Experience Hilton Head

Please take care of our beaches by following the rules

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputy wades through a crowd of beachgoers on while patrolling the Coligny Beach area on Hilton Head Island.
A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputy wades through a crowd of beachgoers on while patrolling the Coligny Beach area on Hilton Head Island. Staff file photo

Sunny Hilton Head Island is home to long stretches of beautiful beaches. Beach regulations are posted at each public access point to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office patrols the beaches and enforces all regulations. Violators are subject to fines up to $500 per each offense. The following are prohibited on all beaches: 

• Alcoholic liquor, beer, wine



• Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)



• Littering



• Indecent exposure (nudity)



• Disorderly conduct



• Disturbing the peace



• Unauthorized vehicles



• Fires and fireworks



• Shark fishing



• Removal, harming or harassment of any live beach fauna (sea turtles, sand dollars, conchs, starfish, etc.)



• Removal, alteration or damage to dunes, sea oats, or other dune flora



• Operation, launching or landing of unauthorized motorized watercraft



• Unauthorized commercial activity



• Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m.



• Unauthorized wearing of lifeguard emblems, insignias, etc.



• Solicitation or distribution of handouts



• Kites not under manual control



• Stunt kites (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30)



• Sand-sailing



For the added protection of sunbathers and swimmers, the following activities are prohibited in designated swimming areas between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30:

• Fishing or surfcasting



• Surfboards, boogie boards, etc.



• Frisbees or other team sports involving a ball



• Games with metal components



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