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Top Beaches in Charleston

By Viator, July 2018

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One doesn’t often think of hitting the beach when planning a trip to the South, but it is precisely the beach that makes any good trip to the Lowcountry unforgettable. 

Born of the marsh and crabgrass, the humid air cuts across the Southern plains at a slow, measured pace, but once over the sand dunes, the ocean breeze whisks you away to a seemingly altogether different land. But there’s variety here too, so whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or some fun in the sun, the beaches in South Carolina can give you what you want, and in their distinctive Lowcountry way.

A natural highlight yet hidden gem, Kiawah Island is perhaps the best beach in the Lowcountry if it’s nature and pristine environment you look for in a getaway. With 10 miles of pristine beach and approximately 10,000 acres of natural woodlands, Kiawah Island is only 21 miles from Charleston, but seemingly of a different planet.

With quaint cottages and quiet escapes, Edisto Island is the choice for a romantic getaway, where cabins, campsites, or cottages are available for rental and artisan restaurants and beach-shack bars make for ample nighttime entertainment. 

If, instead, it’s a bit of everything you’re after, grab the family and head on over to Myrtle Beach, where sixty miles of sandy beach make for hours of playtime in the water or on the shore. Myrtle Beach is a popular escape, so if a banana-boat ride, or a trip to the aquarium or the Family Kingdom Amusement Park is more your speed, this is your stop.

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Charleston Harbor History Tour, Charleston, null
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Charleston Harbor History Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

During this scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour you will experience Charleston Harbor on the unique 80-foot Carolina Belle. Your professional licensed captain ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.56
Schooner Sailing Cruise on Charleston Harbor, Charleston, Day Cruises
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Schooner Sailing Cruise on Charleston Harbor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Meet us at Aquarium Wharf near Concord St. and Calhoun St. in Charleston SC as you experience historic Charleston Harbor on our classic 84-foot tall ship with ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.40
Schooner Sunset Sail on Charleston Harbor, Charleston, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Schooner Sunset Sail on Charleston Harbor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience sunset on Charleston Harbor with a 2-hour cruise on a classic 84-foot tall ship. Witness a kaleidoscope of colors over one of the oldest cities in ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.12
Morris Island Lighthouse Eco-Cruise, Charleston, Sunset Cruises
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Morris Island Lighthouse Eco-Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy this 2.5-hour small-group boat cruise through the treasured tidal creeks of Charleston, South Carolina and then off to Morris Island where you ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.82
Haunted Ghost Cruise of Charleston Harbor, Charleston, Day Cruises
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Haunted Ghost Cruise of Charleston Harbor

Do you believe there may be ghosts in Charleston, SC? Does the thought of actually encountering a ghost send a shiver down your spine? Well, if you are ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00
Small-Group Tour: 2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco-Tour in Charleston, Charleston, Night Cruises
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Small-Group Tour: 2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco-Tour in Charleston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a guided, eco-based kayaking adventure through Folly Creek and the maze of tidal creeks that wrap around uninhabited Hammock Islands. This 2-hour marsh ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor, Charleston, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Experience the beautiful sights and sounds of the Charleston harbor and surrounding waterways aboard our 45-foot USCG certified power catamaran as Charleston’s ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Shell Hunting Expedition on Morris Island, Charleston, Sunset Cruises
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Shell Hunting Expedition on Morris Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Depart for this 3 hour shell hunting excursion from Ripley Light Marina situated just less than a half mile outside downtown Charleston. Relax on a short ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00
Small-Group Tour: Charleston Harbor by Speedboat with Boating Lesson, Charleston, Day Cruises
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Small-Group Tour: Charleston Harbor by Speedboat with Boating Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this 2-hour tour of the world famous Charleston Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.84
Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise, Charleston, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the shoreline landmarks of the oldest and largest city in South Carolina aboard a tour boat on the Charleston Harbor.  See important Civil War sites, ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.00

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