Charleston Beaches

Charleston Beaches © 2012 Audra L. Gibson

A Charlestonian's choice of beach may be as unique as they are. Some folks think of week long vacations at their family's beach rental on Kiawah or Seabrook, while some can't imagine a beach trip without an evening at Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's after. The folks on IOP stay in the sun all day, head back to their homes for an evening with friends, and sigh when the clock hits 11:00 p.m., because they know it's quiet time on the island. Then there are the laid back Folly residents, who don't know there are any beaches in existance except Folly (or at least wouldn't admit to it).


There are sun bathers and families on all the beaches, surfers and bocci ball on a few, and gate entrance required for two. Whichever beach folks head to, it is a place they love. And who can blame them? There is something about ocean air that is a little easier the breath, something about the sea that refreshes more than the body, and something about the sun that melts the stress of life away. Water is good for the body. Salt is good for the soul.


So whether there's an event, or a weekend, or just a Tuesday evening stroll down the pier, get out there and enjoy the fact that Charleston is surrounded by water. Just two requests... wear sunscreen (your skin will love you for it), and let's try to not all leave the beach at the same time (the traffic is ridiculous when we do).


Links to a few of the events on our favorite beaches...



Flip Flop Drop (New Year's Eve Folly Style)

Folly Gras Parade (Folly's version of Mardi Gras)

Sea and Sand Festival (Featuring local musicians and the Folly Beach Art Guild)

Taste of Folly (Food booths, chili cookoff, and hot dog eating contest-anyone want to challenge Joey Chestnut?)

Moonlight Mixers (Shagging on Folly Pier)

Govenor's Cup (District Surfing Championship)



Lowcountry Blues Bash (February Blues Music on IOP)

5k Beach Run (July run welcoming all runners)

Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Contest (How good a castle can you build?)



Polar Bear Plunge (The Lowcountry Original - The costumes won't disappoint)

Lighthouse Open House (Special Event)

Fire and Rescue Fish Fry (Supporting volunteer rescue operations)

Carolina Day (Celebrating the victory at the Battle of Sullivan's Island)



Fourth of July Parade (On the Seabrook Island Road Loop)

St. Christopher Summer Camp (Celebrating 75 Years in 2013)



Annual Tree Lighting (Grand lobby of The Sanctuary)

Kiawah Island Marathon (Flat terrain and pleasant weather)



Wave Report

Folly Beach Surfing

Mockingjay Pin Sand Sculpture

2013 Polar Bear Plunge

Folly Beach Surfing C of C

Morris Island Lighthouse

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