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Excitement & Relaxation: The Best of Both Worlds in Sea Islands

There’s no better way to relax and rejuvenate your mind than with a well-deserved escape to South Carolina’s Fripp Island. Complete with gorgeous coastal homes and soothing sounds of the ocean, it’s undeniably the perfect destination to get away from the stresses of everyday and enjoy the southern lifestyle. Venture off Fripp Island to explore the state park, surrounding islands, and nearby cities, it’s the best way to make the most of every moment during your visit to Sea Islands.

What’s Nearby?
The surrounding towns and islands of Fripp are only a short driving distance away and provide plenty of activities, restaurants, tours, and historic sights to discover.

Driving from Fripp to Hunting Island State Park – 12 minutes
Driving from Fripp Island to St. Helena Island – 27 minutes
Driving from Fripp Island to Beaufort – 37 minutes
Driving from Fripp Island to Parris Island – 51 minutes
Driving from Fripp Island to Savannah, Ga. – 1 hour 30 minutes

Hunting Island State Park: 12 Minute Drive Away
Known as one of the most popular state parks in South Carolina, Hunting Island State Park offers visitors everything from sandy beaches, nature trails, and a public lighthouse to tour. Bring along your rod and reel and have a go at fishing in the lagoon, or pack your binoculars and keep a look out for island birds and turtles. If kicking back and catching some rays is more your speed, bring along your beach chair and enjoy the rolling waves. There’s nothing more refreshing than an ocean breeze!

St. Helena Island: 27 Minute Drive Away
Interested in some shopping? Downtown Frogmore on St. Helena Island is the perfect stop to browse and window shop all of the art galleries and surf shops. Pick up a few souvenirs and splurge on a new pair of sunglasses for the next day. Embrace your adventurous side and saddle up with Camelot Farms to go for a horseback riding excursion on the beach. When you’ve worked up an appetite, live like a local on St. Helena and try the authentic, low-country fare. The Foolish Frog is the most popular spot to indulge on fresh seafood and classic dishes, like Frogmore Stew.

Beaufort: 37 Minutes Away
Feel like being transported back in time? Beaufort is a quintessential southern town, complete with horse-drawn carriages and moss-draped trees lining the streets. Hit the shops or stop in one of the famous eateries, like Southern Grace’s Bistro. If you’re looking to be pampered, make a reservation at the Beaufort Day Spa for a massage and facial, or explore the history of the South and check out the Pick Pocket Plantation for a tour of the stunning Victorian home. Get a closer look at the marine life and climb onboard Captain Dick’s River Tours for an up close experience with dolphins. Pack your camera and get ready for an unforgettable experience! In addition to marine tours, Beaufort offers a variety of walking tours, from the Movie Tour, where you’ll see your favorite movie scenes come to life, the Gullah Heritage Tour, or stick around after dark for a Ghost Tour. Be sure to check out Beaufort’s Highway 21 Drive- in Movie Theater! Load up your car and get ready for a double feature under the stars.

Parris Island: 51 Minutes Away
Getting to Parris Island might take a few minutes more, but it’s well worth the drive! Pack your golf clubs and set up your tee time at the Legends of Parris Island Golf Course. Not only is it ranked in the Top 100 in Best US Golf Courses in Link’s Golf Magazine, but it is also mentioned in Travel and Leisure’s Top 10 Best Military Golf Courses in the World! When you finish up your 18 holes, stop in and get a bite at the Sand Trap Grill. Before heading back to Fripp, check out the Parris Island Museum. This historical site houses the incredible legacy of the US Marine Corps and artifacts from Parris Island and Port Royal dating back to the Civil War.

Savannah, Ga: 1 Hour 30 Minutes Away
Savannah, Georgia is one of the most visited cities in the South, and you’d be missing out if you didn’t visit! Less than a two hour drive away from Fripp Island, Savannah offers plenty of shops, restaurants, and historical sites, guaranteeing a fun-filled day. Visit Forsyth Park and admire the moss-draped trees, or treat yourself to the city’s architecture tour and gaze in awe at the impressive buildings that surround you. Make a check-list of “must-sees” and go on a self-guided tour of the famous cemeteries, parks, and homes that are within walking distance. After an exciting day, refuel with seafood and a refreshing cocktail at Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar before heading back to Fripp.

A visit to Fripp Island is the perfect vacation for families, friends, and couples. There is an endless amount of fun, adventure, and relaxation for everyone to truly enjoy their stay. Call our Xplore team for availability and get ready for your dream Fripp Island escape.