Here are the top ways to enjoy Charleston Eco-Friendly style! 

Traveling to Charleston is a great way to experience the beauty of nature and enjoy all the recreational activities the area offers. We are surrounded by breathtaking beaches, marshes, and islands here in the low country. The perfect way to travel in an eco-friendly manner in Charleston is to get out and enjoy nature! If you’re looking for the best spots around Charleston, take a look at our Vacation Guide! This guide is your key to a fantastic trip with all the insider knowledge.  

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Water Adventures

Exploring Charleston’s beach areas is full of opportunities to see nature and reconnect with the world around you. Whether you’re staying on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, or Sullivan’s Island, something amazing is waiting for you. Paddleboard Folly Creek at sunrise, kayak next to a pod of playful dolphins, or try something completely new and learn how to kiteboard!  

Coastal Expeditions

Charleston has no shortage of unique waterways to explore. One of the best ways to explore the area is by kayaking or paddleboarding! These easy-going activities are easily enjoyed in IOP. Coastal Expeditions offers rentals for personal exploration or guided tours to learn more about the miles of undeveloped coastline! This is the perfect place to experience nature and learn more about the South Carolina coast! 

Couple paddleboarding.
Charleston Outdoor Adventures

If you are staying in Folly Beach, Charleston Outdoor Adventures will connect you with the best eco-friendly activities. If you want to go kayaking, take a two or three-hour tour, or simply enjoy the area by renting for the day. Paddleboarding is also available! Take a guided two-hour tour or experience the Lowcountry in an entirely new way and take a sunrise paddle! Watch the saltmarsh come alive and enjoy the peace and quiet. No matter what you want to enjoy in Folly Creek, an experience is waiting for you! 

Sealand Adventure Sports

Sullivan’s Island is characterized by quiet residential areas and three miles of beautiful coastline. When visiting this area, there are many ways to enjoy the waterways. Sealand Adventure Sports offers Paddleboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, and much more! You can buy equipment, rent for a day, or take private and group lessons! What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get out on the water.  

Barrier Island Eco Tours

Visiting Capers Island is truly incredible. This barrier island is undeveloped and offers visitors a unique look into the natural landscape of coastal South Carolina. Barrier Island Eco Tours is the perfect guide! The island is located just north of Sullivan’s Island and is accessible by boat. Explore one of the few untouched coastal areas on the east coast and see nature at its finest! Book this nature and wildlife boat tour today! 

Catch Waves in Folly Beach

If you’re looking to surf in the Charleston area, then Folly Beach is your destination! Charleston isn’t known for prime surfing conditions, but beginners to experienced surfers can enjoy the varied conditions of the area. The best spot in Folly Beach is known as the “washout,” but sandbars are also a great choice if you’re looking for a more private spot. For lessons and rentals, visit Isla Surf for all your needs. 

Land Adventures

If you’re looking for adventures on the land, Charleston has plenty! From exploring nature trails to visiting beautiful parks in the area, exploring the coast on land is sure to please. See the Lowcountry from an entirely different perspective.  

Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail

When you think of Sullivan’s Island, you probably think of the beautiful beach and all the activities on the water, but the island is also home to many land activities to enjoy. One of the best ways to experience the land is by hitting the Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail! Walk the winding boardwalk straight through the lush greenery. There are also areas to stop along the way and take in the beautiful sights of Sullivan’s Island. Visit the trail and step into another world!  

Folly Beach County Park

Located between Folly Creek and the ocean, Folly Beach County Park is a great place to have an afternoon picnic and enjoy the outdoors. This park is also a great location to grab beach chairs, boogie boards, and umbrellas for the day. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the surrounding beach and be close to beach day essentials, this is a great spot to visit!  

Isle of Palms County Park

Also featuring ocean access, the Isle of Palms County Park features a playground, a picnic area, grills, and even a sand volleyball court! This is a great spot to bring the entire family and enjoy a day at the beach. After visiting the park, walk on the beach and enjoy the natural beauty of the Isle of Palms!  

