Destination guide

"I have a dream"

Saint Helena Island lies a few miles east of Beaufort and has a long history of Gullah culture. It was home to one of the first schools in the country for freed slaves and was the spot where Martin Luther King Jr drafted his world-changing "I have a dream" speech. Today, Saint Helena Island is one of the best kept secrets in South Carolina, with its rich historical sites and ocean-faring activities from kayaking to deep sea fishing. Book one of the Saint Helena Island vacation rentals and get treated to true Southern hospitality.

Things to do

Historic sites and Southern cuisine

From your Saint Helena Island vacation rental, you'll be just a few minutes' drive from Fort Fremont where you can travel back in time to the late 19th century and discover the fortifications which sprung up during the Spanish-American War. In nearby Beaufort, a visit to the Tabernacle Baptist Church is a must. It's the resting place of Robert Smalls, a notable character who had a remarkable life – going from the status of slave to a career in the public service at the House of Representatives. To try Southern seafood at its best, gorge on fishy delights at the Shrimp Shack, a reported favorite of Tom Hanks.

Activities

It's all about the sea

It'll come as no surprise that the activities around Saint Helena Island are focused around the waters. You can easily rent a kayak or paddleboard near Saint Helena Island vacation rentals and glide across the calm ocean. Just remember to bring your camera. If that all sounds like a bit too much effort, board one of the eco cruises whose guides will help you spot dolphins and other Atlantic marine life. Alternatively, take the kids out on a crabbing adventure to show them where food really comes from. Haul in your catch and take them back to cook up a seafood feast.

Weather

Summer's hot and winter's peaceful

The humid subtropical climate in South Carolina means hot tropical summers and mild coastal winters. Other than perhaps certain days in spring, when the winds can blow a little too hard, it is always a fine time to stay in a Saint Helena Island vacation rental. You can cool down in the sweltering summers with refreshing dips in the cold Atlantic Ocean. As the temperature begins to drop a little in fall and winter, most travelers stay a home, but those who come are treated to a wonderfully peaceful town where it's not uncommon to be warm enough to eat outside.

Natural features

Watch loggerhead turtles hatch

Just a few miles away from Saint Helena Island vacation rentals is the Hunting Island State Park which faces out onto the Atlantic Ocean. A paradise for wildlife and nature lovers, the park has an abundance of fascinating creatures to spot. A man-made lagoon is home to seahorses and barracuda, while the coastal strip has meandering alligators and shy deer. The highlights for most is watching the protected loggerhead turtle hatchlings break out their shells from the dozens of nests and make the perilous journey across the sand and into the ocean.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Saint Helena Island

Fly into Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), the closest airport, located 13.8 mi (22.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Savannah, GA (SAV-Savannah - Hilton Head Intl.), which is 42 mi (67.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Saint Helena Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,334 vacation rentals near Saint Helena Island. From 803 Houses to 72 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Helena Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saint Helena Island?

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

  • Beachwalk: 135 vacation rentals
  • Sea Pines: 2,083 vacation rentals
  • South Forest Beach: 1,702 vacation rentals
  • North Forest Beach: 2,659 vacation rentals
  • Folly Field: 961 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saint Helena Island?

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

  • Hunting Island State Park: 1,767 vacation rentals
  • Fort Fremont: 7,509 vacation rentals
  • Hunting Island Lighthouse: 2,199 vacation rentals
  • Chapel of Ease: 5,270 vacation rentals
  • Penn Center: 4,617 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Helena Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saint Helena Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 803 Houses in Saint Helena Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saint Helena Island include:

  • Cottages: 72 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 277 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 72 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saint Helena Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 659 vacation rentals with pool available in Saint Helena Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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