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Charleston is one of the top destinations in America – and with good reason! The lovely downtown, colorful historic homes, a great foodie scene, and plenty of locally-owned shops are just a few of the reasons why Charleston should be on your travel bucket list. In addition, Charleston is surrounded by incredible sun-kissed beaches with island paradise vibes. Whether you are going for just a quick weekend in Charleston or a longer vacation, there are plenty of things to do, the best of course being the beaches! The beaches are just a quick drive from central Charleston, but they are worth the trip. Here’s our guide to our top 3 beaches in Charleston.
Folly Beach a funky and carefree beach town affectionately known as the “Edge of America.” It is the closest beach to historic Charleston. It is popular with surfers, fishermen, and the bohemian crowd. The colorful main street is lined with surf shops, quirky souvenir stores, and great restaurants with live music. Go surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing. Explore the Morris Island Lighthouse, one of the oldest historical lighthouses in America. Go for a paddleboarding tour or rent a paddleboard with Charleston SUP Safaris to see the numerous beautiful native birds, bottlenose dolphins, and the lovely Lowcountry scenery.
Isle of Palms has more of a resort feel than the other beaches around Charleston, which makes it a great spot for the whole family. Everyone will find something they want to do here. Enjoy championship golf courses, fishing in Breach Inlet, parasailing along the beach, or relaxing on the beautiful sandy white beaches. There are cute boutiques, great restaurants, and other retail shops, so you won’t have to leave the island if you don’t want to. Enjoy the island lifestyle and escape from the busyness of the rest of the world.
Sullivan’s Island is a charming cottage town with beautiful beaches. The small-town vibe attracts locals looking to escape the tourists. There are no hotels here, only beach house rentals. However, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty to do. Learn about Revolutionary War history at Fort Moultrie or visit Poe’s Tavern, which is dedicated to the memory of Edgar Allen Poe. He was stationed at Fort Moultrie when he wrote his famous short story, The Gold Bug. Explore the area around the quaint Lighthouse, enjoy kiteboarding on the beach, go biking along the marsh, and end the day with a breathtaking sunset on the beach. If you are looking for peace and quiet, Sullivan’s Island is the place to pick.
Wondering what to do in Charleston? Check out our 15 Things to Do in Charleston list!
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