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Your Guide to Charleston’s Beaches

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No summertime trip to Charleston is complete without a trip to one of the area’s beautiful beaches. Soak up the laid-back vibe of Folly Beach, the family friendly feel of Isle of Palms or the unspoiled ocean views at Sullivan’s Island. Each beach has its own character and appeal along with a selection of amenities […]

Charleston First-Time Visitors Guide

Charleston has so much to offer that it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to see and do first. If you only have a short time to visit or if it’s your first time in the Holy City, there are few things you just can’t miss. We’ve compiled a list of […]

From Creek to Ocean, Spend Time on the Water


One of Charleston’s major draws is its water – from oceans to creeks to rivers, this stretch of coastal South Carolina has plenty of ways for people to explore the open ocean and the marvelous marshes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Charleston’s waterways: Go kayaking on Shem Creek. Book a […]

Charleston SC Beaches Guide – IOP – Folly – Sullivans – Kiawah

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Each of the Charleston SC beaches in the area has its vibe and coastal character – and its own set of rules. Check out our guide so you’re prepared before you land on the sand. Folly Beach ( This barrier island beach has a laid back atmosphere and is often frequented by locals and surfers. […]

‘The Summer’s End’ is Beautiful Close to Lowcountry Trilogy

Mary Alice Monroe

Have you ever come to the last few chapters of a great book and read more slowly? You know, a couple pages one day, a couple more the next day in an effort to stretch out the story? That’s the way I finished “The Summer’s End” by Charleston author Mary Alice Monroe. This book is […]

‘The Summer Wind’ is a Beautiful Beach Read

I finished reading “The Summer Wind” by Mary Alice Monroe and was immediately annoyed. I was going to have wait until next summer to get the last installment in the trilogy! Don’t you just hate when you get so engrossed in a book you’re sad when it ends? I felt the same way last summer […]

Charleston Area Beaches Guide

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. Folly Beach 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. […]

Lowcountry Author Shares Charleston Beach Vacation Tips

Guest blog by Mary Alice Monroe I not only write about the Lowcountry, I’m a long-time resident. So when you vacation here, you’re enjoying the same picturesque views, breathing the same intoxicating air, and living in the same natural landscape with creatures that inspire my novels. Most important tip Get on island time the moment […]

Sand, Sullivan’s and Tea – Things to Love about the Lowcountry

The list of summertime loves in Charleston could be quite lengthy but we’ve narrowed down our five favorites. Sand in our toes: It’s beach season and we can’t get enough of the warm breezes as we kick back in our beach chair or frolic in the ocean with the kiddos. Sullivan’s Island: Speaking of beaches, we […]

Dive into the Lowcountry with ‘The Summer Girls’

Mary Alice Monroe has the uncanny knack for weaving a compelling story and interesting characters into the framework of the Lowcountry’s natural habitat. This time her creation is the first book in a summertime trilogy, chronicling the story of three sisters who reunite at their grandmother’s house on Sullivan’s Island. Add “The Summer Girls” to […]

Charleston’s Own Castle

If you head out to Sullivan’s Island, you’ll probably see something that looks like a cross between a church and a castle. That stately building at the western end of the island is Mugdock Castle. The castle adjoins Fort Moultrie and, with Fort Sumter, stands watch at the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. The building […]

Beautiful Beaches: All You Need to Know

Charleston has three public beaches, each of which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown: Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Each beach has a different atmosphere and amenities but all offer a relaxing day with the sand and surf. Folly Beach Known as the “Edge of America,” this barrier island beach […]

Have a Drink Because Surf’s Up

It’s a full-time job keeping up with all the national media attention bestowed on our lovely city. Here are two more articles giving some love to Charleston. From, a website dedicated to cocktails and spirits, comes “One for the Road: Charleston, S.C.” by Simon Ford. He tried out several local establishments, offering up his […]

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