricted community of Sun City Hilton Head is the largest 50+ community in South Carolina. It’s popular for its extensive list of amenities, 54 holes of golf, and a wide variety of home designs to choose from.

With both single-family and attached residences in the neighborhood, there are plenty of options when it comes to the look and feel of each home. Sizes vary from 1,039 square feet all the way up to 2,948 square feet of living space and can have between two to three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and up to a three-car garage.

Noteworthy amenities include a 45-acre town center, multiple on-site restaurants and grilles, three fitness centers, a social hall, dozens of athletic courts, and more. 

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head - Hilton Head

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

For those who want to live the beach life permanently, consider Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head. The new, age-restricted community has plans for more than 3,000 single-family homes with a multitude of floor plans. New construction home options range from 1,503 to 2,564 square feet and can have between two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages.

The list of amenities residents will find within Latitude at Margaritaville Hilton Head upon completion is vast and includes everything from a town center and 290,000-square-foot retail center, to a pet spa, private beach area, and resort-style swimming pools.