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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Eco-friendly travel to Charleston

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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Pros and Cons: Which of the 3 Charleston, SC Beaches Is the Best?

From a vast history to stunning shorelines to Southern hospitality, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is known for so much! However, there’s no doubt that many people visit year after year for the sandy Charleston, SC beaches. Below, we’ve laid out the pros and cons of the city’s nearest beaches, so you can decide which best fits your vacation needs.

We’ve once decided on a location for your beach getaway, you’ll have to plan the rest of your trip. Our complimentary Charleston, SC Destination Guide is the perfect resource! It’s full of the best attractions, places to eat, shopping, and more in the area.

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Folly Beach

Pros

Folly Beach definitely has the most character than any of the other Charleston, SC beaches on this list. Center Street is at the heart of the lively downtown, lined with laid-back restaurants and surf shops. The town and it’s people are known for their funky and colorful vibes making it a fun place for kids and adults. When it comes to things to do in Folly Beach, you’ll never run out of activities and things to see. Your kids will love the six miles of shoreline, while the adults will enjoy all the great places to grab a drink with a view. Folly Beach is also known to have the best surfing in the state. “The Washout” or “Hollywood” is a section of the beach with no homes because they were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. With no houses to block to wind, the area is said to get the best waves in South Carolina.

Cons

During the summer, Folly Beach is a hot spot and for good reason, but that means the traffic to get on and off the barrier island can get thick on the weekends. An easy way to avoid that crowd is to just stay directly on Folly Beach! We have more than 100 vacation rentals available on the island, so we’re sure to have the perfect home base for your getaway.

Isle of Palms

Pros

Because of Wild Dunes, we vote Isle of Palms as the most family-friendly beach near Charleston. The resort houses countless state-of-the-art amenities including two golf courses, community pools, private beach access, and more! If you’re not staying in the resort, the ISLE OF PALMS COUNTY PARK offers rentals, bathrooms, changing rooms, lifeguards, and paid parking. The town has more of your classic laid-back beach vibe. Beach shops and OCEANFRONT RESTAURANTS sit along Ocean Boulevard perfect for an evening stroll with an ice cream cone from the local Ben and Jerry’s. Isle of Palms is also extremely pet-friendly because the city allows dogs on the beach all day and year-round. Many of our IOP vacation rentals allow dogs, so your furry family doesn’t have to miss out on the fun!

Cons

Isle of Palms may be the most popular of the three beaches on this list. Like we said, it’s a classic beach town with lots of amenities, so naturally, it attracts a lot of people from all over. The beach is wide and long, so it rarely seems crowded, but it’s also no longer one of our best kept secrets!

Sullivan’s Island

Pros

Sullivan’s Island is much less crowded and is a popular spot for locals to go for a sunset walk. Bonus- you can see the Downtown Charleston from the far westside of the island. The small town is mostly made up of restaurants, and that’s what it’s known for. Some of the Lowcountry’s most beloved eateries call Sullivan’s Island home. Some of our favorites include THE OBSTINATE DAUGHTERPOE’S TAVERN, and HOME TEAM BBQ. The small beach town is much slower than the rest of Charleston and provides the perfect place to relax.

Cons

Sullivan’s Island has only a small number of short term rentals but mostly allows long-term stays with a minimum stay of 28 days. This can be a bummer for families wanting to stay on the island for a week-long vacation. We currently have one property on our program that rents short term, but most require a longer commitment. Luckily, Isle of Palms is right next door. The two barrier islands are connected by a short bridge making it an easy beach to enjoy if you are staying on IOP. The long-term stay requirement is popular among retired couples and has become a great option for remote workers.

Choose Your Ideal Beach House

Now that you know all the pros and cons of the three Charleston, SC beaches, it’s time to book a getaway to your favorite!

Our collection of rentals in SULLIVAN’S ISLANDISLE OF PALMS, and FOLLY BEACH provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way. 

