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Your Guide to the Epic South Carolina Islands in Lowcountry

If you’re looking to plan the ultimate vacation in the Lowcountry that includes long, sunny days on the beach, the South Carolina Islands are an ideal destination! This area is known for its stunning beauty, breathtaking white sand shorelines, and romantic moss-draped Oak Trees. These idyllic islands are peppered with charming small towns, each with its own draw, including fantastic food and drink options, historic sites, and fun things to do. 

More than 100 Sea Islands are in the swath of land starting in mid-South Carolina, throughout Georgia, and into Northern Florida. This large chain of islands is made up of tidal, marsh, and barrier atolls. You’ll find more than 20 South Carolina Sea Islands in Beaufort County, home to some of the best tourist sites and attractions, Hunting Island State Park, and the historic town of Beaufort—which is an excellent home base for your explorations. 

That’s where 607 Bay Inn Downtown Beaufort comes in! We’re located in the heart of this charming town on Port Royal Island. Our private bed and breakfast in Beaufort is in the perfect location to explore the historic downtown area by foot and then head out by car to discover the beautiful sea islands, beaches, and more. Each of our newly remodeled guest rooms offers a quiet and relaxing space for couples or solo travelers to reset and refresh. Start planning your next getaway and book your lodging today! 

If you've never been to the South Carolina Islands in Lowcounty near Beaufort, today is the day to start planning. Here's your guide!

South Carolina Islands in Lowcounty

Nearly 70 islands make up the area near Beaufort, SC, which is situated on Port Royal Island, one of the largest South Carolina Islands along the southeast Atlantic coast. While you can’t visit all of these locales, there are seven main islands in this area that offer great adventures, lovely dining options, and outdoor recreation.  

Here is your guide to the South Carolina Islands in Lowcountry: 

  1. Port Royal: This is one of the largest sea islands and a popular vacation destination. Attractions include walking trails, community beaches, a boardwalk, and an observation tower. Sands Beach is a beautiful place to stroll, swim, or plan a picnic. The town of Port Royal hosts a long list of annual events, including the Soft Shell Crab Festival and Bands, Brews, and BBQ.
  2. Parris Island: This beautiful area is the home of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the training grounds for thousands of recruits every year. If you’re a history buff or a military enthusiast, head to the Parris Island Museum. For those avid golfers, this sea island is also home to Legends Golf Course, a 72-par course that winds along salt marsh wetlands and deep-water creeks. 
  3. Lady’s Island: Just north of Beaufort, Lady’s Island is home to a bustling seaside community for shopping, dining, and outdoor adventures. 
  4. St. Helena Island: Known as the center of Gullah culture, this unique sea island is home to a blend of African, European, and Native American traditions. Visitors can immerse themselves in Gullah history, language, cuisine, and crafts through various cultural experiences and tours. Plan a visit to Penn Center, explore Lands End Beach, and dine on some of the best seafood restaurants in the area.
  5. Hunting Island: The biggest draw to this part of the South Carolina Islands is Hunting Island State Park, a 5,000-acre nature preserve with five miles of pristine white sand beaches, a lush maritime forest, and an extensive saltwater marsh.
  6. Harbor Island: Perhaps one of the most secluded locations in the Sea Islands, the beaches are white sand with stunning dunes, sea grass, and sparkling water. Guests to the area love to participate in surfing, fishing, boating, swimming, and dining at the fantastic restaurants. 
  7. Fripp Island: If you’re a fan of pirate lore, Fripp Island is a must-visit. Legend has it that the sea-faring pirates would hide out here, and there are even rumors of buried treasure. Fripp Island is a designated wildlife sanctuary and home to 3,000 acres of natural beauty, making it a wildlife enthusiast’s dream destination. 
If you've never been to the South Carolina Islands in Lowcounty near Beaufort, today is the day to start planning. Photo of our Beaufort bed and breakfast

Book Our Beaufort Bed and Breakfast

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the South Carolina Islands is to choose an overnight lodging property that exudes the old-world charm of the South. Our Beaufort Bed and Breakfast is perfect for soaking up this historic vibe. Located in the heart of history, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has designated the entire downtown of Beaufort as a historic district, making it one of the few U.S. towns with this title. As a guest at our Inn, you can park your car and head out on foot to explore the best things to do here.

You’ll love sipping cold iced tea or a glass of wine on our porch in the fresh sea air at our bed and breakfast in Beaufort. You’ll relish the privacy and serenity of our freshly updated guest rooms. With only ten rooms, you’ll quickly see that our welcoming innkeeper and staff can be attentive and discreet to make your time the most relaxing. Each room was remodeled to represent the beauty of our town while staying true to the architectural details from the original construction of the mansion. 

One of the perks of choosing 607 Bay Inn Downtown Beaufort is our morning vouchers. We like to keep it easy for our guests, so we offer one voucher per person for breakfast at some of the best cafes in Beaufort. You can take your time, sleep in if you wish, or head out early and still get your morning meal when it’s right for you. We can’t wait to host you in Beaufort; book your lodging today!