Hilton Head is a beautiful island in South Carolina known for its lovely stretches of pristine beach that capture the perfect summer vibes of relaxation and recreation. But Hilton Head isn’t just beaches—its outdoor activities like golf, parasailing, fishing, and of course, swimming, make it the perfect spot for those who fancy a bit of adventure.

But Hilton Head isn’t just for summer-fall also finds this charming island just as welcoming to visitors who can still swim and sunbathe despite the less than scorching summer temps. Below are some of the best reasons to visit Hilton Head well into October—and why this S.C. gem might be even better in the fall.


Hilton Head In October: The Weather

While Autumn is settling in comfortably on much of the East Coast, on Hilton Head Island the weather remains “comfortably warm” and pleasant, ranging from lows of around 60 degrees to highs in the upper 70s (some days even still get into the 80s!) Be prepared for cooler evening temps—think 50 degrees or so—the perfect weather for a nighttime bonfire or stargazing on the beach in a warm sweater.

During the day, it’s usually still warm and sunny enough to enjoy all of the island’s outdoor activities while still being comfortable; and the warm waters off the coast are still the ideal temp for a dip.

Why Visit Hilton Head In October?

The warm weather is just one reason to visit Hilton Head In October. It’s also substantially less busy after the summer rush, making it easier to enjoy the beaches without the hot weather crowds.

Fewer crowds also mean better deals on accommodations, and an easier time getting reservations at the most popular restaurants (which are still open). There is also plenty to do for beach bums and outdoor enthusiasts alike; from sunbathing and swimming, to popular activities like bike riding, water sports, and golf.

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Beauty Of The Beach

Though it’s a little cooler during October, visitors can still enjoy the beauty of HH’s over 12 miles of beaches—including some of the top-rated in the country. Stroll on the sand and bask in the serenity of warm South Carolina days; take a day trip or guided tour, or simply sit back and relax with a good book after a refreshing dip. Whatever beach activity suits your fancy—Hilton Head’s got it. Below are some of the best things to do in the fall for those beachy HH vibes.

  • Take a swim, boogie board, or surf the waves at Folly Field Beach Park, a popular family-friendly beach open to the public
  • Sunbathe the day away at Coligny Beach, rated one of the top beaches in the country. With volleyball courts, bike rentals, a splash pad, and an outdoor bar, visitors will find plenty to do when not soaking up the sun
  • Relax at Alder Lane, the Southernmost beach on Hilton Head Island. Perfect for swimming, this stretch of lovely beach is easily accessible by foot or on bike
  • Burke’s Beach is a peaceful retreat near Chaplin Community Park known for its great surfing and boarding
  • Enjoy a picnic after a day of swimming and sunbathing at Driessen Beach Park. Accessible by a long boardwalk, Driessen is a lovely retreat that still has plenty to do for the entire family, including a playground and vending machines

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Other Beachy October Activities

There’s plenty to do both in and out of the water for those who want to take a break from swimming and sunbathing.

  • Take a water taxi to Daufuskie Island, to walk, bike, or simply take in the stunning S.C. scenery
  • Take a Dolphin Eco Tour with Outside Hilton Head to catch a glimpse of the Harbor Town Lighthouse and stunning views of the Calibogue Sound. Be sure to keep your camera ready for local wildlife including dolphins and sea birds. Tours are $45.00 for ages 13 and up.
  • Bike to Islander’s Beach Park for a picnic
  • Visit Hunting Island State Park and tour the lighthouse. This is also a great spot for swimming, as it has over 5 miles of beach (though because of the strong current, it’s recommended for strong swimmers only). There are also campsites and cabins for rent for those who want an overnight trip away from Hilton Head Island.
  • Visit one of HH’s six marinas to rent a kayak or boat for the day and head over to the May River Sandbar for some of the best views of the Low Country. Those who want a more unique experience can inquire about one of the many available guided tours, chartered fishing trips, and cruises

Though Hilton Head Island is known as a must-visit summer retreat and popular tourist spot, the fun doesn’t stop just because the temperature drops a few degrees. Head to Hilton Head in October to experience some of the best swimming, sunbathing, outdoor activities, and water sports—all without the crowds of the peak summer season. October in Hilton Head is truly a relaxing haven for those who want beachy vibes even in the fall season.

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