Sullivan’s Island is a charming beach town located about 10 miles from downtown Charleston. The island is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Charleston and accessible by taking the Ben Sawyer Bridge.
The small island, comprising only 3.3 square miles, is a popular spot for tourists and residents who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The island has a strict preservation plan so visitors will find limited accommodations. There are no major hotels or motels on the island so the only lodging option are vacation rental homes. The island has about 200 of these vacation rental homes that must be rented for a week at a time during the summer season.
The island also boasts an acclaimed restaurant district with lots of local family restaurants, pubs, and fine dining establishments. Many of the restaurants have indoor and outdoor seating, bars, and some offer live music.
Visitors looking for something to do on the island can visit Fort Moultrie, snap a quick pic of the unique Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, or take a stroll down the beach. Sullivan’s Island Beach is without a doubt the most popular attraction on the island. The area is well known for its seashells, especially the sand dollars that wash up along the shoreline on a regular basis. Visitors are asked to keep the white, sun bleached sand dollars, and throw the gray, fuzzy ones back into the water, as they are still alive. Other popular beach activities include surf fishing, crabbing, surfing, and kayaking. The island also has several art galleries and beach shops selling clothing and souvenirs.
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Fort Moultrie is one of the oldest standing forts on the East Coast. Learn about how the fort was used to defend Charleston during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars by taking a self-guided tour. Learn More >> Fort Moultrie
Sullivan’s Island Beach
Sullivan’s Island has three miles of pristine coastline with very little commercial development. The wide beaches offer plenty of room to sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean. Learn More >> Sullivan's Island Beach
Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse
The Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse is one of the most modern lighthouses in the country. Standing an impressive 140 feet with a unique triangular and slim design makes it easy to spot. The lighthouse is closed to the public but can be easily viewed from the beach. Learn More >> Sullivan's Island Lighthouse
Sandpiper Gallery - The art gallery has paintings, ceramics, prints, and jewelry from a variety of artists.
Almost Pink - This store offers contemporary clothing to look chic on the beach and beyond, like summer sandals, loose pants and flowing dresses.
Shades of Charleston - Find a pair of stylish shades to wear to the beach or choose from a selection of locally designed graphic hats.
Goldbug - This boutique has a large selection of clothes, bathing suits, beach accessories and jewelry.
Adele's Pottery - This pottery studio and gallery features wheel-thrown and hand-built clay-works by Adele Deas Tobin. Pottery classes are also offered.