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      I always check at least two of the online booking sites, such as and, as well as my AAA Tour Book

      for the area.

      In looking at both those online sites, I see quite a few hotels/motels

      in the $45-$65/night range in Bluffton or on Hilton Head Island. I’m

      not sure if all the smaller lodging places in Beaufort would show up

      on these online booking sites, but it gives you a bargaining chip for

      calling a more local one. If you have a AAA card or know someone who

      does, definitely pick up the South Carolina Tour Book. It will show

      you all the local hotels in that area and make it easier for you to

      call if you don’t want to use the online sites.

      You or your son will know best how near you need to stay to Beauford

      and Parris Island and the most appropriate areas.

      From the Marine website (, it

      says: “Visitors to graduations at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris

      Island, can find lodging, dining, tours and attractions in nearby

      Beaufort, Port Royal and Bluffton. Please view detailed listings at

      the following link or contact the Beaufort Regional Chamber of

      Commerce Visitor Center at 843-986-5400.”

      When I looked at the Chamber of Commerce site, it simply lists a

      directory of all the hotels/motels in the area; there are lots of the

      less expensive chains listed such as Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express,

      Days Inn, and Super 8. So your lodging might actually be quite

      affordable if places aren’t sold out already because of the graduation.

      Hope this helps. Congrats and a big thank you to your son for his


      — In, “Annette” wrote:


      > how do i find the best hotel rates? we never travel b/c it’s so

      > expensive but we are going to attend our son’s marine graduation on

      > november 21 in parris island, sc. any advice is greatly appreciated.

      > Annette in Alabama

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