Worthy of Its Place In History, Literature, & Hearts.

Nestled at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor and neighbor to the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island is an inviting mix of wide beaches and watersports, history and folklore, local restaurants and shops, peace and perfect - just minutes from one of the country's most beloved cities, Charleston, South Carolina.

Calling Beach Lovers of All Ages

At just 3.3 miles, what Sullivan's Island lacks in sheer size, it more than makes up for in beauty and charm. Its beachfront lands are owned by the town and protected under easements, forever preserving the beautiful, vital environment they - and visitors from around the world - treasure.

Whether you're soaking up Revolutionary War history at Fort Moultrie, kiteboarding at top speeds, relaxing with your sandy feet up and a view of the Lighthouse, or dining al fresco with the family on Middle Street, Sullivan's Island promises that time spent here is time well remembered, always.

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Sullivan's Island offers an exclusive collection of rental and vacation properties, each with its own unique personality.

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Popular Events On Sullivan's Island

Polar Bear Plunge

Rush into the ocean on New Year's Day for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sullivan's Island!

Fire and Rescue Fish Fry

Every spring this major fund raiser is held to support the Volunteer Rescue operations.

Lighthouse Open House

Open every May, this was the last major lighthouse to be built in the United States.

Flounder 5k

The Flounder 5k is held every June and has had a loyal following for 20 years!

Carolina Day

Carolina Day is observed every June 28th throughout the state of South Carolina to commemorate the successful defeat of British land and naval forces by Patriots on June 28, 1776.

4th of July Fireworks

Sullivan's Island will host fireworks on the 4th of July in the Town Park at dark. Bring blanket or lawn chair!

Fire and Rescue Oyster Roast

Every November this event takes place and includes all you can eat oysters, hot dogs, and fish stew.

Tree Lighting

Early December. Light up the night at the Fire and Rescue Holiday Lighting, happening at the Sullivan's Island Fire Station, 2050 Middle St.

Just Minutes from Charleston

Experience it for yourself! Charleston won "Top City in the United States" in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

What's Your Station?

In its early days, a trolley system helped residents get from one part of the island to the other, stopping at various "stations" along its journey. The trolleys may be long gone, but the stations live on. Find your favorite.

Fort Moultrie

The first fort on Sullivan's Island was made of soft, Palmetto logs and was incomplete when nine warships attacked it in 1776. During a nine-hour battle, Charleston fired back the cannonballs that harmlessly "bounced" off the soft fort. The ships retreated, and Charleston was saved.

Sullivan's Island History

Writer Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie from November 1827 to December 1828 and used Sullivan's Island as the setting for his short story, The Gold Bug.