The Palmetto State takes great pride in maintaining its beautiful coastline. The beaches here are where wildlife thrives, waterways sparkle, and man and nature find the perfect balance. Make a trip to one (or all) of the best South Carolina beaches, and you’ll quickly understand why longtime visitors often become lifelong residents! Read on to learn more about five popular beach communities. And, if you’d like to find more ways to make your beach day special, take a look at our free Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides! Our guides have helped so many people plan the perfect Charleston getaway. You’ll find recommendations for restaurants, tours, events, and more.
5 of the Best South Carolina Beaches
Kiawah Island is a private beach community located in the Charleston area. Here, residents and visitors can enjoy 10 miles of private beaches, panoramic salt marsh views, and a variety of resort-style amenities. The beauty and luxury of this sea island is recognized year after year and has received recognition as one of the Top 10 Best American Beaches by Dr. Beach. This family-friendly island has something to offer for both the young and the young at heart. Kiawah Island’s only public beach, Beachwalker Park, offers a beautiful stretch of shoreline and a large swimming area. On-site amenities include a dressing area, outdoor showers, restrooms, a seasonal snack bar, a picnic area with grills, and more. For more recommendations on the island’s top attractions, take a look at our free Kiawah Island Vacation Guide!
Seabrook Island is Kiawah Island’s beloved neighboring beach. Like Kiawah, you’ll find a variety of resort-style amenities here, including tennis, golf, and restaurants. However, because there is no public beach on Seabrook Island, it is a bit quieter. Only vacationing guests and residents have access to the beaches. The tranquil shores of Seabrook Island have everything you need for a memorable getaway. The barrier island is home to several excellent beaches, as well as the exclusive Seabrook Island Beach Club. North Beach is on Seabrook Island’s Eastern shore, making it a prime spot to watch a classic Carolina sunrise. North Beach also features a large off-leash area for dogs that is open seasonally. It’s perfect for pet-friendly vacationing! Pelican Beach is one of Seabrook Island’s best-kept secrets. Whether you decide to walk along the coast, go for a refreshing midday swim with the kids, or watch an award-winning sunset, we guarantee this spot will become your new favorite. Pelican Watch Beach is another area on the island that allows dogs. Book your stay at one of our Beach Club or Pelican Watch villas for access to this fantastic beach!
Sullivan’s Island is a casual, upscale beach town. It is the perfect place to rent bikes, go on a paddle boarding excursion, or simply relax and soak up the sun! You’ll find Sullivan’s Island just outside of Mt. Pleasant, SC. The community is home to laid-back restaurants, shops, and bars that are only steps away from the ocean. Grab a burger and a refreshing cocktail at Poe’s Tavern, and learn how the restaurant found its name with a trip to historic Fort Moultrie. (Edgar Allen Poe once served at this historic fort!) No matter what you decide to do, we guarantee that you will love spending a day on this one-of-a-kind island.
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms is a favorite beach for both locals and visitors alike. Like Kiawah and Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms is famous for its family-friendly atmosphere and great golfing opportunities. Visitors can take a boat tour or even a deep-sea fishing excursion. Convenient parking with easy beach access is available when you first arrive on the island. At the end of the day, we recommend stopping by Luke ’n Ollie’s Pizzeria. The covered porch is a prime location for enjoying a slice of pizza and a cold drink!
There’s a reason that Folly Beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Carolina. It is the only beach of its kind in the Palmetto State! Also known as “The Edge of America,” this quirky beach town is a surfer’s paradise. The Washout on Folly boasts some of the biggest and best waves on the Carolina coast. After an exciting day on the water, take a stroll along the Folly Beach Fishing Pier for incredible views. The area is also very walkable and filled with excellent restaurants and shops.
Stay for a Week or a Lifetime
Now that you’ve found the best South Carolina beaches, we know that you are ready to get your toes in the sand and your feet in the water! Enjoy easy access to the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast when you choose any of our oceanfront vacation homes on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. These beloved sea islands are only 40 minutes away from the bustling Holy City, making them ideal for those who want the ultimate beach getaway just a short drive from downtown Charleston.
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