Driessen Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Hilton Head
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 stretches as far as the eye can see. The beach is so big that even if it's crowded, you'll still likely find a roomy patch of sand to plant your towel. And just because the beach does see fewer visitors than Coligny doesn't mean it skimps on amenities. Here, you'll find restrooms, outdoor showers, a picnic pavilion, a playground, grills, bike racks and lifeguards during summer. Plus, resorts line Driessen so if you're in need of refreshments, you can always dip inside one of the hotels' restaurants for a bite to eat.
Recent visitors agreed that Driessen is less crowded than Coligny Beach, but they also recommend arriving early in the day to claim your spot in the sand. Travelers were also pleased with the clean facilities and low parking rates, but did warn that the walk from to the beach is long, so make sure you have an extra set of hands if you're carrying a lot of beach gear with you.
Driessen Beach is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the warmer months and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter. There is no fee to enter the beach but there is a fee of $1 per hour to park. For more information, 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 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 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.
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