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Coligny Beach picture in Hilton Head
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Coligny Beach picture in Hilton Head
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  • 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect for beachgoers of all ages. Not only are there restrooms and showers but also separate changing rooms, plenty of benches and gazebos with swings to shade yourself from the sun. There's also loads of eateries just a stone's throw away from the sand (think coffee shops, ice cream shops and seafood restaurants) and should you forget an umbrella, you can rent that here in addition to beach chairs. What's more, parking is free.

Recent visitors, especially those traveling with families, love Coligny Beach. Along with the beautiful Carolinian coastal scenery, visitors praise the beach's clean facilities and nearby amenities. And although the beach is known to get pretty crowded during summer, some travelers note that if you walk long enough down the shore, away from the beach park, you can find fewer people taking up spots in the sand. If you are visiting during the summer though, be very wary of jellyfish. Sea Nettle jellyfish permeate the beach's waters from June to August or September. While lifeguards are equipped to deal with jellyfish injuries on the spot, it's stingray stings that are much more severe and often lead to a trip to the emergency room. Before getting in the water, ask lifeguards about conditions to avoid injury. 

You can visit Coligny Beach Park every day between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter. The beach is technically open 24 hours per day but lifeguards aren't staffed during that time. The beach sits on the Coligny Circle, across from the Coligny Plaza shopping area. Access to the beach is free, and you can park for free if you leave your car across the street in a lot on South Forest Drive. For more information on Coligny Beach, visit the Hilton Head tourism board's website

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#1 Coligny Beach Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect ... Read more » Ann Rivall / USNWR

#2 Daufuskie Island Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its ... Read more » akaplummer / Getty Images

#3 Mitchelville Beach If you're looking for a quiet shore in Hilton Head, you'll no doubt fall in love with Mitchelville Beach (also known as Fish Haul Beach Park). Located on ... Read more » PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

#4 Harbour Town Hilton Head's Harbour Town district a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy-cane-striped lighthouse that you've likely seen splashed ... Read more » Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

#5 Coastal Discovery Museum If you're wanting a break from the beach, or need a family-friendly activity to keep your kiddos on their toes, make time for a visit to the Coastal Discovery ... Read more » U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

#6 Driessen Beach When locals want to escape the crowds of Coligny Beach, they often retreat to Driessen Beach. Located on the northeastern end of the island, Driessen offers a wide shore that ... Read more » Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

#7 Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Hilton Head doesn't have a zoo, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in wildlife. To catch a glimpse of some of the island's longtime residents in ... Read more » Jeff Gunn / Flickr

#8 Golf Often referred to as "The Golf Island," Hilton Head isn't lacking in pristine fairways. Some offer an enviable coastal lookout while others are shrouded by mossy live oaks. All ... Read more » Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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Visit Coligny Beach in the morning if you don't want to contend with huge crowds.  Ann Rivall / USNWR

Daufuskie Island is lauded for its many beautiful, crowdless beaches. akaplummer / Getty Images

Mitchelville Beach is one of the quieter shorelines in Hilton Head.  PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

Hilton Head's Harbour Town district, a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy cane-striped lighthouse you've likely seen splashed across the island's postcards. Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

Situated on the 68-acre Honey Horn property, the museum features trails, gardens, live oaks, a butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses, a rare breed native to South Carolina. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

When the crowds of Coligny get to be too much, locals are known to head to Driessen Beach for some R&R.  Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

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This popular golf course was designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones. Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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