Be Revitalized In a Rare Private Island Habitat!
On the private 1400 acre Harbor Island the living slows way down. D-102 at Cedar Reef Villas has a fabulous 180 degree view of St. Helena's Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. So sit on the deck and relax a while; let your artistic spirit be rejuvenated.
Or doesn't a long walk along a white pristine beach sound great? Go down the few steps off our deck make your way across the adjacent boardwalk over the natural lowland habitat and at certain times of the year - you will practically have the beach to yourself. This is a photographer's or artist's paradise. Nature lovers will not be disappointed!
ABOUT OUR UNIT - D-102
Decorated in a fun artistic eclectic style it features one bedroom (1-and-1/2 baths) with a deck that crosses the entire length of the unit. (One of the only units at Cedar Reef Villas with this configuration; it offers a lot of additional living space.) In addition to the new king bed one living room sofas makes into a full-size bed to sleep two more. Linens are provided. Also we have recently purchased a new white dining room table for the unit. (See our personal website for new photos.)
The kitchen is equipped for the gourmet chef-wannabe in your family. Be sure to stop at Publix on your way out of Beaufort. It is on the left after you cross Lady's Island bridge over the intercoastal waterway after you go through downtown Beaufort on Route 21. Or stop at Gay's Seafood on the right before you cross the Harbor River Bridge across from the famous (featured in Coastal Living) Shrimp Shack.
A five minute walk takes you to the community pool at the other end of D building. Another five-minute walk takes you to the exercise center in the lower level of the Beach Cabana Club. There is a large kidney-shaped pool six clay tennis courts a putting green a community center with a kitchen and tables to seat over 60 people that can be rented for weddings and family reunions.
* If you need to accommodate more people ask about our other one-bedroom and two bedroom units poolside.
ABOUT THE AREA
Harbor Island is part of the 350 000-acre ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (ACE Basin NERR) created and managed by the Marine Resources Division of South Carolina. The private island sits on the edge of the biologically rich Saint Helena's Sound. In this habitat ""you will be surrounded by live oaks slash pines and cabbage palmettos.
The ACE Basin Refuge lies along the Atlantic Flyway - the 'bird highway in the sky.' Numerous waterfowl shore birds neo-tropical songbirds and birds of prey migrate from their nesting grounds to wintering areas throughout eastern North America via Harbor Island.
The painted bunting egrets and herons are in abundance here. Our community supports an Osprey nest. Many endangered species such as the peregrine falcon Canby's dropwort chaffseed hawksbill turtle leatherback turtle red-cockaded woodpecker shortnose sturgeon West Indian manatee and wood stork live in the ACE Basin. Six federally-threatened species (i.e. bald eagle Eastern indigo snake green turtle American alligator loggerhead turtle and piping plover) have also been observed in the area.
The ocean is teeming with wildlife - American oysters blue crabs fiddler crabs grass shrimps hard clams white shrimps living sand dollars horseshoe crabs and porpoise. (This information was extracted from the website for the National Estuarine Research Reserve.)
At certain times of the year you will share the ocean water with glowing green phosphorescent plankton or loggerhead sea turtles. (Don't forget to Help Save Our Turtles - lights off on the beach at night between May 1 and September 1) A sighting of a leatherback turtle the largest living turtle species occurred last year on Hunting Island the next island over.
Gate Fee: up to 3 days: $15 4-7 days: $25 ask about longer stays.