Downtown Charleston is teeming with choices. With so many places to eat, drink and explore, it would only make sense that there is also a delightful variety of beaches to visit, each offering a unique set of characteristics, people, and points of interest. From the Morris Island lighthouse at the point of Folly Beach to the rich history of Sullivan’s Island, there is a distinct feel to each of Charleston’s surrounding beach fronts. Here are a few of our favorite beach towns to explore, just miles away from downtown Charleston, SC.
Folly Beach has always been a part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean and just fifteen minutes from downtown Charleston, the barrier island of Folly Beach offers the best of both worlds. Fondly referred to as the “Edge of America”, Folly Beach-goers will enjoy a relaxed, “surfer town” vibe. Folly Beach activities are almost limitless – from fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding to eating and drinking at countless unique and casual restaurants, there is always something suited to satisfy your individual tastes. Folly Beach, South Carolina is a celebration of natural beauty and a bohemian attitude. As a hub for turtle preservation, Folly Beach is proud to announce it has a record-breaking 85 turtle nests as of July 14, 2013.
Upcoming Folly Beach events include the Moonlight Mixer on July 26, giving Folly residents a chance to shag dance the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Pier.
Eating and drinking suggestion: Walk down East Ashley Ave and you’ll stumble on a handful of food trucks and stands. Order a Beach Bum whole fruit smoothie from the Juice Joint and hop across the road to nosh on a savory or sweet treat from Tokyo Crepe.
Casual, unhurried Sullivan’s Island is one of the most relaxing and family-friendly beaches on South Carolina’s coast. Visitors enjoy the island’s inviting beaches, charming seaside neighborhoods and laid-back dining venues. Sullivan’s Island is treasured by visitors and residents alike for its rich history, friendly atmosphere, and simple beauty. The island was originally known as O’Sullivan’s Island after Captain Florence O’Sullivan, who was stationed there as a lighthouse keeper in the late 17th century. To add to its history, writer Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie from November 1827 to December 1828 and used Sullivan’s Island as the setting for his short story, The Gold Bug.
Upcoming events on Sullivan’s Island include the Commemoration of Fort Moultrie’s 150th Anniversary of the Battle for Battery Wagner on July 18-21, 2013.
Eating and drinking suggestion: Visit the lively, open-air restaurant Home Team BBQ for a pulled pork bbq sandwich and cole slaw then wash it down with the restaurant’s signature frozen cocktail - the Game Changer.
Isle of Palms
The Isle of Palms, an Atlantic barrier island, has prided itself on being a family-friendly beach. In 2002, the city was the first in the State of South Carolina to achieve the Blue Wave Designation from the Clean Beaches Council who recognizes environmentally well-managed beaches. The city has successfully kept this designation every year since. One can ride through the many bike paths throughout the island and enjoy the beautiful and wide 6 miles of sandy beaches. The Isle of Palms’ nearly 2,880 acres includes a thriving local business district surrounded by residences, miles of beach, and a community where you’ll find beachfront live music at the Windjammer, bathing-suit clad kids eating ice cream, beach volleyball, and families kicking back to enjoy it all.
Upcoming events include The Windjammer Doubles Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Jul 20 8:00 a.m.
Eating and drinking suggestion: Rinse off the sand and grab a table at Coda del Pesce, an oceanfront Italian restaurant boasting fresh seafood and an incredible wine list.
This summer, King Street’s Fulton Lane Inn has the perfect package for those wanting to explore both downtown Charleston and the surrounding beaches. With our Beach Vacation Package, you and a traveling partner will spend two days exploring downtown Charleston and a third day basking in the sun at any of Charleston’s beautiful beaches. We’ll send you with all the essentials for a perfect, worry-free beach day - beach chairs, towels, a cooler and picnic lunch from Charleston’s newest restaurant Kitchen 208.
Learn more about the Fulton Lane Inn Beach Vacation Package here and start planning your summer vacation to Charleston. Call us at 800-720-2688 for even more assistance.