With school out for the summer and the sun shining down, everyone is thinking of going to the beach! Charleston beaches are some of the best in the world and we are lucky to be able to go every day we can! Whether you want a family-friendly atmosphere, great shell hunting opportunities, or just a relaxing sun-bathing day, Charleston has you covered.
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms is a family friendly beach with a lot of options. You can fish, rent a house, kite surf, and more on the wide beaches. Find lunch options and supplies at one of the shops along the IOP boardwalk. Isle of Palms is famous for the large population of sea turtles who come back every year to lay their eggs. Walk to look for nests and turtle tracks, but stay off the dunes to keep the turtles safe and coming back!
Local Scoop: Stay on IOP until the evening to catch local bands in action at the Windjammer!
Next to Isle of Palms is Sullivan’s Island, a town-owned community of gorgeous historic homes, Revolutionary War history, fabulous restaurants, and wide beaches. Sullivan’s is very small, only 3.3 miles so it can sometimes get crowded, but it is always a fun atmosphere for families and groups. Kite-surfing is very popular off Sullivan’s because of the strong winds, so be sure to try it out there if you’re interested! Stop by our favorites Home Team BBQ or Poe’s Tavern after a long day for a cold beer and delicious sandwich.
Local Scoop: Parking can usually be found in the early mornings or after 3PM on the side streets by Station 26 1/2 or Station 29. Going at noon will not work out well in your favor so plan ahead!
Beachwalker County Park (Kiawah Island)
For a more private beach experience, head out to Kiawah Island. Beachwalker County Park is the only public beach on Kiawah and it is well worth the drive. During peak season, it costs $10 per car, but you can get in free with a Charleston County Parks pass. About 40 minutes from downtown Charleston, this beach has wide open spaces, dolphins and wildlife galore, along with convenient public bathrooms, outdoor showers, umbrella and chair rentals, and a concession stand. There are also lifeguards at peak times. Take a long walk and expect to find horseshoe crabs, sand dollars, and maybe even a starfish!
Local Scoop: This beach has been one of the last beaches where off leash dogs were welcome, but they’ve changed their leash laws this year. If you’re bringing fido — be sure to pack the leash to avoid a fine.
Folly Beach is one of the most famous and most popular Charleston beaches. Folly is home to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, a long strip of beach, vacation rentals, and tons of great restaurants and shops. While Folly Beach is less family friendly than our other beaches, it is still okay to take the kiddos. Folly Beach features surfing, fun festivals like the Sea & Sand festival, a gigantic July 4th celebration, and daily live music.
Local Scoop: You can park anywhere in Folly Beach, so it’s a bit of a free-for-all mess. Avoid any towing, tickets, or hassles by making sure you get all four tires off the road where ever you park. It’s a town ordinance!
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