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Hilton Head Island's beaches are gorgeous

Vacationers Peyton Davitch, 7, and Evan Davitch, 11, run on thebeach in front of the Sea Crest Resort on Hilton Head Island.
Vacationers Peyton Davitch, 7, and Evan Davitch, 11, run on thebeach in front of the Sea Crest Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Beaches, beaches and more beaches. Hilton Head Island's official beach season runs from April 1 through Sept. 30. Parking meters cost 25 cents (quarters only) per 15 minutes. Lifeguards are stationed at designated areas. Restrooms, waterfountains and soda machines are available at most beaches. All beaches are public, but access to the beach may be private in plantations or other residential areas.

ALDER LANEAlder Lane Beach is near Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort, off South Forest Beach Drive, with parking across the street on Woodward Drive. There are 24 metered spaces available, two are handicap accessible. The designated swimming area is 100 feet to the north, and 100 feet to the south. The park has restrooms, parking meters and beach matting for wheelchairs.

CHAPLIN COMMUNITY PARKOff William Hilton Parkway between Burkes Beach Road and Singleton Beach Road, this beach park is one of the town's gems. In addition to sports fields and a dog park, it has restrooms, a playground, showers and extensive parking.

COLIGNY BEACHThe entrance to Coligny Beach, located off Coligny Circle at Pope Avenue, now has a glorious fountain where children and adults can cool off, rinse off and play. There also is a new bathhouse with restrooms and showers. Parking is across the street in the 374-space lot in front of the Holiday Inn. The designated swimming area is from The Breakers to the Holiday Inn. Facilities include seasonal rentals of beach equipment, and beach matting for wheelchairs. Lifeguards work the beach in season.

DRIESSEN BEACH PARKDriessen Beach Park is located mid-island, at the end of Bradley Beach Drive. The paid parking lot has 212 regular spaces and six handicapped spaces. Services include seasonal lifeguards, beach equipment rental in season, restrooms, showers, a boardwalk and beach matting for wheelchairs. It also has a playground, picnic shelters and grills.

FOLLY FIELDFolly Field Beach Park is located mid-island at the end of Folly Field Road. The parking lot accommodates 52 vehicles with two handicap-accessible spaces. Features include seasonal beach equipment rentals, lifeguards in season, beach matting for wheelchairs, restrooms with showers and a boardwalk.

MITCHELVILLE BEACH PARKHilton Head Island's newest beach park is on Port Royal Sound adjacent to Barker Field sports fields on Mitchelville Road off Beach City Road. It has restrooms, parking, outdoor showers, water fountain and beach matting for wheelchairs.

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