In September, we took a quick trip to Dahfuskie Island, South Carolina. We drove into Hilton Head and stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel for one night so we could catch the ferry from Hilton Head to Dahfuskie Island the next morning.
The Metropolitan Hotel was a last minute choice we picked off the internet as it was only one block from the beach and relatively cheap. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t awful. The rooms were pretty good sized but worn and tired. The balconies are the narrowest I’ve ever seen in my life and the pool did not look very inviting. The quick walk to the beach was nice, and we watched the sun go down and went for a walk at sunrise. Pizza at the Mellow Mushroom was delicious – would definitely recommend.
Metropolitan Hotel narrowest balcony ever…
Hilton Head Beach
The Calibogue Ferry runs from Hilton Head to Freeport Marina on Dahfuskie Island. There is an early morning and late afternoon ferry for travelers that stay on the island and a mid-day ferry for day trippers. The captains give day trippers a great running commentary of local celebrities that live along the route, some history and keep their eyes peeled for dolphins. http://www.daufuskiefreeport.com/
Headed to Dahfuskie on the ferry…
Sailboats at anchor in the Cooper River
Haig Point’s boat dock
The barge ferry takes big things to Dahfuskie
A big house on Dahfuskie
Dahfuskie Lighthouse in Haig Point
Arriving at Freeport Marina on Dahfuskie Island
Day trippers check in at the general store to pick up their golf carts
We picked up our cart and explored the island for the next few days. We stayed at the First Key Cottage – Daufuskie supposedly got its name as the locals pronounced “The First Key” like “Da-first-key”. It was the first “key” in the little chain of barrier islands. Our little cottage vacation rental was perfect – two bedrooms, very homey and clean and had a fabulous dock that has a perfect view of sunsets over the Cooper River and marsh. Here’s the link to the First Key Cottage vacation rental page: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/p417380vbi
Sunset from the dock…
The dock is also a peaceful spot to have your morning coffee and watch the dolphins slip past.
We made a trip through the Melrose neighborhood and golf course to check it out.
Was excited to see these huge storks!
Then we headed to the beach…the sign is to warn visitors about turtle nests
Wow – what a pristine beach! Not even a foot print in sight and NO trash either!
Loggerhead nests were all along the bank above the high tide edge
Wally’s stork re-enactment
There were tons of horse shoe crabs dead along the high tide line. This one was actually still alive and we returned him to the water.
My biggest thrill was finding some Indian pottery shards in some disturbed dirt! We left them at the little local museum so they could stay with the island.
A hooting and fluttering in the pines turned out to be a Great Horned Owl looking for a meal
If you are planning a trip to the island (and probably anywhere in this area), take heavy duty skeeter spray! They are very hungry!
Next up, Golf at the Bloody Point Golf Course!
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