The stunning beaches of Charleston

For seclusion

Allergic to the din and disarray of large crowds? Take pleasure in sequestered spots such as Kiawah Island and Sullivan’s Island. The former comes with 10 miles of untarnished sand, sandwiched between serene greenery and the emerald sea, perfect for fishing and spotting white-tailed deer. Sullivan’s Island, situated near the inlet of Charleston Harbor, features a much smaller beach with a community made for slow living.

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For surfing

For more heart-pumping water sports, head to Folly Beach, which is also affectionately known as the Edge of America. This barrier island offers incredible waves for both seasoned surfers and first-timers, as well as a line-up of laid-back beach bars and restaurants. Take your board to the Washout to experience cleaner, more consistent waves.

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For sandcastle building

Perhaps the best location for family outings is the Isle of Palms, surrounded by resorts and recreational facilities of all kinds. This sliver of sand is the perfect spot for the little ones to build sandcastles and find seashells. On the other end of the coastline is Seabrook Island, which offers more family-oriented activities such as kayaking, horseback riding on the beach and a summer camp for kids.

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