Charleston, South Carolina has always been known for its Southern charm – cobblestone roads, colonial houses, and warm summer days. What it is also known for is its nearby beaches and incredible opportunities for paddling its shorelines, exploring mangroves, rivers, inlets and marshes. Located just a few miles away from the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston boasts five stunning beach towns along its 60-mile beachside stretch. These beaches make the city a great adventure destination for anyone looking for sand and surf. With many options to explore, ranging from beaches boasting giant waves to serene rivers and wildlife-filled marshes, you’ll find a spot that will fit your preferences. Just 12 miles away from downtown Charleston is Folly Beach. Known as the “Edge of America,” the beach is a popular hangout for surfers and stand up paddleboarders. For a calmer SUP and kayaking experience, try Folly Creek and Kiawa Island where the rivers meet the ocean. Paddle or kayak around Isle of Palms to see Charleston’s rich wildlife.
If swimming is in your itinerary, visit Seabrook Beach, Edisto Beach, Sullivans’ Island Beach, and Harbor Island Beach. After a whole day on the water, visit one of the many stellar restaurants and bars Charleston is known for.
The best time to visit Charleston, South Carolina is in spring from March to May, and fall from September to November.
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