Coligny Beach Park
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Hilton Head Island or a veteran vacationer, you have likely heard of Hilton Head Island’s popular “downtown” area, known as Coligny. While Coligny’s popularity is heavily based on the multitude of shops and restaurants that can be found in the sprawling Coligny Shopping Plaza, it has also become one of Hilton Head’s most-visited beach parks. Although Coligny Beach Park opened to the public in 1989, it was the park’s recent renovation in 2009 that has helped it to become the island’s premiere beach destination. It has even been recognized as one of the best family-friendly beach parks in the country. Be sure to place a visit to Coligny Beach Park on the top of your to-do list during your Hilton Head Island vacation.
The trip to Coligny Beach Park is a quick and easy journey from your Forest Beach vacation home or Palmetto Dunes vacation condo. As you approach the Coligny Circle, signs will lead you to a spacious beach parking lot off of Pope Avenue, which offers free parking to Coligny Beach Park’s visitors every day. From the parking lot, a short walk across the street will take you to the park’s grand entrance. You’ll be greeted by a beautiful brick and tabby walkway with an interactive splash fountain positioned front and center. This is the perfect place for children of all ages to cool off and enjoy the water on a hot summer day. Additionally, if you elected to make the journey to Coligny Beach Park by bike, the area to the right of the fountain is the perfect place to safely secure your family’s bikes while you enjoy your day at the beach.
Beyond the park’s entrance, you’ll find all of the amenities that you would expect to enjoy at the beach during your Hilton Head Island vacation. In addition to the usual public restrooms and outdoor showers, Coligny Beach Park has designated changing rooms and elevated decks where you can spend some time enjoying the shade on a bench swing or in a rocking chair. The park also has a number of communal areas complete with Adirondack chairs and Wi-Fi hotspots. The most curious beachgoers can make use of the binoculars along the boardwalk to search for the telltale dorsal fins of dolphins beyond the breaking waves. Not to mention, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Georgia’s nearby Tybee Island. You’ll discover that Coligny Beach Park has so much to offer, even before your toes hit the sand.
After making your way down the boardwalk, you’ll be amazed by the panoramic view of the shoreline that appears to expand endlessly in both directions. Despite Coligny Beach’s popularity, the wide expanse of white sand ensures that there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy all that the beach has to offer. After you find the perfect spot to settle in, you’ll have the option to rent a variety of beach and watersports equipment to keep your family entertained all day long. Popular items including banana peels, aqua cycles, paddle boards, body boards, sailboats, and kayaks are available for hourly or daily use. Not to mention, the nearby Tiki Hut serves cold drinks and has a number of beach volleyball courts available for rent. Whether you’re an athlete, an explorer, or simply a sunbather, Coligny Beach Park has exactly what you’re looking for during your Hilton Head Island vacation.