- Type: Beaches
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Coligny remains one of the most crowded and most popular beaches on Hilton Head Island because of its wealth of facilities (a nearby shopping center, plenty of food options, and clean bathrooms and showers) but also because the sand is so nice. It's fairly hard-packed, making it good for sitting, of course, but also for bike riding.
We have to warn you of a few drawbacks, though. More than one traveler recounts being stung by the jellyfish in the (occasionally) murky water. And as we mentioned, Coligny can get crowded. For this reason, a Yelp.com sunbather suggests you visit in the morning. "When we left, the parking lot was a MADHOUSE and traffic heading in was ridiculous," she writes. "Glad we made it there early, even if it was for such a short visit!" If you want a more tranquil option with more swimmable waters, consider Hilton Head's Alder Lane.
You can visit Coligny Beach every day between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. It sits on the Coligny Circle, across from the Coligny Plaza shopping area. Access is free, but the public parking lot costs $4 per day ($2 if you arrive after 2 p.m.).