Parris Island trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Parris Island is a former census-designated place (CDP), but was annexed in 2002 by Port Royal in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,841 at the 2000 census. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Parris Island is included within the Beaufort Urban Cluster and the larger Hilton Head Island - Beaufort Micropolitan Statistical Area. The area was annexed by the town of Port Royal on October 11, 2002.It is perhaps best known for its U.S. Marine Corps training facility Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, where about 16,000 Marines pass through boot camp every year.HistoryParris Island was first discovered by Europeans in 1562, when members of a French expedition led by Jean Ribaut temporarily settled on the island. This was the first semi-permanent European settlement in what are considered now as the United States. Four years later, a town named Santa Elena was founded here by Spanish Conquistador Pedro Menéndez de Avilés after troops sent by the Spanish monarch slaughtered French colonists and their Amerindian allies in 1565. It was the capital of La Florida from 1566 to 1587, during which time Spanish explorers sailed from Santa Elena to explore the Tennessee valley and Chesapeake Bay. An expedition also traveled overland into the interior to western North Carolina and points west.Take a peek at our world travel planner: Parris Island and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Parris Island
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Best things to do in Parris Island
Where to stay in Parris Island
Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
Extend your holiday
Recently planned trips to Parris Island
11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Parris Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Parris Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Parris Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Parris Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Newark & Parris Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced