Sullivan's Island Beach


Sullivan's Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island beaches are some of the most natural and non-commercialized beaches in the Charleston area. The island, located about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, has no beachfront commercial development, no hotels and no B&B’s. The island also doesn’t have public restrooms, showers, or public parking lots. The small island does however boast over three miles of pristine, smooth sand beaches and great views of Fort Sumter, The Morris Island Lighthouse, and The Battery. The public beach access points are still called stations, a remnant from the past when beachgoers were transported to Sullivan’s Island by electric trolley. Station 18 is at one end of the island near the lighthouse, while station 32 is at the other end of the island. The beaches on Sullivan’s Island are busy in the summertime, and with limited parking, beachgoers need to arrive early. 



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Sullivan's Island Beach Rules and Regulations


  • All dogs visiting the island must have a dog permit and wear a red collar at all times on the island - apply for a permit at town hall.
  • Clean up after your pet - Dog waste bags and trash cans are located at each beach access point
  • No dogs on the beach from 10 am - 6 pm from May 1st - Sept 30th
  • No one allowed on the beach after 11 pm 
  • No motorized vehicles allowed on the beach
  • No alcohol allowed on the beach
  • No plastic, polystyrene or glass containers area allowed on the beach at any time
  • Swim at your own risk - No lifeguards on duty
  • Do not leave holes along the beach
  • Do not tamper with sea turtles or their nests
  • Fireworks are prohibited on the island
  • Visitors must park along the street 
  • All four tires must be off the road when parking
  • Don’t block private driveways when parking along the street

Current and Upcoming Events
at Sullivan's Island Beach


What: Sullivan's Island Farmers Market
When: April - June, 2022
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
Where: J. Marshall Stith Park
Admission: Free

Every Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM you can join neighbors from the area at J. Marshall Stith Park (2050 Middle St.) for local produce and other goods, as well as food and craft vendors. 


What: Art on the Beach
When: Nov. 13, 2022
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Where: Sullivan's Island
Admission: TBD

This event is a dynamic tour of homes on Sullivans Island, held annually on the second Sunday in November. Tickets are required to enjoy this self guided tour from 1:00-5:00pm. Ticket holders may begin their journey at any home – a map will be provided the week of the event. Patrons are encouraged to hop from home to home exploring a well curated gallery of artists in each location. Materials range from fine art to found art, including jewelers and small batch craft makers. Sample cuisine from local chefs along the tour. All proceeds from this event will benefit Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services to hundreds of low-income individuals and families in our community each year.


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