While many people like to plan for vacation either weeks or months in advance, spontaneity could be just what you need for a relaxing getaway. Whether you’re coming from within the borders of South Carolina or just a little further afield, taking a break when you need it – now – can lift your spirits and help you reset. There are plenty of fun things to do and see on a last-minute break to Hilton Head that can be as spontaneous or as planned as the rest of your trip. Learn more about our last minute Hilton head rentals!
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If an adrenaline rush is part of your vacation plans, you can find it in the sky above the waters of Hilton Head. Go up, up, and away over the water. Take off from the deck of a specially designed and USCG-approved parasailing boat to fly high above the waters of the Atlantic. Keep an eye on the water from your bird’s eye view for dolphins, whales, fish, and other sea life. Bring a waterproof or disposable camera to capture the memories from your perspective and ask about any photos or recordings captured from the boat.
Rent a jet ski and slice through the water at top speed. There are several companies that rent jet skis for a personalized dose of water-activity based adrenaline. Contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers. You may need to obtain a South Carolina boating license prior to captaining a vessel.
Kayaks & Paddleboards
Calm the adrenaline rush you got from parasailing and jet skiing with a paddle around calmer waters. Take kayaking or paddleboarding lessons, then go on a guided tour. Learn about the ecosystem and history of the island as you paddle. Once you’ve built your confidence, rent your own and follow your own path.
Let someone else take the helm and relax. Go out in search of dolphins and other marine life, as well as learn about the sights that dot the shores of the island. Harbour Town, South Beach, Daufuskie Island, Tybee Lighthouse, and many more sights can be seen as you cruise around. Ask about bringing your own picnic lunch or beverages.
An island vacation without plenty of beach time is virtually unheard of. Make sure the beaches of Hilton Head are near the top of your list. Swim in the waves or enjoy water sports, or just spread a blanket on the sand and sunbathe or enjoy a picnic. Bring an umbrella and a good book to while away the time or bring the beach toys for sand castle-building and other fun.
Once you’ve experienced everything there is to see above the water, check out what’s below. Book a snorkeling or SCUBA diving tour where you’ll plunge under the water to see a side of Hilton Head and the Atlantic Ocean you won’t see from a boat tour or other above water activity. Dive natural coral reefs, as well as manmade wrecks including an old subway car or battle tank.
Mitchelville Freedom Park
The park pays respect to the fight for freedom African Americans endured in the South. The elaborate park is a beautiful spot dedicated to the history. Learn more on a guided or self-guided tour where you’ll see the many exhibits representing the struggles of the time. The park also holds events in honor of important dates, including Juneteenth and National Freedom Day.
Baynard Plantation Ruins
The ruins of the antebellum-style home built in 1793 have a big and interesting story to tell. Originally part of a larger plantation, the home and property housed plantation owners, slaves, and Union soldiers during the Civil War. The ruins include the foundation and a corner wall of the main home and several outbuildings. There are rumors of hauntings by the spirit of former owner, William Baynard, after dark.
Built during the Civil War from 1861-62, the earthwork fort was laid out on a bluff overlooking Skull Creek. It was part of a system of fortifications that stretched across the island from Fort Sherman to Skull Creek and could fire up to six cannons across the creek to Pickney Island and out toward Port Royal Sound. The fort saw no action, and cannons were removed and sent to Petersburg in 1864.
Last Minute Hilton Head Fun
Start your vacation when you book a last minute vacation rental in Hilton head with Coastal Vacation Rentals. We have units as small as one bedroom all the way up to seven bedrooms! Enjoy time in private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area. For a luxury stay like no other, choose a premium unit to include perks like wood floors, flat screen TVs, an elevator and more to make your stay one you’ll never forget.