Sometimes planning a vacation means looking into pet care. While some pets do just fine at a kennel or at home with a caretaker, others can’t bear to be without their owners. And some owners can’t bear to be without their beloved pets. So, if coming to Hilton Head means a vacation for everyone in the family (including Rover), take a look at some reminders about what your pal might need to remember.

Sandy Paws

Frolicking on the beach may be your dog’s favorite pastime, but there are some restrictions to bear in mind:

  1. Dogs are not allowed on the beach during prime time – 10am – 5pm through the summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day.)
  2. Between 10am – 5pm, leashed dogs ARE permitted from April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day, and the Tuesday after Labor Day through the end of September.
  3. Owner or person in control of the dog must clean up after the animal, removing the waste and disposing of it properly.

Dog Park

Bring your furry friend for a romp in the park! Hilton Head’s double-gated dog park is located in the Chaplin Community Park, off William Hilton Parkway. Since it is completely fenced in, your dog can go off-leash and fetch to his heart’s content.

Where to Stay

It’s always good to ask beforehand if your accommodations allow pets, but here’s a good place to start:

Adventure Inn

Beach House Resort

Motorcoach Resort

Palmetto Sands

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

What are you going to do when it’s dinner time for both you and your pet? Hilton Head has several restaurants that won’t blink if you bring your pup to dinner (though you may want to call ahead to be sure). A few:

Aunt Chilada’s

Bistro 17

ELA’s on the Water

Black Marlin Bayside Grill


A vacation to Hilton Head does not have to mean a vacation away from man’s best friend. Be sure to check ahead, and you’ll be sure to find a way that you can both have the time of your life.