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Best beaches in Charleston


As summer approaches, you may be looking to head to the best beaches in Charleston. Each year, Charleston, SC is a top destination, and fortunately, it also has some of the best beaches. If you’re reading to hit the sun and sand, we’ve got the complete list of the best beaches in Charleston for you.

Here are our personal favorite and best beaches in Charleston:

  1. Folly Beach
  2. Edisto Beach
  3. Capers Island
  4. Bulls Island
  5. Sullivan’s Island
  6. Seabrook Island


1. Folly Beach

Best Beaches in Charleston - Folly Beach

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Folly Beach is easily known as one of the best beaches in Charleston. (if not THE best)! It’s nicknamed the Edge of America as it’s one of the most relaxing places on Earth. Along with locals and tourists, artists often flock to Folly Beach so that they can paint the scenery. Put Folly at the top of your list!






Best Beaches in Charleston - Edisto Beach

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2. Edisto Beach

Are you looking for a nice beach with minimal traffic? This is ranked one of the best beaches in Charleston because it’s kids friendly. You can easily rent bikes and go family biking or just take a stroll with your favorite people.  




3. Capers Island Best Beaches in Charleston - Capers island

This spot is a little bit further from the downtown area of Charleston. You’re looking at about an hour’s drive from downtown Charleston. However, it’s routinely ranked as one of the best beaches in Charleston and South Carolina in general. Capers is a picturesque, undeveloped barrier island that is perfect for activities like camping, kayaking, and more! Get ready to explore those beaches. 




Best Beaches in Charleston - Bulls island4. Bulls Island

Another adventure is in store for you if you’re looking to visit Bulls Island! Bulls Island is the largest of four barrier islands found within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. It’s known as one of the best beaches in Charleston due to its white sandy beaches. Some tourists will even take a ferry to get over to Bulls Island. Read about all there is to do at Bulls Island here



5. Sullivan’s Island Best Beaches in Charleston - Sullivan's Island

Sullivan’s Island is located about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston and is ranked as having some of the best beaches. It is also near the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. There is swimming on the island; although, it does not have any beachfront commercial development or hotels and B&Bs. Thus, if you’re visiting as a tourist, you’ll want to ask a local where the safest places to swim are. The island does have some currents you’ll want to steer clear of. 




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6. Seabrook Island

Just miles from historic Charleston, Seabrook Island is ripe and ready to claim the title of having the best beaches in Charleston. It is one of the most desirable locations in the area as a private, coastal barrier island community. If you’re ready to be “wowed,” plan to stay there today! It may just become your new favorite vacation spot.







Final thoughts 

Ready for a great beach season? The best beaches in Charleston are calling your name. If you’re looking for a way to view some of the beaches before you take your pick, take a tour with Speedboat Adventures. This tour will take you past some of the above beaches and give you an idea of which one you want to visit. 

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