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Category: General Area
My inlaws have lived on Fripp for 15 years now, and we visit every year. We have been to some very exciting places to vacation (Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahammas), and Fripp is by far the family favorite spot to be. You know its a great place when a 14 yr. old says he wouldn't go any where else!
-- Penny Everett ( - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 13:47:09

Category: Travel Tips & Questions
Hi everyone! My wife and I have a 5 month old son and we were looking all over the web for a vacation spot that would be perfect for us and our new family member. However, we found little info. on the web regarding ideal vacation places for parents with newborns. Could someone give us an idea whether The Fripp Island is a good place for us (the scenery sure looks nice)? 
-- Slawomir Sura ( - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 23:40:01

Category: General Area
This year marked my 28th year of vacationing on Fripp! I was not even a teenager when i first visited the island, and now I bring my own children to play and learn there. No other place compares. Sun, fun nature, peace and quiet are all to be found in one special place in SC!
-- Kathryn A ( - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 23:17:58

Category: Things to Do
Me and my family are visiting Fripp island this coming June. We have never been to the Carolina Islands and we're looking forward to enjoying all of the great things we've hard about the region. We all range in age from ten to twenties to fifties. If anyone has any ideas on making our vacation at Fripp perfect for everyone, please mail me and let me know. I am looking forward to hearing about all the great things there is to do
-- Ellen White ( - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 13:45:48

Category: General Area
hello- i am writing to request information regarding fripp island. we are planning to vacation with another family and have heard good things about the carolinas. could you please send me any information that you have to help us find accommadations and things to do with children. (both our families have 2 young and very active boys!) thank you very much for all your help! michelle
-- Michelle Brown [] - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 3:07 PM

Category: General Area
Hello, my family and I have visited Fripp Island almost every year since 1988 and every time it has truly been a paradise vacation. The best part about the island is that it is not full of tourists. The palm trees, deer, quiet beaches, and beautiful houses make Fripp Island a great relaxing getaway for anyone. This summer, I am taking my boyfriend on his first vacation to show him what a wonderul place it is. I can't wait!
-- Mandy Essik ( - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 10:41:40

Category: Travel Tips & Questions
We have been vacationing a Kiawah Island for years, and would like a change. We enjoy solitude, nature, biking, hiking, and swimming at the beach. We have been to Hilton Head and Mytrle Beach, and don't like the crowds. How would Fripp Island compare to Kiawah? What area of the island would you recommend we stay in? Can you recommend a favorite resort or rental.
-- Anita Batterton ( - Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 21:05:21

I first discovered Fripp in the late 70's and did not return until the 90's. Since then I have gotten my husband and
daughter (a teenager) hooked on Fripp. The wetlands are incomparable and the islanders extra nice. Fripp has grown a lot since my first visit, but it is still a laid-back place with very little traffic (mostly golf carts which is the
best way to travel here). The Bonito Boathouse has some of the best seafood around...Yum Yum! We will be going back in June and can't wait. Renee McKissick, Columbia, SC
-- Renee McKissick ( ) - 04/10/2001

We have visited Hilton Head several times and have considered buying an oceanfront villa in Palmetto Dunes. We have not visited Fripp Island. Can anyone give me a comparison to Hilton Head?
-- John Titus ( submitted 6/3/1998

In April of 1998, my fiancee and I visited the magical Island of Fripp. As guest we were treated as royality. At every turn there is a friendly smile and a warm hello. This hospitality combined with some of the most romantic views one will ever experience, served as the perfect backdrop for me to propose. My fiancee and I will be married this December. We can not wait to return to your piece of paradise.
-- David J. Rohlman ( submitted 5/30/1998

Please send me some information on fishing in the area. We are going to be visiting the area the first week in June
-- Queeny419 ( submitted 5/17/1998

our vacations have always been to outer banks NC with exceptions to hilton head and myrtle beach. Friends are recommending fripp island or kiawah or even holden beach and thereabouts. any strong opions? Our goal is to have family time and enjoy and learn about an area. we don't need a lot of extras ie amusements, games shopping etc. Never done a condo but we hear that's the place to stay in these areas. we've always done houses in duck nc. we're a family of 6...4 kids with oldest 9 yrs youngest 18 months. would welcome any advice. thanks!
-- ginny wardell ( submitted 5/12/1998

