Harbor Island SC is a small coastal community located between Saint Helena Island and Hunting Island State Park along US Highway 21 in the South Carolina Lowcountry.  There are over two miles of beautiful, peaceful beach to enjoy on long walks and runs. You will be surrounded by nature with dunes covered with sea oats and other coastal grasses, turtles, crabs, dolphins feeding close to shore, and birds, birds, birds.  It is a place to retreat, relax, and recharge. Enjoy a solo, family, or group ecotourist getaway, vacation, or flexcation. The island is remote, but still convenient to the picturesque and historic cities of Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.

Stay +

No hotels on the island, but many owners rent their homes:

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See + Do

You can do a little or lot on your Harbor Island SC vacation.  Just relax or plan it all out with our list of things to See + Do for island activities, parks, outdoor recreation, historic sites, and museums.

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Eat + Drink

Need beach snacks, salad, and sandwich fixings? Or do you need the ingredients for Frogmore Stew?  Our Eat + Drink list for Harbor Island SC is necessary because a good meal with family and friends is usually a vacation highlight.

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Where is Harbor Island SC?

between Saint Helena Island and Hunting Island State Park


Visit via Car

Most travelers visit Harbor Island via car.  To estimate your travel to Harbor Island SC, check out these approximate driving distances:

To access the island, you must first cross the Harbor River Bridge from Saint Helena Island on Sea Island Parkway (US Route 21); the bridge is currently undergoing a replacement project, so be cautious for the construction team and delays.

After crossing the bridge, the security gate entrance to Harbor Island is on the left at 1 Harbor Island Drive.

Note:   Most online maps for Harbor Island addresses will use the post office mailing address, Saint Helena Island, instead of Harbor Island.

If you continue past the Harbor Island security gate for about 2 miles, you will arrive at Hunting Island State Park.

Visit via Plane

Two airports serve the Harbor Island and Beaufort SC area:

Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport is the most convenient airport.   Flights are available on Air Canada, Allegiant,  American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Sun Country, and United Airlines, and there are car rental options at the airport.

Charleston International Airport is also convenient to Harbor Island SC with flights on Southwest Airlines.  There are also car rental options.

Visit via Train

The Yemassee, SC Amtrak Station, is about 40 miles from Harbor Island SC.  There are no car rental options; however, Uber has service in the area.