Start planning your Charleston getaway by browsing our VACATION RENTALS. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lowcountry! 

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This Is Where You Need to Go Shopping in Charleston, SC

Who says you can’t do a little shopping during your vacation? Not us! There’s always room in your itinerary to check out the lovely shops and boutiques along the Charleston Coast. With great stores in Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island, you won’t have a minute to get bored. Plus, you’ll end up with plenty of souvenirs and gifts to bring back home after a day of Charleston shopping!

Read on to learn all about the top spots to shop in Charleston, South Carolina, and don’t forget to view our free Destination Guide. It’s full of additional recommendations for activities and attractions in our beautiful coastal area.

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Isle of Palms 

Are you planning a vacation to Isle of Palms? You’re in luck if you like to shop, because there are numerous stores to check out here. Feel free to visit Island Surf Co. For some great surf gear and rentals, the Sand Dollar Gift Gallery for unique items, or the Marina Market for supplies to take on your boat. You can also always stop by Harris Teeter to grab some quick groceries or ingredients for dinner!

Folly Beach

Don’t worry if you’re headed to Folly Beach instead. This area has plenty of options as well! Consider shopping at Beachwear & Gifts, Mr. John’s Beach Store, or McKevlin’s Surf Shop. Just don’t forget to try some of the delicious food at all of the great restaurants here, like Jack of Cups Saloon! Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

Sullivan’s Island

Last, but certainly not least, is Sullivan’s Island. Some of the store we recommend are Almost Pink, GOLDBUG, and Shades of Charleston. If you have a sweet tooth, consider saving time to indulge in the tasty treats that Beardcat’s Sweet Shop offers. Their gelato is absolutely decadent!

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The exterior of a beach house

Now that you know all about some of the best places for Charleston shopping, it’s time to book your trip. Luckily, Charleston Coast Vacations has an excellent collection of rental properties available in all three of these areas! You’ll have no trouble finding the perfect villa or beach house, whether you’re planning a family vacation or romantic getaway.

How to Enjoy the Most Festive Christmas in Charleston

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas in Charleston? We’re ready to help you! Here at Charleston Coast Vacations, your experience is our No. 1 priority. That’s why we love to offer local tips and recommendations about how to enjoy our incredible area to the fullest. Read on to learn about fun festivities and awe-inspiring activities that you can get involved in this holiday season.

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Charleston

Attend a Fun Event

Christmas in Charleston isn’t complete without attending our variety of unique, must-see events. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. There are festivities that people of all ages and interests can enjoy! Here are just some of the many possibilities:

Note: Please be aware that while the above events are still on for 2020, they might have limited hours or capacity as well as special rules that attendees must follow due to COVID-19. We recommend visiting the official websites for the most up-to-date information before your trip.

Go Holiday Shopping

The Christmas fun doesn’t stop there. If you visit Charleston, SC, for the holidays, then you need to spend some time exploring local shops. The Charleston City Market is one of the best places to find gifts for family and friends. (Make sure you treat yourself to something nice, too!) This historic market in Charleston has dozens of unique vendors and an open-air section where you can enjoy the cool weather as you browse.

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A living room with couches

There’s one more essential aspect of the perfect Christmas in Charleston: a beautiful property in the area! Luckily, Charleston Coast Vacations has numerous options in Isle of PalmsFolly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Whether you’re looking for a quaint villa for you and your special someone or a spacious beach house for your family, we have what you need.

Browse the options now and find your home away from home for the holidays!

Where Is the Best Place for Happy Hour in Charleston, SC?

Where is your go-to spot for a cold beverage after a fun-filled day in Charleston, South Carolina? If you ask five different locals, you might get five totally different answers. That’s because there are simply so many fantastic bars in our area! Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re looking to try something new, we can help. Check out the list of possibilities below and discover the best place for happy hour in Charleston, SC, for you!

We included several of our favorite bars below, but there are many more that you should visit while you’re here. Access our free Destination Guide to get the full list of our recommendations for bars, restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. It’s the key to an unforgettable Charleston vacation!

