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Fripp Island — Beaufort County, South Carolina

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Fripp Island (often called just Fripp) is a 3,000-acre resort located on South Carolina‘s southern coast between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. It is a gated community with 3.5 miles of beaches, two championship golf courses, a marina, and a nature trail maintained by the Audubon Club. Golf carts are used about as much as cars on Fripp, and deer roam the island in abundance.

Fripp Island

Bob Mazza of South Pasadena, FL, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fripp’s history is layered with pirate lore, as the feared pirate Blackbeard is said to have used the island as a hiding place for his pillaged wares. Rumors of pirate treasure linger over the island, and locals love to share stories of swashbuckling with visitors who then hit the sands with metal detectors and high hopes.

Fripp Island SC

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The island was named for Captain Johannes Fripp, a 17th century British sailor appointed by King Charles to protect nearby Beaufort from the Spanish and the French. Many have accused Fripp himself of being a pirate, his status as a privateer leading to cozy relationships with other rogue “sailors” who ventured onto the island. King Charles later deeded this island to Captain Fripp to thank him for his success at defending the colony.

Fripp Island

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A bridge to the island from the mainland was built in 1963. Prior to then, Fripp could be reached only by boat from Hunting Island State Park.

Fripp Island Beaufort County

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Since then, the island has become a private, developed community with fewer than 1,500 homes, though its natural beauty is still abundant. South Carolina author Pat Conroy, who penned Lowcountry novels The Prince of Tides and Beach Music, among many others, is Fripp Island’s most famous inhabitant.

Fripp Island

Dr. Pat Paxton of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Fripp Island Info

Address: Tarpon Blvd, Fripp Island, SC 29920
GPS Coordinates: 32.315523,-80.478452

Fripp Island Map

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