South Carolina’s fishing past and present are alive in a few places along the coast of the Palmetto State. And while much of the commercial fishing industry may be shrinking, these quiet and quaint fishing towns in South Carolina seem frozen in time. It’s a perfect place to spend a day – immersed in these little-changed fishing towns remaining in the state. And who doesn’t love visiting the many quaint and charming South Carolina small towns?

To be clear, there are several bonafide fishing towns along the coast, but these three are especially amazing because they’ve retained the charm of days gone by and managed to set aside space for visitors to enjoy their nostalgic appeal.

The three towns are only an hour and a half apart so we’ve created a mini road trip and mapped them out for you in a handy Google Maps link. Plan your day correctly and you could have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in different charming little old-timey fishing towns along the South Carolina coast! Have fun!

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Fall is the perfect time for this Lowcountry road trip to see three old fishing towns along the coast, although any time of the year will do. Have you visited any of these before? We’d love to know if you’ve ever been to all three on the same day and what are some of your other favorite South Carolina small towns!

If you plan on taking this or any other South Carolina road trip anytime soon, make sure you take a look at our Ultimate Road Trip Essentials Packing List before you hit the road.

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Small Towns & Seafood Restaurants In South Carolina

What are some of the most charming small towns in South Carolina?

Just about every part of the state offers quaint towns that are worth exploring. Here are some of the most charming small towns in South Carolina worth visiting:

  • York, SC: this town is close to the North Carolina border.
  • Bluffton, SC: this town is filled with historic buildings that add to the charm.
  • Edisto Island, SC: this is my personal favorite due to its natural coastal beauty.
  • Clemson, SC: this is a college town with a lively downtown to explore.

Check out more charming small towns in South Carolina.

What are some of the best seafood restaurants in South Carolina?
With its coastal fishing villages, it may come as no surprise that South Carolina offers numerous restaurants that serve up some of the freshest seafood. Here are a few:

  • 167 Raw Oyster Bar in Charleston is just one of many excellent restaurants in the foodie capital of South Carolina.
  • Russell's Seafood Grill in Murrells Inlet is located on the water and offers incredibly fresh seafood.
  • ACME Lowcountry Kitchen in Isle of Palms is a popular spot to dine and it’s easy to see why with all of its delicious cuisine.

Check out these must-visit seafood restaurants in South Carolina.