There aren’t many places that are more beautiful than the coast of South Carolina, with its sandy beaches lined with towering palmetto trees, and seaside towns full of charming homes, quaint restaurants, and plenty of attractions to explore. From family-friendly options to more secluded areas, here are the best five beaches in South Carolina.
Located less than 15 minutes away from historic Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is a vibrant beach town known for its inviting, laid-back atmosphere. The main street through town, Center Street, is lined with local beach bars, seafood restaurants, as well as souvenir and surf shops.
Because of the area’s consistent waves, water sports are a big draw for the small town, and plenty of local businesses offer guided water excursions or rentals, including surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks, and more. The 1,045-foot fishing pier is a must-see for visitors who want to experience panoramic views of the ocean and beach below. Folly’s accommodation options range from a few beachfront hotels to house rentals.
The picturesque town of Hilton Head is consistently recognized as one of the top—and for good reason. The area suits all sorts of vacation types: it is family-friendly with plenty of entertainment and activities to enjoy, a golfer’s paradise with countless championship courses in the area, and an ideal location for beach-goers wanting to soak up the sun on gorgeous beaches with smooth, soft sand.
Aside from the golf courses and stunning beaches, Hilton Head is home to the popular Harbour Town Lighthouse, a long list of local seafood restaurants to visit that are worth writing home about, several shopping destinations with plenty of boutique shopping, and a number of resorts with luxury spas.