Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Harbor Island, Saint Helena Island that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $105 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Harbor Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Harbor Island
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Nurture your need for relaxation in this sandy safe harbor

One of a chain of barrier islands protecting South Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean, Harbor Island is 1,400 acres of tidal marshes, unspoiled beaches, and a miniature resort community of vacationers who know they're lucky. The island was used as a hunting ground and largely uninhabited until the 1930s, and the homes, shops, and playgrounds still have an edge-of-the-wilderness feel. If you're ready to while away a few days poolside, stroll a beach at sunset, or try your hand a catching a ghost crab, you're ready to book a Harbor Island vacation rental.


Eat fish caught by locals, or the crab you snagged yourself

Your Harbor Island vacation rental will be set in a pristine, natural wonderland and within a vibrant resort community, so take advantage of both. The island's gated residential area offers swimming pools, tennis courts, and playgrounds for the kids. Its 2.5 miles of white, sandy beaches offer tons of spots for picnicking, fishing, and water sports. Crabbing in the tidal creeks is popular, too. Once you've worn yourself out in the great outdoors, relax at a local restaurant that serves fresh fish caught right off shore.


Ocean breezes blow the edge off high temps on Harbor Island

Like the rest of South Carolina, Harbor Island is blessed with year-round weather you can smile about. Summers are hot and humid, with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s, but ocean breezes keep beachcombers feeling refreshed. Thunderstorms break the heat in the afternoons, too, so bring sunscreen and your raincoat just in case. Fall and spring have a lot in common. High temps top out at 80¡F, and cool nights can bring a bit of a chill. Winters are short, with cold nights lasting from December through February.

Natural features

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Peaceful, sparsely inhabited, and dotted with graceful sand dunes, Harbor Island's natural beauty is pretty in-your-face. You may leave your Harbor Island vacation rental to run an errand, then find yourself irresistibly drawn to the sight of sea grasses waving in the breeze. Next thing you know, you're on the sand, watching the dolphins and forgetting about dinner. Terns and pelicans are frequent visitors to your island getaway. In fact, Harbor Island is an official member of an Audubon Important Bird Area, thanks to its wading bird rookeries and well-defined lagoon with abundant egrets, herons and ibises.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Harbor Island?

Whatever you're seeking in a vacation, you'll find a rental in or around Harbor Island that's a perfect match. Why not try these on for size?:

  • Around 13 miles from the center of Harbor Island, it's difficult to beat "Brand New Beaufort Cottage, Best Location". It has 1 bedroom and a range of conveniences like spa and beauty services and a kitchen.
  • Another great option is "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa", which is around 20 miles from Harbor Island. With 5 bedrooms, tennis and a toaster, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Harbor Island vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Harbor Island?

You need only take a look inside Vrbo's tiny house vacation rentals in Harbor Island to figure out that awesome things really do come in small packages. Smartly designed to make use of every square inch of space, these fun-sized digs deliver a big vacation experience:

  • Take a couple of days off to recharge at "Cottage/tiny House Living Accommodation In Beaufort For Cost". Located in Pigeon Point, coffee and tea making facilities and towels are just a couple of the amenities included here.
  • Alternatively, book a weekend at "Romantic Shabby Chic Tiny House By The Marsh". Situated in Beaufort, this little gem comes with a barbecue grill and an oven.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Harbor Island?

Clock off on Friday and then forget about your cares. If you're after some fun and relaxation, these escapes in and around Harbor Island promise a memorable weekend getaway:

  • Escape the daily grind at "Castle By The Sea 7br/8ba Luxury Home With Elevator", which is around 25 miles to the southwest of central Harbor Island. There's lots of nature and adventure on your doorstep here. Try some windsurfing and parasailing or just wander around the sights of Okatie Creek Golf Club and Sanctuary Golf Club.
  • Alternatively, take some time out at "9 Wisteria Ln - 1 Level Renovated Home". Approximately 30 miles southwest of Harbor Island, fun activities around here include windsurfing and horse riding. Prefer to go sightseeing? Find time in your schedule for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Crescent Pointe Golf Club.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Harbor Island?

