The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You South Carolina’s Coast Like Never Before
You’d think that with all the tourism the Palmetto State attracts annually that all of the best beaches in South Carolina would be filled with people shoulder-to-shoulder all season long. But there are some beaches that are off the beaten path, or simply aren’t suitable for swimming due to strong currents. Those beaches are less known – and less traveled.
Are you ready to discover some of the Palmetto State’s hidden beaches? Gather up the gang, pack the sunscreen and let’s hit the highway for the ultimate hidden beaches road trip in South Carolina.
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Believe it or not, some of the best beaches in South Carolina are actually hiding in plain sight! So, are you ready to discover some hidden beaches that maybe you didn’t know about in the Palmetto State? We’d love to know in our comments!
We love all of South Carolina’s beaches; however, the most beautiful beaches are those that have less development along the shoreline. Beaches without development are most accessible via South Carolina’s four state parks that are located right on the beach. The first one, Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, showcases a beautiful beach with a historic castle upon the shore. Next, Myrtle Beach State Park features a long, wooden pier and a mile of undeveloped oceanfront real estate. Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort features a beach bordered by a gorgeous maritime forest, a historic lighthouse, and a campground for overnight visitors. And finally, Edisto Beach State Park offers a low-key atmosphere via Edisto Island that many beach enthusiasts prefer over the many more lively and busy beaches in the state.
What are the best beach towns in South Carolina?
South Carolina’s beach towns are few and varied. From the busy towns of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach and those in between along the Grand Strand, all the way south to the state’s most laid-back beach town of Edisto Island, visitors can find just the sort of atmosphere that best fits their expectations. In the Charleston area, the best beach towns are Sullivans Island and Folly Beach.
What beaches have the clearest water in South Carolina?
The beach with the clearest water in South Carolina can be found on Edisto Island. The beach at Botany Bay, is one of the most pristine and remote beaches in the state.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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