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6 Jul 2023
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Outdoor Adventures

One thing that attracts visitors to Hilton Head Island time and time again is the sprawling beach. With miles of wide, white-sand shoreline, there is no shortage of places to spread out your towel and enjoy the perfect beach day. In fact, many of the homes from Beach Properties of Hilton Head have private beach access. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to explore the coastline on your next Hilton Head visit, try shelling.

The Basics

Beachcombing, or shelling, is exactly what the name seems like; you’re combing or searching the beach for things like shells. This waterfront activity is something that all ages can enjoy. While this adventure is not overly complicated, there are some tips that can help you increase your chances of a successful search.

  • The best time to go shelling is when the tide is going out, so we recommend referencing a tide table to help plan when to venture to the beach.

  • Bring a bucket or something you can put your treasures in.

  • Take your time and walk slowly. You never know what you might miss if you hurry along.

  • Dress accordingly. The last thing you want is to have to turn back because you’re too hot or cold.

  • Don’t limit your beachcombing to one day. The more you walk along the shoreline, the more likely you are to find something.

These tips mean nothing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The beaches on Hilton Head are filled with endless goodies. Some common shells include angelwing, banded tulip, and lettered olive. You can also find shark teeth, which are actually fossils, and driftwood.

Where to Look

With 12 miles of beach, you will never run out of places to search. One of the most popular beaches is Coligny Beach Park at Forest Beach. There is also easy beach access for guests staying within Palmetto Dunes and Sea Pines.

For a truly unique experience,e reserve your spot on a beachcombing cruise with Outside Hilton Head. The three-hour outing sets sail from Shelter Cove Marina and takes you to Vanishing Island, where you can search for sea glass, shark teeth, and shells. Your experienced guide will teach you about the unique ecosystems of Hilton Head. 

Book Your Beach Escape to Hilton Head

After dropping your bags off at your Beach Properties of Hilton Head rental, set off to explore all the adventures around you. Spend time shelling on the sandy Hilton Head shoreline, or explore the exhibits at a local museum.

When you’re ready to call it a night, relax in your spacious home away from home. No matter which of our Hilton Head rentals you choose, you’ll have all the comforts of home and more. With vacation homes and villas in some of the top resort communities, our inventory is filled with the best accommodations Hilton Head has to offer. Browse our lodging options online, or call 800-671-5155 for help choosing the best fit for you.