We’re lucky enough to live in the Holy City filled with historic character and world-renowned restaurants, but to have the opportunity to spend our free time on local beaches is what really makes Charleston so special. With several nearby beaches to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one to visit. Follow our guide to what makes each Charleston beach unique.
Sullivan’s Island. Tucked between Isle of Palms and the Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island has maintained a small-town feel and serves as a serene getaway for many as life moves at a slower and more relaxing pace. The simple pleasures that make this special place unique are its wide beaches, views of the iconic Sullivan’s Island lighthouse and Fort Sumter, as well as intrepid kiteboarders sailing over and around the waves. After you spend a relaxing day on the beach, dine al fresco at one of the many delicious restaurants on Middle Street.
Isle of Palms. With six miles of sandy white beaches, the Isle of Palms is a unique barrier island on the coast of South Carolina, less than twenty miles from downtown Charleston. Well known for its Wild Dunes Resort and world famous golf course, Isle of Palms is the ideal combination of residential streets and resort-style living. If you’re not enjoying the day on the beach, there are many other recreational activities to enjoy. One can ride through the many bike paths throughout the island, visit the Oceanfront County Park or enjoy the many delicious restaurants and shops.
Folly Beach. The closest beach to downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is fondly referred to by the locals as the “Edge of America.” From painted sunrises to sunsets, good food and expansive beaches you will discover the beauty and diversity of this charming island town. Grab your surfboard and head for the pier or The Washout, Folly’s two most popular surf spots. Folly is also filled with some of the best surfers on the east coast.
Kiawah Island. This breathtaking barrier island engulfs you in natural beauty from its pristine beaches, preserved maritime forests, marshes and an abundance of shore birds and wildlife. The ten-mile stretch of shoreline ranks amongst the best in the world, earning prestigious awards and honors, year after year. Unwind and relax in a beautiful natural setting and enjoy Kiawah Island Resort’s award-winning golf courses, biking, tennis and nature trails.
Seabrook Island. Just south of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island is a private residential beachfront community that offers an escape from the busyness of everyday life. From horseback riding along the shore to waterfront dining, to relaxing on the beach, visitors and residents enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this charming island community.
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