Each of Charleston’s area beaches has its own unique flavor and its own beach rules. Check out our guide so you’re prepared before you land on the sand.
- This barrier island beach is laid back and often frequented by locals and surfers.
- No possession or consumption of alcohol is allowed on the beach.
- Traffic can get heavy and parking can be a problem if you arrive after 11 a.m. during the busy season, so you may want to consider a morning beach visit.
- Folly Beach Fishing Pier is open daily and has a full-service restaurant, fishing, rod rentals and a tackle shop.
- Surfing without a leash is prohibited. Through Sept. 15, surfing is prohibited from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West.
- Folly Beach County Park has lifeguards, outdoor showers and snack bar.
- This is the most commercialized beach with a selection of shops, restaurants, bars and public restrooms.
- The area of Ocean Boulevard from 10th Avenue to 14th Avenue is set aside for beachgoers and is known as “front beach.”
- For access to picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a playground, you might want to park at the Isle of Palms County Park for Parking is $7 a day on weekdays and $10 a day on weekends through Labor Day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September/October.
- Alcohol is prohibited; no glass bottles on the beach.
- Much of the island and its beaches are private.
- The only public beach access is at Kiawah Beachwalker Park on the west end of the island. It has restrooms, picnic areas with grills and boardwalks. Parking is $7 a day on weekdays and $10 a day on weekends through Labor Day. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September/October.
- Plan for a day trip to this beach as it has very few short-term rentals and no hotels or motels.
- Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 10 a.m. There are no public parking lots; street parking only. Be sure to obey posted signs and don’t park in any private yards or driveways.
- There are no public restrooms or showers, and alcohol is not permitted.