Area Beaches of Charleston, SC


By: Staff Editor, Charleston Harbor Tours
April 15, 2016

Beaches, Charleston, SC

There's no end to a Charleston visitor's to-do list: a harbor cruise, the Museum Mile, a Historic Downtown Charleston bus tour, a walk through historic antebellum plantations, enjoying some of the best dining in America, and more. And, depending on the time of year you visit, you will definitely want to make time to enjoy one of Charleston's beaches.

Charleston, SC offers the visitor miles and miles of beautiful, well-kept beaches. Some are right in the middle of the action, others are quiet and remote. And each has a slightly different atmosphere, depending on your tastes. Here then, from top to bottom, north to south, is a look at Charleston beaches.

Isle of Palms Beach
Starting at the top of the Charleston-area beach map, you find Isle of Palms Beach. About 13 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston, or a half-hour drive, Isle of Palms is a beachfront community that features a resort, two championship golf courses and a marina. It is also the home of Isle of Palms County Park, which offers beautiful ocean frontage as well as amenities such as a boardwalk, food and drink vending, beach volleyball and a playground for the kids.

Sullivan's Island Beach
Next door to Isle of Palms, at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, lies Sullivan's Island. The island is located just ten miles from Historic Downtown Charleston, less than a half hour’s drive. Fort Moultrie is here, as is the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse. It is also home to nearly three miles of beachfront, all owned by the Town of Sullivan's Island. The Island also features a variety of sport, shopping and dining options. Visitors should note that, while there are access points to the beach, there is no official beach park, and you're on your own when it comes to parking.

Folly Beach, Charleston, SC

Folly Beach
Folly Beach is located 12 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston, less than a half hour's drive. It sits opposite Sullivan's Island at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. Folly Beach is often called the Edge of America, both for its oceanfront location and for the casual, eclectic and Bohemian atmosphere of the town and its inhabitants. Folly Beach County Park is the destination for beach lovers, who can lounge lazily or enjoy some of the East Coast’s best surfing. Folly Beach also hosts a wide selection of locally-owned bars, restaurants and boutiques.

The Beaches of Kiawah Island
Further south toward the gated community of Seabrook Island is Kiawah. Kiawah is a barrier island located about 25 miles southwest of Historic Downtown Charleston. That's less than an hour drive along shady, tree-lined roads that are cool even in the Charleston's dog days. Kiawah features a luxury resort and world-class golf courses, but the prime destination for beach lovers is Beachwalker Park, the public portion of Kiawah's 10-mile uninterrupted beachfront. A county park with a reasonable entrance fee, Beachwalker was named the "10th-best beach in the US" by Forbes magazine.

Hit the Beach in Charleston SC!
Relaxing at a Charleston SC beach is the perfect way to unwind after the excitement of a Charleston Harbor or bus tour. So, come on in! The water's warm: an average of 81O F (27O C) from May to September. Bring your sunscreen, flip-flops and folding chair. You might even want to bring your tux and bridal gown, seeing as Charleston is America's #1 beach wedding destination! For more information about the variety of Charleston activities available, contact Charleston Harbor Tours today!


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