Typically compact, reasonably priced and well located, it's easy to be impressed by a studio apartment. Settle into one of these vacation rentals and experience the culture of Harbor Island up close:

  • Throw your bags down at "Brand New Beaufort Cottage, Best Location". Amenities including a boat and a stovetop help make guests feel right at home here.
  • Another awesome option is "Sunroom With Lagoon Views To Enjoy Nature For Long". Make the most of coffee and tea making facilities, a TV and other amenities during your getaway.

When it's time to leave your studio apartment and discover the highlights, there's loads to keep you on the move around Harbor Island. Love cultural attractions? Visit Village Square Theatre and Tunnel Vision Mural.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Harbor Island?

Whether you're looking for a comfy cottage or a house with room enough for the whole family, you'll find the ideal place on Vrbo. Enjoy some downtime at one of these getaways in or near Harbor Island:

  • For an awesome weekend away, settle in at "Mid 1700s Carriage House With Courtyard". It's near the center of Harbor Island, along with loads of things to see and do.
  • "9 Wisteria Ln - 1 Level Renovated Home" is also ideally located. Put your feet up here and find out why lots of guests rate this property as one of their favorites.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Harbor Island?

Forget flowers and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to take off for the weekend, just you and your sweetheart. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Harbor Island that would make even old Cupid green with envy. Here are some we think you'll fall hard for:

  • Located around 13 miles from Harbor Island, "Brand New Beaufort Cottage, Best Location" is the perfect place for doting couples. Beauty services and a nearby bay are among the many amenities you'll find here.
  • "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa" is another retreat that'll woo you. It's about 20 miles from Harbor Island and comes with a balcony and a swimming pool.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Harbor Island?

Peep these large group vacation rentals in or near Harbor Island and forget about leaving anyone off your invite list:

  • Offering comfort, space and privacy, you'll get everyone's stamp of approval at "Castle By The Sea 7br/8ba Luxury Home With Elevator". Up to 18 people can be accommodated at this escape which has 7 bedrooms, a kitchen and a swimming pool. This top pick is around 25 miles to the southwest of Harbor Island.
  • Invite up to 12 of your favorite people to "2 Min Walk 2 Beach, Pvt Heated Pool" and fill the place with laughter and love. This popular option has 5 bedrooms and is around 20 miles to the southwest of Harbor Island. It's crammed with features to keep your group comfortable, including a swimming pool and a garden.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Harbor Island?

From games of tag to leisurely dips, a pool promises hours of fun for both grown-ups and kids. Earn brownie points with friends or family by booking a house with a swimming space in or near Harbor Island:

  • Every day can be a pool day at "Downtown Beaufort Carriage House". Nearby birdwatching activities and a garden are a couple of the other amenities that help make this place a winner.
  • "Private 4br/4. 5ba House With 2 Golf Carts" is another top option. After you've enjoyed a relaxing dip with the kiddos, take advantage of other conveniences like a balcony and books.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Harbor Island?

It's always more fun when you share precious moments with the ones you love the most. Whether you're planning a family break or reuniting with friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental that's right for you. These are two of our best in and around Harbor Island:

  • About 20 miles to the southwest of Harbor Island, "Large Home With Beautiful Private Pool And Spa" has 5 bedrooms and fits up to 10 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a fridge and a microwave oven.
  • "Castle By The Sea 7br/8ba Luxury Home With Elevator" also offers the space you need to connect with loved ones. This option is around 25 miles to the southwest of central Harbor Island and accommodates 18 guests in its 7 bedrooms. A microwave oven and outdoor furniture will help keep everyone comfortable and content.

If you're hoping to visit some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won't have far to go. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and South Carolina State Fairgrounds offer fun for all ages.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Harbor Island?

Get away from it all and treat your loved ones to a different kind of vacation. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Harbor Island and get the camping experience — minus the tents and with all the creature comforts!

  • "Stunning And Remote Riverfront Home With Private Dock And Gas Grill" - Located about 25 miles west of central Harbor Island, this family-friendly retreat offers amenities like coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge.
  • "Cabin In The Maritime Forest With Pool And Golf On" - Rally the troops and spend a few nights at this inviting property, which is around 25 miles to the northeast of Harbor Island. You'll have access to nearby birdwatching activities, on-site watersports and a good deal more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Harbor Island vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.