Quaint, charming, friendly and slightly quirky… that’s how I would describe the town of Bluffton, South Carolina located just outside Hilton Head Island.

If you get off Highway I-95 and drive along the US Route 278 and go directly (without stopping or passing go) to Hilton Head Island you are surely going to miss out on some great small-town charm if you don’t stop in Bluffton along the way.

I’d never heard of Bluffton before and mentioned the city to a few other travellers and no one had heard of the place – including people who had visited the area before.

Photo Essay of Bluffton SC by Calculated Traveller
 
Photo Essay of Bluffton SC by Calculated Traveller
 
Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller
 

bluffton south carolina garvin house

Garvin House – thought to be the earliest known freedman-owned home on the May River


 
Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller
 
Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller

The Church of The Cross


 
Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller
 
Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller

Bluffton Oyster Factory


 

Bluffton South Carolina – A Hidden Gem

Hope you enjoyed this photo tour of Bluffton! We thought it was lovely and wish we had more time just to sit on the park benches in the various parks or perhaps do some fishing.

A "Charming" Photo Essay of Bluffton South Carolina by Calculated Traveller
 
So the next time you are visiting Hilton Head Island, spend some time in Bluffton I swear you won’t be sorry.
 

Have you visited Bluffton before? Are there any other small towns near major tourist destinations that deserve a second look? Tell us in the comments below, we’d love to hear about them.