Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

One of the finest resort destinations in the world, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is located at the heart of Hilton Head Island, named as the #1 Beach Town in the US by Parents Magazine. Its three miles of sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean beachfront provide the perfect venue for three world-class golf courses, various condo and vacation home rentals, a full service marina, an award-winning tennis center, and an 11-mile lagoon. Guests may kayak or canoe the lagoon, sharing the pristine, natural environment with 40 species of birds and fish.

Harbourside, shopping and dining at Shelter Cove Harbour is a fun adventure, especially on Tuesday evenings during the summer when Harbourfest is in full swing. A wide array of boating activities operate out of the marina, including dolphin watching excursions, paddle boarding, sport crabbing and fishing. Among Hilton Head oceanfront luxury resorts, Palmetto Dunes enjoys well-earned reputation for creating unforgettable vacation experiences.

Ever since it was envisioned and created as an ecologically-friendly beach resort in South Carolina, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been winning accolades for the scope, beauty, luxury and quality of its vacation rental properties, activities and amenities.

The Ultimate Family Vacation

A memorable experience, with something to do and see for everyone, no matter the age, no matter the interest: That’s what you’ll find waiting at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Surf Camp at the beach or a guided fishing trip? Go dolphin watching or work on your golf swing? A day at the beach to soak in the sun; azure blue swimming pools and reading a current best-seller. It’s all possible here at our Hilton Head luxury resort, including Tennis on 23 clay courts, golf on 3 championship courses, and dining choices that will please everyone from the grandfather to grand kids. Palmetto Dunes is the award winning oceanfront resort that’s by, for, and about the family … and having the time of your life.

Free Resort Transportation:
Catch a free ride with the Palmetto Dunes Buggy!

Get the most out of your vacation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and catch a free ride with the Dunes Buggy. The Palmetto Dunes Buggy provides courtesy transportation within Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour. Visit the beach, golf courses, restaurants, shops and tennis courts as well as Shelter Cove Harbour, Shelter Cove Towne Centre and the Plaza at Shelter Cove. This is an on-demand service. Vehicles will be dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis, based on requests received. Vans generally arrive within 10 minutes of the request. Available April through September.


An Award Winning Oceanfront Golf Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has a storied history of offering unparalleled golf experiences for golfers from across the country and around the world. The resort is renowned for pristine course conditions, challenging layouts and commitment to customer service.

All three golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones , George Fazio and Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes , all have distinctively different and are uniquely appealing and  have been rated an outstanding four stars or more by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play. Each course provides a singular experience of our sea island wildlife and “Lowcountry” environs.

Since the 1970s, Palmetto Dunes has been a prime example of what a longstanding commitment to quality and customer satisfaction can accomplish. Golf has always served as the heart and soul of the Palmetto Dunes Resort vacation experience.


There’s nothing ordinary about a Hilton Head Island vacation at Palmetto Dunes. In fact, the resort has activities for everyone, At Palmetto Dunes Resort, everything Hilton head Island has to offer is at your fingertips including world-class tennis, surfing, fishing, fun for the kids, nature, wildlife, breathtaking vistas and on and on.

Enjoy learning centers that will help you improve your golf swing, achieve the perfect backhand or cast a fly like a Montana native. Take advantage of specialized instructions for golf, tennis, surf casting, fly fishing, kayaking, surfing, sport crabbing and more.

Conde Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes one of the top 50 mainland resorts in the U.S. Vacationers never run out of things to do at this beautiful, 2,000-acre locale.


Discover a wide range of indulgent Hilton Head dining and restaurant options and a full array of exciting entertainment possibilities at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

Whether you’re in the mood to savor a steak or sample a sandwich, the Hilton Head Island restaurants, cafes and grills conveniently located on-site will have just what you’re hungry for. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina showcases live entertainment, shopping, nightlife and special events such asHarbourfest and Music & Taste on the Harbour throughout the year.

And if you are in the mood to stay home or relax in your vacation home or villa and enjoy the view you can order carry-out from Big Jim’s or catering from Dunes Catering & Events.

 Bistro 17

Bistro 17 is a waterfront French café at the right of Neptune’s Statue, featuring indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular marina views. Extensive wine selection and creative lunch and dinner cuisine. Open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bucci’s Italian Cuisine

Husband and wife team, Bob Murray and Christina Bucci-Murray are proud to welcome you to Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, formerly La Fontana. Bucci’s is open for lunch and dinner and features an expanded patio and outdoor bar with beautiful views. Bob and Christina have made some exciting changes which includes a new Chef, Eric Zeidler, direct from Atlanta who will be working along with their team of Italians who have been with them from the start. They will be serving delicious new menu items including Veal Scarpreillo, Pasta Ubriaca and Eggplant Rollitini just to mention a few. Open Tuesday through Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 ELA’s Blu Water Grille

Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA’s Blu Water Grille is a shining star on the Hilton Head scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by our culinary team of experts, compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour, overlooking the marina and Broad Creek, ELA’s is known for the best water views on the island. A casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior, and nightly entertainment provide the perfect dining experience or location to host special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners. Open daily.

Frosty’s Italian Ices and More

Frosty’s Italian Ices and More is a family operated business specializing in gourmet Italian ice, ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, homemade fudge, specialty coffees, fresh baked cookies, pastries and assorted treats.

 Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill

Mediterranean Harbour specializes in homemade Lebanese cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere with views of Hilton Head’s Shelter Cove Harbour. Healthy Mediterranean options include Lebanese steaks, lamb, seafood and vegetables plus vegan and gluten free options available as well. We invite you to dine in a unique atmosphere while enjoying popular Mediterranean dishes that you cannot find anywhere else in Hilton Head

San Miguel’s Mexican Cafe

San Miguel’s serves fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine and award winning Margaritas, all with a view of beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Choose from indoor and outdoor bars and enjoy live outdoor entertainment nightly. Open seven days a week for lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. and for dinner beginning at 4:00 p.m.

 Scott’s Fish Market

Specializing in creative fresh seafood, steaks and pasta in an unrivaled waterfront setting for 27 years, Scott’s Fish Market has water views from every table, live entertainment, an outdoor tropical bar, happy hour, kids menu and sunset dining specials. Open seven days a week

Palmetto Dunes Resort is the perfect location to enjoy the best golf courses of Hilton Head Island and the beautiful beaches and activities of the area.

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