May 22, 2024

A Local’s Guide to Charleston Beaches

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It is no secret that there is a lot to love about the Lowcountry. Fine dining, rich history and vibrant culture are just a few traits that put Charleston on the map year after year as a #1 tourist destination. At the top of this list, however, may be the beaches. The beautiful weather and expansive shorelines of Charleston’s coast make beach days a must. Tourists and locals alike can appreciate everything that these beaches have to offer. Follow our guide for a breakdown of the best beaches in Charleston, from the waves to activities and great dining options, straight from certified locals ourselves.

Sullivan’s Island. Just north of the Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island is a peaceful and charming beach town, that is popular amongst locals. With limited short-term rentals and no hotels, motels or bed and breakfast lodging, Sullivan’s Island gives you a taste of the typical beach town without the hustle and bustle of tourists. There is a strong emphasis on family, community and nature throughout the island.  After a long day in the sun, take your pick of dining options, where Middle Street is known for a little bit of everything, from classic southern barbecue to burgers, pizza and more.

Isle of Palms. This seven-mile island is know for its breathtaking beauty. Whether you drive, bike or run across the Isle of Palms Connector, the views of the Atlantic Ocean are all the more stunning. The wide, sandy beaches are the perfect remedy for a relaxing beach day in the sun. Enjoy fresh, local seafood at The Boathouse, or take in the marsh views right from your table at the Morgan Creek Grill. Looking for a getaway? Isle of Palms is home to Wild Dunes, occupying 1,500 acres of the island, with luxury golf courses, tennis courts and pools at your disposal.

Folly Beach. Attention all surfers, Folly Beach is known for its great waves and laidback lifestyle. With a friendly community and easily accessible bars and restaurants, Folly Beach is great place to enjoy a beach day and make new friends while you’re at it. In terms of restaurants, you can’t steer wrong with choices such as Taco Boy, Coconut Joe’s and Chico Feo.

Kiawah Island. A private, gated island with 10 miles of beach, Kiawah Island is known for its exclusivity and privacy. It’s the best of both worlds with a tight-knit community feel and resort-style amenities. With five championship golf courses, recreation programs, miles of trails and water sports, there is no shortage of fun in the sun here! Shop and dine the day away at Freshfields Village, which is home to more than a dozen cafes, restaurants, lounges and shops.

Seabrook Island. Located 25 miles southwest of Charleston, Seabrook Island is known for its sleepy, peaceful setting. With three miles of unspoiled coastline, Seabrook Island is a great destination for a relaxing beach getaway. Kayaking is a fan favorite water activity here.

A great day at the beach is just one of the many reasons locals and tourists love Charleston so much. If you’re looking to move or purchase a beach house, our agents would be happy to assist you.



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