Callawassie Island is located about 17 miles from Beaufort, South Carolina, one of hundreds of South Carolina’s barrier Sea Islands in the coastal plain. The island is located in the estuary of the Port Royal Sound, about 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and completely surrounded by tidal creeks and salt marshes. There is a half-mile-long causeway that connects the island to the mainland, but it can also be reached by boat through the deep Colleton River waters. The island covers 880 acres between the Callawassie Creek and the Okatie, Little Chechessee, and Colleton Rivers. The island has about 5 miles of waterfront on the Port Royal Sound Basin salt marshes. It was designated a Community Wildlife Habitat with more than 200 residences certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitats. The residents, the owners of 717 homes on the island, enjoy private access to 33 lagoons, one butterfly garden, three parks, and three rookeries. There is also a 27-hole golf course.
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