Hilton Head Island’s Do’s & Don’ts 

Here are just a few things to remember during your visit to Hilton Head for a happy and safe vacation!


Drinking/possession of alcohol on Hilton Head’s public beaches is illegal and could result in a fine of up to $500.

If you are going to purchase alcohol, don’t wait until Sunday! Liquor by the bottle is not sold on Sundays in South Carolina, though you can buy wine and beer in some gas stations and supermarkets. You can buy mixed beer, wine and liquor in licensed restaurants and bars.


You might as well learn to love South Carolina’s roundabouts. They’re everywhere! Once you do, you can appreciate them. There are just a few rules to follow in the two-lane roundabout:

• The drivers already in the roundabout have the right of way.

• Always yield to drivers in the roundabout before entering.

• A roundabout is like any other flowing traffic—don’t stop in the middle of it.

• As annoying as it can be to get behind a big slow vehicle, it’s even worse to be stuck beside it in a roundabout. Just wait.

• Like with intersections, don’t change lanes while in the roundabout.


There are a few rules we all need to keep in mind to ensure a safe experience for everyone who comes to Hilton Head. It is therefore very important to remember that there is:

• No sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m.

• No driving on the beach

• No horses on the beach

• No fires on the beach

• No fireworks on the beach (you need a permit to set off fireworks anywhere on Hilton Head, and an offense will result in a misdemeanor and a $500 fine)

• No pets on the beach between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Animals must be on a leash at Fish Haul Beach Park at all times. At all other beach parks, pets must be on a leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30. Animals must be on leash at all other times of the year.