Island Beaches

Driessen Beach

Hilton Head Island beaches are some of the finest and most pristine in the Southeast. And since summer is in full swing and they are just a few miles away from Bluffton, now is the time to take advantage of them! Here’s all that you info you’ll need to know before you go.

Public Beach Access:

  • Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Dr.
  • Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle
  • Driessen Beach Park, end of Bradley Beach Rd.
  • Chaplin Community Park, off Wm. Hilton Pkwy.
  • Fish Haul Park & Mitchelville Beach Park, end of Beach City Rd.
  • Burkes Beach Access, end of Burkes Beach Rd.
  • Folly Field Beach Park and Islanders Beach Park, both off Folly Field Rd.

Parking & Facilities:

  • There are 23 metered spaces at Alder Lane, 54 metered spaces at Folly Field and 13 metered spaces at Burkes Beach Road. The parking fee is a quarter for each 15 minutes.
  • Additionally, there are 207 spaces at Driessen Beach Park for long-term parking. The fee is a quarter for each 30 minutes during the week.
  • The majority of parking spaces at Islanders Beach Park are reserved for annual beach passes, but there are some metered spaces.
  • Parking at Driessen Beach Park for annual beach passes is reserved from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Parking is FREE at Fish Haul Park, Mitchelville Beach Park, Coligny Beach Park and at Chaplin Community Park, adjacent to Burkes Beach. Handicap parking is available at no fee at all parks.
  • Restrooms, changing areas and sand showers are available.

Beach Prohibitions:

Turtle nesting site and warning sign. Photo: Amber Kuehn.

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)
  • Littering
  • Indecent exposure or nudity
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Unauthorized vehicles
  • Fires and fireworks
  • Shark fishing
  • Horseback riding or motorized driving
  • Removal, harming or harassment of any live beach fauna (sea turtles, sea turtle nests and sand dollars, etc.)
  • Removal, alteration or damage to dunes, sea oats or other indigenous dune flora
  • Operation, launching or landing of unauthorized motorized watercraft
  • Unauthorized commercial activity
  • Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Unauthorized wearing of life-guard emblems, insignias, etc.
  • Solicitation or distribution of handouts
  • Kites not under manual control
  • Parasailing

Additional Prohibitions In Designated Swimming Areas – Peak Season: (Between sunrise and sunset, April 1 – Sept. 30):

  • Fishing or surfcasting
  • Surfboards, boogie boards, etc.
  • Frisbee or other sports involving a ball
  • Games with metal components
  • Stunt kites and sand sailing

Designated Swimming Areas:

Official swimming areas have been designated for the Alder Lane, Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field and Islanders Beach Parks. The boundaries will be clearly marked on the beach and in the water. Lifeguards are stationed at these designated areas for assistance and beach information.

Beach Marker Signs:

Hilton Head’s beaches are marked near the dune line with signs to let emergency responders know where assistance is needed. They are also useful as a reference point if you or your group should become lost.


Animals are NOT permitted between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Animals MUST be on a leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day and the Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30. Pets must be on leash or under positive voice control at all other times. Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of excrement. Ordinance signs are posted at most beach access points.

– Information provided by the Town of Hilton Head Island and Shore Beach Service

Please take care of our beaches and leave only your footprints!