Dreaming of a beach vacation this year? Whether you’re looking for quiet shores to kick back in a beach chair and soak up the sun or a vibrant coastal town with fun activities for the family, you’ll find lots of great options along South Carolina’s miles of coastline.From the upscale Kiawah Island to the laid-back Folly Beach, each beach town has its own vibe and amenities, allowing you to pick what suits your taste and travel plans. Here’s a rundown of some of our most popular beaches to help you choose just the right spot for your seaside getaway.
Hilton Head Island: Voted No. 1 island in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler readers, South Carolina’s southernmost beach town is renowned for its carefully protected Lowcountry landscape and casually elegant lifestyle. Its unspoiled creeks, tidal marshes and maritime forests provide a stunning backdrop for all kinds of family-friendly outdoor activities.Stand-out amenities: Home to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing—South Carolina’s only PGA golf tournament
Kiawah Island: With little commercial development, this upscale beach resort has purposely preserved the barrier island’s natural beauty for visitors to enjoy. Among its luxurious accommodations is the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a stunning oceanfront hotel designed to feel like a grand seaside mansion.Stand-out amenities: Host of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers five of the world’s most acclaimed golf courses designed by master architects Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Clyde Johnston and Gary Player.
Folly Beach: The closest beach to downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is famous for its funky, let-your-hair-down flavor and easygoing attitude. With its eclectic shops, bars and restaurants, it offers a fun downtown scene to eat, drink, enjoy live music and just hang out.Stand-out amenities: Locals know it as the “Washout,” a prime surfing spot with some of the best swells on the East Coast.
Myrtle Beach: Fun central. This famous South Carolina beach town has it all, from zip lines, go-carts and mirror mazes to miniature golf, water parks and amusement rides. And that’s just for starters. There’s also a wide array of entertainment, including Legends in Concert, Medieval Times and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. The hardest part is deciding what to do first.
Posted by: South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Posted on: 09/09/2020