FOLLY BEACH is a barrier island, six miles long, and is the closest beach to historical Charleston, only 15 minutes via the Connector. Folly Beach is the home of sea, sand, and surfing. With historical and cultural sites, a maritime forest, endangered species of birds, and the Morris Island Lighthouse, there's plenty to see. And the gourmet food, distinct hippy vibe, and Southern hospitality are all part of Folly's charm. Folly Beach offers an array of exciting activities from camping and fishing to relaxing on the beach, or even parasailing. Folly is a "must see - must visit" place.
James Island offers a beautiful, magnolia-lined public golf course, a full-service campground, and a unique theater dedicated to showing art house films. The New York Times chose the Terrace Theater as one of the top places to visit in Charleston. Terrace Theater offers standard movie fare as well as beer and wine, gourmet chocolates, and exotic treats. And the quality playlist will likely leave you with the difficult task of deciding which film to see first.
is the most urban of the Sea Islands and is separated from historic Charleston only by the harbor. Rich in Civil War History with Fort Sumter, the site of the first battle of the Civil War, located just off its coast.
boasts the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi. The famous Angel Oak is a 65-foot Live Oak with a huge canopy draping the surrounding area. Estimated at over 1500 years old, it is a must-see if you're in the area (and bring a picnic- there are tables in The Tree’s park).
Johns Island actually touts great farmland and is the country’s foremost producer of tomatoes. Produce and flower stands are plentiful and you’ll likely spot Seagrass Basket stalls just as often. Brought to the area by slaves who came from West Africa, basket-making is a traditional art form which has been passed down generation to generation for nearly 400 years.
At the edge of the island is Freshfields Village, nestled between Seabrook and Kiawah. Freshfields offers a lovely area for shopping and dining. Alongside, just before the entrance to Seabrook Island, is Bohicket Marina. Bohicket is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, wander through unique shops, enjoy a meal in one of the area’s restaurants, or charter a boat and explore the local waterways with your family.
KIAWAH ISLAND (pronounced KEE-a-wah) offers plenty of exciting experiences to engage your sense of adventure. Soothing by day, utterly romantic at night, the beach is complimented by the island's river, meandering lagoons, and pristine marshlands. Dive into Kiawah’s wonderful resort and golf facilities and allow yourself to get lost in the allure of island life. With 10 miles of undisturbed Atlantic beach and five world-renowned golf courses, including the site of the 2012 PGA Championship, it's no wonder so many visitors come to Kiawah Island and decide to stay.
SEABROOK ISLAND stands as a reminder of the pleasures of a slower pace of life. Edged by wide, uncrowded beaches and pristine dunes, it is an unspoiled island paradise that is home to a spectacular range of wildlife and a thriving ecosystem. Residents enjoy the best of life among the most peaceful of settings in this private island paradise. Despite its peaceful seclusion, Seabrook Island offers two championship golf courses, a tennis center, award-winning dining, shopping, a deep-water marina and many other world-class amenities. In fact, Seabrook Island features one of the few beach horse rides on the East Coast. Their full service Equestrian Center caters to riders of all skill levels with guided trail rides and riding lessons.
WADMALAW ISLAND is home to The Charleston Tea Plantation, the last remaining working tea farm in America, which now offers tours. The American Classic Tea produced at the plantation is the official tea of the White House. Wadmalaw also produces Firefly, a sweet tea flavored vodka. It is popular throughout the South because of its recognizable flavor and cultural significance.
The rich soil and temperate coastal climate of Wadmalaw Island has supported commercial and family farms for generations. Famous for tomatoes and sweet onions, the island is dotted with u-pick family farms and Community Sponsored Agriculture cooperatives.