• Sullivan's Island
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Sullivan's Island

Type: Beaches

Map / Directions 10Best Says

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 -...  Read More


  • Best Attractions & Activities: "Head toward the higher numbered stations for the giant sandbar and tidal pool, a favorite spot for local kids."
  • Outdoor Activities: "Look for stone markers labeled with station numbers in order to find the beach access points on Sullivan's Island."
  • Free Things to Do: "Head for the lowest or highest stations if you're seeking a more secluded area. Middle-numbered stations tend to be the most popular."
  • Romantic Things to Do: "Before or after your romantic sunset beach stroll, make a reservation at The Obstinate Daughter, an intimate Italian restaurant within walking distance of the beach."
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Many locals name Sullivan's Island as their favorite Charleston-area beach--seldom crowded, with plenty of room to spread out, and plenty of great, post-beach day restaurants.
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: With it's beautiful coastal homes and wide flat beachfront, Sullivan's Island is one of Charleston's most idyllic spots.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: Sullivan's Island offers some of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina, and a main street filled with restaurants, beach bars and a gelato shop.
  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Sullivan's Island at sunset is a beautiful sight to behold, and is often less crowded day and night than other area beaches like Folly.