Mitchelville Beach#3 in Best Things To Do in Hilton Head
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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 the northeastern end of the island near Hilton Head Island Airport, Mitchelville Beach is more secluded and more rugged than its southern counterparts (think Coligny and Folly Field). Here, crowds are few and far between, pathways are unpaved and the coastal flora extends down well into the shoreline, creating an enchanting beach experience. What's more, in the area surrounding the beach, you'll find restrooms, an outdoor shower and some picnic tables.
Recent visitors who made the trek to Mitchelville Beach found it to be secluded and peaceful. Many highly recommended visiting during low tide, when the salt marshes and beach tide pools (and all of their inhabitants) are more visible and ripe for exploration. Travelers also noted that some parts of the beach can be pretty muddy, so it's possible you might get a little dirty. And if you're looking to swim, you might want to go elsewhere. There are no lifeguards staffed here and a few travelers recalled the sand not being as smooth underwater.
Mitchelville Beach is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the warmer months and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter. There is no fee to enter the beach. For more information on Mitchelville 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 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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