Harbor Island SC Rental

Harbor Island SC Vacation

Lowcountry Villa is a Harbor Island SC Vacation Rental.

Harbor Island SC is a private barrier sea island that is remote, but still convenient to the historic cities of Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. There are over two miles of beautiful, peaceful beach to enjoy on long walks and runs. You will be surrounded with nature with dunes covered with sea oats and other coastal grasses, turtles, crabs, dolphins feeding close to shore and birds, birds, birds.  The private gated community has 24-hour security to allow you to retreat, relax and recharge without worries.

Lowcountry Villa has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with amazing ocean views.

Inside the Villa

1st Level

Lowcountry Villa's private entrance is on the 2nd floor in the Oceanfront D-Building of the Cedar Reef Villas condo complex.

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Large Appliances:  Stove, Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator with ice-maker, Washer & Dryer

Small Appliances:  Blender, Coffee Grinder, Coffee Maker (12-cup Carafe or K-Cup Brewing), Slow Cooker (Programmable 3.5 Quart), Toaster

Dishes, Drinkware, Flatware, Cutlery, Cookware, Bakeware, a Lowcountry Boil pot, Kitchen Tools & Accessories – we like to cook, so we tried to think of everything!

Living Area

Dining Room with a large Lowcountry Boil table with four chairs and a bench seat

Living Room with a large couch with chaise

High-speed Internet, an HDMI-compatible Flat Screen TV with Xfinity Cable, DVD Player, a collection of DVDs, cards and board games


2nd Level

Two Bedrooms are located on the top floor of the villa to sleep 5

Three Tempur-Pedic Beds:

  • Oceanfront Bedroom (1 King bed)
  • Sunset Facing Bedroom (1 Queen, 1 Twin)

Each bedroom has an HDMI-compatible Flat Screen TV with Xfinity Cable, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom with shower and tub


Lowcountry Villa Reviews

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5-Star Reviews


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Great place . Very peaceful Kenneth P. from VRBO

Our stay here was amazing. The condo was clean, beds were comfy, and staff was very helpful before our arrival. We plan to go back!

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Loved this place Lisa H. from VRBO

awesome experience .. beautiful beaches ..quiet .family friendly .. beautiful sunsets and sunrises .. we will be back

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awesome howard s. from VRBO

This was our first visit to St Helen Island (Harbor Island). The condo was nice and was very clean. There were two great pools that were never crowded. Harbor Island State Park is about 5 minutes away and is beautiful! We spent a day in Beaufort which was also lovely. Harbor Island has a very active Turtle Program with daily updates on their FB page, so we met up with volunteers one morning at sunrise and were able to see baby turtles make their way to the ocean. We had a great week!

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Beach and baby turtles! Angie P. from VRBO

Me and my family had a wonderful week relaxing and enjoying the flora and fauna of Harbor Island, SC.

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Wonderful Place E.B. from VRBO

The condo was very cozy and we felt at home from the moment we walked in. It was very organized and stocked with everything we needed and more. Would recommend for people who like to cook. Thank You

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Cozy and Relaxing H.H. from HomeAway

We had such a great time on Harbor Island. It was our first time visiting and we can’t wait to come back. The condo was excellent and had everything we needed for our stay. It was a short walk to the beach and our kids loved looking at all the creatures once we got there. We saw hermit crabs, sand crabs and horseshoe crabs. The shallow water was great for the kids to swim in. We recommend driving a mile or so to Hunting Island State Park beach too. Felt like we were driving through a rainforest only to reach a beautiful secluded beach. The Palm trees framing the beach made it feel like a tropical island. Beaufort is a short 15 minute ride and has many great shops and restaurants on the water…. and some great ice cream parlors for the kids, and adults 🙂 Rob was great to deal with and answered all of our questions about the area. We look forward to returning very soon!! -NY transplants in Columbia SC.

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Perfect Location and View! CK via VRBO

Perfect accommodations – Well stocked, perfect layout, great location and beach access

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Perfect Accommodations Lorrie from VRBO

We loved staying here! The condo was super clean and comfortable. The views were unbelievable with an immense beach right outside. Quiet, peaceful, convenient. Joanna was very nice and fast to respond. Thank you!

I.R. from Boston

What a wonderful oceanfront villa. My wife, kids and I had an awesome time and I would highly recommend this villa and will visit again. Harbor island is beautiful and very peaceful. Just what the “dr ordered”.

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Wonderful Villa B.D. from VRBO

What a great rental. This was the best stocked rental I have ever stayed in. It was also on a stunning beach with an awesome view. It was a great home base for us for the week. My teenage boys loved the second bedroom. My wife and I loved the furnishings and the bed! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful condo with us. If we ever go back to Harbor Island we will definitely stay here again.

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Stunning K.W. from HomeAway

This was our second summer staying in this beautiful unit on this unique and quiet island. The unit is clean and comfortably furnished. The balcony is perfect for enjoying the sunrise, stunning night sky, or a thunderstorm rolling in over the water. The beach is a short walk and was never crowded, even during a hot week in July. At low tide, there are fun tide pools that are great for playing and exploring (especially young children). Through the Harbor Island Turtle Program, we were able to watch them inventory a nest a release five baby turtles into the ocean one morning. We made wonderful memories here!