Woman with bike on beach.
Bike Riding on Folly Beach

Exploring Folly Beach doesn’t have to be on foot! Grab a bike from Folly Beach Adventures and explore the streets of Folly! There are so many places to see, from the beach to the streets. During your ride, stop at the local shops that line the streets and get lunch at one of the local restaurants.  

Electric Biking on Sullivan’s Island

Are you looking for a more exciting bike riding experience? Explore the area on an electric bike from Rebellion Roads! Explore the area with ease and take in all the sights and sees! Riders can rent bikes for personal excursions or take guided tours around the area. One of the most popular tours is the Shores EBike Tour. This tour starts in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village, Shem Creek, and then to the shores of Sullivan’s Island. The tour lasts about two hours, making this the perfect way to spend the afternoon! 

Folly Beach pier
Make the Charleston coast your eco-friendly destination!

There are so many ways to enjoy eco-friendly travel to Charleston. Bike ride from Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island, catch the swells on Folly Beach, relax at a local park, or take a guided eco-tour. No matter what outdoor activities excite you most, the Charleston coast has it! Make one of our properties your sanctuary. Bring the whole family and stay in one of our beachfront homes or enjoy the peace and quiet in one of our cozy villas. 

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Top 5 Rental Companies for Paddleboarding in Charleston

Charleston’s beautiful climate means that you can enjoy outdoor activities at nearly any time of year! There’s no shortage of things to do outside, and one of our favorites is to get out on the water. See the coast from a new perspective when you go paddleboarding in Charleston. Don’t worry about lugging your board from home to use during your vacation– we have plenty of options here. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Paddleboarding in Charleston

Folly Beach

Folly Beach Adventures

FOLLY BEACH ADVENTURES has it all! Whether you’re looking for a golf cart for the week or paddleboard rentals, you can find them here. You can rent stand-up paddleboards by the day or the week. If you’re renting one of our waterfront homes, consider renting one for the week so it’s readily available for a relaxing morning or sunset paddle! Plus, they have SUPs that are suitable for both the ocean and rivers.

Charleston Outdoor Adventures

CHARLESTON OUTDOOR ADVENTURES is all about getting out on the water. Not only do they have paddleboard rentals and kayak tours, but they also have boat tours and fishing charters. They allow you to rent a SUP for either 3 hours or 24 hours at a time. They’re also right next to the famous BOWEN’S ISLAND RESTAURANT, so you can grab a bite afterward! There aren’t any other rental locations in this area of Folly, so it’s truly a unique experience!

Isle of Palms

Carolina Surf and Supply

Carolina Surf and Supply offers paddleboards in many different sizes, so kids can easily enjoy the water too! Their boards range from seven feet long to 12 feet long. They also have boards that can accommodate 300+ pounds. You can rent a paddleboard with a paddle by the day or the week. Life jackets are not included but can be added on for a fee.

Coastal Expeditions

Coastal Expeditions has two locations, one on Shem Creek and one on Isle of Palms. Both offer incredible spots to immerse yourself in the Lowcountry’s waterways. You can rent a paddleboard for two hours or four hours. All the gear that you’ll need is included, and reservations are recommended.

Local Tip: Parking at their Shem Creek location is free. There will be a fee for parking at the Isle of Palms Marina.

Sullivan’s Island

Sealand Adventure Sports

Sealand Adventure Sports sells everything you could possibly need for watersports on the beach from wetsuits to kites for kiteboarding. They also offer paddleboard rentals for a day, three days, or a week. All the gear you’ll need is included, and they’ll even deliver everything right to your Charleston Coast vacation rental!

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paddleboarding in charleston

Now that you know everything about paddleboarding in Charleston, book your getaway today! Don’t settle for a boring hotel– a vacation rental is the way to go. We have a variety of stunning homes all over the Charleston Coast, including Folly Beach. Take a look at our VACATION RENTALS and see for yourself! We’re happy to suggest where to get the best Folly Beach kayak rentals, our favorite restaurants, or anything else that will make your getaway special.

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Where You’ll Have the Best Charleston, SC, Kayaking Adventures

Charleston’s beautiful climate means that you can enjoy outdoor activities at nearly any time of year! There’s no shortage of things to do outside, and one of our favorites is to get out on the water. See the coast from a new perspective when you head out for a Charleston, SC, Kayaking journey! 