My grandparents, Albert and Virginia Schaufelberger, live on Fripp's southern coast. Every summer my family and I come and visit them. We always have had a wonderful time! We have seen dolphins, and many deer! It's a fun, interesting, and educational community, and I hope it will stay that way for a long time.
-- Katie Schaufelberger ( submitted 4/5/1998

Hi, I just was wondering if you would have any suggestions on where and what to do in Fripp Island.....My Single's Church Goup is planning our Retreat there and I am in charge of finding out "Things to Do!".....and a lot of can E-mail me at and May God Bless you
-- Phil Futrell ( submitted 4/1/1998

Posted 3/31/98 We came to your island by chance and had a wonderful stay. Enjoyed dinner at the Ocean Club Restaurant & breakfast at Hugo's. Lot's of walking & even a couple miles of running on Tarpon Blvd. Thanks to Gretchen at the front desk & Coleman, one of your sales agents, we came away with a great feeling & a piece of land. I work on homes for a living (mostly repairs & finish work) & I hope to be making your island my home someday soon. Do you think I'll find some work on the island or will I have to go to the mainland? Either way I think Fripp is where we want to live. Hope to see you soon, John & Margaret
-- John Gassert (JGass66@AOL.COM) submitted 3/31/1998

My family has owned a home in Hilton Head since 1974, when HH was to me what a resort should be (no traffic jams). They have since sold their place and looking to buy again. We will be visiting Fripp in mid-Sept to see what everyone is talking about. Few questions. . .how are the beaches, what are the dining spots and "local" favorites, shopping?, any info would be great! Look forward to visiting.
-- Leslie Rivizzigno ( submitted 3/30/1998

My husband and I are thinking of going to Fripp this summer. We would appreciate the scoop on the places to stay that are in key locations to restaurants, shops and other fun stuff. Are there activities, such as boat excursions, anything else. Is there any nightlife? Thanks 3/30/98
-- Tina and John Hradek ( submitted 3/30/1998

Would like to hear from anyone that's been to Fripp Island, especially interested in the rental communities. I've only come across Captain John Fripp Villas, they look great!! Anyone ever stayed there? Do you have some other recommendations for places to stay on Fripp Island? This is a family trip with the kids, and would like to know the best "Kid friendly" places to stay. Any especially memorable activities we should do with the kids? THANKS!! (E-MAIL IS FLTWIST@AOL.COM)
-- FLTWIST ( submitted 3/28/1998

My son is graduating from marine boot camp may 1st. I want this to be a lovely family memory on Fripp Island. I need a cottage for may 1 and may 2 for 3 children and 4 adults. I would like something casual, on or near the beach. I am most interested in natural beauty, and the beach, I do not need golf or tennis. Is this the wrong island for me?
-- Gay Bess ( submitted 3/28/1998

We would like to visit Fripp Island the week of June 13, 1998. Could someone fill us in as to the best location to be with 2 children, location to beach and pools. We are considering New Haven or North Hampton. Are there enough activities to keep the children busy? The resort accomodations seem to be filling up, how do we go about renting outside of the resort and can you use the pools if you do this? Also I've heard mention of the alligators...are they anything to be concerned about?? Thanks for any information you can give! Beth Sennett (
-- Mike/Beth Sennett ( submitted 3/20/1998

Where would be the best location on the island to stay with a 4 and 6 year old? Do all the pools have shallow ends? Also can anyone compare Seabrook Island to Fripp Island for me? We are planning a week trip for June 15, 1998. Thank you...Beth Sennett (
-- Beth Sennett ( submitted 3/16/1998

Looking for a family vacation spot for the month of July 1998. We know alot about Kiawah but, nothing about Fripp island. WE have 2 children ages 10 and 7. Please include activities for children as well as monthly rental rates for ocenfront home. thanks. Mary Romero
-- Mary Romero ( submitted 3/7/1998

My spouse, our three chidren, and seven of my adult siblings along with their families and our parents are going to be spending x-mas '98 at Fripp Island for the first time. The kids range in age from babies to 15. Some of the adults are single while others are married. Can anyone tell me what activities to expect since this is the off-season? Are there chidren's programs at that time of year? Is the pool heated in December? What can teen's do? Has anyone ever gotton a X-mas tree and what do you do with it after X-mas? Please e-mail me back. Thanks! Kathryn
-- ( submitted 2/26/1998

