Hilton Head’s distinctive scenery, beaches and light quality make for some stunning sunsets. You’ll get some gorgeous views (and even better photos) no matter where you see the sunset from, no filter necessary. End your day in one of these picture-perfect locations for an evening that is sure to take your breath away.
The Harbour Town Lighthouse is one of the most famous spots on Hilton Head. The iconic red and white structure guides ships into the Yacht Basin, making it a great place to watch boats pull into port in the evening. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for a bird’s-eye-view of the sun setting over the sea. Don’t forget your camera!
This waterfront restaurant overlooks the island’s western marshes, making it an ideal place to watch the sunset over oysters and cocktails. The outdoor patio often features live music, and offers access to nearby docks. Remember to call and make a reservation in advance.
Head to Folly Field for a classic sunset-on-the-shore experience. This beach is seldom crowded, which makes it easy to get a clear shot of the cotton candy sky. Folly Field features outdoor showers, on-site parking and small waves; play all day, then take a stroll and unwind at night.
Squire Pope is one of the lesser-known spots to watch the sunset on the island. The anchored boats off the boardwalk and swaying seagrass on the marsh give this location a nostalgic feel. Look out for dolphins or fiddler crabs crawling below the dock.
The 650 acre nature preserve features four different habitats and endless endless photo opportunities. Explore the forest, wetland, lake and meadow portions of the preserve before settling into a sunset-viewing spot. Wander along the banks of Fish Island, or stop by Indian Shell Ring, a 4,000 year old Native American village.
South Beach is located at the southernmost tip of the island, allowing visitors to watch the sunset over miles of shifting saltwater. The beach is a two minute walk from South Beach Marina, a New England-style village located in Sea Pines Resort. Eat dinner at the famous Salty Dog Cafe before kicking off your shoes for a walk along the shore.