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Enjoy the Best Happy Hour in Charleston, SC

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Book the Best Vacation Rentals in Charleston

Now that you know where to find some of the best happy hour deals in Charleston, SC, it’s time to find a vacation rental near your favorite spots! You can score some incredible deals on properties with Charleston Coast Vacations for your upcoming getaway. 

A property at the beach during sunset

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway with your special someone, a family reunion, or a group trip with old friends, we have an excellent townhouse or villa waiting for you. There are several beautiful options in Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and more. Browse all of our properties now!

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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tabby house

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!

Book Direct at Charleston Coast Vacations

February 7th is national Book Direct day. What does this mean? Well, when you book directly through a property management company, like Charleston Coast Vacations, you get the best price and the best service available. Third party sites, like Airbnb and VRBO, upcharge your reservation 10%-20%! This equates to hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of dollars extra on your vacation. Save that money so you have more to spend during your Charleston Coast vacation!

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Booking through local companies means you get an insider’s knowledge of the area you are visiting, along with the property you are renting. Local property managers visit the properties they manage regularly, often once a week, and can tell you everything you want to know about the property! Does the house have a crockpot? Is there a grill? How many pillows are in the house? At Charleston Coast Vacations, our local property managers are here to help you have the best vacation ever.

But there is more to booking a vacation rental than the property. You must consider the area you will be staying in and what there is to do. If you’ve never visited the Charleston Coast before or if you’re a regular to our lovely seaside towns, booking directly through a local company ensures you get the best recommendations on things to do. At Charleston Coast Vacations, our guest services representatives are here to help you plan your vacation. We have restaurant recommendations, we know the best tours in town, and can tell you all the best spots for surfing on the Charleston Coast.

The properties we manage are listed on some of these third-party sites. This is so our homeowners receive national, and sometimes international, exposure. But, we are a local, family-run company serving the Charleston Coast for over 28 years. Our goal is for our guests to enjoy the Charleston Coast while creating beach memories to last a lifetime.  So sit back, relax, and book direct today.

Charleston Coast Snow Day

When booking a vacation on the Charleston Coast, one rarely thinks of snow, even in the colder winter months. But, a snow-filled beach vacation is exactly what our guests received to start 2018.

Snowstorms on the Charleston Coast are rare, but not unprecedented. Typically the storms consist of small flurries, leaving only a light dusting of snow and never lasting more than a day. However, there have been three record-breaking snowstorms in Charleston’s history. The last big snowstorm followed just months after hurricane Hugo, arriving over Christmas in 1989. The ‘89 snow storm dumped a record eight inches of snowfall over a two day period. Southerners not used to plummeting temperatures or frozen water were treated to their first white Christmas.

Charleston Coast Snow Storm
1989 Christmas Snow. Photo: The Post & Courier

This year, the Charleston Coast rang in the New Year with a storm.  Snow began falling on the first Wednesday of 2018 and left the Lowcountry buried under five inches of snow! Now, since the Charleston Coast is not used to even minor snowfall, let alone five inches, roads, businesses, and schools, were all shut down. Putting safety first, our small but buzzing city came to a complete halt.

Most of our guests that stayed with us through the storm were visiting from much colder areas of the US. For many of these “snowbirds,” escaping to the Charleston Coast is a means of evading the freezing temperatures back home. Boy, were these guests in for a surprise this year! Here’s what one lucky guest had to say about the unexpected snow:

“We actually had a GREAT time. There was something about expecting 60 degree weather (or better) and then instead spending a week at a cold beach that turned out to be perhaps our best vacation in Folly ever. We come fairly often (right after Christmas), to get away from cold Virginia (and Colorado for my dad). Instead, we (and everyone else) struggled with terrible weather and we had a blast:…Making snow angels on the beach…Making little snowmen on our balcony…We’ll be back next year…we would be a very lucky family to have half as much fun as we did this year.” – Karen E

Charleston Coast Snow Day Folly
Photo credit from left to right: Facebook User Dave’s Dogs, Facebook User Logan D.

