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Daufuskie Island beach picture in Hilton Head
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Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its remote nature. Daufuskie is only accessible by ferry, has few inhabitants (around 300 full-time residents), is almost completely devoid of cars and is awash in hundreds-year-old Spanish moss oak trees and crowdless beaches. The island is also a historical hub, so much so that it was added to the list of National Registry of Historic Places in 1982. 

Today's Daufuskie Island houses residents that range from retirees to artists as well as scattered antebellum-style mansions (the island was once a prime place for cotton picking) and landscapes prime for recreational activities and adventures. Here, you can glide down one of the island's many bike-friendly trails, kayak or paddleboard around the waterways or ride horses or golf along the beach. If you're interested in learning more about the island's history, you can partake in a history tour with Tour Daufuskie or take a self-guided tour along the Robert Kennedy Historic Trail, which takes visitors to various historical sites around the island. The island is also home to art studios and galleries, as well as a rum distillery and community-run farm.

Most visitors who venture to Daufuskie Island only come for the day, though there are accommodations options available on the island. To get to Daufuskie Island, take the Daufuskie Island Ferry ($35 roundtrip), which offers service every three hours to and from Daufuskie. If you take this ferry, you are required to arrange transportation on the island ahead of time. There is no entry fee to get into Daufuskie Island or set hours, however, individual businesses maintain their own fees and hours. For more information on Daufuskie Island, visit the Hilton Head tourism board's website.

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#1 Coligny Beach Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect ... Read more » Ann Rivall / USNWR

#2 Daufuskie Island Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its ... Read more » akaplummer / Getty Images

#3 Mitchelville Beach If you're looking for a quiet shore in Hilton Head, you'll no doubt fall in love with Mitchelville Beach (also known as Fish Haul Beach Park). Located on ... Read more » PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

#4 Harbour Town Hilton Head's Harbour Town district a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy-cane-striped lighthouse that you've likely seen splashed ... Read more » Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

#5 Coastal Discovery Museum If you're wanting a break from the beach, or need a family-friendly activity to keep your kiddos on their toes, make time for a visit to the Coastal Discovery ... Read more » U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

#6 Driessen Beach When locals want to escape the crowds of Coligny Beach, they often retreat to Driessen Beach. Located on the northeastern end of the island, Driessen offers a wide shore that ... Read more » Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

#7 Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Hilton Head doesn't have a zoo, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in wildlife. To catch a glimpse of some of the island's longtime residents in ... Read more » Jeff Gunn / Flickr

#8 Golf Often referred to as "The Golf Island," Hilton Head isn't lacking in pristine fairways. Some offer an enviable coastal lookout while others are shrouded by mossy live oaks. All ... Read more » Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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Visit Coligny Beach in the morning if you don't want to contend with huge crowds.  Ann Rivall / USNWR

Daufuskie Island is lauded for its many beautiful, crowdless beaches. akaplummer / Getty Images

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Situated on the 68-acre Honey Horn property, the museum features trails, gardens, live oaks, a butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses, a rare breed native to South Carolina. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

When the crowds of Coligny get to be too much, locals are known to head to Driessen Beach for some R&R.  Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

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