Fripp Island vs Harbor Island

When you need to step away from the hustle of life for a while, there’s no better place to plan a getaway than the charming coast of South Carolina. Here, stunning views, amazing waves, and endless shoreline moments await. But how do you pick the perfect place to settle in and enjoy a vacation alongside family and friends? If you find yourself trying to decide between Fripp Island and a Harbor Island stay, the following is a good place to start to make sure you make the most of every moment based on some differences that might help you decide.

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Fripp Island

Taking time to relax, unwind, and relish a vacation on Fripp Island means settling into a private resort experience with more than 3,000 acres of coastal terrain available to explore. Oceanfront living is at its best on Fripp Island which sits just 30 minutes from historic Beaufort and is within just as easy of reach from Charleston. If you’re someone looking to settle into the sand and soak up the sun at your own pace, Fripp Island hosts nearly four miles of shorelines to discover and for wildlife lovers, there’s a bird and a game sanctuary to explore too. Fripp Island is home to an impressive population of shorebirds as well as deer, heron, osprey, and more. The semi-tropical year-round environment means that no matter when you arrive, you’re in for a treat. Fripp Island is an ideal destination for those who are excited to spend their getaway swimming, boating, exploring the surf, dining in style, and making the most of amazing views. It’s also a great place for those with a passion for pursuing the past thanks to its rich pirate history. The island is named for Captain Johannes Fripp who was gifted the land in the 1700s by King Charles of England. Today, some visitors still believe there’s hidden treasure to be found somewhere along the shorelines.

Harbor Island

For the traveler who wants to focus most of their vacation attention to time on the sand, Harbor Island has it covered. This quiet, tranquil, and scenic destination in South Carolina’s Lowcountry offers guests a small barrier island to explore that comes with charming small-neighborhood vibes. Here, you won’t find bustling restaurants or packed beaches like you might in places like Hilton Head Island. Instead, Harbor Island invites visitors to come settle in on the sand and relish the view at their own pace. There are five freshwater lagoons across the island that bring in wading birds in droves. The gentle surf here adds to the overall tranquility but if you’d like, you can enjoy access to the community pool, tennis court, and workout facilities with a day pass in hand. Harbor Island is located about 1.5 hours from Charleston.

A Trip to Fit Your Travel Style

While both Fripp Island and Harbor Island are undeniably beautiful and appealing destinations to enjoy during a coastal South Carolina getaway, Fripp Island has comparatively more to offer in the way of activities, dining options and on-the-water outings if you’re traveling in a group. Harbor Island is designed as a destination for quiet retreats that might be best suited to solo travelers or couples. On Fripp Island, you’ll find ample waves to enjoy, world-class amenities, and still fewer crowds than you’ll find on Hilton Head.

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Enjoy every moment on Fripp Island in luxury and style when you book your accommodations at Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort. Reach out today to learn more!