A private paradise
Fripp Island is a tropical paradise and your family will fall in love with the beauty of this special place. The swaying palms, beautiful beaches, golf, swimming and abundant wildlife will make you want to come back year after year.
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The most seaward Island in the state of South Carolina, Fripp Island is a captivating destination.
It’s nestled in the heart of the South Carolina lowcountry, a mesmerizing location with fresh seafood, salt marshes and live oaks draped with Spanish moss.
- 21 miles from Beaufort, SC
- 94 miles south of Charleston, SC
- 64 miles north of Savannah, GA
Fripp Island History: Pirates and treasure
Prior to the addition of the bridge in the 1960’s, Fripp was a remote and wild place.
A known refuge of pirates, local legends tell that many of these scourges including Blackbeard himself hid treasures on the island.
Fripp Island’s namesake, Captain Johannes Fripp, was an imposing and fearsome pirate and privateer. His reputation was such that King Charles of England contracted with him to protect the British camp in nearby Beaufort, SC.
Cpt. Fripp successfully defended Beaufort from the Spanish and French and as a reward King Charles gave him the deed to what is now known as Fripp Island.
Perhaps he asked for this land in particular because of it’s buried treasures? Or maybe he found what we did: beauty and tranquility.
The search continues. During our visit to this paradise we saw more than one golf cart cruising by with a metal detector on the back.
Acommodations and activities
Fripp Island is gated, and the only way to access the island is as a homeowner, guest of an owner or through a vacation rental.
Vacation rentals range from condos, cottages, homes, all the way up to luxury beachfront mansions. Prices vary per season, size, location and number of occupants.
Hop on over to VRBO, Airbnb, or another of your favorite sites to check prices.
You can also visit https://frippislandresort.com/rentals/ for vacation rental and Island information.
Fripp has 9 swimming pools, 2 golf courses, restaurants and shops. To access any of them you will need an amenity card.
Read the rental descriptions carefully as some rental homes/condos offer them and some do not.
You can stay without a card and enjoy the miles of bike paths and beaches but you won’t be able to visit the other facilities on the island.
Amenity Card prices
|Member Unaccompanied Guest||Seven-Day Card(4-7 days)||Three-Day Card(1-3 days)|
|Memorial Day through Labor Day||$50.00 per card||$35.00 per card|
|Fall, Winter and Spring||$35.00 per card||$25.00 per card|
|(South Carolina 5% Admissions Tax and a Beaufort County 2 1/2% Admission Fee Included)|
|A Club Guest Card is required for each guest over the age of 12 to access Resort Facilities.|
We visited in November and purchased amenity cards through the vacation property owner. We were glad we did as the kids enjoyed the pool and we all enjoyed the restaurants and shops.
Fripp Island is a golf cart community. While cars are seen all over the island, most of the transportation is via golf cart and bicycle.
There are many activities available on Fripp Island, but you’ll find that one of the main draws is the slow and relaxing pace of lowcountry life.
You will definitely want to rent a golf cart (or two) for your stay.
Cruising around in an open air golf cart is quieter and slower allowing for more interaction with wildlife, nature and your family.
Our rental home offered golf cart rentals and free use of several bikes; if your home/rental doesn’t, then there are several businesses on the island that rent golf carts for your stay.
The ocean has a calming and therapeutic effect.
We found a rental home that, for a fee, allowed us to bring our dog. Marla is a Black Lab/German Shepherd mix and she absolutely loved the beach.
Something about the overwhelming majesty and seeming limitlessness of looking out at the water, the feel of the salty breeze, the sound of waves on the sand and the cry of the birds overhead fills a void. My cares are washed away by this sensory experience.
Fripp Island is not as crowded or as hectic as other beaches along the coast. Visiting in November, it was very peaceful and quiet. Summer months at Fripp are busier, though.
After all, you are on a private island with over 3 miles of beachfront to explore.
Hunting Island State Park
Only a few miles from Fripp Island is Hunting Island State Park, the most popular state park in South Carolina.
This park is a must see with it’s beautiful lighthouse and miles of unspoiled beaches.
Beaufort and the sea Islands
The true heart of the lowcountry Beaufort, Port Royal, Lady’s Island and St. Helena Island are great nearby destinations to explore.
Just a few of the many things to do in the area:
- Shopping, sightseeing and dining in downtown Beaufort.
- Take a carriage ride past antebellum mansions and learn the history of the area.
- Charter a boat to see dolphins or for fishing.
Ready to go?
I have to warn you that you won’t want to leave. It’s so idyllic and relaxing; a true escape from your hectic life.
- You can find more information on Fripp Island here: https://frippislandresort.com/
- Information on Beaufort and the surrounding areas here: http://www.beaufortsc.org/
- Hunting Island State Park hours and info can be accessed here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island
Time after time this 1 source consistently beats all other rental car prices.
These two beautifully haunting places in the South Carolina Lowcountry will leave you with goosebumps