Destination guide

Lagoons and lighthouses on Hunting Island

From its lush maritime forests to its shimmering tidal lagoons, Hunting Island is one of South Carolina's most enchanting state parks. It's a nature lover's dream come true, with miles of pristine Atlantic coast to explore. There are endless opportunities to hike forested trails, spot endangered loggerhead turtles, and beachcomb under the watchful eye of its historic lighthouse. While most travelers choose to stay in the nearby colonial town of Beaufort, Hunting Island vacation rentals put you just steps from the park.

Things to do

From fishing to fiery sunsets

Looming large on the horizon, the Hunting Island Light is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, visitors can climb to the top for sweeping coastal views. If you want to know more about the ecosystem head to the Nature Center. The HQ is packed full of colorful exhibits, live reptile displays, and plenty of park information. It's also a great place to sign up for daily tours run by park rangers. It's right next to the fishing pier, which is a great place to reel in sea trout, flounder, and redfish.


Relive your favorite Forrest Gump scenes

Nature is the order of the day, so don't forget to bring a sense of adventure. Hunting Island boardwalk is a great place to start, with a marshy landscape that you may recognize from Forrest Gump's Vietnam War scenes. Want the best of both worlds? With Hunting Island vacation rentals you can get your hands dirty in the park, then return to your luxury condo for sunset G&Ts on the deck. You can also stay in nearby Beaufort, a postcard-perfect town dotted with grand antebellum mansions and moss-laced magnolia trees.


Breezy summers on Hunting Island

Hunting Island enjoys a semitropical climate, with mild weather throughout the year. Cool Atlantic breezes help to keep the summer heat in check which means you'll never feel overwhelmed by the South Carolina sunshine. Waterfront Hunting Island vacation rentals unlock unprecedented access to the sea breeze, with sunny decks that back right onto the ocean. If you're lucky, you could even spot frolicking dolphins as you sip on your morning coffee. Both Beaufort and Hunting Island buzz over holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July, so expect big crowds and an upbeat atmosphere.

Natural features

Turtle watching in the ACE Basin 

As part of South Carolina's ACE Basin estuarine reserve area, Hunting Island is a haven for local wildlife. The barrier island is strewn with sandy beaches and marshlands that attract legions of turtles. Every summer, hundreds of hatchlings emerge from the sand and flap their way down to the ocean. The tidal ponds and lagoons are also home to saltwater alligators, as well as herons, egrets, and other sea birds. If you want to get a feel for the landscape, why not cruise along the Sea Island Parkway, a stretch of road that links a series of marshy rural islands?

How to get there

Traveling to and around Hunting Island

The nearest airport is in Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), located 17.8 mi (28.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), which is 42.5 mi (68.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Hunting Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,114 vacation rentals near Hunting Island. From 705 Houses to 40 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hunting Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hunting Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hunting Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hilton Head Island: 7,906 vacation rentals
  • Kiawah Island: 2,115 vacation rentals
  • Edisto Beach: 949 vacation rentals
  • Sea Pines: 2,087 vacation rentals
  • Fripp Island: 659 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hunting Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hunting Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hunting Island:

  • Hilton Head Island: 7,906 rentals
  • Kiawah Island: 2,115 rentals
  • Edisto Beach: 949 rentals
  • Fripp Island: 659 rentals
  • Seabrook Island: 1,382 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hunting Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Hunting Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Coligny Beach: 8,019 rentals
  • Edisto Beach State Park: 2,346 rentals
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: 2,916 rentals
  • Sea Pines Forest Preserve: 8,258 rentals
  • Folly Field Beach Park: 8,534 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hunting Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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