Charleston is surrounded by barrier islands and sandy beaches. Many beautiful beaches are near our Charleston, SC hotel, within only a few miles. Just over the Intracoastal Waterway is James Island, continue for about 5 miles along Folly Road to reach Folly Beach. Kiawah Island, which is famed for its five championship golf courses, offers a pristine retreat just 25 miles from the Creekside Lands Inn. Closer to historic Downtown Charleston is Sullivan’s Island, which is considered one of the best beaches in Charleston, South Carolina, only about 16 miles from the Creekside Lands Inn.
Sullivan’s Island started as a settlement in the 1790s for Charleston residents trying to escape the yellow-fever epidemic. Ravaged by hurricanes, the island is still marked by station numbers from a long-gone cable car system that ran on the island. The strong surf is ideal for windsurfers and kite-surfers, and the island offers many historic spots for touring including Fort Moultrie National Park, a Revolutionary War artillery battery and the site of famed Civil War battles. Other former war batteries on three-mile-long Sullivan’s Island have been converted into luxury private homes. Sullivan’s Island is one of the best Charleston beaches for tourists with plentiful parking and easy access to public beaches.
Casual, unhurried Sullivan's Island is one of the most relaxing and family-friendly beaches on South Carolina's coast. Year-round, visitors enjoy the island's inviting beaches, charming seaside neighborhoods and laid-back dining venues. Sullivan's Island is treasured by visitors and residents alike for its rich history, friendly atmosphere, and simple beauty.
Folly Beach, Charleston, SC:
The surf’s up at Folly Beach. Six-mile long Folly Beach is home to the biggest waves on any Charleston beaches and provides a gathering spot for local surfers at sunrise. Folly Beach is dotted with surf shacks and rental cottages seemingly from another era, one of which was home to George Gershwin while he composed “Porgy and Bess.” Folly Beach features a marina and restaurant and is Downtown Charleston’s closest beach.
Folly Beach, also known as "The Edge of America", is a beautiful barrier island only 15 minutes from downtown historic Charleston. The Folly Beach County Park is located at the east end of the island and includes outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas and more. Folly Beach is the home of sea, sand and surfing, historical and cultural sites; a maritime forest; Morris Island Lighthouse; gourmet food and southern hospitality.
Kiawah Island offers beautiful beaches and championship golf courses designed by golf legends Clyde Johnston, Gary Player, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. The golf courses at Kiawah Island have hosted the Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Tournament and include the Cougar Point Golf Course, Turtle Point Golf Course, the Ocean Course, the Osprey Point Golf Course and the Oak Point Golf Course. Kiawah Island is also home to tennis courts and recreation, plus sweeping ocean views.
Walking along this 10-mile stretch of undisturbed Atlantic beach(Beachwalker County Park), guests find it hard to believe that the City of Charleston is a mere 21 miles away. Kiawah Island is an idyllic, private community with access limited to property owners and guests of the resort or rental agencies. Public access to the beach is available at Beachwalker County Park, located on the west end of the island. The island abounds in natural beauty, from endless acres of marsh to thick forests of pines, magnolias and massive live oaks. Travel Channel called Kiawah's beach one of the nation's "Top Ten."
Isle of Palms:
The Isle of Palms offers every activity imaginable. Isle of Palms County Park offers beautiful ocean frontage with lifeguards on duty seasonally along a beachfront designated swimming area. There is also a beautiful family-oriented park located directly on the beach! The Isle of Palms is conveniently located just 12 miles from historic Charleston. For an unforgettable vacation, come to the Isle of Palms...you won't want your first visit to be your last.