Where to stay in the Sea Islands of South Carolina

Wooden boardwalk leading to a white sand beach and the sea

Packed with history and culture, the Sea Islands of South Carolina are one of the most unique attractions in the United States. Often thought to be sprinkled with magic, the natural beauty of these isolated islands attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

Extending along the eastern coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, the Sea Islands are a chain of barrier and tidal islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Stretching for over 300 miles, the islands act as a barrier to the mainland, protecting it from storms and erosion. 

Although the formation of the Sea Islands are constantly changing with the tides, the region is famous for its beautiful coastline, attracting tourists from around the world. Whilst some of the islands still remain uninhabited, many of them are now home to a variety of attractions, activities and accommodation. 

If you’re keen to experience the magic of the islands for yourself, our latest blog post takes a look at where to stay in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

Harbor Island

A 1400-acre barrier island, Harbor Island is located just outside the city of Beaufort, South Carolina. Nestled between Saint Helena Island and Hunting Island, this popular destination is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina.

Sea Islands of South Carolina

As Harbor Island is a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, there is an abundance of wildlife in the area. The freshwater lagoons in particular are perfect for wading birds, crabs and turtles. As the island offers panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, dolphins can also be spotted frolicking in the water on a daily basis!

Accommodation on Harbor Island

A private gated community, Harbor Island is the perfect place for those seeking a stress-free stay in the Sea Islands of South Carolina. There is an eclectic range of vacation homes on the island, ranging from beachfront bungalows to family-friendly villas. Guests of Harbor Island will also be able to enjoy access to a fitness center, sports courts, swimming pools and fishing docks.

Sea Islands 10

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
Sea Islands 10 is a condo in Sea Islands, South Carolina

The ultimate escape for couples, this chic condo can accommodate just 2 guests. Both style and comfort have been considered in the design of this house, to create the perfect honeymoon haven. As this home is just a few steps away from the beach, guests can enjoy quiet, early morning swims – and romantic evening strolls! If you’d rather cozy up with a glass of wine, the secluded terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful Sea Island sunsets.

Sea Islands 13

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
This cozy beach house can accommodate 8 guests

Nestled within a quiet cul-de-sac, this charming beach house is the ideal choice for a group getaway. Adorned with coastal-inspired artwork and furnishings, this home has a real vacation vibe. Throw open the windows and you will be rewarded with direct views of the ocean. A great base for guests seeking an action-packed trip, there are three miles of pristine, sandy beach to explore just outside the door.

Sea Islands 8

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
Sea Islands 8 offers unspoiled views across the marshes

A great option for families, this Harbor Island rental can sleep up to 8 guests. Spread over 3 levels, this impressive home boasts an abundance of luxury living space throughout. Each level benefits from its own outdoor area, providing guests with fantastic views across the island. If you’re hoping to spot some of the area’s resident birds, this home is a great base. Bring along some binoculars and you’re sure to catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife.

Sea Islands 9

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
This vacation home offers excellent views across the ocean

Situated within one of Harbor Island’s most exclusive neighborhoods, this custom-built cottage is sure to impress. Cleverly designed to combine both modern and traditional elements, every room in this home is warm and inviting. Cozy reading nooks and snuggly seating areas provide the perfect escape for those seeking a relaxing retreat. Due to its prime ocean-side location, guests can also expect spectacular sunrise and sunset views.

Fripp Island

Just 19 miles from Beaufort, Fripp Island is one of the most peaceful places to stay in the Sea Islands. Although the island draws in a huge number of tourists each year, the off-season population is just under 1000 residents. Considering the preferred method of transportation on the island is a golf cart, you can imagine how quiet it is!

Renowned for its natural beauty, Fripp Island is home to miles of uncrowded beaches and scenic nature reserves. A haven for wildlife lovers, there are over 176 bird species that reside on the island, as well as deer, sea turtles, alligators and raccoons. As Fripp Island is a private gated community, access is limited to just guests and residents, making your experience extra special. 

Accommodation on Fripp Island

We offer a range of vacation homes on Fripp island, many of which are located within the Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort. Guests staying at the resort will benefit from unlimited access to a range of 5* amenities, including golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools.

Sea Islands 11

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
This 2 bed villa is perfect for summer vacations

Situated just a short walk from the beach, this 2 bedroom villa is the perfect summer rental. The open-plan design of this home provides plenty of space for family time, whilst the beautiful bedrooms invite rest and relaxation. Recently renovated, this home is not only impressive inside, it also has a fantastic outdoor space. Offering spectacular golf course and ocean views, the secluded terrace is perfect for spending lazy days in the sunshine!

Sea Islands 14

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
Sea Islands 14 is just a short walk from the beach

With bright decor, high-ceilings and an abundance of windows, this luxury villa is filled with light, even on the dullest days. After a busy day on the beach, the open-plan living area in this home is the perfect place to kick back and relax with the kids. Before you retire for the evening, head outside to the south-facing porch and you will be able to catch the last of the beautiful summer sunshine.

Sea Islands 15

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
This home offers ocean views from almost every room

With breathtaking views from every room, this contemporary cottage is the ideal place to enjoy Fripp Island’s natural beauty. Perfect for those long summer days, high ceilings and picture windows invite light and sunshine into every room. With the ocean on your doorstep, outdoor adventures are easy. Guests can enjoy direct access straight onto the beach, where the inviting waters await! To complete your day, dine outdoors on the verandah and you can watch as the sun sets over the island. 

Sea Islands 4

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
Sea Islands 4 offers sweeping views across the ocean

Cleverly designed to maximize the view outside, this beautiful villa definitely has the wow-factor. As you enter this home, it is hard to not be impressed. With floor to ceiling windows, the vast open-plan living space offers sweeping views across the ocean. This stunning vista can also be enjoyed from three of the bedrooms upstairs. Wake up early enough and you will be able to enjoy an amazing view of the sunrise –  and the frolicking dolphins! 

Vacation homes in the Sea Islands

Top Villas offer a fantastic range of beautiful vacation rentals in the Sea Islands. All situated in the most desirable beachfront locations, our homes offer luxury living space, incredible views and an abundance of fantastic 5* amenities.

When you book with Top Villas, arranging a stay couldn’t be easier. By following our simple online booking process, you can secure your dream home instantly. Our website makes it easy to check availability, get a quote and book instantly online. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry and we’ll get straight back to you.

You can view all of our Sea Island vacation homes here.