5 Reasons To Love Sea Pines
The view from one of the oceanside Sea Pines's oceanside streets 

Sea Pines is the heart of Hilton Head Island life.

In Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards, readers named Hilton Head the best island in the continental U.S. for the fourth consecutive year. Plus, they voted Hilton Head the #2 island in the world for 4 years running. One of the main places that make this island so special is Sea Pines. It has it all. Natural beauty and island wildlife around every swaying palm and meandering marsh stream, miles of sandy beaches and Lowcountry coastline, the only PGA Tour event in South Carolina, top-tier restaurants, a stunning full-service marina right on the Intracoastal Waterway, all types of unique shops, boundless outdoor activities, and a wide variety of properties for you to call your island home.

Let’s explore 5 highlights that make Sea Pines the epitome of Hilton Head Island living:

The view from Harbour Town
The view from Harbour Town

1. An island icon: Harbour Town

Harbour Town Yacht Basin was designed after a famous harbor in Portofino, Italy, under the guide of Charles Fraser, the founder and developer of The Sea Pines Resort. Known the world over by the iconic red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse, this full-service marina offers an array of everything from shops and restaurants to watersports, fishing charters and sightseeing cruises. You'll also find world-class golf, tennis, live music at the Liberty Oak and a spacious playground for the kids. Harbour Town is a hub of island life for residents and visitors alike.

2. Dining al fresco by the sea at The Beach Club

Toward the ocean side of Sea Pines, you'll find miles of sweeping beach and two of the very few oceanfront dining spots on the island. Both of these restaurants feature sweeping oceanfront views from The Beach Club:

Coast: A beautifully appointed restaurant and beach bar. Dine on fresh oysters, broiled Mahi-Mahi tacos and other seafood fare as you watch the waves roll in.
Ocean Lounge: A stunning, second-floor bar/restaurant where you can take in breath-taking, elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean while sipping your favorite cocktail.

During the peak season, parking at The Beach Club can be difficult. Here's what you need to know.

3. Home to only PGA Tour event in South Carolina: RBC Heritage

The RBC Heritage golf tournament, located at Harbour Town Golf Links near Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort, is truly like no other stop on the PGA Tour. The fact that it falls right after the demanding Master's, and is in our idyllic Sea Pines location makes it a fun, relaxed atmosphere for both fans and players alike. It's now a 50-plus year Sea Pines golf tradition. You can see your favorite players up close, enjoy the Lowcountry-inspired food, grab a beer and walk along the winding pathways in the sunshine. It's also a people-watching extravaganza as you'll see most attendees go the extra mile to "get their plaid on." As the tournament attracts tens of thousands of onlookers, visitors should not expect to park within Sea Pines. Here's what you need to know about parking.

You don't have to be a pro to play the world-class golf courses in Sea Pines but they will make you feel like one. You can rate yourself against the pros when you play Harbour Town Golf Links. Another Sea Pines golf course, Atlantic Dunes, is a recent redesign of the historic Ocean Course, which was the first course built on Hilton Head Island. Five-time winner of RBC Heritage, Davis Love III lead the redesign and it was named the National Golf Course Owners Association's "National Course of The Year." Both visually and strategically stunning, the holes are accented by coquina shells, seaside grass, rolling dunes, and a bounty of native pines and oaks lining the fairways.

4. Seeking fun and the sun in South Beach.

The southernmost tip of Hilton Head provides a seaside escape like no other on the island. One of the most unique places within Sea Pines is South Beach, a Cape-Cod-inspired beachside community. It's the perfect blend of a quiet island setting mixed with the bustling South Beach Marina Village Area. All the attractions and amenities are a short flip-flop walk away. The famous Salty Dog restaurants are dotted along the water and often feature live music. The beach at South Beach is where the open ocean becomes the Calibogue Sound. Here you can see the sun setting over the water with Daufuskie Island in the distance. Dolphin sightings along this stretch of beach are very common and late afternoon is the best time to catch them. Schedule a dolphin seeing tour to see them up close.

5. Getting back to nature at the Forest Preserve

For almost 50 years the Sea Pines Forest Preserve has been a protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration. Over the years, the preserve has expanded to include bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges and fishing docks. Now there are many ways to discover the natural wonders of Hilton Head Island. You can choose from guided boat tours, horseback rides, fishing expeditions, or wagon tours, or simply stroll the sandy trails at your own pace.

5 Things to do at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

  • Discover the 4,000 year-old Sea Pines Shell Ring, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Search through acres of native flora blooming in Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field, which is located near one of the preserve's beautiful lakes. A must-see in the spring.
  • Observe wildlife in expansive marshes from the boardwalk at Old Lawton Rice Field.
  • Explore a secluded forest on the boardwalk through the Vanishing Swamp.
  • Enjoy a picnic along the banks of Fish Island.

Sea Pines real estate experts

There are almost as many reasons to call Sea Pines "home" as there are grains of sand on our beaches. No other location has this unique blend of all the upscale amenities and activities balanced with a serene and natural coastal habitat. And no other real estate firm understands Sea Pines like The Ocean Broker. We are a Hilton Head Island original, specializing in Sea Pines real estate for the last 45 years. We achieved most of Hilton Head Island's record first sales within Sea Pines from the first building lot for $100,000 in 1977 to the highest sales price ever at $9,200,000 for a Sea Pines oceanfront property in 2007. If you have questions about Sea Pines real estate, contact us.

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