When is the best time to visit Bluffton?
Depending on your preferences, anytime may be a good time to visit Bluffton. May through September if you love warm sunny weather, and December through March if you prefer cooler temperatures (average daytime high is 65). Years ago, there was a true on-off season in Bluffton (Bluffton was considered a “sleepy little fishing village”), but now Bluffton is alive with many activities and events all year round. From classic annual events like Mayfest to weekly must-dos like the Farmers Market, Bluffton is vibrant all year round.
Tip: During the winter months some stores will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Make sure you call ahead to see who may be open if there are any stores, in particular, you wish to visit downtown Bluffton.
Tip: In the summer months many tourists visit Hilton Head Island and the roads are extremely congested based on the average family 7-day vacation rental. HWY 278 can look like a parking lot based on your arrival and departure. Plan ahead for traffic delays coming on and off of the island on the weekends. Typically, Saturdays and Sundays are heavy traffic days. We recommend coming in early or leaving late based on your family’s schedule.
Tip: Parking downtown Old Town Bluffton. When the parking spaces are full on the main streets surrounding downtown Bluffton, try the parking lot on Calhoun Street not more than 100 yards from the intersection of HWY 46/May River Road and Calhoun Street. This is a public parking lot with plenty of parking for you and your guests. If you’re lucky you’ll find shaded parking on the tree side of the lot.
If the weather is a factor in determining when to visit Bluffton, below you’ll find seasonal weather data pertaining to Bluffton and the Lowcountry.
Weather in Bluffton
Average Temperatures in Bluffton
Warm Months: From late May 25 to early September 18, the average daily high temperature is above 84°F. The hottest day of the year usually is July 22, with an average high of 90°F and low of 76°F. The highest temperature on record is 107°F which was recorded in 1985.
Chilly Months: The cool season lasts for roughly three months, from December to March with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest part of the year is typically the end of January (average low of 42). The coldest temperature on record is 4°F which was recorded in 1986.
Average Rain in Bluffton
Rain: The summer months carry the greatest risk of rain all year (from the end of May to the end of September). August historically generates the most rainfall averaging 5.1 inches. Like most coastal communities on the East coast, a majority of the precipitation comes late afternoon in the summer.
If you’re looking to visit Bluffton during the warmest part of the year, consider visiting between June and August. If the thought of sitting by an outdoor fire pit and watching the sunset is a welcoming vision, visit Bluffton between November through March. We always recommend exploring upcoming events to schedule during your visit!