This Secluded Island In South Carolina Has 3 Miles Of Pristine Sand Beaches To Visit

The perfect quiet sanctuary to unwind!

​A woman in a white shirt and jeans walks on the beach at sunset. Right: A woman holds two starfish above the shore.
Georgia Contributing Writer

A woman in a white shirt and jeans walks on the beach at sunset. Right: A woman holds two starfish above the shore.

Daufuskie Island is a hidden gem off the Southeastern coast. Situated between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, this secluded paradise is only 5 miles long and accessible only by boat or ferry.

Stretches of white sand beach greet visitors looking for a quiet sanctuary to unwind, while tunnels of ancient live oaks tower over rural roads. Stepping off onto these shores can feel like walking into a different, wild world.

There are very few cars on Daufuskie, and golf carts serve as the residents' choice method of transportation. There are less than 300 homes on the entire island, and the wealthy residents who can afford to stay here range from famous musicians to retired NHL players, or former Fortune 500 executives.

With a handful of restaurants, an art gallery, extensive shopping, and a golf club, there's very little need to leave the island once you've arrived.

The beautiful beaches feel largely undisturbed. Both living and eroded trees stand tall along the shoreline.

There is plenty of wildlife to be found along the way. Live starfish washed up onto shore are a common sight, as well as wild horses navigating their way through the thick groves of trees.

Daufuskie is also the site of many historical buildings and tabby ruins that still stand today. First Union African Baptist Church, Silvery Dew Winery, and the Brother and Sisters Oyster Union Society Building all date back to the 19th century and can be visited.

Only a short boat ride away from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, this secluded treasure trove is ready to be explored.

Daufuskie Island

Address: Daufuskie Island, SC

Price: $20+ For The Ferry

Why We Love It: This tranquil island is far away from crowds and busy roads, making it the perfect hidden gem destination.


Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

This article has been updated since it was originally published on April 29, 2022.

Maeve Browne
Georgia Contributing Writer
Maeve Browne is a Contributing Writer for Narcity’s USA Desk focused on food and Internet trends and is based in Savannah, Georgia.