Located at the meeting point of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, Charleston’s coastal elements make it an ideal place for seaside activities. Visitors may enjoy lounging at the beach, fishing on a charter boat, kayaking around Crab Bank, or taking sailing lessons. For some non-aquatic beauty, Charleston also provides the option to adventure in the Beidler Forest. The endangered wood stork can also be seen on a scenic drive across the Kiawah Island.
NEEDTOBREATHE recommends Sullivan’s Island
“Best way to spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon is to go to Sullivan’s Island Beach. Walk to Poe’s Tavern for lunch. Walk to The Obstinate Daughter for dinner.”
Garrett Garnos recommends Charleston Harbor“We are, of course, surrounded by Charleston harbor, so kayaking and boating are a must.”
The harbor is home to Fort Sumter, site of the first shots of the American Civil War. Charleston Harbor was also the site of the first successful submarine attack in history in 1864.
She Returns From War recommends Folly Beach
“If you’re looking for that island vibe, it’s Folly Beach. Spend all day there. Oh you’re cranky? Surprise, there’s…Burt’s Market for some quick snacks, though you may want to end up moving into this cool beach bodega of your dreams. It’s got everything you need. Everything.”
Xan Mclaughlin recommends Edisto Island
“Favorite camping spot is Edisto Beach. The 3 essential items I bring are a Lighter, Tent, and my pup Adara.”
Paul Yellin recommends Kiawah Island
“The best outdoor activity is walking on the long beaches at Kiawah, Folly Beach or Isle of Palms.”
Fun Fact: Kiawah Island’s resort features five golf courses spanning gorgeous oceanside and inland vistas. Oh and the first game of golf played in the U.S. took place in Charleston!
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