Charleston SC Beaches 

Charleston SC Beaches

Which of the Charleston SC Beaches is the best? There are six different beaches in the area: Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island Beach, Isle of Palms Beach, Kiawah Island Beach, Seabrook Island Beach, and Edisto Beach. Our Charleston SC Visitors Guide will help you decide which of the Charleston SC beaches best suites you - so grab a towel, put on some sunscreen and get ready to hit the beach.

Which Charleston SC Beach is the Best?

  • Folly Beach - Overall Most Popular 
  • Sullivan's Island Beach - Most Charming
  • Isle of Palms Beach - Popular with Families
  • Kiawah Island Beach - Least Crowded
  • Seabrook Island Beach - Gated and Private
  • Edisto Beach - Most pristine beach

How far is Charleston from the Beach?

  • Folly Beach - 12 miles and 30 minutes drive time
  • Sullivan's Island Beach - 9 miles and 20 minutes drive time
  • Isle of Palms Beach - 17 miles and 40 minutes drive time
  • Kiawah Island Beach - 28 miles and 50 minutes drive time
  • Seabrook Island Beach - 25 miles and 45 minutes drive time
  • Edisto Island Beach - 45 miles and 1 hour drive time

Charleston SC Beaches

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is an eclectic beach community popular with surfers, college students, and vacationers. It is the closest beach to downtown Charleston and boasts about six miles of shoreline. Take a relaxing walk along the beach, hunt for seashells, or watch a beautiful sunset from the fishing pier. 

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Sullivan's Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island is a 3 mile long barrier island north of the Charleston harbor. The beach on the island is the least commercialized of the area beaches and home to the unique looking Sullivan's Island Lighthouse. Free parking is available along the streets leading up to the bridge. 

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Isle of Palms Beach

Isle of Palms, located just 12 miles from downtown Charleston, is a relaxing beach community with 6 miles of pristine coastline. Isle of Palms has public restrooms, available parking, restaurants, bars, and shops. The island also has a county park and fishing pier. 

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Kiawah Island Beach

Kiawah Island, located about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston, boasts 10 miles of white sand beaches. The island is one of the least developed and natural in the area featuring preserved maritime forests and marshes. The only public beach access is located at the county park on the west end of the island. 

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Seabrook Island Beach

Seabrook Island is a private beachfront community just thirty minutes from downtown Charleston. The island, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Edisto River, boasts nearly four miles of the widest beaches in South Carolina.

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Edisto Island Beach

Edisto Beach, located about an hour from downtown Charleston, is one of the few non-commercialized beaches left in South Carolina. The 4.5 miles of pristine beach are normally less crowded than other beaches in the area. 

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