We are 3X travelers to Hilton Head, never again !! Played golf at Fripp twice. Staying 4/5-4/4/12 at Beach Club Villas. Looking forward to golf, biking & hiking. Any special activities that week we can look forward too ?? Can we get any restaurant information by mail. What do you know about the Shrimp Shack on Harbor Island ?
-- njgrose" ( submitted 2/3/1998

We have vacationed at Fripp several times...always stayed in a corporate condo @ Capt. John Fripp. There is nowhere else in the world we would rather vacation...or retire! What a wonderful place! We hope to return this year, perhaps stay in a beach house with the entire family (we're growing, newest addition expected in April!). The Lathams and the Barriers.
-- Lathams & Barriers ( submitted 1/13/1998

We are considering Fripp Island as a vacation destination with our elementary age children. We have been vacationing at Kiawah for several years and are looking for a change. Can someone give of a comparision of Fripp to Kiawah for us. We are especially interested in the camps for kids, and nature programs. We are also interested in finding out about the bike trails. We like the fact that there seem to be more vacation homes. Which part of the island is preferred? Thanks.
-- Julia Waddell ( submitted 1/10/1998

My Grandfather, Edward Fripp was born on the Island sometime in the late 1800's and I look forward to visiting the Island soon. If my mother is correct in telling me the approximate location of Johann Fripp's (the pirate) buried treasure and the civil war stash of loot of the Fripp family, I can only hope that someone has not built on the location as my digging could only serve to disturb the occupants. I am of course open to splitting the find.
But seriously, your web site is excellent and I do look forward to vacationing at my ancestral home sometime in 1998. I visited the Island years ago and would appreciate it if you would mail me an information packet on the Island and its ameneties at your convenience. I have a motor home and am also seeking information on quality local R.V. parks. Thanks, Ron Cotterill, 35111 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 302, Palm Harbor, Fl. 34684
-- Ron Cotterill ( submitted 1/01/1998

Posted December, 1997 Its wonderful to read to glowing comments about Fripp. My family has vacationed there each summer since 1990. But I'm worried that if we all brag too much, too many people will find out, and our Island will lose some of its laid-back charm. It is a wonderful place, a world away from Hilton Head and its congestion. May it always stay that way and be a haven for residents and visitors alike.
-- r.beaton ( submitted 12/20/1997

I visited Fripp Island in June 1997. I thought it was the most beautiful and relaxing place I've ever been. I especially loved the new Cabana Club with Willy's Wet Bar (ask for Kermit) It is a wonderful place for children and adults to visit. Camp Fripp has a million neat things for kids to do. I can't wait to go back there again.
-- Diane Pelle ( submitted 12/14/1997

I would like to come to Fripp Island arriving June 28 (Sunday) and departing July 6 (Sunday). I would like to have a two/threee bedroom condo beach front. Can some one help me with how to go about arranging this? Thanks
-- Larry Holland ( submitted 12/7/1997

My family has been vacationing in Fripp Island and Harbor Island since 1984 and we LOVE it. Having never missed a summer, our favorite memories include turtle watching, swimming in the ocean, spending countless hours on the beach and golfing. Since the climate in Iowa is cold from November to March, the time we spend in Fripp is much appreciated. I usually come to my villa in Harbor Island 3-4 times a year, other than summer, and especially love to sit on the porch, read and listen to the calmness of the ocean. See you in 1998! Kathy Steele, Oelwein, Iowa 50662
-- Kathy Steele submitted 11/11/1997

We come to Fripp every year and love it! We own on the 17th hole on Ocean Creek, can't wait to build and move in!!
-- Mark Shondel submitted 10/23/1997

We spent summer vacation at Fripp Island (7/97). It was the most wonderful vacation we've had. Our 4 year old son was delighted by the Cavana Club. The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the island will definitely bring us back.
-- Michael & Brenda Sherrod submitted 8/28/97

Our granparents live on the 18th hole of the Ocean Point Golf Course. We come to visit every summer, and LOVE IT! It is the best place in the world. You've never seen the stars so beautifully as on a clear summer night at Fripp. Our Uncle Dave says that's because Fripp is so close to Heaven - We agree!
-- Judy, Cindy, and Molly Boyce ( submitted 8/16/1997

