Charleston Area Beaches

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Some say life is better by the water. In Charleston, we swear by it.

With miles of pristine shoreline, five enchanting beach towns and inviting waters year-round, coastal Charleston is a beloved destination for good reason. Here, the tides tell the time. Fresh-caught seafood is the rule, not the exception. And there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit.

None more than a stone’s throw from the airport or the historic district, Charleston’s beaches are remarkably accessible while feeling worlds away. Whichever you choose, our Atlantic enclaves offer a unique invitation: to slip into a slower pace and soak up the charm of the Lowcountry coast.

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Isle of Palms

Distance from downtown: 17 miles

Accommodations: Beach Hotels, Beach Rentals, Beach Resorts

Public Access Points: 50+

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Kiawah Island

Distance from downtown: 27 miles

Accommodations: Beach Hotels, Beach Rentals, Beach Resorts

Public Access Points: 1

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Seabrook Island

Distance from downtown: 25 miles

Accommodations: Beach Rentals

Private to residents and guests.

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Sullivan's Island

Distance from downtown: 9 miles

Accommodations: Long-Term Rentals

Public Access Points: 20

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Folly Beach

Distance from downtown: 22 miles

Accommodations: Beach Hotels, Beach Rentals

Public Access Points: 49

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Kiawah Island

A Blissful Seaside Community

Distance from downtown: 27 miles

Distance from Charleston International Airport: 34 miles

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Where to Stay

Discover waterfront hotels, rentals, and resorts across all five beaches.

Plan Your Trip

Activities and itineraries for every kind of beachgoer.

Plan Your Perfect Beach Wedding

Say “I do” on the sand and celebrate against an Atlantic backdrop.