Sun, sand, surf, trails—in this city, you’re never far from a shoreline.
By Stephanie Burt, March 15, 2021
Sand between your toes and salt breezes are always easy to find in this part of South Carolina—and the barrier islands beyond Charleston’s city limits beckon for an afternoon jaunt where you might spot dolphins frolicking, or be tempted into savoring a double-dip ice cream.
Most are no more than an hour drive from downtown, but you’re able to find every kind of beach experience under the sun, from family days with plenty of amenities to secluded spots where it’s just you and nature, to historic lighthouses and wild beaches that look as if they’re right off the set of Cast Away.
Grab a towel and a sturdy pair of sandals, and get on the road—these are our absolute favorite beaches in Charleston.