Sea Islands, US

Cowabunga By The Sea on Harbor Island

Newly renovated beachfront home with private beach access, amazing ocean views

Welcome to bright and airy Cowabunga by the Sea, located on Harbor Island. This five bedroom, four-bath waterfront home comes replete with beach access, use of the community pool and fitness center, as well as stunning ocean views.

The main level open floor plan is ideal for entertaining. Prepare a gourmet feast for your guests in the well-appointed kitchen, which can be enjoyed at one of two dining tables; one which seats ten and the other with seating for six. After dinner, guests can gather in the living room, which features a cathedral ceiling, plenty of windows from which to take in the ocean view and a flat screen TV. The comfortable sofa can easily accommodate eight. Should your guests like to take in the fresh sea air, the living room has French doors that provide access to the outdoor deck and screened-in porch, which also have additional seating.

At the end of the day, guests have their choice of five bedrooms in which to retire for the night. There are two twin bedrooms, each of which feature two twin beds. One of the twin bedrooms also features an en-suite bathroom. Two of the remaining bedrooms have a queen bed in each and the last is a king bed. The first includes deck access, a flat screen TV and an en-suite bathroom. One of the other queen bedrooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a flat screen TV.

Staying on Harbor Island includes access to the pools, fitness center, tennis courts and basketball court. Harbor Island does charge for car passes onto the island. This home offers 2 free passes when renting for 7 nights. Shorter stays do not include the cost of car passes which must be purchased in advance. Please contact our Xplore team to make these arrangements. Parking available for up to 4 vehicles.


As our gift to you for booking with us, we offer free admission to select Sea Islands and Beaufort attractions. Called the Xplorie Program, our guests will receive one free adult admission ticket, per night stay, to attractions like the Kazoo Factory, the Escape Room and a free kayak rental. It’s our way of saying, “Thanks!”

Please note that guests must be at least 21 years of age to rent this property.
Cowabunga By The Sea on Harbor Island is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plenty of space! House was exactly as pictured. Plenty of space for my family of 5 adults and 2 kids to spread out. Very clean! We had an issue with the garbage disposal, but they were out right away to fix it. Washer wasn't an adequate size for the house. Staff did do their best to help remedy it though. Note that there is no way to access the boardwalk from the deck. You have to go through the house and down the stairs to access the boardwalk from ground level. And the boardwalk is in great need of repair!
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great view, and amenities We visited Harbor Island in late September. Weather was very nice. Loved the house. Can see the ocean from most areas in the house. Very comfortable accommodations. Management was very nice and easy to work with. They contacted us several times to make sure we had everything we needed and to answer any questions. Nice beach. Pool just a short walk also. Would definitely stay at this house again. Thanks.
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Value for the Price! We had a family vacation the first week of August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cowabunga By The Sea! The house is in good shape, in a private location and we had no significant issues during our stay. The five bedrooms came in handy with the large group we had and two refrigerators in the kitchen allowed us to keep drinks in one and all of the food in the other. Daily dolphin sightings were exciting to see, and with the free kayak rental we took advantage of, several in the family were able to see them up close behind the shrimp boats that were out each morning! Being our first trip to this beach, it was unknown to me that the 'ocean' had no WAVES to speak of, for the kids to play in. As most of the children in our family are older, it was a disappointment they couldn't 'body surf or boogie board'. At Low Tide, it was approximately a 200 yard walk through the 'muck' to get to the water's edge. A bit challenging when on the beach and wanting/needing a quick dip to cool off! A wonderful beach for families with younger children, as there only a gentle water current as the tide comes in, and the water level is no more than waist-high for the better part of the day. Make sure to bring plenty of 'bug spray' as the mosquitoes and biting flies had a buffet on the family throughout the week! Alligator sightings in the marshes in the neighborhood were exciting for everyone to see as well! Short drive (20 minutes) to Beaufort, and a little over an hour to Savannah. The Kazoo Factory in Beaufort is a fun place to spend an hour! Overall, a beautiful house in a great location, depending on what you're looking for from the beach aspect! Natural Retreats personnel were pleasant and wonderful to deal with. I'd definitely consider another property with them in the future, just in a different location!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Location This rental met all our expectations and was very comfortable for everyone is our group! We enjoy being on the water and across the street from the pool. The kitchen was equipped with two refrigerators and two trash cans - this worked out great with our larger crowd. This was our first stay at Harbor Island and we would definitely return.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing place to stay with great views We visited this home in October and was simply amazed by the beauty inside and out. Loved how much room we had to relax. The home had plenty of space for seating and extra outside chairs for everyone to relax in the sun on the deck. Beach access was incredible and so private felt like we were the only ones there.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Vacation Four generations under one roof made for a great trip. The house had everything we needed. The beds were the most comfortable we have ever experienced in a vacation rental. We had one small problem that was quickly taken care of by the rental group. It was a wonderful experience.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm Just going by the description, I would not rent this house. Why would you put twin beds in a master on suite? We have been visiting Having bor Is for 27 years. We will skip this rental. You can do better Natural Retreats.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Family friendly for all ages! Our family has vacationed in this home at least 8 times and have loved being in this house - just gets better each time! Love having two refrigerators, a spacious kitchen, and a large dinning area.
Date published: 2019-07-04
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