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South Carolina Beaches

By Viator, June 2012

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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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