Prepare for an Unforgettable Experience in Sea Islands

One of the most important parts of planning a vacation is remembering to pack the essentials: camera, bathing suit, sunscreen… are we forgetting anything? As it turns out, there are a few more intangible things you should bring along that will help make your getaway that much more enjoyable. Our Xplore Team travel expert Charissa has a few suggestions for your "packing list" to make the most of your stay!

Interest in Historic Culture
Sea Islands is in the heart of the Gullah Cultural Heritage Corridor which stretches from North Carolina to Florida. The Gullah community was founded in the mid-1700s, but is still prominent today. Take a Gullah Culture tour to learn the incredible history of the African-Americans who established their own language and way of life in Sea Islands.

Willingness to Try New Things
South Carolina is best known for its low-country cuisine, and you’ll regret it if you don’t experience it. Don’t shy away from something you’ve never tried before. Dare yourself to order deliciously-authentic southern dishes like Shrimp n’ Grits or the popular seafood boil created in Beaufort, South Carolina, Frogmore Stew. The Foolish Frog on St. Helena Island is a popular spot to feast on low-country fare!

Passion for Marine Life
Being on the coast, you’re bound to see a few fish, dolphins, sea turtles, and maybe even a whale. There are species that live in Sea Islands that you won’t find at home, so take the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat. Hunting Island State Park is a great spot to see some wildlife, with a beach and nature trails available for visitors.

Appreciation for Small Towns
Found just inland, about 20 minutes from Sea Islands, Beaufort, South Carolina is a quintessential southern town that exudes charm and a small-town feel. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets lined with moss-draped trees, or stop into one of the locally-owned shops to grab something to remember your trip by, and experience the warm embrace of southern hospitality from the business owners and locals.

The Ones you Love Most
Whether you’re relaxing on the beach, or hiking through Hunting Island State Park, remember that it’s the people you’re with that will truly enhance your Sea Islands getaway. Bring the ones you love most, and create memories that will last you a lifetime.

Sea Islands Favorites


Foolish Frog

Indulge on seafood, freshly smoked ribs, and enough fried okra to satisfy your craving for low-country cuisine. Enjoy your dinner with a gorgeous sunset sinking below the marsh, or stop in for brunch for some good old Carolina grits and shrimp.


Fishing in Hunting Island State Park

Bait your hook and toss your line into Johnson's Creek, the lagoon, or of the Pier into Fripp Inlet. There are several opportunites to reel in redfish, croaker, and an occasional barracuda.


Beaufort Movie Tour

Movie fans rejoice and prep your cameras for an unforgettable tour to see the settings of your favorite movies. See where Forrest Gump ran through the streets, where the Great Santini was buried, among several others. Feel free to be star-struck!


Highway 22 Drive-In

Load up the car and settle in for a night of movies and fun at Beaufort's very own drive-in movie theater. Enjoy your double feature under the stars and make sure to pack your popcorn!