Seven Instagram-Worthy Locations on Hilton Head Island
Updated: Jul 21
Photo by @marta.szaje
Hilton Head Island is full of immense natural beauty. Photo inspiration and Instagram-worthy spots can be found around every corner. Hilton Head’s scenic beaches, fascinating wildlife, sparkling waterways and iconic landmarks are picture-perfect and sure to garner you some extra likes on Instagram.
Whether you’re traveling by bike, boat or on foot, you’ll discover there’s no shortage of snap-worthy places and blogger-approved backdrops on Hilton Head Island. Here is a list of some of our favorite Instagram-friendly locations on the Island:
Palmetto Dunes Lagoon
The Palmetto Dunes lagoon system is the perfect location to snap an eye-catching photo for your Instagram. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the lagoon for incredible views and to spot the Island’s abundance of wildlife. The lagoon system is home to otters, turtles, and alligators, as well as over 40 species of birds. A guided fishing tour or charter is another way to discover the lagoon. Our experienced and entertaining captains can help point out the best Instagram-worthy spots along the 11-mile lagoon.
Photo by @ericafuhrman
\The Neptune Statue is an iconic symbol of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. This towering 12-foot bronze statue, which doubles as a larger-than-life sundial, was designed and installed by sculptor Wayne Edwards and serves as a tribute to Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. It welcomes visitors to this popular waterfront dining and shopping location and is a perfect place to take a photo that captures Hilton Head Island’s connection to the sea.
Photo by @jerseyj79
Harbour Town Lighthouse
The Harbour Town Lighthouse is one of Hilton Head’s best-known landmarks and has been one of the Island’s most popular attractions for more than four decades. This postcard-perfect photo destination is a bike ride from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort that makes for a stunning Instagram photo sure to earn you a lot of likes.
You can also climb the 114 steps to the top of the lighthouse to capture the beauty of Hilton Head from above. You’ll be amazed by the panoramic views of the Island and its surrounding waterways and marshlands. Talk about a picture worth a thousand “likes”!
Photos by @caroline.thao and @tdubhokie
Palmetto Dunes Beach
The best thing about taking photos of Palmetto Dunes beach is the variety of images you can capture. The beach features three miles of wide, white-sand beachfront that lines the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the ideal location to take incredible photos of vacationers enjoying surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, walking and beach biking. It’s also a great place to snap photos of beach lounging with friends and family. It’s also one of the best places on Hilton Head Island to capture stunning photos of the sun rising up over the ocean.
Photos by @thezigisrogu and @the2654project
Shelter Cove Marina
Shelter Cove Marina is the largest marina on Hilton Head Island. The marina has almost 180 boat slips, overlooks beautiful Broad Creek and is also the ideal location to snap the perfect Hilton Head sunset photo, as the sun starts to disappear behind the docked boats of the marina.
Photo by @kelly_neaton
Out on the Ocean
There are some stunning Instagram-worthy photos to be captured on the Atlantic Ocean surrounding Hilton Head Island. Hop on a sightseeing or nature excursion tour to capture the Island’s fascinating marine wildlife on camera. The waterways that surround Hilton Head have a large and active population of wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Need an Instagram model? The dolphins often stop by boats to say hello and pose for pictures!
Another great photo opportunity and fun ocean activity is to join a fishing charter with friends or family. Cast a line for trout, redfish, ladyfish, sharks and much more. Make sure your camera is always on hand to capture the excitement of someone reeling in the catch of the day.
Photos by @smschildt and @capthookfishing
Along the Bike Trails
Hilton Head Island has over 80 miles of trails to be explored by bike. Photograph the towering oak trees draped in Spanish moss or the Island’s wild critters. There are plenty of opportunities along the trails to stop and take photos of Hilton Head’s furry friends, including deer, rabbits, minks and more. The trails also have tons of interesting and colorful slithery species such as snakes, frogs, toads, lizards and salamanders that will be sure to intrigue your Instagram followers.
Photo by @taffetatulips
Now that you know where the most Instagrammable locations are on Hilton Head Island, head to Hilton Head Outfitters where our experts will help you pick the perfect vehicle for getting out to explore the Island’s natural beauty. Read up on your photography tricks and start snapping and sharing with us on Instagram. We love seeing Hilton Head Island through your lens.