The famous Hilton Head lighthouse at twilight.

So you’re thinking about moving to a Hilton Head, South Carolina active adult community. You’re looking for a place that offers convenience, luxury, relaxation, and ample amounts of fun. But you’re stuck on which one best suits your lifestyle. You’ve narrowed it down to two, Sun City Hilton Head and Latitude Margaritaville.

It all comes down to one thing: Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan?

Just kidding. You certainly don’t have to listen to Jimmy Buffett’s music to appreciate all that the brand new Latitude Margaritaville has to offer. On the other hand, Sun City Hilton Head is already a well established active adult community, and the largest in South Carolina at that with more than 8,000 homes.

So which is one is better for you?


Evening on the May River tidal estuary as it flows by Bluffton, SC.

Del Webb’s Sun City Hilton Head is conveniently located 13 miles west of Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, South Carolina, an area famous for its beautiful beaches and golf courses. It also includes plenty of shopping, restaurants, banks, and a grocery store. You’re also about 15 minutes away from Hilton Head Island.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is located in Hardeeville, which is conveniently located near daily shopping needs with a Publix and Walmart just three miles away. Plenty of retail and restaurants are easily accessible as well. The location puts you 30 minutes from Hilton Head Island.


Residents gather in the morning at the bocce courts at Sun City Hilton Head.

Within the Sun City Hilton Head community, there are more than 200 chartered clubs, classes, and interest groups that include sports, fitness, arts and crafts, religion, continuing education, cards, and games. These lifestyle offerings also include clubs for amateur radio, cooking, bowling, stained glass, kayaking, hunting and fishing, genealogy, model railroading, and more.

And when it comes to amenities at Sun City Hilton Head, you’ll feel like you’re in your own small town. Literally. At the center of this community is the 45-acre Village Centre, which includes the 17,000 square-foot Pinckney Social Hall for lectures, workshops, dances, and concerts. There’s also the state-of-the-art Purrysburg Fitness Center that includes indoor and outdoor pools as well as a cushioned floor aerobics studio. There are also plenty of other recreational activities including bocce ball, tennis and pickleball courts, a softball field, a dog park, and an outdoor party pavilion.

Lake Somerset, the 20-acre fishing lake on campus offers terrific views and remote-controlled sailboats, with walking and biking trails. Like golf? There are three 18-hole championship golf courses designed by PGA professional Mark McCumber. Afterward, gather with friends for drinks or a meal at Jameson’s Grille, which has two locations on campus.

Meanwhile, Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head offers walkable neighborhoods and golf-cart friendly streets. While many of the amenities aren’t completed yet, you can expect to find the Town Center and Latitude Town Square, which will offer lots of live entertainment. The Last Mango Theater will showcase live shows and movies and also double as a banquet hall. The Latitude Bar & Grill Restaurant will be the perfect place to meet friends and neighbors while enjoying music at the Town Square Bandshell.

A state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor lap pool and spa, a business center, a workshop, pet spa, and a multipurpose room for arts and crafts will all be available to enjoy upon completion. Also expect to find a resort-style pool that will feature a beach entry, lots of cabanas and tiki huts, along with lawn games like bocce and horseshoes, as well as numerous tennis and pickleball courts.

And if you like shopping, you’re in luck. An adjoining 290,000-square-foot, golf cart-accessible neighborhood retail center is currently under development.


Buyers can now tour the new model homes at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head.

When it comes to the homes at Sun City Hilton Head, there are numerous choices for homebuyers. Options start with 1,000-square-foot villa townhomes and go as big as 4,000-square-foot custom single-family homes. A huge variety of home styles and floor plans cater to the needs of active adults who prefer low-maintenance ranch home living, with expansive great rooms, large kitchens just right for entertaining, and ample outdoor space. Prices start in the high $100s and go up from there.

Margaritaville recently held its grand opening and the first phase is set to include 203 homes with plans for a total of around 3,000 homes expected to be added over the next few years. These low-maintenance homes range in villa and single-family home types, featuring open, airy designs meant to maximize natural light and flow into outdoor living spaces. Master suites feature large, walk-in closets and raised height vanities in the master bath.

The four villa home models range from 1,558 to 1,862 square feet with two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Prices for these homes start in the $240s. Single-family homes are available in five distinct floor plans that range in size from 2,080 to 2,564 square feet with two or three bedrooms, a den, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. Prices start in the $290s.


Ultimately, the choice between the two communities comes down to you. If you’re looking for an immersive, tropical experience that encourages you to let your worries melt away, then Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head sounds like the right 55+ community for you. If you’re more interested in being able to enjoy an endless number of activities right now, then Sun City Hilton Head might be more your speed.

Let us know which community you’d pick in the comments below.