Hunting Island Beach - just you and your footsteps

It’s the crunch of sand under your feet, the feel of fine grains running through your toes, the smell of salt and the melody of the ocean in your ears. It can soothe you to the deepest sleep, lull you into a silent meditation or send you bounding like a wild, happy kangaroo down the shore. It’s the beach, and here is South Carolina it’s oh-so-baby-beautiful.

Hunting Island is one of the hundreds of Sea Islands on the Carolina coast. This little 5,000 acre paradise sits ~15 miles east of Beaufort, SC and was once a popular hunting preserve. It boasts 4 miles of pristine beach, a deep forest, a cool 19th century lighthouse (only $2 to climb), and endless hours of romance with your honey.

Funky low-tide striations

I haven’t seen beach this nice, this dog-friendly (pooch is welcome everywhere) or this deserted in years. There’s a few folks out, but most mornings and we have the place entirely to ourselves. We’ve spent a sublime week walking the shore, playing in the water and absorbing the beauty of the ever-changing sea and sand. 

It just goes to show, you never know what kind of hidden treasures you’ll unwrap on the road. Can’t wait to see what our wheels bring us next…

Hunting Island Lighthouse

Hunting Island Lighthouse

So much sand, so much blue....

So much sand, so much blue….

Wild and wonderful

Happy doggie, happy hubby

Happy doggie, happy hubby

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6 Responses to Footsteps in the Sand – Hunting Island, SC

  1. Leo Murray says:

    Hi Nina,

    You are such an evocative ….. and talented …… writer. I really delight in reading the accounts of your wanderings.

    I have in mind another bicycle trip across the country ….. in 2012 …… possibly starting around San Fransisco and terminating in North or South Carolina ——– so I’ve especially enjoyed your recent entries.

    All the best.

    Leo

    • libertatemamo says:

      Leo,
      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment
      Your bike trip sounds fabulous! Do keep us in the loop on the plans! Maybe we can meet-up somewhere along the road…who knows
      Nina

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  3. Barbara Pollock says:

    I just found your website and it’s wonderful! I’m planning a trip to Hunting Island early in the spring. I haven’t been camping in years but I just purchased a nice tent from L. L. Bean and I’m getting my gear organized while the winter rages here in PA. My husband is skeptical about camping but wants us to do some things together now that our kids are grown. And we need a dog-friendly campsite. I’ll be reading all your posts. Thank You!!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Barbara, How wonderful! I started the same way w/ hubby…got him interested via tent camping and then urged him on from there :)
      Hunting Island should be a wonderful first trip. Since you’ve got a tent you can book one of the smaller sites with beach view. It’s so gorgeous there! Enjoy the trip and let me know how it turns out. Nina

  4. […] and finally did the surf and beach full and dog-happy justice when we reached the Eastern Shores of Hunting Island, SC. From a scared and reserved dry-land pup, after 4,000 miles and many good doses of positive play […]

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