Palmetto Dunes - Oceanfront & Beach Oriented Vacation Home and Villa Rentals
Palmetto Dunes is mid-island and has a long stretch of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. It is a residential community that has homes and villas that are not only for visitors, as many Islanders also call PD home throughout the year. Quiet and restful with a winding lagoon system that you can enjoy by kayak or canoe and lush landscaping at every turn of the road and bike paths, Palmetto Dunes has something for every traveler.
If you are talking about a gated community like Sea Pines or Shipyard then Palmetto Dunes has the largest number of ocean oriented 1 - 4 bedroom condos and villas on the Island. Starting at the end of Ocean Lane are three buildings in Barrington, four buildings in Windsor, two in Hampton, three direct oceanfront units in the older Captain's Walk, three buildings in Villamare, The Moorings and Beach Villa townhomes . There are also two hotels, the Marriott Resort and Spa and the Omni Resort (previously the Hilton Oceanfront Resort). What one needs to remember about Hilton Head is that no building is above 5 stories (no towering 30 story hi-rises for us) most have parking underneath, the exception on height is the Marriott, and it only has 7 stories of rooms. This gives a very intimate view of the dunes, beach and water but also note that trees that were planted 25 years ago now may be what you are looking through to see the ocean, but believe us, you still get a great view of the Atlantic. There are also 4 - 6 bedroom oceanfront homes on the Mariners side (left of the Marriott) that are a wonderful choice for family and friends to gather.
People often ask what the differences between oceanfront, oceanview and oceanside are. As far as oceanfront and oceanview it can be very subtle, as oceanfront usually has unobstructed direct views of the ocean while oceanview can mean a view on an angle to a sliver view of the water. Oceanside usually is a building that has no direct view but is on the same side of the street as the ocean so you are not ever crossing traffic other than the parking lot and grounds to get to the ocean (often a great value). Most of the property pictures will include a view so that you can see for yourself what you will be looking at.
Palmetto Dunes has many other choices for homes and villas from near-ocean (at most a 12 - 15 minute walk) to golf or resort view from which it would be better to hop in the car or on a bike to get to the beach. Some of the closer villas are Huntington, Wendover Dunes, Abbington, Captain's Cove, The Village at Palmetto Dunes, Ocean Cove and Hickory Cove. A little bit farther from the beach are complexes like Fazio, Centre Court, Inverness, Turnberry, Water Oak, Queens Grant, and St. Andrews. There are also great 3 - 6 bedroom homes sprinkled throughout PD that will suit any family or group and their needs.
If you are looking for outdoor activities while you visit Hilton Head Island, there are many things for people with all types of interests. Palmetto Dunes has more than 5 miles of bicycle paths for guests to walk, run, or ride with safety. PD is also host to three world class golf courses - Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio Course. Each golf course has water, sand, and marsh to battle with and should be enjoyed by all who play. They are ranked as some of the best to play in SC. The Palmetto Dunes Racquet Club is located right before the security gates on the left-hand side. There are 23 clay and 2 Nova ProBounce tennis courts available throughout the day and 6 are lighted for night play. The tennis facility is ranked among the '50 Greatest US Tennis Resorts'. Palmetto Dunes has many things to offer all guests who visit. There are lagoons that can be traveled by canoe, kayak, or electric motored boat. For all of you fisherman out there, great fishing and shrimping can also be done but you do need to get a fishing license. The best feature of Palmetto Dunes has to be its expansive stretch of beach. Unlike some beaches that are so soft to walk on, this hard-packed beach allows you to walk, run, or even ride a bicycle easily.
The Palmetto Dunes side has its share of dining options from Conroy's, The Café, Ocean Blu and Liquid at the Marriott to HH Prime, XO Lounge, Palmetto Market and the Buoy Bar at the Omni. Try a lunch by the golf courses to independent restaurants like Alexander's (always a favorite) to the Dune House, Disney Vacation Club and even the General Store, known widely and for its 'meat and three'. Then of course there are many more options just over on the Shelter Cove side, close to the entrance. One of the reasons that vacationers choose a home or villa for their stay is so they can save a bit by cooking for themselves and not go out for every meal. Hilton Head Island has nearly a dozen supermarkets and places to pick up one of a kind Lowcountry food so that is always an option too! There is a Piggly Wiggly and a Fresh Market close by as well as Barnacle Bill's Seafood stand on Hwy 278.
Close to the entrance of Palmetto Dunes is the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina that not only puts on Broadway level productions but has the Walter Greer Gallery. There are more galleries across 278 (Morris and Whiteside) as well as some shops in Shelter Cove. Pirates Cove putt-putt course is close too.
Whatever getaway you dream of, as a Hilton Head Rentals guest you will enjoy Palmetto Dunes - Hilton Head Island.