Planning A Charleston Beach Vacation
From the child splashing in the ocean and drawing words in the sand to the adult reclining in the sun and bobbing in the waves—at no age is a beach vacation anything but exceptional. Charleston, SC offers a variety of beaches (and beach communities) that are beyond compare. So, if you’re planning a Charleston, SC beach vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Use this quick guide to get acquainted with all the ocean-side attractions the Holy City has to offer!
ISLE OF PALMS
Isle of Palms is north of the peninsula, just 12 miles from downtown. Its beaches are idyllic and vast. It’s a place that allows you to keep it both classy and relaxed. It offers world-class golf, a thriving local business district, and one of the Charleston area’s most acclaimed music venues: The Windjammer. It’s also extremely family-friendly, boasting the Isle of Palms County Park, which literally sits on the ocean with pristine beaches, beautiful boardwalks, picnic areas and playgrounds for the kids. Perhaps, more than anything, Isle of Palms is a wonderful spot to relax and rejuvenate.
Neighbor to Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island has a similar vibe, but with a little more historical swagger. Take a tour of Fort Moultrie, a piece of history that stood front and center during a skirmish in the Revolutionary War. Edgar Allen Poe was also stationed on Sullivan’s Island in the early 1800s, using the area as the setting for his short story, The Gold Bug, hence the name of the ever-popular burger and beer joint, Poe’s Tavern, which is just a short walk from the beach! Poe’s is part of a lovely little strip of restaurants and bars that call Sullivan’s Island home. And the beaches—which are gorgeous as can be—are owned by the town, ensuring their beauty will always be maintained.
If you’re looking for a place with more of that local feel, Folly Beach is the seaside locale for you. Its main drag is lined with bars and restaurants that are happy to keep your glass full ‘til last call. It reveals a more rustic side of the Lowcountry beachfront, allowing you to let your inner surfer-dude loose. Stroll out on the picturesque Folly Beach Pier and get a one-of-a-kind view of the Atlantic Ocean. Or catch a wave, as Folly offers some of the best surfing in the area. And when it’s time to take a breather, meander down the wide, idyllic beaches and soak in the view of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse.
ADVENTURES TO BE HAD
Each of these Charleston beaches boasts a variety of nature-based and water tours. Whether you’re exploring the scenic waterways on kayak or canoe, dolphin watching in Charleston Harbor, or relaxing on a sunset cruise, education and adventure await at every turn.
WHERE TO STAY
When planning a Charleston, SC beach vacation, if you decide to call Folly Beach your home base, Walk Away Stays offers beautiful luxury property rentals, conveniently located within walking distance of the beach and Center Street—where the majority of the bars and restaurants reside. Book today!
But why settle for a single beach? If you’re interested in exploring all of the beautiful Charleston beaches, it may be best to rent downtown, which offers a 15 minute drive to virtually every beach in the area—plus all of the wonderful attractions and activities in the charming Holy City. Walk Away Stays offers a wide variety of luxury apartment rentals on the downtown peninsula, and like our Folly Beach rentals, each space offers hotel-style toiletries, luxury linens, and complimentary locally roasted coffee.
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