What's New on Hilton Head Island

This page will be updated frequently for the returning visitor.  This page will show four years of changes on Hilton Head. We will not attempt to keep up with the rapidly changing events in Bluffton.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Red = closed, at least for now.   Blue = new  The dates are just so I know when to remove old entries.

Mi Tierra has moved to the building formerly occupied by Remey's at Arrow and Archer roads, directly across from the Outdoor Resorts RV park. 5/14

Hichey's has moved again, this time to the Circle Center at 70 Pope Avenue. 03/15

Kingfisher has changed its name to Pelican's Point but has since morphed into Captain Gillan's and has now closed. 04/16

Kroger opened a new store at the Shelter Cove Town Center. 01/15

Poseidon, the SERG company's latest restaurant has opened. This is a truly unique place that is fast becoming the worker's after hours (happy hour) hangout and the young peoples party venue late. Upstairs is a huge bar with plenty of high top tables and "garage" doors that can open to bring the outside in. Great lounging areas on the second floor deck overlooking Broad Creek. Live entertainment and a DJ provide the music and the biggest TV I have ever seen will be perfect for football. Downstairs is another bar and a restaurant inside, and yet another bar with plenty of seating at tables outside (under cover) facing Broad Creek. 01/15

Bob Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner, has passed away. The Jazz corner continues to operate much as before. 06/15

The French Bakery has moved to the new Shelter Cove Town Center, near Poseidon. 07/15

Il Carpaccio has moved to 200 Museum Street, where Applebee's once was at the corner of Museum and 278. 06/15.

The World of Beer has opened Shelter Cove Towne Centre ( near Kroger and Poseidon). 500 craft beers, paired tavern fare, cocktails. 04/16

Kingfisher closed and reopened as Captain Gillan's (owned by the Gilliland brothers), now closed. 02/17

Wayback Burgers is the latest addition to Shelter Cove town Center restaurants. Other new restaurants nearby include Charlie Granger's, Jane Bistro, Kilwin's, Jane Bistro and Bar, and NY City Pizza 07/17

Steamer's, a long time Hilton Head institution, has closed. 01/17

The Chart House closed following hurricane Matthew. It has reopened under the SERG banner as Skull Creek Dockside. 12/17

Alexander's in Palmetto dunes is expected to reopen by summer of 2017. 02/17

Reilley's opened The Fishcamp at Broad Creek, on Simmonsvliie road near Up The Creek. 02/17

Outback restaurant on Hilton Head has closed permanently. 02/17

Bomboras restaurant, now on Lagoon road, has changed name to Rockfish Seafood and Steaks. Same owners, expanded menu. 02/17

Pizza Hut closed after hurricane Mathew, and a sign on the door proclaims they are closed for remodeling.  It appears they will not reopen 2-17

The SERG group purchased the former Chart House, next door to the Boathouse restaurant, and is remodeling it. they hope to open in early summer. Already, it has relieved the parking situation at Boathouse, which is owned by the same organization. 4/17

Golfer Darren Clark has opened a new restaurant where Truffle's third store was, called Clarke's Tavern. 11/17

The Hilton Head Brewing Company in the Barmuda triangle has closed. MidiCi Pizza is a new establishment scheduled to open at that location soon. 12/17

Dockside, the latest SERG restaurant has opened next door to The Boathouse, it's sister restaurant. It's parking lot has relieved the congestion at the Boathouse parking, with a walkway provided. Huge outdoor bar and seating.

La Fontana changed to Bucci's and then to Bucci & Murray's 6/18

Kurama has closed. 5/18

Topside, in Harbour Town, has closed. 6/18

Nunzio Restaurant+Bar has opened on New Orleans Rd. Italian food. 06/19

Lucky Rooster Market Street has opened in Coligny Plaza. Fast casual restaurant. 06/19

SERG has purchased Holy Tequila and Charbar restaurants in Park Plaza 05/19

The Smokehouse, a favorite among visitors, had a major fire and is closed for now. The owner plans to reopen but there is no date yet. 06/20

Other Businesses

You can now ride a Segway, the stand-up personal transport, on Hilton Head. NOW CLOSED 06/15

Zipline has added an aerial adventure providing in-tree activities for a wide range of skill levels. 06/15

The Oilerie has opened in the Village at Wexford. They offer a wide range of olive oils from Italy, a selection of flavored balsmaic vinegars, and other goodies. You can taste before you buy. 06/16

Hilton Head Helicopter Tours provides flights over Hilton Head and Dafuskie. Short tours cost as little as $39.06/16

The Salty Dog has acquired a 63 Ft. catamaran and is offering happy hour cruises with a full bar, island-inspired menu, and tropical music. Just $15 to$30 per person, must be 21 years old or older.06/16

The Palmetto Bay Marina was very badly damaged by hurricane Matthew. As of February 2017 there seem to be little or no progress in restoring it.