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The Best Spots for Your Sunset and Sunrise Charleston, SC, Kayaking Excursion

Kayaking on the coast is always a good idea, but paddling out to see the sunrise or set over the water is even better! Grab your kayak, paddle, and life jacket for the adventure of a lifetime on the South Carolina Coast.  

1. Shem Creek

This famous waterway is easily one of the best spots in the area. From sunrise to sunset, you’ll find Shem Creek bustling with kayaks, paddleboards, and shrimp boats. The mouth of the creek is lined with great restaurants, bars, and sometimes even a few dolphins! Kayaking in Shem Creek guarantees the perfect blend of outdoor fun and a lively atmosphere.

2. Isle of Palms

Coastal kayaking is a treat like no other, and what better way to do it than along Isle of Palms? If you’re new to saltwater kayaking, we recommend booking a sunrise or sunset tour with Coastal Expeditions. This tour promises gorgeous sights and an incredible experience in the water. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from different types of kayaks to suit your needs, and you’ll get a few pointers on holding the paddle.   

3. Folly Beach

Folly Beach is home to several incredible kayak adventure companies that offer some of the best tours in the area. Check out three of our favorites below!

1. Folly Beach Adventures  

Directions To Folly Beach Adventures  

Folly Beach Adventures has it all! Whether you’re looking for a golf cart for the week or Folly Beach kayak rentals, you can find it here. You can choose to rent their sit-on-top kayaks by the half-day, full-day, or week. If you’re renting one of our waterfront homes, consider renting a kayak for the week, so it’s readily available for a relaxing morning paddle! 

2. Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours 

Directions To Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours 

Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours offers both kayak rentals and tours. They offer a variety of kayak options and everything that goes along with it. Don’t worry about getting life jackets or any prior instruction– they’ll do it all. They will even assist you with the launch in certain circumstances! Or, you can opt to get your kayak delivered to your vacation rental. If you have never been kayaking before or want an experienced guide to show you all the best places to go, consider a tour instead of a rental.  

3. Charleston Outdoor Adventures 

Directions To Charleston Outdoor Adventures 

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is all about getting out on the water. Not only do they have kayak rentals and tours, but they also have boat tours, paddle boarding, and fishing. They’re also right next to the famous Bowen’s Island Restaurant so that you can grab a bite afterward! You can either opt for a marsh tour or rent a kayak to explore the beautiful area on your own terms. There aren’t any other rental locations in this area, so it’s a truly unique experience! 

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Your Full Guide to Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Charleston is a haven for outdoor lovers! Between the beautiful beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, marshes, and the abundance of nature that the area offers, the opportunities to enjoy time outdoors are endless. Of course, we have a few recommendations for getting your healthy dose of Vitamin D while making fantastic memories during your time in The Holy City. Keep reading to find our top seven Charleston outdoor adventures.  

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Jet Ski Rentals in Charleston

There’s nothing like hopping on a jet ski and riding off towards the horizon, especially with the beautiful coast of Charleston as a backdrop. There are dozens of places to rent water equipment depending on where you’re hitting the waves, but one of our go-to’s is Tidal Wave WaterSports. Each jet ski can carry up to three riders at a time. They’ll provide everything you need to get started! 

Charleston Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding in Charleston is one of our favorite ways to slow down, enjoy the outdoors, and get to know the beautiful natural surroundings of the area. While Shem Creek and Isle of Palms are our favorite places to explore, you can make a day out of this coastal activity no matter where you are! 

Charleston Kayak Rentals 

If you prefer to be sitting as you wade through the water, kayaking is another incredible way to explore the Charleston area. In fact, most places that rent kayaks will also rent paddleboards. You could even snag one of each! We recommend Folly Beach Adventures to find excellent service and everything you might need for a day out on the water.

Charleston Fishing 

It’s no secret that Charleston is every fisher’s paradise! With so many intercoastal waterways and miles of coast, it’s easy to understand how choosing your spot can be a bit overwhelming. Find some of the best Southern fishing on Folly Beach. There’s a fantastic fishing pier on the island that offers surprisingly great fishing. You may even spot a dolphin or shark while overlooking the water! Plus, you can rest your toes in the sand while shore fishing on Folly.  

