Fripp Island

If you crave fun, relaxation and solitude, this private oasis is the ultimate destination.

Story by Hannah Nichols

Located at the end of scenic U.S. 21, Fripp Island is one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands. It takes a bit of island hopping to get there, but the journey is filled with many worthy stops. On your way you’ll cross through Beaufort, consistently voted one of the South’s best small coastal towns. As you venture across St. Helena Island, you’ll pass by the legendary Shrimp Shack, over the brand new Harbor Island bridge and along Hunting Island — South Carolina’s most popular state park.

Fripp Island is about as close to a tropical paradise as you will find in the continental United States. More than 3,000 acres of scenic coastline and marshes await at this designated wildlife sanctuary. The island features an amazing array of services and recreational opportunities for its size. It is important to note, however, that Fripp is a private community. You will not be able to access the island without having reservations to stay. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your time in this private paradise.


Fripp Island is host to Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort, which has two championship 18-hole courses. Ocean Creek is located on the marsh side of the island, showcasing lagoons and coastal plain, while Ocean Point offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from several holes.

The proximity of Fripp Island to South Carolina’s artificial reef system and the Gulf Stream makes it a popular fishing spot for locals and visitors alike. Grab a fishing charter with Captain George at for your chance to land a mahi-mahi like the pros.

Beach day
The simplest things are often the finest. Fripp Island offers three and a half miles of coastline, so grab your umbrella and book to pass the day away.


Palmera Taqueria
Opening just in time for summer, Fripp Island Resort’s newest restaurant is a Mexican restaurant featuring family favorites. Share a plate of shrimp nachos while you dine right off the beach boardwalk.

Bonito Boathouse
Perched at the end of the Fripp Island Marina is this casual seafood restaurant with waterfront views. The fried seafood platter is a staple, but you also can grab steaks and pasta while watching amazing sunsets over the water.

This restaurant is relatively new but has already made quite a splash on St. Helena Island. You’ll find it on your way to or from Fripp. Ideal for breakfast or lunch, you can enjoy seasonal specials as well as the Brekkie Sando — its specialty breakfast sandwich.


Fripp Island has a variety of management companies offering accommodations. Some offer club guest cards that include access to resort amenities (including some of the island restaurants), while others do not, so make sure you check with your management company to make sure you are getting what you want out of your vacation.

Condos are a popular rental option due to their affordability, range of sizes, and varying locations around the island. No matter what complex you choose, Fripp Island offers something to fit your needs.

The closest thing Fripp Island has to a hotel, the Sunsuites sit centrally within the island, between the beach and the Olympic Pool. These one-bedroom efficiency units offer the essentials for the guest on the go.

With over 500 vacation rental homes on Fripp, there’s bound to be one that meets your needs. Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront oasis or a private villa with your own pool, the options are endless. Rent a golf cart, park your car for your stay and enjoy Fripp Island like a local. LL

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