Hotels near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

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Hotels in Port Royal near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Introduction

More than 16,000 new recruits train at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island each year. Located near Port Royal, South Carolina, the US Marines training center sprawls across 8,000 acres on the island. There's been a US military presence on Parris Island since 1891, and several of its buildings pre-dating World War I are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The island famously features in Stanley Kubrick's iconic movie, Full Metal Jacket. Beaufort, South Carolina's second oldest city, is 9 miles north of the training center, where you'll find art galleries, independent shops, and charming local restaurants.

Hotels near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

There's a range of hotels within a 10-15-mile radius of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, including an RV parking area on-site. Aside from the RV area for service members, retirees, DoD employees, and graduation visitors, the closest accommodations are budget inns on Highway 21. Most offer outdoor pools, free breakfast, and parking. West of Parris Island is Hilton Head Island, a vacation destination with upmarket beachfront hotels featuring indoor and outdoor pools, gyms, spas, family restaurants, and pool bars. Summer is peak season in the Lowcountry, when rates are at a premium. For the best deals, visit during the winter.

Where to stay near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is on Parris Island, which is dominated by the training center and surrounded by the Harbor River. It's 5 miles south of Port Royal, the closest residential area and a charming town with a few hotels. It's home to the Cypress Wetlands Nature Trail, and the Old Village, which is lined with quaint cafes and shops. Beaufort is 9 miles north of the island, attracting the wealth of the region's visitors with plenty of hotels. South Carolina's second oldest city, it has a historic main street featuring galleries, a farmers market, and seafood restaurants.

Things to see near Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Learn about the island's history at the Parris Island Museum in Building 111. It depicts Port Royal's role in the American Revolution and the Civil War, as well as many historic facts about the Marine Corps. For beach walks, nature trails, and sweeping views of Battery Creek, head 5 miles east of the depot to the Port Royal Boardwalk and Observation Tower. You can also spend a day in historic Beaufort, a 9-mile drive north of Parris Island. This historic city is regularly named as 'America's Best Small Town' and features many independent art galleries, stylish boutiques, and restaurants.

How to get to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

The easiest way to get to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is by car. It's 2.8 miles south of Highway 21 and 25 miles east of Interstate 95. The nearest Amtrak service stops at Yemassee Station, 29 miles north of Parris Island or a 30-minute drive. There's also a Greyhound bus service which comes in to Beaufort Bus Station, 8.6 miles from the island. There are 2 airports nearby: Hilton Head Island Airport, which is served by commercial domestic airlines, and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, both of which are under an hour's drive from Parris Island.