The best secret of all? Check out the Morris Island Lighthouse Trail for truly incredible fishing. As a local secret, you’ll feel like you hit the jackpot!  

Bike Trails in Charleston 

Our Lowcountry city offers so many outdoor activities beyond the water that are definitely worth squeezing into your itinerary. One of the most exciting biking routes through Charleston is Wonders’ Way, which takes you over the Cooper River Bridge, an iconic landmark of the city. Other favorites include the West Ashley Bikeway and the West Ashley Greenway, both featuring the lush vegetation and unique ambiance of West Ashley. Both are worth an exploration! 

Walking Trails in Charleston 

There are plenty of places around the city to enjoy a leisure walk. For paths that feature some of Charleston’s iconic sights, we recommend walking across the Cooper River Bridge, and enjoying the Patriot’s Point Loop and the Low Battery Trail. Each of these boasts some of the most beautiful sights of the city like the infamous bridge, the Yorktown ship, and the stunning architecture featured along The Battery.  

If you prefer a walk that’s a bit more nature-involved, check out the West Ashley Greenway, James Island County Park Trail, or even peruse the Magnolia Gardens.  

Instagrammable Spots in Charleston 

Of course, you’ll want to take photos of these outdoor adventures to help remember your fantastic trip to Charleston! Luckily, the city is known as one of the most Instagrammable cities in America. So, you already know we’re prepared to guide you through the most Instagrammable spots in Charleston. Unsurprisingly, all of these are outdoors! Give your family photo a colorful backdrop on Rainbow Row, take bachelorette beach pictures on Folly Beach, and snap a few photos of the incredible Angel Oak Tree. There’s no better city to spend time outdoors while commemorating your experiences.  

Charleston Coast Vacations Knows Lowcountry Luxury 

No matter how you choose to fill your itinerary with these various Charleston outdoor adventures, you can always be certain that Charleston Coast Vacations will provide you with only the best vacation rental homes on the coast. Whether you choose to stay on Isle of PalmsSullivan’s Island, or Folly Beach, you’ll find decadent homes, all perfectly decorated, with state-of-the-art amenities to make your trip relaxing and stress-free. Plus, you can even find things like oceanfront balconies, expansive roof decks, private pools, and more! Browse our vacation rentals today to find your favorite and book your stay.  

4 of the Best Charleston, SC, Golf Courses to Play Soon

If you’re an avid golfer, you’ll be happy to know that Charleston, SC, golf courses are some of the best in the country. From resort-style designer courses lined with palm trees to fairways brimming with rich history, you’ll love teeing off here. Plus, there’s no bad time to play; the Lowcountry’s comfortable year-round weather and stunning scenery provide the perfect setting for a memorable day on the green.

Take a look at our favorite courses below and start planning your golf outing today. For fun things to do between tee times, access our free Destination Guide. We’ve compiled a list of local recommendations for dining, shopping, recreation, and more.

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Check Out These Golf Courses in Charleston, SC 

Wild Dunes Links & Harbor Courses | Isle of Palms

You can’t go wrong with the courses at Wild Dunes Resort. Both were designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio and provide an exceptional South Carolina golf experience. The Harbor Course is known for its beautiful tidal views and challenging gameplay, while the Links Golf Course is equally stunning with rolling fairways and a finishing hole overlooking the ocean. Warm up at the driving range, chipping area, or putting green before testing your skills on either course.

Where to Stay: Isle of Palms

Charleston National Golf Club | Mount Pleasant

If you’re looking for non-resort golf in CHS, Charleston National is an excellent choice. This championship course was designed by Rees Jones and is considered Charleston’s hidden gem. Experience true Southern charm as seabirds wade in the marsh and live oaks sway in the breeze. In addition to the scenery, golfers can enjoy a state-of-the-art practice facility and recently renovated pub.

