If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Charleston guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Folly Beach County Park being a favorite of our editors and readers. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays.

Sullivan's Island


Head North out of downtown Charleston on US 17/US 1-26 N, keep to the right when crossing the Ravenel Bridge. Follow the signs to Sullivan's Island, passing expansive marsh and wetlands during a 15 - 20 minute drive from the peninsula....  Read More

Folly Beach


You can't talk about Charleston area beaches without including Folly Beach! Besides the sand and waves, Folly is known for its growing restaurant scene, state park, and water sport rentals. Folly Beach is the ideal choice among Charleston's many...  Read More

Folly Beach County Park


Folly is without question one of the most iconic spots in Charleston. The beach park itself boasts over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage speckled with amenities like dressing areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, boardwalks, picnic areas and a snack...  Read More

Isle of Palms County Park


One of the more upscale Charleston, SC beaches, Isle of Palms maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly, noncommercial site that truly represents the best of South Carolina's beaches. Featuring a range of leisure and sports...  Read More



South of Charleston, Kiawah Island Public Beach is consistently ranked as one of the country's top beaches. Whether you're dropping by for a day-trip to sunbathe and relax on the pristine sandy strands, or visiting to enjoy one of the many golf...  Read More



In the Charleston, SC area, noncommercial beaches are few and far between. Edisto Beach is one of these rare gems, ideal for day-trips and long-term campers alike. It offers some of the best shelling around for both casual and die-hard...  Read More

Bull Island


Located in Awendaw, SC, just a few short miles outside of Charleston, Bull Island Beach offers a secluded day-trip for wilderness lovers and history buffs alike. Once a haven for pirates, then later the site of Martello Tower (destroyed by Union...  Read More