Charleston SC Beaches
Which of the Charleston SC Beaches are the best? With five different beach towns in the area, our guide will help you choose which Charleston Beach you should visit.
There are five different Charleston beach towns within a 20 minute drive of downtown. All of the beaches are safe, clean and not as crowded as other South Carolina beaches but they also each have their own unique characteristics. Our Charleston South Carolina Vacation Guide will help you decide which beach best suites you - so grab your towel, your sunscreen and get ready to hit the beach.
Which Charleston Beach is the Best?
- Folly Beach - Overall Most Popular
- Sullivan's Island - Most Charming
- Isle of Palms - Popular with Families
- Kiawah Island - Least Crowded
- Seabrook Island - Gated and Private
How far is Charleston from the Beach?
- Folly Beach - 12 miles and 30 minutes drive time
- Sullivan's Island - 9 miles and 20 minutes drive time
- Isle of Palms - 17 miles and 40 minutes drive time
- Kiawah Island - 28 miles and 50 minutes drive time
- Seabrook Island - 25 miles and 45 minutes drive time
Charleston SC Beaches
Folly Island SC 29439
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.
Sullivan's Island Beach
Sullivan's Island SC 29482
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.
Isle of Palms Beach
Isle of Palms SC 29451
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.
Kiawah Island Beach
Kiawah Island SC 29455
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.
Seabrook Island Beach
Seabrook Island SC 29455
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.
Edisto Island Beach
Edisto Island SC 29482
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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