You’d think that with all the tourism the Palmetto State attracts annually, all of the best South Carolina beaches 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 hidden beaches in South Carolina are less known – and less traveled.

Are you ready to discover some of the best hidden beaches in South Carolina? Gather up the gang, pack the sunscreen and let’s hit the highway for the ultimate hidden beaches road trip in the Palmetto State.

Believe it or not, some of the best summer spots are the South Carolina beaches that 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! And don’t forget to check out our road-trip essentials packing guide before you hit the road.

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South Carolina beaches

What are the prettiest beaches in South Carolina?

Some of the prettiest beaches in South Carolina include:

  • Hilton Head Island
  • Crescent Beach
  • Folly Field Beach
  • Litchfield Beach
  • Driessen Beach


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.

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