Why come to Hilton Head in the fall? The temperature is still in the high 70s, so it is perfect for outdoor activities such as paddleboardingdolphin-watching tours, sunbathing, ocean swimming, and hiking. You can also enjoy nature and historical tours throughout the year in nearby Bluffton, at Beaufort, and St Helena Island.

If we still haven’t convinced you, here are 8 reasons that should help.


Indulge in succulent seafood all year round on Hilton Head Island. Depending on the season, the ocean and waterways provide blue crabs, shrimp, clams, seabass, and swordfish. The dish of the season is fresh oysters, which are delicious if served on the half shell, fried with hush puppies on the side, or steamed on an open fire.


Book a fishing excursion with Trent Malphrus at Hilton Head Outfitters because fishing in the fall is the best time of year for the perfect catch! It’s the spawning season for redfish, allowing you to locate thousands in the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon alone. For a personal challenge, try and reel in a speckled seatrout. They measure about 12” at this time of year. They are tough to catch, which makes a victory even more unforgettable!

Sports on the Courts

Tennis and pickleball are ideal activities this time of year. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center was recently titled the Number 1 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine.


Golfing is at the peak of enjoyment first thing in the morning when the air is refreshing. There are more than 33 championship golf courses in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area.


Biking on the island is exhilarating. It has over 60 miles of “leisure pathways” and is bike-friendly. This is evident from the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community certification, which the American League of Bicyclists awarded. If you can’t bring your bike, you can rent one for the whole family!

Beach Fun

If you feel the water temperature is too cold for you, you can still have amusement in the water in other ways. Be silly in the sand, leap in the surf, or stroll along the sandy shores and experience more than 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the country. You can also seek out treasures like seashells or build a sand castle.

Bird Watching

You will need binoculars to enjoy this family excursion! It is the ideal time to spot the Bald Eagles as they commence breeding in November. Their nests will be visible near the water in bigger trees with open limbs. This allows their nests to be easily located!

Pet-Friendly Beaches

Hilton Head Island is pet friendly, so bring your furry friend to “America’s Favorite Island.” It is pleasing to share that dogs are allowed on the beach during the low season (October 1st to February 28th). You will have an abundance of pet-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and services to choose from.


So why come to Hilton Head in the fall? The weather is glorious, the crowds are non-existent, and there is still TONS of fun to be had! So, book your fall vacation today.