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Wonderful, Relaxing, Peaceful Amanda via VRBO

Very nicely appointed condo right on the beach. Could not beat it. Only issue was construction in the parking lot. Hindered parking and traffic a lot.  Response:  Hi T, Thanks for your review, and for the update on the construction. I know some folks are still recovering from last year’s hurricane and hopefully everything will be back in place soon.

Wonderful Week!! T.M. via VRBO

We loved our stay at this condo on Harbor Island. The views were amazing especially from the full windows in the master bedroom. The condo was stocked with anything and everything we needed and more! The beach was never crowded and the entire area was beautiful. We appreciated the Hunting Island pass available to use as well.

Great Condo and Beach M.S from VRBO

We really enjoyed our stay. The condo was well furnished, very clear and located nicely within the complex. We really enjoyed the beach, wildlife, pools and condo for our stay and will be back!

Wonderful Property K.L. via VRBO

Well-decorated, but comfortable condo immediately on the boardwalk. Great setup for families with two bed & bath suites upstairs – one king bed, and one with a double + single. Minor housekeeping issues (burned out light bulb & some inquisitive sugar ants) were dealt with promptly and cheerfully by the property managers on day 1. But the best part was the unique beach that was ideal for our two boys (5 & 7), with 100+ feet of sandbar exposed at low tide all along the length of the beach that made for great exploring. We lost track of how many hermit crabs we found & the kids wanted to know when we would be back! It’s a short walk to the clubhouse which has a large pool – or there’s a smaller pool available a bit closer.

Perfect week-long escape for the family MC via HomeAway

Very clean, comfortable and spacious condo/townhouse – with everything we needed for our stay. Kitchen was well-equipped – especially appreciated the washer/dryer! Large master bedroom with king bed and great storage for clothing, etc. Very convenient to have sink/vanity in the bedroom area with separate shower and WC. The other bed/bath appears to be identical size/setup, except with two beds. The view from living room and master bedroom was spectacular – easy and fast access to the beach. Check-in was fast and easy – we arrived after business hours and had no trouble following the directions that were sent to us. Rob (owner) responded very promptly to any questions we had and could not have been more congenial. We have already recommended this place to friends and relatives and we would not hesitate to stay here again!

Seaside Rest and Relaxation with Great Views! G&T via VRBO

My wife, 2 year old, and parents visited harbor island for an extended weekend. The beach/location itself is very nice and secluded. The first day we got there, there were only 2 other families on the beach. The rest of the vacation was very similar, with no more than 15 people in the same general vicinity. Definitely not your normal tourist destination so its a great area to get away from the crowds. The sand is a bit different than most beaches. It seemed very silty and “muddy” feeling, with your feet sinking into the sand in some areas. Not a big deal to us but just a heads up.

The actual condo was well maintained and more than suited our needs. Its a little cozy inside, but for us we spend very little time indoors when we vacation so it wasn’t a big deal. Great views from the bedroom facing the beach. The walk to the beach wasn’t too bad. Our two year old easily walked it. Relatively close to Beaufort (15-20 min drive), which is a very pretty area. All in all a great vacation at a spot thats not your typical tourist attraction.

Great Semi-private Getaway M.M. via VRBO

We really enjoyed our stay on Harbor Island. We’ve visited the island multiple times, and this condo, by far, was one of the best we’ve rented. It was incredibly clean and very well maintained with everything we needed for our stay. Beautiful views were a huge bonus! We will definitely be back.

Wonderful Property! S.W. via VRBO

We had a wonderful vacation to Harbor Island. The condo was clean and spacious. The view was stunning. The beach was gorgeous and filled with wildlife and never crowded. I can’t think of anything I would change!

Wonderful Location A.H. via VRBO

We’ve stayed in many condos on Harbor and Fripp and this was one the best. Very clean and comfortable. Calming decor instead of the typical colorful beach theme, which I appreciated! Owner was a pleasure to work with, as was Harbor Island Rentals. The views and location are great. Thanks!!

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Perfect Elicia via HomeAway

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The condo was excellent with everything that one would need. Never have we stayed in a rental as furnished as this one was. The free pass to Hunting Island State Park was used quite a bit. Unfortunately our stay coincided with low tide being mid day almost every day so we would go to Hunting Island to enjoy the ocean waves and it is a beautiful location. The lighthouse was an awesome site to visit as well. The master bed was extremely comfortable, the views were awesome. The pool was a great addition to the stay as well. The gated community gives you a sense of security. I would highly recommend this rental!

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Awesome Vacation! M.B. via VRBO

We loved our stay; in fact, we booked an extra night. The beach was quiet and beautiful. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Condo well furnished with everything needed for a relaxing stay. Owner and rental agency were great to work with…great communication and very helpful. Would stay again in a heartbeat! Thanks so much. Enjoyed going to Hunting Island and the fishing pier. The Foolish Frog was a great place to eat. So many different birds to photograph and watched dolphin on a daily basis. Just a wonderful place!

