June 2019

8 Beach Bars You Can Bike To: Featuring the clothing of Coastal Bliss and Coastal Bliss Men

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to see Hilton Head Island is on two wheels. On Saturday mornings, you’ll see dozens of pickup trucks stacked with bicycles as crews hustle to deliver before that 4 p.m. check-in time. With over 100 miles of shared-use pathways on the island, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B, while being eco-friendly in the process.

This month, however, we’re headed straight to the beach for a bike adventure. The CH2 crew went from slightly north of Palmetto Dunes all the way south to Sea Pines in search of the best beach bars you can bike to. We managed to hit eight happening spots just a few sandy steps from the beach. From must-try frozen cocktails to lite bites and house specialties, we share our adventures on the following pages.

Patrick: LinkSoulPolo, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts
Christina: Tart Collections Top, J Brand Skirt, and Nectar Sunglasses
Jimmy: Southern Shirt Button Down, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts, Nectar Sunglasses
Blake: BB Dakota Top, Tart Collections Shorts

Beach Marker 38
Coast, Oceanfront Dining
(Located at the Sea Pines Beach Club)

Must Try Cocktail: Mango Madness
Must Try Dish: Local Oysters on the Half Shell

The shoreline of the south end of Hilton Head Island changed for the better several years back with the multi-million-dollar renovation of the Sea Pines Beach Club. As you stroll up the slotted wooden pathway towards the tantalizing smell of fried seafood and cheeseburgers, you’ll hear the gentle strumming of a guitar along with the laughter of guests already planted at tables, enjoying the ocean view with their frosty beverages. Coast, Oceanfront Dining offers al fresco dining on the patio or a more formal (and gorgeously decorated) inside dining room. We opted for the outside bar area on this trip, however, and ordered a mojito, an old-fashioned, a Moscow Mule and the Mango Madness frozen drink.

Russell Goldstein, Sea Pines Resort’s food and beverage operations manager, suggested we try the oysters to accompany our cocktails. Renowned for its locally sourced seafood, Coast, Oceanfront Dining offers a selection of large, meaty oysters harvested fresh from the unspoiled waters of Beaufort County’s marshes and creeks. The premium-select oysters include St. Helena Salts, yielding long, salty pieces of meat; Roddy Rocks, a Dawes Island variety with a sweet aftertaste that complements its initial briny flavor; and Lowcountry Cups, single, select oysters grown in South Carolina’s pristine ACE Basin. These oysters on the half shell were to die for, with just the slightest spritz of lemon and a touch of horseradish. We could have sat here for hours, just soaking in the atmosphere, but we were on a mission and it’s time to round up those bikes and pedal!

Patrick: Southern Tide Reyn Spooner Shirt LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts
Christina: Tart Collections Jumpsuit
Blake: Show Me Your Mumu Dress
Jimmy: Southern Tide Polo, J Brand Jeans
All: Hari Mari Flip Flops

__________________

Beach Marker 53/54
Loggerhead Landing
(Located at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort)

Must Try Cocktail: Frozen Coronita Light or the Tipsy Turtle
Must Try Entrée: BBQ Pork Nachos

Loggerhead Landing recently got an expansion with more deck seating for dining or sipping. We headed up the path past the firepit with Adirondack chairs and ordered some BBQ nachos to snack on while we contemplated the drink menu. The Marriott Grande Ocean Resort houses this beach bar, and Loggerhead Landing has that vacation vibe you want. Local musicians play most days in the busy summer months, and you can follow them on Facebook for updates and special events @MarriottsGrandeOcean. After much contemplation, we decided on a Bananarama and a Blue Crush, two frozen drinks that were being offered on a special Bacardi Rum menu. We could have sat by that firepit in those Adirondack chairs all night if we didn’t have to keep moving.

Christina: Z Supply Dress, little fish BOATEAK Earrings, Hari Mari Flip Flops
Patrick: Travis Mathew Polo, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts, Hari Mari Flip Flops

Beach Marker 59
The Tiki Hut
(Located at the Beach House Hotel on South Forest Beach Rd.)

Must Try Cocktail: Mojito

Our next stop is an island institution. As we approached by bicycle, we spied hundreds of sunbathers soaking in the summer rays and watching the volleyball nets that get continuous play right next to the thatched roof of the Beach House’s Tiki Hut. Live music gets center stage here, with two bands playing most summer days (afternoon and evening). We grabbed a Corona and a mojito and took a time-out at the tables surrounding the stage. Locals love this hot spot as much as the tourists, and the bartenders are rock stars for handling the crowds. For a complete list of actual rock stars gracing the outdoor Tiki Hut stage, head over to http://tikihuthhi.com/hilton-head-events. Don’t forget to grab a few bottles of water for the rest of your ride. It’s time to get moving!

Blake: Cleobella Top, DL 1961 Shorts, and Kooringal Hat
Christina: Z Supply Dress
Jimmy: Southern Tide T-Shirt, Saxx Cannonball Bathing Swim Trunks with built in BallPark Pouch
Patrick: Chaser T-Shirt, Saxx Cannonball Swim Trunks with built in BallPark Pouch

____________________

Beach Marker 60A
Pool Bar Jim’s
(Located in the Sea Crest on North Forest Beach Rd.)

