February is the month of love, and southern Beaufort County is the perfect place for a romantic rendezvous. Whether you’re getting married, honeymooning, celebrating an anniversary or simply in search of some much needed canoodling time, both Hilton Head Island and Bluffton have an abundance of locations sure to impress your significant other (or whoever swipes right for you).
Here are our 10 most romantic locations.
1. The beach: It’s Hilton Head Island’s greatest asset. The calm waves, 12 miles of hard-packed sand and an open sky make for the most romantic backdrop imaginable. Mitchellville Beach is the most enchanting in our opinion but you can’t go wrong with any of the island’s beaches.
2. Wilson Village: Located in the heart of beautiful Palmetto Bluff, this charming village features granite curbs, brick sidewalks and gas-powered streetlights. Home to the Post Office, the General Store, the Chapel and Buffalo’s restaurant.
3. Harbour Town: Relax in rocking chairs while soaking in the views of Sea Pines’ picturesque yacht basin and Calibogue Sound. The famous lighthouse, shops, galleries and restaurants make this a must-visit destination for lovers.
4. Old Town: With colorful and creative art galleries, charming restaurants and boutiques, frequent festivals and the farmers market, this historic Bluffton district is the perfect place for a romantic stroll.
5. Broad Creek: This majestic tidal river offers the most scenic view on Hilton Head Island. Experience an unforgettable sunset from one of the many waterfront restaurants or jump in a boat to get closer to dolphins, herons and pelicans.
6. Honey Horn: This quiet 68-acre property has a history dating back 300 years and is home to century-old live oak trees, beautiful salt marshes and some of Hilton Head’s oldest structures.
7. Dolphin Head: Sun-bleached live oaks litter this narrow quiet shore inside of Hilton Head Plantation that is great for romantic walks. Make friends with a resident and ask them to call you in a pass.
8. The Church of the Cross: Take in stunning views of the May River on the bluff next to this beautiful historic structure. Locals love to take pictures and picnic there.
9. Sea Pines Forest Preserve: Horse trails, wetland boardwalks, wooden bridges, fishing docks, pristine lakes and an epic wildflower field are sure to please nature lovers of all ages.
10: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge: A great spot for wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, bicycling and fishing. Nearly 67 percent of the 4,053-acre refuge consists of salt marsh and tidal creeks.