4 of the Best Charleston, SC, Beaches You Need to Visit

Charleston, South Carolina, is undoubtedly the best destination for a beach vacation. Whether you enjoy walking the sandy shorelines, surfing the waves, or simply working on your tan, Charleston, SC, beaches have everything to create your ideal day in the sun. Once you discover which beach is right for you, you’ll want to learn more about what there is to do in our historic city. Uncover the best outdoor activities, fantastic breweries, fine dining, upscale spas, and more within our Insider’s Guide to Charleston. No matter what your interests, the Holy City has something unique and exciting for anyone who visits our elegant destination.

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Folly Beach

If you’re a water sports fanatic, Folly Beach, or as locals call it, “the Edge of America,” is the perfect match for you. Take the short walk to the shoreline from one of our Folly Beach rentals and set up for a day of excitement. From your beach chair, gaze as people race across the waters on a jet ski and cut through waves while parasailing. And, because Folly is a barrier island, it has the best waves for surfing out of all the South Carolina beaches. If you want to learn how to navigate the swells yourself, be sure to reserve our Beach Retreat Package which includes a private surf lesson, daily set up of your chairs and a beach umbrella, and a golf cart rental. This package is perfect not only for learning a new skill, but for making it easier than ever to get to delicious, nearby local restaurants after you’ve worked up an appetite out on the water! View our beachfront rentals to begin the vacation of a lifetime in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is a small beach town located at the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. Sullivan’s is perfect for laying out on the flat sand, spotting marine life in calm tide pools, and scavenging for shells and sand dollars. However, this public beach doesn’t have a parking lot. Since there’s only street parking available, it’s a good idea to arrive early to claim your spot! Prepare a picnic with the pre-stocked groceries in your rental’s fridge and head out for a full day in the sun on this lovely Charleston beach.

Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms is yet another fantastic beach in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s located just north of Sullivan’s Island and is one of the most family-friendly beaches in the area. You’ll step out of your car and make your way through lush greenery until you reach a sprawling wooden walkway. Then, as you continue forward, the rolling dunes come into view while the sea beckons you to come closer. Follow up this grand entrance by settling in on the sand to enjoy people-watching near the boardwalk. At its base, you’ll also find a lovely icecream stand to help you cool off while enjoying your time in the Charleston, SC, sun.

Morris Island

If you’re looking for a remote, secluded beach that isn’t too far from downtown Charleston, you need to visit Morris Island. Take a scenic 20-minute boat ride to this uninhabited island that played a significant role in defending the harbor during the civil war. A visit to this destination combines adventure, history, and a nature retreat all in one. While you’re out, make sure to take a picture in front of the iconic, candy-cane striped lighthouse on this historic Charleston beach.

Don’t Let Your Dream Vacation Slip Away

Your dream vacation is waiting here on these  Charleston, SC beaches. Soak up the sun. Swim in the salty sea. Relax in the sand. And, take just a few steps to return to a spacious and elegant rental overlooking the shoreline. View our beachfront rentals to take the first step in making the sunny, carefree getaway you’ve always wanted to become a reality.

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