Not that you really need to justify a trip to the beach.

Sea Pines Resort

At Southern Living, we believe that there's no wrong time to visit the beach. Whether it's sweltering hot or a mild 65 degrees outside, you can never go wrong with a coastal getaway. If you're looking for more than just somewhere to soak up the sunshine, Sea Pines Resort, one of our very own Hotel Collection properties, on Hilton Head Island, SC, is the perfect retreat. We've rounded up seven of the best ways to spend your precious days at Sea Pines to help get you started on planning your next trip to the gorgeous Carolina coast. With countless activities to keep you and your loved ones excited and entertained, you'll be kicking yourself for not scheduling a longer vacation. But don't worry, finding an excuse to return won't be difficult. We promise.

Sea Pines Resort
Sea Pines Resort

Treat Your Tastebuds to Local Cuisine 

Anyone who has spent time in the lowcountry will likely tell you that the food is hard to beat. Luckily for you, while visiting Sea Pines, you won't be in short supply of places to try it out. Whether you're in the mood for classic American fare or fresh, local seafood with an island twist, you're sure to find something that leaves your stomach satisfied. Planning a trip to the resort in November? There's still time to get tickets for winemaker Rob Mondavi, Jr.'s exclusive dinner hosted at the Harbour Town Clubhouse. We're packing our bags already.

Sea Pines Resort

Hit the Links at One of Sea Pines' World-Renowned Golf Courses

Next to its unmatched coastline, Hilton Head is perhaps best known for its immaculate golf courses, so much so that Sea Pines Resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR's RBC Heritage tournament each April. Whether you're a seasoned professional or have yet to pick up a putter, Sea Pines is the perfect place to work on your golf game. Choose from one of the resort's top-tier courses for a round with friends or sign up for lessons at the Golf Learning Center. You'll be competing with the best of them in no time.

Sea Pines Resort
Sea Pines Resort

Spend a Day Exploring Harbour Town

A trip to Hilton Head is incomplete without a jaunt to Harbour Town village. Located near Sea Pines' picturesque basin, Harbour Town is home to the island's best shopping, restaurants, and local attractions. In the mood for a beverage with a view? Take your pick of handcrafted cocktails and local beer served at Harbour Town's many dining options. Looking for that perfect souvenir to take home with you? Spend hours searching for treasure at the village's charming boutiques. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, hop aboard one of the various ocean crusies and boat tours. After the sun sets, settle under the famous Liberty Oak and listen to Hilton Head legend Gregg Russell as he tells local tales and entertains the little ones with catchy melodies.

Sea Pines Resort
Sea Pines Resort

Learn About the Local Wildlife

Hilton Head Island has worked hard to preserve its lush environment and Sea Pines makes it easy to explore the natural beauty surrounding throughout the resort. Get up close and personal with the American alligator on a guided boat tour through the lakes found throughout Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Spend a peaceful morning fishing on the shoreline. Visit the local horse stables for a trail ride. If you and your loved ones are looking for an outdoor adventure, you will not be disappointed by your multitude of options.

Sea Pines Resort
Sea Pines Resort

Climb the Iconic Lighthouse for Unforgettable Views of the Island

Completed in 1970 by Sea Pines developer Charles Fraser, the Harbour Town Lighthouse has become an image that is recognized nationwide. Hop on your bicycle and take a trip to Harbour Town to climb the legendary lighthouse for breathtaking views you'll be remincising about for a lifetime. If you're lucky enough to be there on New Year's Eve, be sure to visit the landmark to watch the celebratory ball drop ceremony. Talk about a memorable way to ring in the new year!

Sea Pines Resort

Relax the Day Away at the Beach

What's a trip to the beach without, well, a trip to the beach? Grab your towel, hat, and sunscreen and find the perfect place to spend the day oceanside. With many points of access throughout the resort, Sea Pines makes it easy as ever for guests to get their daily dose of vitamin D.

Sea Pines Resort

Take In the Gorgeous Ocean Views at the Beach Club

One of the resort's most frequented spots is the newly-renovated Sea Pines Beach Club. Just a stone's throw from the shoreline, this sprawling oceanfront retreat is perfect for guests looking for a casual spot to grab lunch or an upscale evening out. Guests over 21 can also enjoy a jazz night twice a week in the Ocean Lounge, an elevated deck overlooking the crashing waves. Complete with multiple dining options, several boutiques and ample areas to relax and take in the view, the Beach Club is not to be missed.

Still need another reason to visit Sea Pines Resort? Visit their website and read up on all the local events, specials, and more.