What to Know on Hilton Head Island

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Alcohol:

  • 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.

Roundabouts:

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.

Beaches:

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