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Sea Islands, SC

Vast sandy beaches, diverse wildlife, and rich culture await on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, a collection of family-friendly destinations located a short drive from historic Beaufort.

Our Sea Islands vacation rentals, thoughtfully selected for their proximity to the beach, offer sweeping views, cheerful decor, resort amenities, and easy access to boating, kayaking, birdwatching, and downtown events.

Choose from expansive, contemporary homes on Fripp Island or Dataw with golf course access and ocean views, charming cottages on St. Helena with tree-lined grounds and private docks, or colorful bungalows steps from tranquil marshes. As a guest of Natural Retreats, you’ll have the local wisdom of our Sea Islands staff, who can share their favorite boating and kayaking routes, the best spots to watch dolphins, and where to catch the most vivid sunsets. They’ll also help you arrange new adventures, from fishing to horseback riding.

Fripp Island
Known for its wildlife preservation and resort amenities, Fripp Island offers a chance to explore untouched natural beauty with the convenience of restaurants, shops, and world-class facilities within walking distance. Our Fripp Island vacation rentals range from large oceanfront estates to whimsical bungalows. Most rentals allow access to Fripp Island Resort amenities, including golf courses, swimming pools, and tennis courts. Many include complimentary golf carts, the island’s primary mode of transportation.

St. Helena Island
Situated directly on the St. Helena Sound, this island’s breathtaking beaches offer the chance to view loggerhead turtles, crabs, oysters, and dolphins. Our St. Helena Island vacation rentals range from quaint cottages on tree-lined grounds to commanding estates with private beaches and fire pits—most sit right on the waterfront. Airy and inviting with cheerful decor and ocean views, each home offers a fully equipped kitchen and private deck or veranda. Many have indoor entertainment, such as foosball or pool tables.

Harbor Island
Known for its panoramic views, spectacular birdwatching, and calm waters, Harbor Island also invites almost-daily dolphin sightings. A unique experience awaits at each of our eclectic Harbor Island vacation rentals, ranging from brightly colored oceanfront bungalows to large, family-friendly beach estates with panoramic views. Guests of Harbor Island enjoy access to its fitness center, swimming pools, and docks for crabbing and fishing.

Steeped in history with beachfront access, playgrounds, and charming downtown, Beaufort is an ideal destination for families. Our Beaufort vacation rentals range from stylish residences on marshes with live oaks and amenities like fire pits and gazebos to pet-friendly bungalows with private pools. All rentals offer easy access to downtown Beaufort’s impressive array of art galleries, parks, riverfront walkways, and live music stage.

Port Royal Island
Port Royal Island is a charming, historic destination with tranquil sea air, a thriving fishing and boating scene, and lively festivals, including street music and oyster roasts. Our Port Royal vacation rentals feature quaint cottages on wooded grounds with modern amenities and proximity to the Old Village.

Dataw Island
Located just six miles east of historic Beaufort, South Carolina—Dataw Island is a gated golf and tennis community known for its upscale facilities and maze of saltwater marshes and tidal creeks. Our Dataw Island vacation rentals feature marsh, tidal creek or golf course views, upgraded furnishings, and space for families. All rentals lie near the island’s restaurant and clubhouse amenities.

Due to high visitation and staffing constraints, local area offerings such as restaurants, bars, shopping, and shared amenities may have limited hours or availability. Cell phone and internet service may also be impacted during high visitation periods.

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Xplorie Partnership

To make your stay even more enjoyable, Natural Retreats has partnered with the Xplorie program. This entitles you to free admission every day of your stay at select popular attractions in the area. Reservations are required and all offers are per unit, per paid night stay. Popular activities in Sea Islands include kayaking, biking, and river touring.  

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