15 Gorgeous Photos of Daufuskie Island, the Timeless Vacation Spot You Never Heard Of

White-sand beaches, swaying palms, ancient oaks draped with moss and rustic homes steeped in history—these are just a few of the things waiting for you on one of America’s most beautiful islands. Even better? It’s located just off the coast of South Carolina. And while there are no bridges connecting Daufuskie Island to the mainland, the ferry ride is well worth the trip. Here, 15 beautiful photos that will make you want to schedule one last summer getaway.

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Spend the afternoon sailing over serene blue waters.

Spanish moss-covered trees transform the island’s few roads into lush tunnels.

One of two historic lighthouses you can visit.

Don’t mind us, we’ll just be having a little selfie photoshoot on this amazing beach all afternoon.

Relax by the water with a book and glass of rosé in hand.

Or go hit a few balls at one of the four (yes, four) golf clubs on the island.

Speaking of, did we mention the only means of transportation on the island are golf carts and bicycles?

Toughest decision of the day: hammock or Adirondack chair?

Second toughest decision: white, red or rosé?

Rent a boat for a leisurely trip around the island. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the local dolphin population.

Beachfront property is always a good idea. Pretty pastel beachfront property on a quiet little island is even better.

Even in a storm, Daufuskie looks delightfully charming.

Take a pre-dinner stroll down the beach before enjoying all the fresh seafood your stomach can take.

We wonder if John Mellencamp ever gets sick of watching these sunsets from his Daufuskie vacation home?

So it’s settled then—we’re staying forever. Perfect.



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