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Take an Historic Step Back in Time on Daufuskie Island

Vicki Shivers - Friday, March 13, 2015

Daufuskie Island, a tiny 5,000 acre South Carolina Sea Island, is located just across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head. For vacationers truly looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the more populated tourist destinations, Daufuskie Island is the place to go! Take a step back in time and experience the unspoiled beauty and awe of this unique S.C. Island.

A great day trip from Hilton Head, getting to Daufuskie Island is half of the fun! You can’t drive to this secluded Island paradise, you have to take a ferry (or private boat) from Hilton Head Island for a 50-minute boat ride where you will see dolphins, pelicans, oyster beds and shrimp boats along the way!

Once you cross the Calibogue Sound and step off the boat on Daufuskie Island, you immediately know this is unlike any other place you have ever been. You won’t see crowds, nightlife, hotels or even traffic on this secluded SC Sea Island. In fact, cars are not even allowed on Daufuskie Island! This unspoiled South Carolina Island actually prohibits cars and visitors explore the Island along quiet, shady paths on golf carts or by bicycle.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely day on Daufuskie Island with lunch at the Daufuskie Crab Company then an adventure filled with cultural history as they make their way on their golf cart down the dirt roads to the Island’s many historical locations. Popular sites include The Daufuskie History Museum, the Historic First Union African Baptist Church, which was built in 1881, the Mary Dunn Cemetery, established in 1790 as one of the first white burial grounds in the area, and the Silver Dew Winery, which still sells wine with the historic label.


Guests will also enjoy the beaches of Daufuskie Island, where you will find isolated beaches where you can enjoy the splendor of a shore to yourself. See spectacular views of Sea Pines Plantation with its Harbour Town Lighthouse, and Tybee Island off the shores of Savannah, Georgia.

Visit Daufuskie Island on during your next vacation to Hilton Head Island and find a new adventure every time you step off the boat.