Destination guide

Daufuskie Island is a semitropical paradise

One of South Carolina’s sea islands, Daufuskie Island faces out onto the aquamarine Atlantic Ocean, and boasts over 3 miles of gold-white beachfront. The island’s dedicated environmental preserves overflow with a lush array of flora and fauna, and its historic district celebrates authentic Gullah culture – its West African heritage – through architectural marvels and museums. The range of Daufuskie Island vacation rentals are bound to please, whether you’re looking for a fully-fledged golf resort getaway, a quiet beachfront cottage, or a historic home.

Things to do

Captivating culture and magical wildlife on Daufuskie Island

If you can bear leaving the blissful comfort of your Daufuskie Island vacation rental for a day, venture to the Historical Foundation and get to grips with the local culture. The Foundation encompasses restored early 20th-century historic buildings and the Billy Burn Museum – which is full of photographs, ancient Native American artefacts, and military memorabilia – to paint a picture of the island’s rich heritage. Nature enthusiasts, meanwhile, can visit Hunting Island State Park – north of the island – a 5,000 acre semitropical eden composed of marshland, forest, and beachfront, and housing alligators, turtles, and deer.

Activities

Out and about on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island has no shortage of outdoor activities. Sun worshippers can spend their Daufuskie Island vacation lounging on its soft, stretching sands, or taking a dip in the warm and rejuvenating Atlantic Ocean waters. More energetic outdoor adventurers can rent bikes and cruise around the island’s leafy, shaded trails, or rent kayaks and jet skis for wild water rides along the Intracoastal Waterway – a stretch of glistening water separating the island from the mainland. Anglers can enjoy deep-water fishing excursions, while sports fans can tee-off on lushly green 18-hole golf courses, accompanied by ocean views.

Weather

Year-round sun on Daufuskie island

Daufuskie Island enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with long sun-blushed summers – accented with soft sea breezes – and a sunny winter season that rarely gets uncomfortably cold. The winter runs from mid-November to mid-March, when temperatures hover around the 55 degree mark – during this season, you can find great deals on Daufuskie Island vacation rentals. The summer spans from May to September, during which time temperatures can soar to 90 degrees and above. If that sounds a little too hot, travel to Daufuskie Island in the milder months of April or October.

Natural features

Flora and fauna on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is awash with arching Live Oak – draped with Spanish moss – red-kissed Acer trees, and towering gold-leafed Magnolias. This abundance of greenery flourishes across the whole island, but is especially prevalent at its western end. Daufuskie is also home to unique wildlife, such as the bald eagle and rare orange-brown fox squirrel. The island’s surrounding South Carolina landscape is flush with nature parks and reserves – such as Tybee National Wildlife Refuge to the south, Hunting Island State Park to the north, and the enormous Savannah National Wildlife Refuge to the west.

How to get there

How to get to and around Daufuskie Island

The nearest airport is in Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), located 12.5 mi (20.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Savannah, GA (SAV-Savannah - Hilton Head Intl.), which is 20.2 mi (32.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Daufuskie Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,293 vacation rentals near Daufuskie Island. From 2,394 Houses to 144 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Daufuskie Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Daufuskie 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 Daufuskie Island:

  • Melrose on the Beach: 38 vacation rentals
  • Haig Point: 33 vacation rentals
  • Sea Pines: 2,077 vacation rentals
  • South Forest Beach: 1,676 vacation rentals
  • North Forest Beach: 2,617 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 Daufuskie Island?

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

  • Bloody Point Golf Club and Resort: 8,676 vacation rentals
  • Coligny Beach: 7,960 vacation rentals
  • United States Customhouse: 3,904 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 1,142 vacation rentals
  • Singleton Beach: 8,454 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Daufuskie 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 Daufuskie Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,394 Houses in Daufuskie Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Daufuskie Island include:

  • Cabins: 144 rentals available
  • Cottages: 144 rentals available
  • Villas: 1,878 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Daufuskie Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,466 vacation rentals with pool available in Daufuskie Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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