Great place to stay at Harbor Island T.P. from VRBO

We had a wonderful time! The condo was nice with an amazing view. Everything was furnished and in great condition. We highly recommend this location and property. The rental company was gracious and helpful.

Harbor Island July 2015 M.R. via HomeAway

We loved our stay here. The condo is well appointed and clean, beds were comfortable. Perfect for a small family. Spacious living area with a fantastic view of the boardwalk. The kitchen was on the small side but very well equipped and stocked. My favorite is the master bedroom view. The sunrises are gorgeous, so expect to wake up early. We loved the evening walks on the shore and tide pools are a big hit with our children. There are so much wildlife; pelicans, sea gulls, horseshoe crab. We also saw people fishing. Do not expect to get great waves here. This beach is very private and not crowded. Tide pools are great for little kids! A day’s visit to nearby Hunting Island beach gives you public beach with lifeguards. The owner had park pass for us to use during our stay. My kids loved to boogie board there so we spent the day at Hunting Island beach. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

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Perfectly Relaxing Alisa via VRBO

The condo was great except the condo had steps and no elevator so it was hard for the older people to get up and down. We were very disappointed in the ocean. Seeing pictures online made it seem like a regular Atlantic Ocean. Since we were more on the river side there were hardly any waves. It wasn’t what it claimed to be in the pictures.  Response:  Hi M, Thanks for being our 1st Review! We wish it was better, but we understand stairs and Harbor Island is not for everyone. Harbor Island is definitely a unique island that is laid back with calmer ocean waters, of course depending on the weather during your stay. For wave-seekers, Hunting Island State Park is only 5 minutes away, and we provide a free pass for entry with our unit.

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Harbor Island, SC M.W. from HomeAway


Lowcountry Villa can be reserved most easily through our property manager, TideWatch Vacations.

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Our property manager also advertises through the Expedia Group which is a network of online travel agency (OTA) websites including the HomeAway, Homelidays, VacationRentals.com, and VRBO brands.  If you book through an OTA, additional service fees will be applied.

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Lowcountry Villa is also listed on the travel aggregator websites that pull their listings from a collection of travel, hotel and OTA websites.  These websites may not be the best source for finding vaation rentals at smaller locations such as Harbor Island SC since the results may be grouped with larger cities.  We have found Lowcountry Villa listed on the following travel aggregator websites:

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Harbor Island SC is a remote sea island in the Lowcountry area, but with convenient travel options from nearby historic Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

By Car

Here are some approximate driving distances for travel to Harbor Island SC: To access Harbor Island from Saint Helena Island on Sea Island Parkway (US Route 21), you must first cross the Harbor Island Bridge.  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 located 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.

By Plane

By Train

Yes, there are several boardwalks in the back of the unit to access the beautiful 2+ mile Harbor Island Beach.

To be exact, it is a 0.14 mile or 3-minute walk from the villa to the beach.

Harbor Island is about 2 miles from Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina's most popular state park.

A Hunting Island State Park park pass is provided to use during your stay at the villa.  The pass allows access to parking, beach, hiking trails and the nature center.

Access to Harbor Island's Beach & Racquet Club ("the BRC") is included with the rental and is just a quick walk from the villa:
  • Large Lap Swimming Pool & Kiddie Pool (Open April 1 - October 31)
  • Seasonal store for bike rentals, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs
  • WiFi (network name Beach_&_Racket_Club)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Gym area with cardio machines and weights
  • Playground
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffleboard

Probably, Harbor Island is a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.


The island is part of the Beaufort Barrier Islands Important Bird Area as designated by the National Audubon Society.

Check out the latest sightings on eBird:   Harbor Island and Harbor Island Beach

Sea Turtles

If you are visiting during May through October, you may find evidence of sea turtle nesting and hatching.  Harbor Island has a Sea Turtle Nest Protection Program that is permitted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Links for more information:

You can support the Turtle Program through their Amazon Smile Referral Link.

When are the Turtle Talks?  Check out the calendar below

Higher Ground on Lady's Island is our recommended place for kayak tours and rentals; they also offer SUP tours and rentals.

Purchase your SC License Online

Dock Fishing and Crabbing on Harbor Island SC

The fishing and crabbing docks are located on Harbor Drive between the security entrance and the condos.

Crabbing & Fishing Dock

Surf Fishing on Harbor Island SC

Tip - North end of the beach is best

Besides the swimming pool at the BRC, there are 2 pools at the villa complexes (Open April 1 - October 31)

Condo Pool 1 of 2

There are several marinas and public boat launches nearby Harbor Island, South Carolina:

Link to Channel Guide

Harbor Island Calendar

Do a little or a lot - there are lots of on-island events and activities

This calendar is a compilation of events from the Harbor Island Owners Association calendar and Facebook group posts.

Additional Resources

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