The Best Low Country Beaches

<alt="woman at the beach"/>Did you know: Charleston was the winner of the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award for “Top City in the United States.”

We love our city. It has great shopping, a fun nightlife scene, plenty of delicious restaurant options—and we especially love catching rays on our beautiful beaches!

Summertime is in full swing, so why not spend this weekend enjoying the sand and ocean breezes on one of Charleston’s award-winning beaches? Here are the most popular spots for having some fun in the sun around Charleston:

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is known for its family-friendly and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place to take your family and loved ones for a weekend of sunshine, South Carolina history, and Low Country dining. Tourists and locals love Sullivan’s Island for its beautiful scenery, friendly environment, and spacious beaches.

Isle of Palms

If you’re looking for a place that’s one-of-a-kind and full of activities the entire family will enjoy, look no further than Isle of Palms. You’ll find virtually every activity you can think of to enjoy on your vacation or day off on Isle of Palms—and it’s only 12 miles away from downtown Charleston! The Isle of Palms beaches are clean, safe, and even feature a designated swimming area and family park that you and your kids can enjoy throughout the entire summer.

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is a private beach community with undisturbed scenic views, natural beauty, and forests rich with pine trees, magnolias, and oaks. This Island is only accessible to owners and guests of the resort or rental properties, but it also features a publicly accessible beach area at Beachwalker County Park. Travel to Kiawah and you’ll enjoy the 10 miles of stunning beach that Travel Channel has named one of the country’s “Top Ten” beaches to visit.

Seabrook Island 

Seabrook Island is another private destination located nearly 22 miles south of downtown Charleston. Residents and rental guests enjoy Seabrook’s gorgeous, pristine Atlantic beaches. The laid-back atmosphere and stunning shorelines make for an unforgettable South Carolina experience for all who visit and reside on this special island.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is truly one of South Carolina’s hidden treasures. Conveniently located just 15 minutes away from historic Charleston, this barrier island is the home of surfing, rich Low Country history, the Morris Island Lighthouse, and delicious South Carolina fare. Guests can visit the Folly Beach County Park and enjoy amenities like outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas, and much more. Bring the entire family to Folly Beach for a wonderful weekend of sun and fun on “The Edge of America.”

Ready to plan your next beach getaway in Charleston? Click here to get more information about our favorite local vacation spots.

The Charleston Farmers Market

Every Saturday through December 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., venture to King and Calhoun Streets to the Charleston Farmers Market. Local vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, breakfast and lunch foods, and arts and crafts.

Perfect for the entire family, entertainment abounds, and you’ll have your choice of over 100 different vendors. Fresh produce ranges from raspberries to lima beans and sweet corn to mulberries. Other foods, such as shrimp, eggs, and milk are available. Because the Market runs through the end of the year, plan to stop in once or twice a month so you don’t have to buy extra produce. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to buy as you need it.

The artisans who frequent the Market are a plethora of amazingly talented people. Thomas Bennett will do your caricature, or Ciana Pullen will do a portrait as you stand or from a photograph.

You can find sweetgrass basketry, handmade soaps and candles, handcrafted furniture, garden art, and jewelry of all types. You’ll also enjoy seeing metal sculpture, clay designs, pet treats, clothing, purses and accessories, and wooden bowls.

The entertainment at the Market is not to be missed. Scheduled entertainment includes:

  • August 17 – Volcanoes in the Kitchen
  • August 24 – David Higgins
  • August 31 – Les Amis
  • September 7 – Dance FX
  • September 14 – Fiddlin’ Marci & Roger Bellow
  • September 21 – Volcanoes in the Kitchen
  • September 28 – MOJA Heritage Day Entertainment

To get the most from the Market, take your time and be open to looking at as many booths as possible. You never know what might catch your eye. Be sure to stay hydrated and fed, and enjoy!

For more information, visit the Charleston Visitors Bureau site, or the Charleston Farmer’s Market site.