Where to Stay: Sullivan’s Island

Patriots Point Links | Mount Pleasant

History and sport come together at Patriots Point Links, a harbor-side golf course just five minutes from Downtown Charleston. Patriots Point Links sits at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and offers epic views of the city and Fort Sumter. Watch as ships from all over the world cruise into the port as you shoot your shot. Additional amenities include a driving range, Southern-style clubhouse, and golfer’s grill and patio.

Where to Stay: Sullivan’s Island

Charleston Municipal Golf Course | James Island

Charleston’s City Golf Course (often referred to as “The Muni”) is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The course opened in 1929 and features a traditional, early 20th century feel with modern upgrades. Experienced players will love the challenging design, and beginners can take advantage of 6 sets of tees to accommodate all playing levels. With something for everyone, it’s no surprise that 60,000 rounds are played here each year!

Where to Stay: Folly Beach

*Note: At the time of this writing, Charleston Municipal Golf Course is closed for renovations and plans to reopen in 2021.

Plan the Best Charleston, SC, Golf Getaway

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the best golf destinations in the country. Our area is packed with world-class golf courses that boast spectacular views and challenging gameplay. Tee off surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of our coastal city. From a salty sea breeze blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean to impressive Palmettos lining the fairways, you won’t be able to get enough of coastal South Carolina’s golf courses. Below is all the information you need to plan the ultimate Charleston, SC, golf getaway!

Your Guide to a Charleston, SC, Golf Getaway

When to Visit

The Lowcountry’s mild, year-round temperatures are part of what makes our area a fantastic golf destination! However, you may still be wondering, “When’s the best time to visit Charleston for a golf getaway?” For mostly dry and cool conditions, we recommend planning your Charleston golf getaway during the fall or spring!

What to Pack

What to pack for your golf getaway varies depending on where you’re traveling from. If you’re driving to Charleston, we recommend bringing your personal set of golf clubs. However, our area’s courses do offer club rentals for a fee. Or, you can purchase a set to take home from the shops listed below!

Where to Buy

If you’re looking to expand your golf collection during your trip, visit Edwin Watts Golf or David Ayres’ Lowcountry Custom Golf. These shops located in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant have everything you need for a day on the green. Shop golf balls, clubs, polos, and more!

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Make one of our rentals your homestead during a Charleston, SC, golf getaway. Charleston Coast Vacations offers high-end homes and villas across the city. When you book with us, it’s easy to find a home near your favorite Charleston golf course!

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Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach Fishing

There’s something relaxing and magical about being out on the open water, fishing pole in hand. When you stay on the Charleston Coast, you have some of the best fishing in the South at your fingertips. It’s time to grab your pole and tackle box– here is everything you need to know about Folly Beach fishing

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3 of the Best Places to Fish on Folly Beach

The Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Editor’s Note: As of 2020, the Folly Beach Pier may be under construction during the time of your visit. The pier will be open during some of the construction, but there is a chance it will be closed during your visit. 

The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is arguably the most popular spot to go fishing on Folly Beach. Locals and visitors have been coming to the iconic pier since 1995 and have fond memories of casting a line from the many fishing stations. It’s such a popular attraction that they even hold fishing tournaments here!

Shore Fishing 

What’s better than sticking your toes in the sand as you sit back, relax, and wait for a fish to bite? Shore fishing is one of our favorite options for Folly Beach fishing. One of the best spots to cast a line is the Morris Island Lighthouse Trail. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also a local secret known for great fish! The water between Morris Island and Folly Beach forms a sort of funnel that fish are forced to swim through. 

Folly Beach Fishing Charters

One of the main benefits of a fishing charter is that you get to be out on the water! There’s something special about feeling the sea breeze and being out on the ocean. Plus, going with a charter means that they provide you with all the gear you’ll need. Here are some of the most popular Folly Beach fishing charters: 

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3 of the Best Places to Get Folly Beach Kayak Rentals

Charleston’s beautiful climate means that you can enjoy outdoor activities at nearly any time of year! There’s no shortage of things to do outside, and one of our favorites is to get out on the water. See the coast from a new perspective when you get one of these Folly Beach kayak rentals! Don’t worry about lugging your kayak from home to use during your vacation– we have plenty of options here. 

