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South Carolina’s beaches are popular for travelers who love the water, fresh air and an impressive sunset (or sunrise, depending on how early you like to start your day). There are a handful of beautiful beaches that offer great opportunities to make the most of your time visiting the charming South.

Ask any local about where they recommend first-time visitors to see the water, and you’ll hear about Folly Beach. The closest family-friendly beach to downtown Charleston, Folly is where surfers and beach bums alike can soak up the sun and ride the waves. There’s kite surfing and paddle boarding as well surfing lessons and plenty of space to simply lay out and work on a tan.
Isle of Palms is where you can tee off on a round of championship golf or set sail on the Atlantic Ocean from the marina. In addition to sandy, white beaches, there are local vendors selling homemade ice cream and piping hot pizza together with high-end restaurants and bars to enjoy a day along the waterway.
Sullivan’s Island is where you can get away from it all. When you’re done perusing Charleston’s many bustling attractions, head to the southern tip of Mount Pleasant for a day of rest and relaxation on 3.3 miles of beach where you can unplug from stress and reconnect to peace of mind.