Fripp Island Vacation
Fripp Island resort is a private, 3,000-acre, first-class, oceanfront community, located on the South Carolina coast near historic Beaufort and a short distance from Charleston, Savannah, and Hilton Head. Enjoy the beautiful South Carolina coast on more than 3 ˝ miles of pristine beach.
The entire island comprises a Bird and Game Sanctuary. Wildlife and bird populations include alligators, deer, raccoons, egrets, heron, and osprey. The only road onto the island passes by a gate that is staffed 24-hours a day. Beach walking & sunbathing, swimming, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing (deep-sea) and many other family activities are at your fingertips.
- Fripp Island is named for swashbuckling
Captain Johannes Fripp. King Charles of England rewarded
Fripp with this island in the 1700s for his defense of the
English settlement of Beaufort from marauding French and
Spanish. Legend has it that many pirates plied these waters
and that Captain Fripp himself buried treasure here.
- Fripp Island is located just 19 miles east
of Beaufort. South Carolina. Beaufort is midway between
Savannah and Charleston, across the Port Royal Sound from
Hilton Head Island. A private bridge to access the island
was built in 1963.
- The Fripp Island coastline offers you 3 1/2
miles of beach facing the Atlantic ocean.
- Sounds Like
- Unlike Beaufort, North Carolina (which is
pronounced BO-fort), South Carolina's Beaufort is pronounced
- Fripp Island residents can enjoy a pleasant
semi-tropical environment all year round. The summer months
bring a 88 degree high average temperature. Swimmers will be
happy to hear the Atlantic Ocean reaches a balmy 80 degrees
in summer. Winter high temperatures are approximately 60
degrees on Fripp.
Walk past the many historic homes where famous movies have been filmed, such as "The Prince of Tides", "The Great Santini", "The Big Chill", "Forces of Nature" movie stars have walked the streets of Beaufort!
Fine dining can be found here in places like "The Beaufort Inn", "The Bank", "Ollies By The Bay" and so many more! Plenty of Bistros and "The Coffee Haus" is a must, grab a "Frappacino" and sit on the swing bench overlooking "The Beaufort River" and just enjoy.
Museums are a beginning for an educational and interesting look at the history of the area. Beaufort's entire downtown is designated a national historical district.
discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British
in 1711, Beaufort is the second-oldest town in South Carolina.
Experiencing great prosperity in the eighteenth century as
indigo and rice plantations thrived, Sea Island Cotton also
brought incredible prosperity to the area prior to the Civil
Today, an entire tapestry of Southern history is woven into
Beaufort’s landscape and is wistfully reflected in its tabby
ruins, historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations.
As horse-drawn carriages leisurely wind through the streets in
the historic district – one of only three National Historic
Landmark Districts in South Carolina – time seems to stand
still in this peaceful community.
Beaufort’s eighteenth and early nineteenth century homes are
one of its most beloved treasures, set like jewels along the
The Beaufort style of architecture is unique to the area and
typically features a raised first floor, double porches, high
ceilings, a southern orientation and a T-shaped floor plan that
helps to provide for cross breezes.
Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beach areas in South Carolina. The pristine sandy beach, natural setting and warm Atlantic Ocean make a perfect getaway. The park offers camping, an historic lighthouse, fishing pier and nature trails.
Monday - Friday 9 am-5 pm; Saturday & Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Parris Island Museum
A museum at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot traces military history and island settlements from the 1500s.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
No admission fee
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter.
John Mark Verdier House
Built circa 1805 for a wealthy merchant-planter, beautifully restored by the Historic Beaufort Foundation.
801 Bay St.
Mon -Sat, 10 am-5:30 pm
The Beaufort Museum
Housed in the 1795 Beaufort Arsenal. Exhibits tell the story of cotton, rice and indigo creating plantation life, then the wars which changed the character of the area along with that of the country.
713 Craven St.
Mon-Sat, 10:30 am-4 pm
Penn Center, York W. Bailey Museum
Campus of the first African American school when freed slaves were educated after the Civil War, designated as a national historical landmark. Rare artifacts and an overview of Reconstruction.
St. Helena Island
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Remains of Prince William's Parish Church, 1745-55
Burned by the British during the Revolutionary War
Reconstructed in 1825 and burned by Sherman's troops in 1865
Cole-Heyward House, circa 1840
Museum typical of the West Indies style home, particually restored and managed by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Seven additional homes are in Bluffton's national historic district.
These tourist meccas are easy drives -
between one and two hours. If schedules permit, you might take
in one of the events these cities host.