Harbour Town marina was damaged as well but is expected to be fully operational in summer of 2017 - it is well along now. Back in business now, 2018

Hudson's was also damaged, but has reopened and repairs have been completed. Skull Creek marina suffered some damage but seem to be OK now. Benny Hudson's likewise has repaired minor damage. The other marinas seem to be OK, but call if you plan an activity involving a marina. The rowing center was damaged and is being repaired.

Hilton Head Distillery has opened at 14 Cardinal road, next to the Island Winery. They produce rums and vodka and offer tasting flights and tours. 4/17


Calibogue Cruises has changed its name to The Daufuskie Difference and has added cruises to/from Savannah -Hilton Head - Daufuskie, and a booze cruise to nowhere. 6/18

Starting July 16, 2018 until October 14, a trolley will run from Shelter Cove Town Center to the Coligny area with stops at Park Plaza. Fare will be $1.00, with kids under 43 inches in height are free. The trolley is expected to arrive at each stop every half hour. There will be GPS and an app so you can see where the next trolley is and when it will arrive. More information here.

Pickle ball is now available at the Palmetto Bay Tennis Center and at the Island Recreation Center. 06/18


Mrs. B's Kitchen was bought by the SERG group and has an expanded menu and offers some fresh dinners. 01/19

The miniature golf course next to the Coligny beach parking lot has closed. The Town is constructing a park in that location. The entrance to the beach parking lot has been moved to South Forest Beach Drive, across from the Holiday Inn. Traffic backs up considerably, so get in the right lane of Pope Avenue before Cordillo Parkway if you plan to park there. 06/19

A trolley now runs trips around the island. Fare is $1 and passes are available. The trolley is seasonal and runs afternoons and evenings. More info here.

There is now a mermaid cruise during which kids will see a real mermaid swimming beside the boat and learn a great deal about nature. 05/19

Segway tours are once again available from prosegway.com.

Hilton Head now boasts an escape room courtesy of hiltonheadescaperooms.com 05/19

The True Value hardware store in Coligny has moved to 3 Lagoon Rd., across from Piggly Wiggly. 04/19

Avirtual reality video experience has opened  at Atomic VR 06/19

Also of Interest

Smoking Ban: the Town of Hilton Head island has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public buildings effective May !, 2007.  Most of Beaufort County already has such a ban in place. Specifically, the law bans smoking in businesses but not homes, tobacco shops, hotels and motels and businesses with only one employee if they do not share space with other businesses. Some restaurants with outdoor tables permit smoking there - Reilly's, Shrimp Michaels, and some in the "Barmuda Triangle" are examples.

Fishing license required for salt water fishing
A new law requires a license to fish in salt water even from the beach or a pier. This was done to preempt a Federal fishing license requirement. Fees are $5 for in state 14 day license, $11 for 14 day out of state license. Those under age 16 don't need a license. Get full information here.

A report by a consulting firm studying growth in this area estimated Hilton Head Island population at 37,099 at the 2010 census. It has not changed much in recent years.

All phone calls in south Carolina must now include the area code - ten digits - without the 1 prefix.

Traffic Advisories

We try to keep this site current and reasonably detailed, but you can get complete updates as to road conditions from the South Carolina Department of Transportation here, and you can see live traffic cameras of the approaches to Hilton Head here.

New Traffic Laws

South Carolina has passed a law allowing police to stop and ticket any driver with any unbelted occupant in a vehicle. It went into effect December 9, 2005. Also currently in effect is a law prohibiting tinted automobile windows blocking more than 27% of visible light. It doesn't matter if you're from out of state - our cops don't like to approach a vehicle in which they can't see the occupants.

 This page Updated 08/07/2019



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