charleston beaches

Top Beaches of Charleston

There are small beach resorts that have developed around Charleston and tourists are naturally attracted to this piece of South Carolina coastline. Five towns have earned prominence and each is worth looking at if you are considering making a trip to the area.

Top beaches in Charleston, South Carolina

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is famous for golf. It was the venue for a USA success against the European side in golf’s Ryder Cup but its beaches have ensured its prominence in American minds. It is just 20 miles from downtown and offers a great natural environment for those wanting adventure or relaxation. There are 10 miles of beach with forest and marsh that teem with wildlife and birds. Watersports are readily available while there are plenty of biking trails and of course if you want to stay for a few nights you can do that as well. There are hotels as well as private villas and cottages that you can rent; a great spot for the family.

Isle of Palms

This Isle is just 12 miles out of town. There is a thriving community serving locals and tourists alike. Some come for the golf or for cruising on the Inlet but it is the miles of beaches and tempting ocean that appeals to many more. As the sun sets there is wonderful seafood to sample before you head home, unless of course you choose to stay on the Isle and travel into Charleston whenever you wish to experience its many attractions. Those who enjoy diving are in for a real treat; there are Civil War blockade ships beneath the waters.

Folly Beach

It is hard to believe there is a city just 15 miles away, even a city as nice as Charleston. Folly Beach, between the Folly River and the Atlantic seems a world away from anywhere. Great beaches and wonderful surfing facilities are just two of the things on offer. There are great restaurants and plenty of accommodation alternatives.

Nature is in charge here; loggerhead turtles, dolphins, the bald eagle and much more.

Seabrook Island

This island is just a 30 minute drive from downtown Charleston, a place of forest, marsh and great beaches. It is a place for everyone, young and old. If you want to ride horseback down the 3 miles of beach you can do so. There are a range of water sports, golf, a fitness center as well as a camp for children. Shopping and dining Facilities are very impressive as well.

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is at the mouth of Charleston harbor near to the Isle of Palms. There are plenty of activities on this small island as well as great beaches. Much of the island is protected from development yet there is a good tourist infrastructure. Those who can drag themselves away from the beaches and water sports can learn more about the Revolutionary War at Fort Moultrie which had not even been finished when it was attacked in 1776 by warships. They gave up after a nine hour bombardment leaving Charleston safe.