Charleston Coast Snow Day Snow
Photo Credit (clockwise): Janice J., Karen E., Paul B.

Wish you were Beer: Low Tide Brewing

Wish you were Beer:  A semi-regular posting on charleston’s hoppin’ craft brewery scene

This week’s feature: Low Tide Brewing on John’s Island.

Low Tide Brewing
Photo: Facebook User @Lowtidebrewing

20 years ago, John’s Island had one stop light. It was the way to get to Kiawah but was overlooked as a destination in its own rite. Now, John’s Island is on the up and up with real estate development through the roof, and a restaurant scene that draws crowds away from the famous eateries of downtown Charleston. This rural island is quickly becoming home to many must-do attractions. Recently, we went to one of our favorite craft breweries, Low Tide, for a lowcountry oyster roast and the opportunity to talk to the owner, Mike, about what makes this destination so special.

Charleston’s love for oysters is as deep rooted as our live oaks and southern hospitality. Anyone lucky enough to visit our lovely city during the “off season” is in fact visiting during peak oyster season.  Low Tide Brewery takes advantage of this, hosting a monthly, all-you-can-eat oyster roast with live music and unique beer pairings at an unbeatable price of $15 – $20 per ticket. The time tested rule with oysters: they’re best to eat during months that contain the letter “r.” This means September through April, you’d be hard pressed to visit during a weekend when there isn’t a lowcountry oyster roast somewhere. While Low Tide is not the sole venue to catch a great oyster roast, it stands out from the crowd as a guaranteed good time with great drinks.

Low Tide Brewing Oyster Roast
Photo: Facebook User @Lowtidebrewing

Lowtide is unique in how their beer connects and exemplifies the things that make Charleston great: the people, the food and the environment. From the conception of the brewery’s name (which came to Mike while kayaking in Charleston’s tidal rivers), to the everybody’s-a-local atmosphere in the taproom, to the packed events and sought-after food trucks, the connection to this great city is enhanced by their beer. It’s a can’t miss destination for locals and newcomers alike.

Reflecting the mix between classic styles and fusions of flavors that the Charleston culinary scene is known for, Low Tide has produced over 120 distinct beers since opening. Mike gives a lot of credit to the “liquid engineer” of the operation, his partner, Andy. After accepting resumes from across the globe, Andy stood out from the crowd. Receiving a 4 year degree in fermentation, brewing was never a hobby to him but a profession. Because of Andy’s expertise, he is no one beer pony and a key ingredient in Low Tide’s success.

Low Tide Brewing Beer
Photo: Facebook User @Lowtidebrewing

While other breweries might have one or two experimental beers that are good or focus all their attention on one variety of beer, Low Tide strives to provide a range in styles and ace every one. They are constantly rotating and releasing new brews with names like “Gingerly Squeeze My Lemons”, “Coconut Pete’s Chai Ale”, and “Hush Your Mouth Triple IPA”, but typically only 12 or so are on draught in the taproom at a time. This keeps things fresh in the tap room, there is always something new to try.

Andy’s prowess allows Mike’s vision for Low Tide to become a reality through their beer. The “Coastal Harvest Gose” was a great example of the ingenuity going on behind the scenes. A gose is a sour beer originating in Gosland, Germany dating back 1000 years. While the original gose historically owes its unique flavor profile to the River Gose’s high saline content, Low Tide used “sea pickles” harvested by Mike from some of Charleston’s salt marshes to emulate the salty element of the classic. The beer was a unique twist on the classic and emphasized Low Tide’s ties to Charleston’s environment.

