Beaufort and the Sea Islands are about a forty-minute drive from I-95, exit 8 in South Carolina. Turn right off the exit ramp and follow the signs to Beaufort.
Accommodations in Historic Beaufort range from former antebellum mansions turned into B&Bs to the nearby Best Western on Bay Street and other name brand hotels and motels in this small city.
Google “B&Bs in Beaufort SC” and just about every one in town will come up.
For vacation rental properties your best bet is to go to www.vrbo.com. Click on SC on the map and then choose Low Country and Resort Islands.
904 ½ Bay Street.
In Beaufort, try Plums for lunch or dinner. Casual spot offering homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and fresh seafood. Kid friendly. Located on Bay Street, the dining room is in the rear and faces the city’s beautiful Waterfront Park. In good weather the outside deck is usually full.
Barbara Jean’s Restaurant & Bar
47 Ferry Road, Beaufort SC 29907
Further along Hwy 21 on Ferry Road, on the way to Hunting Island is the small regional chain, Barbara Jean’s Restaurant & Bar. Specializing in crab cakes, she crab soup, down home southern cooking and awesome desserts. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast served on weekends and holidays only, from 8 am. www.barbarajeans.com
1929 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena Island, SC 29920.
On St. Helena Island just before the Harbor River Bridge is the Shrimp Shack. A favorite of the locals, the place is absolutely no frills. Place your order at the window for offerings like the fresh shrimp burger and flounder sandwich along with sweet potato fries. Open Mon.-Sat. serving only until 8 pm. Closed Sundays.
For outdoor activities there’s Barefoot Bubba’s right between Harbor Island and Hunting Island State Park. Rent bikes, surfboards and kayaks (will deliver and pick-up). www.barefootbubbas.com
Hunting Island State Park
Daily admission $4 adults, $2.50 S.C. seniors, $1.50 children 6-15 yrs. Under 5 yrs. FREE. Lighthouse Admission $2 www.southcarolinaparks.com