What is your ideal vacation? Whether you enjoy biking under ancient oak trees or indulging in delicious Southern cuisine, there is an endless selection of things to do in Palmetto Bluff

Just roughly ninety minutes from Charleston down Hwy 17 gets you to Palmetto Bluff, or “The Bluff ” as it’s affectionately known. No matter the season, there is no better place to be than The Bluff, located in Bluffton SC. The whole place is on a physical bluff some 20 feet above the May River almost guaranteeing a steady pleasant breeze even in mid-summer. This lowcountry getaway just drips old southern charm and hospitality, designed as an ode to the days when life was slow and easy.

Palmetto Bluff is 20,000 or so acres of old southern woodland stand, deer hunting tracks and timberland turned in to a resort and a surrounding planned community. Like many of the exclusive resort communities along the coastal Carolinas it has its mix of permanent residents, returning vacation home owners and transients in a similar manner to many of the Barrier Island communities of Kiawah or Hilton Head. While there is something to do for everyone who vacations at Palmetto Bluff, for those that particularly enjoy the outdoors and a sporting lifestyle, there is simply no place like it along the Southern coast. From exploring the quaint downtown restaurants and shops of Wilson Village, to an unforgettable cruise along the May River aboard the restored 1913 60-foot antique motor yacht, Grace, and gathering around the fire pit for nightly s’mores with the neighbors, Palmetto Bluff offers a vacation experience unlike any other.

Make the most of your trip to our beautiful coastal oasis by including these activities in your itinerary when you plan a Palmetto Bluff getaway for your next vacation to the Lowcountry.

The Best Things to Do in Palmetto Bluff 

Go for a Bike Ride 

Bike Riding through the Trails of Palmetto Bluff

The towering oak trees draped with Spanish moss provide a gorgeous backdrop for your bike ride in Palmetto Bluff. You can add bike rentals to your stay, and have them waiting for you when you arrive. Not only is it an easy and convenient family activity, it’s the absolute best way to explore the Bluff.

Book a Fishing Charter 

The Lowcountry is home to some of the best fishing in the Southeast. There are a handful of charters in Bluffton that are exceptional experiences, especially May River Excursions. It’s one of the best things to do near Palmetto Bluff during your stay. 

Kayak Through the Marshes 


Kayaking through the beautiful Lowcountry marshes is one of the best things to do in Palmetto Bluff. What better way to learn about the wildlife, plant life, and natural habitats of some of the most spectacular native plants and animals of the Lowcountry than paddling through the rivers, tidal creeks and marshes in and around the May River.  You’ll see some incredible fish, birds, and other animals and plants closer than you might have ever thought you’d experience.  Our Concierge team can help with kayak rentals or help to plan a kayak excursion with one of the local outfitter groups.

Indulge and Shop at Wilson Village and Moreland Village 

boundary bottle Company in Palmetto Bluff SC

There are two charming villages in Palmetto Bluff that are home to a collection of fantastic places to eat and shop. View some of our favorite boutique shops and restaurants. 

Wilson Village 

  • Buffalo’s 
  • Canoe Club 
  • Melt 
  • The River House Lounge 
  • Peter Miller Palmetto Bluff 
  • The Paris Market 

Buffalo's Restaurant in Wilson Village Palmetto Bluff SC

Moreland Village 

  • Cole’s  
  • Canteen 
  • Boundary Bottle Company 

The Canteen at Palmetto Bluff SC

Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club 

There is a long-standing tradition of outdoor sports in the Lowcountry, especially clay shooting. You can test your abilities at the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club. Here you’ll find 13 sporting clays stations throughout an expansive 40-acre hardwood bottom tract of land. They also offer private lessons if you wish to learn how to shoot clays during your trip. 

Venture Into Bluffton 

The historic town of Bluffton is only a quick 20-minute drive from Palmetto Bluff and is a great place to spend a day or afternoon during your trip. The quaint village is full of shops, art galleries, and Southern-inspired restaurants. You’ll also find a wealth of history in the form of architecture and nature. Ancient oak trees and museums take you back to simpler times, offering a detailed perspective into the Lowcountry’s past. 


Plan Your Lowcountry Retreat

Views of the May River from The Barn at May River luxury vacation rental

You’re sure to enjoy your stay in Palmetto Bluff when your trip includes all the comforts offered in our Luxury Simplified Retreats – Palmetto Bluff vacation homes. Our collection of luxurious rentals features incredible amenities and superb locations. The scenic, breathtaking backdrop of the Lowcountry surrounds you in Palmetto Bluff, with gorgeous oak trees, vast waterways and a laid-back, serene lifestyle.