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3 of the Best Places to Get Folly Beach Kayak Rentals

1. Folly Beach Adventures 

Directions to Folly Beach Adventures 

Folly Beach Adventures has it all! Whether you’re looking for a golf cart for the week or Folly Beach kayak rentals, you can find it here. You can choose to rent their sit-on-top kayaks by the half-day, full-day, or week. If you’re renting one of our waterfront homes, consider renting a kayak for the week so it’s readily available for a relaxing morning paddle!

2. Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours

Directions to Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours

Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tours offers both kayak rentals and tours. They offer a variety of kayak options and everything that goes along with it. Don’t worry about getting life jackets or any prior instruction– they’ll do it all. They will even help with launch assistance in certain circumstances! Or, you can opt to get your kayak delivered to your vacation rental. If you have never been kayaking before or want an experienced guide to show you all the best places to go, consider a tour instead of a rental. 

3. Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Directions to Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Charleston Outdoor Adventures is all about getting out on the water. Not only do they have kayak rentals and tours, but they also have boat tours, paddle boarding, and fishing. They’re also right next to the famous Bowen’s Island Restaurant, so you can grab a bite afterward! You can either opt for a marsh tour or rent your own kayak to explore the beautiful area on your own terms. There aren’t any other rental locations in this area, so it’s truly a unique experience!

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Are you ready to book your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations? Don’t settle for a boring hotel– a vacation rental is the way to go. We have a variety of stunning homes all over the Charleston Coast, including Folly Beach. Take a look at our vacation rentals and see for yourself! We’re happy to suggest where to get the best Folly Beach kayak rentals, our favorite restaurants, or anything else that will make your getaway special. Book your getaway today and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

Do you remember your first time visiting the beach? The expansive ocean ahead seems infinite, and there’s no feeling like having soft sand beneath your toes. Taking your family on a beach vacation will ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime. But first, you need to choose which beach or beaches you are going to visit! Here are the best beaches in South Carolina for families.

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3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

1. Isle of Palms Beach

Directions to Isle of Palms Beach Parking

Isle of Palms Beach, also known as the Isle of Palms County Park, is the beach you will most likely visit if you stay on Isle of Palms. This beach is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason. Enjoy walking out on the boardwalk, watch your kids play on the community playground, play volleyball on the sand court, and of course, utilize the beautiful beach. Lifeguards and beach rentals are present during the summer season, and there is usually an ice cream truck waiting with a sweet treat! 

Local tip: If you’re staying in a vacation rental within walking distance to the beach, you won’t have to pay for parking at all. Almost every avenue corresponds with a beach access point, and you can walk right onto the beach from any of them. 

2. Folly Beach

Directions to Folly Beach County Park

If you’re staying on Folly Beach, heading to Folly Beach County Park will be most convenient for you! Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River, this beautiful beach has visitors every day out of the year. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally, and there is a snack bar during the summer months. Parking costs can vary anywhere from $5 to $10 depending on the season, but we recommend getting an $85 Gold Pass if it’s worth your while for unlimited entry.

3. Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is the local’s beach. This island neighbors Isle of Palms, so it’s very easy to get to. This beach has beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor, and it is common to watch a massive barge float by from time to time. The beach spans just 3.3 miles, but there’s plenty of room. We recommend this beach for families with older children, and you’ll definitely want to visit one of the island’s restaurants after your fun in the sun. 

However, parking can be a challenge. There is no set parking lot, so you will have to abide by the parking signs on the side of the road and make sure that all four wheels are off the pavement. Beach access is clearly marked, so once you park, you should have no problem getting on the beach! 

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Now that you know the best beaches in South Carolina for families, it’s time to book your getaway. All of these beaches are near our homes at Charleston Coast Vacations. Vacation rentals are the perfect way to make memories– your kids will love waking up to the sound of crashing waves, and you’ll love enjoying your morning coffee with ocean views. Browse our vacation rentals and book your stay today!

Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach Surfing

Surf’s up! If you’re a local on the Charleston Coast, you know that Folly Beach is one of the best places to go surfing in the area. However, if you’re visiting, it’s always a challenge to know where those rad barrels are. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here’s everything you need to know about Folly Beach surfing. 

