The Ultimate Guide to the Best Beaches Near Charleston, SC

When travelers come to the Holy City, images of charming pastel homes, horse-drawn carriages, and world-class cuisine come to mind, but some of the most beautiful beaches in the state can be found in Charleston. While you have to leave the city to explore along the coast, there are four gorgeous beaches near Charleston, SC. To learn more about these locales and other suggestions on places to visit and eat, request access to our complimentary Destination Guide!


Check Out These 3 Beaches Near Charleston, SC

Folly Beach

Located to the southwest of downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is on James Island and about a 20-minute drive from the city. Along the way, you can stop at one of the many restaurants and cafes. For a quick, delicious smoothie, pop into Black Magic Cafe, or make reservations for brunch at Lost Dog Cafe. Along Center Street, you’ll find a handful of other places perfect for lunch, dinner, or just a post-beach drink.

Known to possess a bohemian vibe, Folly is a favorite beach near Charleston, SC, for college students, surfers, and young professionals. Families are often at Folly as well but tend to hang out closer to the pier. Surfers looking for the swell should head to an area known as The Washout.


Sullivan’s Island

Beautiful beach and outstanding restaurants make up Sullivan’s Island, a charming beach town in Mount Pleasant. Grab a refreshing margarita at Mex 1 before hitting the sand or stop by The Obstinate Daughter afterward for one of the best dining experiences in Charleston. Every restaurant on the strip has delicious offerings, including Poe’s Tavern which pays tribute to Edgar Allen Poe’s short stint living on the island.

Set up your beach supplies around Station 22 if you want to stay close to the lighthouse, or head to Station 11 if you want a bit more privacy and a great view of the bridge, but be sure to check the tides because the beach itself can be small in this area at high tide.


Isle of Palms

Also in Mount Pleasant but a bit further from downtown, Isle of Palms is a beautiful area where marshland meets the coast. This barrier island is home to The Windjammer, a beach bar known for its live music, long-standing summer bikini competition, and beach volleyball games. If you’re vacationing with the family, this beach near Charleston, SC, is one of the best because there’s plenty of beach for everyone to have space and many other families frequent this area.


Stay at Hotel Bella Grace

After a long day of lounging in the sun at one of these beaches near Charleston, SC, you’ll want to come back to a comfortable place where you can wash the sand away and relax for the evening. At the Hotel Bella Grace, you’ll get the best of both worlds—proximity to all three of these beaches while remaining in the heart of the historic downtown area.


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