The South Carolina coast is home to 187 miles of general coastline full of beautiful beaches. There are plenty to choose from, but here’s a top 10 list to get you started.
The most popular tourist destination in South Carolina, more than 14 million people visit the area every year. In the middle of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is home to a stretch of 60 miles of beaches. WIth plenty of hotels, great places to eat, and fun things to keep you busy, you can’t go wrong with the choice to vacation here.
Folly Beach, known as “the edge of America,” is a seven-mile-long barrier reef located just eight miles south of Charleston. It is the closest beach to the city. It’s a great place to relax, and is the best place for history buffs, because it’s full of history surrounding the American Civil War.
More than 39,000 people call this area home, and the sheer beauty of the area is enough. It’s the largest sea island between New Jersey and Florida. It’s home to more than 42 square miles of beaches, nine marinas, 24 championship golf courses, and more. Hilton Head Island hosts the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the East Coast, Wine Fest.
This is a privately owned island, but visitors are always welcome. It’s located 21 miles away from the city of Charleston. There are plenty of things to do and see, making it the perfect choice for a family vacation.
Also known as “Family Beach,” this beach features two miles of oceanfront hotels, condos, and more. It’s located just four miles south of Myrtle Beach, and is the perfect destination for families. If you want to bring Spot along, too, that’s great, because it’s also pet friendly.
Hunting Island Beach
Hunting Island Beach gets more than one million visitors a year, and is home to the Hunting Island State Park. This is a four mile long island beach, located near Beaufort, South Carolina. It’s a great choice for people who don’t want the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach.
The most recently developed part of the Grand Strand, Pawley’s Island features four miles of beaches, golf courses, a variety of hotels and accommodations, and more. If you choose to vacation here, make sure you check out Brookgreen Gardens, the world’s largest sculpture garden.
This is the best place for seafood lovers because it is the “seafood capital of South Carolina” since many of the restaurants in the area get their seafood straight from the ocean.
Fripp Island is the most seaward of all the South Carolina islands. It is a is a wildlife sanctuary known for its uncrowded feel. Only 1,000 people live here during the off-season, so it’s a great place to relax and recharge.
Isle of Palms
Here you will find seven miles of beaches with plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, from seniors to families.