As you continue to thaw out from a cold winter and dream about the summer sun, there is a good chance that your mind has wandered to a beach somewhere. Picture it now – you’re fully reclined on a beach chair, the sun is making you warm while the slight ocean breeze keeps the temperature just right, and the crash of the waves is massaging your ear drums, almost to the point of falling asleep. Are you smiling yet? If you are, keep that smile painted on your face and head to the east coast where you can unwind and experience perfection at five Charleston beaches.
Best Beaches in South Carolina
Of the five beaches mentioned in the Travel Channel’s Best Beaches in South Carolina, three can be found in Charleston, as Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, and Isle of Palms all made the list.
Located about 25 miles outside of downtown Charleston, Kiawah Island is a private island with a 10-mile stretch of beach that is not only beautiful, but pet-friendly, as well. Everything you need for you and your family is on the island, including Freshfields Village – an area with a grocery store and other necessary shops. You can use your car while you’re there, but we recommend renting a bike and exploring Kiawah Island that way.
Take a quick trip through James Island, and you will be right at Folly Beach. Featuring a laid-back environment, Folly Beach is one of the best places in Charleston to just sit back and relax. However, if you want to try out your skills on a surfboard, this is the place for you, too. Once you get to the end of Folly Road, just hang a left and head down to The Washout. This is where the locals go to catch some waves. Go just a little further, and you will be able to get a close up look at the Morris Island Lighthouse.
Unlike Kiawah and Folly, Isle of Palms is on the north side of the Charleston Harbor. When you get there, be sure to check out The Windjammer. There you will most likely find some live music and a beach volleyball match that suits your skill level. In addition to The Windjammer, Ocean Boulevard features several establishments that will satisfy your thirst and hunger. If you’re looking to treat yourself after a long day on the beach, head to The Boathouse at Breach Inlet. You won’t be disappointed.
Other Great Charleston Beaches
We would be remiss if we didn’t add to the Travel Channel’s list with a few more of our favorite beaches in Charleston. You will also have to check out Sullivan’s Island and Seabrook Island.
Sullivan’s Island is connected to Isle of Palms on the north side of the Charleston Harbor. Great restaurants like Poe’s Tavern and Taco Mamacita are a short walk from the ocean. In addition, Poe’s Tavern is named after Edgar Allan Poe, who based his short story The Gold-Bug in Sullivan’s Island. With a little over three miles of beach, Sullivan’s has all kinds of fun packed into a smaller area.
Like neighboring Kiawah, Seabrook Island is also a private island that provides the perfect getaway for the entire family. Seabrook features a few miles of beach and an extensive array of wildlife. After you soak in the sun during the day, you can grab a bite to eat at the Bohicket Marina, located just outside the security gate.
In the heart of downtown, the Governor’s House Inn is centrally located to all the beaches and is the perfect Charleston bed and breakfast for your time along the water. Take advantage of one of our 11 beautiful rooms by booking your stay today. And remember, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!
Photo courtesy Doug Kerr