-- LINDA BRYANT (CHIZMO@AOL.COM) submitted 8/9/1997

Fripp Island is the best vacation place in the south, I have been going with 29 or more other people for 6 years now, we always stay in the Captain John Fripp Villa'sIII, #144 and #142, my aunt stayed in #143, 141, and 140. We love them, and they are so much fun to stay in, especially with 18 people in one house, I personally look forward to Fripp every year, and I am already counting down the days until I go again. ONLY 368!!!!
-- Erika ( submitted 8/5/1997

Help! We've heard such wonderful things about Fripp Island and are planning our next summer's vacation there. I would appreciate any information as to where anyone would recommend us staying. I would love a very small "cottage style" beach house. It will just be my family of four! Our e-mail address is (this is my husband's work e-mail address). Thanks for any help you can offer! 7/30/97
-- michael.ladue" ( submitted 7/30/1997

I just found this site, and enjoyed reading everyone's comments so much! We found Fripp over 20 years ago when we came from the Midwest to camp at Hunting Island. It is a piece of paradise, and we have been coming back annually for years now. A week or two a year is just not enough! We can't wait to become resident islanders in a few years. "Life IS Fripp Island"!!
-- The McFarland's ( submitted 7/22/1997

Sunsets on the south end are phenominal!
-- Julie Fielder ( submitted 7/14/1997

Hi Fripp veterans! I am 12 years old from Ohio , and will be vacationing at Fripp this month (7/97). We will be arriving with 3 families (6 audults) and 11 kids, ages 7-17. We are wondering what kind of things we should do during our stay. ( restuaraunts, golf, fishing, crabbing, shopping) and anything else you thought was interesting. Please e-mail me soon we are leaving in a week.
-- Katie N. ( submitted 7/10/1997

My family has been visiting Fripp Island for the past three years. We travel with friends, and every year we have had wonderful and memorable expierences at Fripp. Its beautiful beaches, golf courses, clay tennis courts, and pools are a few of the fun things we have participated in, at this excellent resort. Is is a wonderful vactrion spot for any person of any age, whether you are there to relax or keep busy. We would recocomand it to anyone.
-- Sarah DeGuilio ( submitted 6/27/97

Were going to Captain John Fripp 3 this week. Does anyone know what this area of Captain John is like? Any suggestions on what to bring to make it a more enjoyable trip? Let us know! Thanks, the Loparich's June 17, 1997
-- dena submitted 6/17/97

I have been to Fripp Island with my stepfather, John Enloe, for Spring break. The beautiful landscaping, the choice of pools and beaches, the wildlife and the warm and caring island staff made it one of my best vacations ever. I remember seeing aligators on the edge of the lagoon on the 16th fairway across from the Fairway Club villa where we were staying. It was wonderful. Joshua Teaster
-- Joshua Teaster ( submitted 6/2/97

We vacationed on Hunting Island for many years before making the change to Fripp Island. We love it! Daniel loves the Camp Fripp and is looking forward to the sports options this summer during our vacation. The Cabana Club is a wonderful addition to your amenities. Drinks at sunset at the Marina Restaurant and sitting in the rocking chairs beachside at the Beach Club are the best.
-- Tim, Cindy, & Daniel Carr ( submitted 5/19/97

I have never been to Fripp Island, and need info on accomidations and genral info about Fripp Island. We would like to come down around June 20th. I have 2 children ages 12 and 5. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank in advance! Christina
-- christina ( submitted 5/6/1997

Re: the Zucco family comments: are there really any hammerhead sharks around Fripp. Or did they "think" they saw one. It seems most unlikely. Does anyone know?????
-- ( submitted 5/2/1997

Hi Fripp, My family and I own a house down there on Gray Mallard Court and we would like to say that Fripp ISland is the best resort in the world. Our next store neighbor is Rita she is very nice but some times she gets on my nerves if you know what I mean. Your cabana club is the best. Well thats all for now bye. Your friend, 12 year old Evan Geiger P.S. please e-mail me back at
-- Evan Geiger ( submitted 4/18/1997

make sure to visit the Shrimp Shack on Harbor Island each and every time you are on your way to Fripp!! The Shrimp Burgers are to diaharria for. Our Best The Youngs
-- Anonymous submitted 4/19/97