Must Try Cocktail: Lava Flow
Must Try Entrée: Sweet Tea Marinated Chicken Sandwich with Pimento Cheese

If you haven’t had a fresh frozen drink whipped up by island icon “Pool Bar Jim,” have you even been to Hilton Head Island? Find Jim Lisenby and his delectable 1000-page (slight exaggeration) drink menu at the Sea Crest, in a brand-new octagon-shaped bar, adjacent to the covered one that’s closer to the pool. When asked for his recommendations, Jim served us up a Painkiller (so we couldn’t feel the burn after peddling so far) and the house specialty, a Lava Flow. Lisenby has teamed up with long-time islander and restaurateur Dave Peck (Lowcountry Backyard and soon-to-open Bad Biscuit) to serve up delicious sandwiches, salads and appetizers along with those famous cocktails. The sweet-tea-marinated chicken sandwich with pimento cheese was our favorite, along with the blackened grouper sandwich.

Christina: Tart Collections Romper, Nectar Sunglasses
Blake: Cleobella Top, DL 1961 Shorts, Kooringal Hat

Beach Marker 72
Heyward’s & Seacrest Terrace and Patio
(Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island)

Must Try Cocktail: Blood Orange Cosmo
Must Try Entrée: NY Strip with Crispy Potatoes, Demi-glace and Asparagus

When you walk onto the Sonesta grounds (located in Shipyard Resort), the first thing you notice is how lush and tropical the landscaping is. Meander past the wedding pavilion, around a large pond with a dancing water feature as you make your way to the bustling poolside area at the resort. There you will find two great options for dining—the more casual Seacrest Terrace and Patio, or the more formal Heyward’s during dinner and breakfast hours. We couldn’t resist the NY strip, as we had been cycling quite a bit up until this point. Paired with a nice bottle of red wine, it was the perfect interlude before our journey continued. Pets are welcome at this hotel, so getting to visit with four-legged friends on the outside terrace is definitely a plus in our book.

________________

Beach Marker 82/82A
Ocean Blu
(Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa)

Must Try Cocktail: Cabana Fizz
Must Try Entrée: Coconut Fried Rice Shrimp and the Tapas Sampler

It’s not far to go for the next stop on our beach bike tour—the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Yep, it’s that super-tall building, and we are headed there next to the Ocean Blu Café, which overlooks the beach, pool deck (registered guests only please!) and the ocean bar just steps from the sand. Grab a table, and your server will be there in moments with the kind of spectacular service that Marriott has always been known for. The gentleman waiting on us recommended we cool off with a Cabana Fizz, which was a delightful mix of New Amsterdam vodka, blueberry Reàl, elderflower syrup, lime juice and prosecco, topped with edible flowers as a garnish. Almost too pretty to drink. Ahem, almost. For appetizers, we tried the Tapas Sampler (hummus, marinated olives, house-made pickled vegetables, grilled naan bread), and coconut fried rice shrimp—all of which were unbelievably tasty and light. We recommend you get two orders of that shrimp, because you won’t want to share!

Christina: Cleobella Dress, little fish BOATEAK Earrings, Nectar Sunglasses
Patrick: Southern Tide Shirt, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts
Blake: Show Me Your Mumu Dress, little fish BOATEAK Earrings
Jimmy: Southern Tide Reyn Spooner Shirt,johnnie-O Shorts

Beach Marker 83
The Dunes House

Must Try Cocktail: The Citrus Siren
Must Try Entrée: The Fish Tacos (or the Greek salad, for those looking for lighter fare)

You’ll see red umbrellas dotting the next stop on your beach bike crawl, the Dunes House, located in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, just a few steps down from the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. Lock up the bikes and head up the stairs for the best fish tacos on the beach. We paired ours with the recommended house cocktail, The Citrus Siren, made with Hilton Head Distillery’s toasted coconut rum, lemonade, piña colada and a blue Curaçao swirl finish. The open kitchen provides a fun distraction while you wait for your food to be prepared—fresh to order. Listen to the fine musical stylings of Unicorn Meat (a band, for those not in the know) with Jevon Daly and Jos Vicars as you gaze at the ocean and celebrate all the life choices that got you to this exact moment in the sun. Follow @TheDunesHouse on facebook for entertainment schedules and other updates.

Patrick: LinkSoul Polo, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts
Christina: Tart Collections Top, J Brand Skirt, and Nectar Sunglasses
Jimmy: Southern Shirt Button Down, LinkSoul Boardwalker Shorts, Nectar Sunglasses
Blake: BB Dakota Top, Tart Collections Shorts

___________________

Beach Marker 94A
Coco’s on the Beach

Must Try Cocktail: Funky Monkey
Must Try Dish: The Chili Cheese Dog

Everything is colorful at Coco’s—from the giant logo drawn on a chalkboard at the back of the bar to the high-top tables and stools placed strategically for the best views of the ocean. Even the swimsuits worn by patrons as they march from the beach to order their colorful frozen cocktails complement the vibe. Bartender Justin was quick to recommend the Funky Monkey (Captain Morgan white rum, Bailey’s Original Irish cream and banana liqueur, served frozen with chocolate sauce stripes in the cup), the perfect drink for a hot Saturday afternoon. Not wanting the booze to go straight to our heads, we paired it with a chili cheese dog and the Black and Blu Burger with a side of chips. Check out the crowd before you go (or while jealously regarding tourists as you are sitting at your desk) by logging onto their beach cam at www.cocosonthebeach.com.

Jimmy: johnnie-O Shirt, johnnie-O Shorts
Blake: Buddy Love Top, J Brand Shorts, little fish BOATEAK Earrings

Let Us Know what You Think ...