You’ll leave this morning for some of Charleston’s seaside playgrounds, it boasts five different beach
communities. Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms are to the northeast of the harbor; Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island are to its southwest. On this trip, you’ll visit the beaches to the south of the harbor over the next two days.
Start your day on Folly Beach at Charleston SUP Safari
—that SUP is short for stand-up paddle boarding. Even if you have never tried the sport before, the experts here will explain the tricks to getting up on your board and you’ll soon be paddling through the calm waters of the Folly River. You’ll have a unique perspective on the marshes and the birds that live here, as well as the dolphins that can often be spotted in the distance.
Dry off and head to lunch at Pier 101
, one of the newest additions to Folly Beach’s dining scene. American and Southern dishes are served with panoramic views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. There’s live music most days, and cold beers every day.
After lunch, try your hand at a more leisurely outdoor pursuit. Take a short walk along a long pier, when you visit the Folly Beach Fishing Pier
. You can cast a line here and give a go at saltwater fishing, hoping that one of the redfish or flounder in the water below takes the bait. If your visit happens to coincide with one of the Moonlight Mixers, held once a month from May to September, stick around to dance under the stars to a DJ spinning oldies and beach tunes.
You’ll then continue on to the next island south from Folly Beach, Kiawah Island
where you’ll spend two nights at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Shelby can reserve you a room at The Sanctuary hotel or one of the private homes for rent.