Steve Zimmer


On the Beach

Our crowning jewel at Fripp Island is the magnificent white sand beach that stretches for 3-1/2 miles. Here you can catch a wave, walk along the quiet shore, collect shells and search for the sand dollars that are found in abundance.

Day and night, the beach beckons for active exploration or quiet contemplation. Dolphins frolic while shore birds compete for nature’s spotlight and endangered loggerhead turtles wisely return to the island to create nesting grounds each summer. At Fripp, there’s nothing quite like the ebb and flow of the tides that are in synch with the soothing sounds of the sea. Above is the beauty of a colorful, changing sky with quiet breezes that complete nature’s vibrant show along Fripp’s beach.

The magnificent shoreline of Fripp is a beachgoer’s delight! Walk, bike, or ride your way to any of 32 access points conveniently located along the shore.

Beach Access is dictated by Fripp Island’s topography and access points are clearly marked by white posts with blue number markers. On the table below you can click on the Beach Access Number to see what parking and amenities are available at each access point. Parking is strictly enforced! Read all signage as citations will be issued for violations.

Handicap Access is available at Access 15 on Rock Beauty Road. There is dedicated handicapped parking and a level sand path. Visitors need to go to the security office at 225 Tarpon Blvd. to register for a handicap sticker to park at Rock Beauty. Homeowners can fill out the form (link below) to acquire a key to the gate. Symbols of features unique to each access are shown below. Special thanks to island resident Kelly Taylor for her photography.

Beach Access Numbers

Access 1A

Access 1B Access 2 Access 3
Access 5 Access 6 Access 7 Access 8 – is Closed
Access 9 Access 10 Access 11
Viewing Platform
Access 12
Access 13 Access 14
Viewing Platform
Access 15 Access 16
Access 17 Access 18

Access 19 Access 20
Access 21 Access 22 Access 23 Access 24
Access 25 Access 26

Access 27 Access 28
Access 29 Access 30 Access 31

Access 32

We happen to think there’s nothing better than time spent at the beach, but we ask you to please be safe as you enjoy. Please read HERE about alligators on the beach and in tidal pools.

  • There are no lifeguards on duty.
  • Dangerous rip currents may form in the surf.
  • Tides change swiftly. Keep off of sandbars.
  • ALLIGATORS may be present in beach wetlands and tidal pools. DO NOT wade in standing water on the beach or dune system.
  • Do not use private property to gain access to the beach.
  • Do not climb rock revetments as rocks may shift and are slippery.
  • Boardwalks and crossovers are for pedestrian use only. No golf carts!

Stingray: Use hot water as stingray venom is neutralized by heat. You may need a tetanus booster.

Jellyfish: Do not use tap or bottled water! Use ocean water to flush away stingers. A credit card can be used to scrape away stingers. Then, use cool, diluted white vinegar compresses to soothe.

Shark: Call 911. Rescue is on the island. Apply continuous pressure to the wound. Stay calm.

  • The beach is a critical area habitat. Respect beach wildlife and their habitat.
  • Stay off the dunes.
  • Do not disturb nesting birds or sea turtles. It is a federal offense to disturb a nest.
  • Fill in holes and knock down sandcastles.
  • Help us keep the beach beautiful for others by removing your trash and belongings.
  • Tents, chairs and belongings left overnight will be discarded.