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Can You Surf at Folly Beach?

Yes! Folly Beach is one of the top places on the Charleston Coast to go surfing. There are a variety of good surf spots along the beach that we will explain below. 

Where Can I Surf at Folly Beach?

Here are some of the top spots to catch some waves on Folly: 

  • The WashoutThe Washout, also known as Hollywood, has been named the number one spot to go surfing by the experienced surfers in our area. The Washout was created when the infamous Hurricane Hugo wiped out a block of beachfront homes. Now, the wind is able to push across the beach and onto Folly River. It is rumored that this wind creates these incredible swells perfect for surfing. 
  • Around the Folly Pier– While you are not allowed to surf within 200 feet of the pier (keep in mind that this might change during construction, maintenance, and repairs), the waters alongside the pier can be a great place to surf at. Surfing is also not allowed here from mid-May to September. 
  • 6th Street East– The waves are known for being fair to good here. 
  • 10th Street East– 10th Street East is a very popular spot for Folly Beach surfing. The waves don’t break as big as The Washout, but they come close!

Check the Surf Cams

Folly Beach is a surfing town, and there are plenty of surf cams you can use to check the swells. A surf cam is the best way to know the current conditions of the water. That way, you don’t have to pack up your board and get to the beach only to find out that the waves aren’t good that day! 

Rent a Board

When you go on vacation, you shouldn’t have to worry about lugging a surfboard around! There are plenty of places to rent a board on Folly Beach. Many of our vacation rentals come with a credit toward beach gear with VayK Gear. You can easily use this credit to rent surfboards for you and your entire family! 

Book Your Stay Today

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Are you ready to experience the beauty of the Charleston Coast? Our Folly Beach vacation rentals will be your home away from home during your getaway. From stunning oceanfront properties to villas overlooking the water, we have something for everyone. Browse our Folly Beach vacation rentals and book your stay today! Some incredible Folly Beach surfing awaits. 

Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach County Park

Not only is the beauty of the Charleston coast unparalleled, there are also countless things to do here. Take in the beauty of our oceanfront towns when you spend the day at Folly Beach County Park. Located on the west end of the island, you’ll want to come back to this beautiful beach day after day.

About Folly Beach County Park

Directions to Folly Beach County Park 

Folly Beach County Park has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun! The park spans for more than 4,000 feet along the ocean and 2,000 feet along the Folly River. Set up along the shore to spend the day at the beach or opt to discover a sandbar by the river. With amenities like picnic tables, showers, restrooms, and more, you’ll love coming to this beach during your vacation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there lifeguards at Folly Beach? 

Yes! Lifeguards are stationed seasonally at the designated swimming area on Folly Beach County Park. Lifeguards are posted on the weekends during May and September and daily throughout the rest of the summer. 

How much does it cost to park on Folly Beach?

Parking on Folly Beach varies depending on the season. Here are the current rates:

  • November – February: $5 
  • March: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday
  • April: $10
  • May-Labor Day: $10 Monday-Friday and $15 Saturday-Sunday
  • September: $10
  • October: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday

Local tip: If you’re planning on visiting a lot of parks during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations or coming back multiple times in one year, consider a Gold Pass. The pass costs $85 and gets you into all of our county parks for the year! 

Are dogs allowed on Folly Beach?

Pets are permitted at Folly Beach County Park during designated times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 1st to September 30th. If you bring your dog during an appropriate time, just make sure your four-legged friend is on a leash! 

Are there beach chair rentals?

Many of our properties actually come with a credit for beach gear when you make your reservation. You can use it for beach chair rentals and other gear you might need. There are also beach chair and umbrella rentals available at Folly Beach County Park during the summer. 

Start Planning Your Vacation Today

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Are you ready to experience the beauty of Folly Beach County Park? Calming waves, soft sands, and gorgeous marshes come together to create this slice of Lowcountry paradise. We have vacation rentals available all over the Charleston coast, including Folly Beach! Wake up each morning just moments away from the shore. Browse our Folly Beach properties to start planning your getaway today. 

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