Low Tide Brewing Beers
Photo: Facebook User @Lowtidebrewing

While there has been talk about future plans for bottling, currently, you can only get their beer at the brewery itself or at restaurants lucky enough to have it on tap. It isn’t particularly rare to find them on tap at restaurants featuring craft brew selections because they ship kegs statewide. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Charleston that has them on tap we would recommend trying Bohemian Bull, Bay Street Biergarten, or Loggerheads. There are even some restaurants around Charleston that are lucky enough to have their exclusive, signature brew created by Lowtide as a compliment to their menu and atmosphere. So, only at Triangle Char & Bar can you find the delectable “Triangle Char & Bar Welcome Wheat” and out on Kiawah, the infamous Ocean Course Clubhouse features its very own “Ocean Course Ale”.

Mike’s original concept was to create a brewery to cater to Charleston’s rich restaurant scene focusing on creating those signature brews and the taproom was meant to be more of a bonus. Less than two years after opening the doors of the large converted warehouse that calls home, there are times when Mike wishes that there was more space. As the brewery evolved, it gained a dedicated following of both locals and visitors alike. The extent of their popularity is most astounding during their events, like their Oyster Roasts, when the whole front lot is closed off to allow for the crowds overflowing out of the taproom.

Apart from great beer and great times, the crowds grow because everyone is welcome here. No matter where you’re from you are treated like a local. Mike mentioned how important it is to him to make everyone feel comfortable, and it shows. When scanning the crowd at the oyster roast there wasn’t an obvious archetype for the typical low tide patron. Young, old, a number of families with their kids, people who have lived on John’s Island their whole life, others visiting for the first time, and (in the Charleston way) everyone brings their dogs. While Mike admits that he never thought that he would be so happy to have dogs and kids running around his brewery, it means a lot to him to see that there is such a sense of community that has developed around the taproom and their brews.

Low Tide Brewing
Photo: Facebook User @Lowtidebrewing

Take a trip out to John’s Island and stop by Low Tide Brewing next time you’re in town. You can follow them and check out all their upcoming events on their facebook page and find more information about them on their website. Hope to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions

Today, we cover your frequently asked questions when renting with Charleston Coast Vacations!

Charleston Coast Vacations, Frequently Asked Questions

When is check in? What time is check out?

Check-in is at 4 pm. Early check-ins are not available.  Checkout is at 10 am. Late checkouts are not available as we must prepare the property for incoming guests.

Where do I check in?

This depends on what island you are vacationing on! Folly Beach check-ins visit our Folly Beach office, located at 31 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439. Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes check-ins visit our Isle of Palms office, located at 1400 Palm Blvd Suite M, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.

Is housekeeping included? What about linens?

Yes, departure housekeeping is included with your stay. Linens for the beds and baths are provided for your stay. Plan to purchase or bring pool and beach towels.

Does the property have beach chairs?

At most properties, beach equipment like chairs and umbrellas are not guaranteed with the rental. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some equipment behind. We recommend bringing, purchasing, or renting these items for your vacation.

Are paper products included?

A starter pack of paper products is included with your vacation: 1-2 rolls of toilet tissue per restroom, 1-2 rolls of paper towels in the kitchen, a liner in each trash bin, a few dishwasher tablets

If you’re staying for more than a few days, you will likely need to bring or purchase these items from the grocery store.

Are pantry items in the property? Salt and pepper? Spices?

Pantry items like salt, pepper, oil, and spices are not guaranteed. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some behind. We recommend bringing or purchasing these items for your vacation.

Does the property have a crockpot?

Specialty cooking items like crockpots, large steamer pots, and gravy boats are not included with every rental property. If you need a particular kitchen item for your vacation please plan to bring it with you.

Does the property have a hair dryer?

Hair dryers are often provided by the homeowner but, due to their small size, they often go missing. If a hair dryer is important, we recommend bringing one with you.

Does the property have internet?

Yes! All properties managed by Charleston Coast Vacations have wireless internet. Please note, during times of high occupancy on the islands, the internet speeds will vary.

For more information and additional frequently asked questions, check out our welcome video!