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Atalaya Castle

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Historic Ruins of the Hyatt/Huntingtons

Remains of an historic home located in Huntington Beach State Park. Site of local events including... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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Great mild January day and an outing with family to Atalya.

I'm glad we weren't put off by a December, 2018 review that didn't have much to say of positives... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2019
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Remains of an historic home located in Huntington Beach State Park. Site of local events including an artisan show each Fall.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

Wouldn’t have called this a castle until I learned the history. First impression of Atalaya Castle - thought it was an old prison. It is actually much more interesting than it appears. Very important to either get a self guided tour tape or to take...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

I'm glad we weren't put off by a December, 2018 review that didn't have much to say of positives. We had a great time. In January they do not do guided tours, but you can do an audio tour. A docent also told us we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank B W
Reviewed 16 December 2018

took a tour at night with a guide telling so-called ghost stories. Poor story telling skills, mostly standing about in the dark as the guide drones on telling local ghost stories without dramatic flair or anything new to add to hackneyed gray man tales. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank trueblave
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Who doesn't like going thru a castle? We did the self guided tour with the head sets. The tour is just $2.00, and only an additional $3.00 for the head sets. Well worth the cost. You go at your own pace and stop anytime you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ohio6108
Reviewed 12 November 2018

We visited Atalaya Castle while on a camping trip to Huntington Beach State park in November of 2018. We had been to Brookgreen Gardens about 10 years ago and enjoyed that immensely. It was very interesting to find out more about the Huntington's home and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We knew virtually nothing about he Huntington family (after whom Huntington Island is named) who built Atalaya Castle but the audio guide was very helpful and informative. Designed in an eclectic Moorish style, Atalaya was built as a retreat and sculpture studio with views of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

Huntington Beach State Park is pretty. You can always spot alligators in the water by the causeway. Lots of birds too. But Atalaya is really really interesting! The history behind and the layout are just amazing. Worth the trip!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank janelavona
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Very interesting history you can tour on your own, with audio or they have guided tours. We really enjoyed the history and learning about the owners. Great visit

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Lawdawg1404
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

It was a very nice place to stop. The setting is beautiful on the beach. The design was really nice too.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank tammys191
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Gail M
28 March 2018|
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Response from zrt29 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash not longer then 6' in length. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings including Atalaya. In the case of a service dog, I would suggest contacting the park.
25 October 2017|
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Response from Labdog2 | Reviewed this property |
Previous answers are correct. Grew up in the area. Though I don’t live in the area, I visit there several times a year.
1 September 2017|
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Response from SirVayR | Reviewed this property |
From Wikipedia - Atalaya (AH-tuh-lie-yuh) means "watchtower" in Arabic, as in the real Atalaya Castle in Spain