How do we get info re: real estate available on the island? ie, villas and or homes for sale? Thanks for your help
-- Mike C ( submitted 4/17/1997

We visited at the end of September 1996 for our honeymoon. What a perfect choice. We had a relaxing as well as fun filled time! The weather was perfect although a hurricane almost hit a week before we arrived! The food at the Beach Club and our accomadations at New Haven were wonderful. Golfing at Ocean Creek
-- Jeff and Jennifer Newton; 4/12/97 submitted 4/12/1997
Editor's Note: Unfortunately, this message was truncated and I've been unable to recover the rest of the message. Jeff and Jennifer - if you see this, I'd love to get the rest of your message and post it here. Thanks!

We visited Fripp for 2 wks. last June. From Toronto, we drove. This time we'd like to fly. Any suggestions on the best connections from Toronto. i.e fly to Atlanta and then Savannah? Any suggestions welcome. Tks. P.S. The Marina Bar is one of our alltime favorites for she-crab soup.
-- John Whish (whish@aol.comm.) submitted 4/14/1997

Hi. We are a big family from Sweden comming to visit Fripp Island in May 97. We have small kids and we like to know where to go and what to do with them. Thanks! Sarah skonby
-- Sarah Skonby ( submitted 3/16/1997

We are looking for a place to stay for 4 people on April6 & 7. Any suggestions?
-- ( submitted 3/19/1997

January 21, 1997 I just found this site on the net. We stayed at Fripp Island last year (the first week in June). The weather was perfect and our house on Sea Dragon was great. We really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. We had previously been staying on Hilton Head and found this much more relaxing, My Dad and son enjoyed fishing and crabbing on the pier. Nearby Beaufort was great for a day tour of the historic homes. My 12 year old son felt safe on your island and really enjoyed it all. We hope to be there again this year if our house is available. If you haven't been to Fripp, this is the year to do it. We highly recommend it.
-- Ginger ( submitted 2/22/97

Can you please let me know how to contact the Beach Club via the internet. I would like to be certain that my dues for next year have been set up since I never received my statement. Wayne Kemmerer 303 Deer Pointe Court Fripp Island, SC.
-- Wayne J. Kemmerer" ( submitted 1/20/1997

A friend of mine,Mike Buckley, has a vacation home on Fripp. We go down twice a year to play golf and relax. I have yet to find a better managed island or resort. Both courses are excellent and challenging for any golfer. The weather and views are also hard to beat. 1/10/97
-- John Enloe submitted 1/10/97

We visited this lovely Island as a family getaway on June of 95. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect family trip. We loved: the ocean view, the beach, the ocean breezes, the dolphins, the hammerhead shark, the pool, our condo, the resturants, the golf-cart, the shells, the sand dollars, the birds, the tropical storm (we could have done with out,but it added to the entire trip). We would go back in a heart beat, and will. P.S. My husband and younger son recommend staying clear of the hammerheads!!!
-- The Zucco Family submitted 11/28/96

I have been spending christmas at Fripp for several years (as well as summer vacations). You must see the sunset from the south end of the island at Skull Inlet. The marsh board- walk is very nice. The deer are unafraid (and numerous) since they are not hunted. The new cabana has a heated pool and hot tub. One of the state's best secrets. Thursday is oyster night at the Pelican's Perch. 11/23/96
-- tandy willis ( submitted 11/23/96

Need information.
-- EDDIE NETHERLAND ("" submitted 11/27/1996

My parents have lived at Fripp for several years so we visit at least monthly. Best place to crab: Fripp inlet in knee deep water with chicken pieces; best flounder fishing: off the rocks at Newhaven. The new Davis Love JR. golf course is great!
-- DAVE AND LYNN WYTHE (USCFAN1981@AOL.COM) submitted 8/31/96

I've been to Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and many other beach retreats but nothing compares to Fripp Island. Do you like a vacation away from it all? Fripp's the place. Prefer an active vacation? Fripp's the place. I guess my favorite part about Fripp is that you can rent golf carts to drive around the island. What a great way to really get to see the island. I'll be back!
-- Betsy Dunphy ( submitted 7/11/96

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