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Sullivans Island Beach
2050 Middle Street, Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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Dogs permitted on the beach, w/o leash, must purchase special colored beach tag from town hall located at 2050-B Middle Street.
It's is a place you will want to come back to time and again. Sullivan's Island is the kind of beach you picture if you were to ever want to be a beach bum.
There aren't really waves on Sullivans Island beach, really more of a gentle lapping which is perfect for little kids, but there's a pretty strong current out there so be careful with slightly older kids who would want to go further.
You will be glad you chose Sullivan's Island over the other beaches if you are visiting Charleston and have a limited amount time. This beach is clean, beautiful, and so relaxing.
There are multiple access points called "Stations" (equivalent to a block as they are referred to on Sullivan's Island) which are beautiful walkways; most with wooden decks to lead you to beach paradise.
The higher number station you go, the closer you'll be to the sand bar which is really a cool experience to walk out onto when it's low tide...be careful though, getting stuck out there or going past the bar to swim is very dangerous. There is a strong rip current that goes around the perimeter and forces you down into Breach Inlet.
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Island Just Outside Charleston SC
Sullivans Island is…well…Absolute paradise! Of the three main beaches in Charleston, SC, THIS is our favorite. Less "touristy" than Folly Beach or Isle Of Palms, the beach is very clean, not very crowded and not very commercial by comparison to other destination beaches in the Carolinas.
If you are looking for a relaxing time at the beach…this beach destination is for you. We recommend you plan to pack your own food and be ready to stay on the beach all day.
The water is always warm and feels like bathwater - in a good way, and the beach is very walkable and wide open.
When the tide is low, a giant sandbar emerges which is packed down enough that you can ride bikes, roll the baby stroller, get a good jog in, or play some bocce ball (everyone there plays it here so you'll have to get good fast).
Sullivans Island Beach is simply a gorgeous tranquil stretch of the island and you will practically have it to yourselves, which leaves plenty of room to run on the beach with your kids or dog or just stroll with your favorite person.
There are plenty delightful spots to walk or jog on, or just lay out and relax with a book or even just sit with your thoughts.
You'll Really Enjoy!
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Charleston Bakery - You won't find it unless your looking for it...and yes, you will want to find this if you want a fantastic local flavor!
Isle Of Palms - Pristine beach, well placed playground right on the beach, and gauranteed great memories.
Folly Beach - what you would expect from a tourist beach. The locals know how to enjoy life with great food and a hip downtown. If you're looking for a party...this may be your beach.
Swimming in other areas is more than safe and enjoyable. The area is
completelyresidential except for one small block or two consisting of some
restaurants and other small businesses.
Make sure to take a visit into the small town area to grab some food or a drink when done...there are some great options. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and food of Mamacita’s.
Also, be aware, the draw bridge that takes you to and from Sullivan's Island opens up on the hour every hour on the weekends and can delay traffic 10-15 minutes. The ocean is usually acceptably warm until about November. Be mindful of the fact that there are no readily available public restrooms on the beach; this is one of the cons about the beach .
Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach with a tag (a colored collar that changes every year) during certain hours. From April to October it's 6AM-10AM and from October until April it's 5AM-12PM. I believe the Island wants all dogs to feature a tag regardless of whether or not they're on a leash. This is supposed to ensure that your dog has been vaccinated appropriately, and also carries a unique number in the event your dog gets away from you.
If you are visiting the Charleston Area we highly recommend Sullivans Island as a place of destination. We give this a ¾ Tank Ranking and promise you will not be disappointed. Hope to see you there one. If you go please come back and share your story with us!