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




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 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 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. Book a stay in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and you’ll be just a few steps away from having your toes in the sand. Stroll the shops that line Isle of Palms iconic Ocean Boulevard, where you’ll find an array of coastal-inspired beach shops and delectable dining options. No day at the beach is complete without a stop at the ice cream stand to help you cool off while enjoying your time in the Charleston, SC sunshine.



If you’re looking for a remote, secluded beach that isn’t too far from downtown Charleston, plan a visit Kiawah Island. This breathtaking barrier island — situated just off Charleston’s coastline — brims with the natural beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry. From its abundance of shore birds and wildlife to its 10 miles of pristine beach, it offers unspoiled wonders at every turn. Kiawah Island is home to the famed The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  A jewel of the PGA Tournament, The Ocean Course has twice hosted the PGA Championship.



While not a true member of Charleston’s barrier islands, Morris Island is home to Charleston’s beloved Morris Island Lighthouse. 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.



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.


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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