Charleston Area Beaches

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Kiawah Beachwalker Park

Catch a glimpse of Kiawah Island’s natural beauty through Kiawah Beachwalk County Park. Relax on the 10 mile stretch of ocean frontage. You’ll get to enjoy a river view as well. Kiawah Beachwalker County Park is the only public beach access on Kiawah Island. On-island access is is limited to property owners and resort or rental agency guests. Seasonal lifeguards posted along designated swimming beachfront areas; leashed dogs allowed.

Located at 1 Beachwalker Dr., Johns Island; about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Folly Beach

Come see what “The Edge of America” is all about…sea and sand surfing, Morris Island Lighthouse, and southern hospitality – Folly style.

Folly Beach is just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Read about beach access and parking, rules about dogs on the beach, as well as other rules here. They are strictly enforced. And most importantly …

Relax! It’s Folly Beach!

Isle of Palms County Park

Looking for an active beach outing? Come to Isle of Palms, home of the Wild Dunes Resort, for beach bars, water activities, and upscale shops.

Enjoy the Isle of Palms County Park beach with peace of mind … lifeguards are seasonally on duty along the beachfront designated swimming area; still be mindful of the strong currents. The city offers more than 50 beach access paths. Parking (for a nominal fee) is also offered in two city-maintained parking lots close to Front Beach on Pavilion Drive.

If you can’t find parking in a designated lot, you can park on any road right-of-way unless it has been designated with a “no parking” sign. Use common sense and courtesy when parking: all four wheels must be off the road and don’t block anything (driveways, beach access, mailboxes, etc.)

Isle of Palms is located just 12 miles from downtown Charleston; it’s about a 25 minute drive.

Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island, home to Old Fort Moultrie, is a quaint residential town rich in history. Make a pit stop at the shops and restaurants you’ll find along the way on Middle Street. While relaxing on the casual, family-friendly beach, enjoy the ambience of the seaside neighborhoods. Imbibe its simple beauty.

20 minutes from downtown Charleston.