What to Know on Hilton Head Island

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  • Drinking/possession of alcohol on Hilton Head’s public beaches is illegal and could result in a fine of up to $500. 
  • Liquor stores are not open on Sundays in South Carolina, though you can buy wine and beer in some gas stations and supermarkets.


You might as well learn to love South Carolina’s roundabouts. They’re everywhere! 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 them before entering the roundabout. 
  • A roundabout is like any other flowing traffic—don’t stop in the middle. 
  •  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:

  • Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m. is prohibited
  • Do not drive on the beach
  • There are no horses permitted on the beach
  • Starting 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) 
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day