It is possible to arrange private accommodation on the island, or rent a cabin, but the most comfortable option is the Melrose Inn (tel. 888/851-4971;, 47 Ave. of Oaks. The hotel was being comprehensively renovated at the time of research but will eventually feature 52 luxurious guestrooms, private cottages, and even safari-like tents.

There are several places to eat on the island, including the fabulous Old Daufuskie Crab Company at Freeport Marina (tel. 843/785-6652), which serves freshly caught shrimp, fish, and, of course, deviled crab (dinner entrée $18). It also fires up excellent steaks and allows you to shuck oysters right off the roasting pit. The outdoor section is perfect for viewing the sunset. The restaurant is usually open Tuesday to Sunday 11:30am to 9:30pm, offering a delicious Gullah/Lowcountry buffet Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 2pm.

Marshside Mama’s Café, 15 Haig Point Rd., at the County Dock (tel. 843/785-4755; is another tranquil, low-key island diner featuring Lowcountry favorites such as shrimp and grits, gumbo, and grouper sandwiches. Call to check opening times (usually Tues–Sat noon–3pm and 6–10pm, Sun noon–6pm), and to make reservations for dinner (recommended in summer).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.