749 Lake Frances Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Due south of
Mt. Pleasant and across the Intracoastal Waterway, Sullivan's Island is one of Mt. Pleasant's three true barrier islands (Isle of Palms
and the private island of Dewees are the other two). Access to the
island is via the Ben Sawyer Causeway (S.C. Highway 703) from Mt.
Pleasant or via the Isle of Palms Connector (S.C. Highway 517)
through the Isle of Palms.
quiet, residential island of old and new beach houses, the island's
1998 permanent population was about 1,800. There is also a
smattering of charming 19th-century "summer homes" that have somehow
managed to survive the hurricanes and changing fashions of vacation
architecture. The few restaurants and pubs on the island are crowded
along Middle Street and create something of a strip for strollers
who might want to "pub hop" during the evening hours.
Sullivan's Island is the site of old Fort Moultrie and its
accompanying interpretation center, which is operated by the
National Park Service. There you can trace the fort's 171-year
history from the American Revolution through World War II.
Another interesting by-product of Sullivan's Island's
military days is the fine old row of "quarters" (not far from the
lighthouse) that date back to World War I. Still standing at
attention along a quiet side street is a handsome line of large
frame houses that once served as "officers' row" for the garrison at
Fort Moultrie. Now private homes, these former examples of elite
military housing speak eloquently of another time from the island's
(and our country's) past.
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As the years
have gone by, the Isle of Palms has grown increasingly popular as a
resort and residential island. In 1998, the year-round population
was about 5,000, but when you add the seasonal renters and the day
visitors, the island can host thousands of additional people on any
given summer day. Its proximity to Charleston is one of the reasons;
its six miles of wide, sparkling beach is another attraction.
Those who are here for the short term can enjoy a wide range
of accommodations from one end of the island to the other. And the
island has a full complement of shops, restaurants, goods, and
services to make life very comfortable on Sullivan's Island.
Wild Dunes resort, at the northeast end of the island, offers fine
restaurants, conference facilities, a fitness center, multiple
tennis courts, and two championship Tom Fazio-designed golf courses,
Wild Dunes is a busy destination all year long. The Wild Dunes Yacht
Harbor is one of the finest marinas on the Eastern Seaboard. Maybe
best of all, Wild Dunes is still only 15 miles from downtown
Charleston, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the best of both
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This eccentric and diverse beach town--likes to call itself
"the edge of America." Only 10 minutes from historic Charleston,
Folly Beach is a tourist's world: one where there's plenty to see and do.
Crabbing, sunning, surfing, swimming, surf fishing, biking,
waterskiing, and sailing are going on. You name it, Folly Beach has
got it. Folly touts its 1,000-foot fishing pier, finished in 1995,
complete with snack bar, tackle shop, and full-service seafood
restaurant. The pier is reminiscent of the old days when beach
pavilions were all the rage for dance bands and swing
Although there are walk-throughs along the
beach that lead from Arctic and Ashley avenues to the surf for day
visitors, it's best to go to the west end of the island and visit
Folly Beach County Park. Admission is per vehicle, but once you're
inside you've got restrooms, showers, drinking water, ample parking,
and probably the best open vistas on the island.
You'll find many reasonable short term accommodations at
Folly Beach. There are also seasonal rentals and a lot of
interesting full-time residents on the island. It is Charleston's
truly original beach playground.
First of all,
there's the beach--Folly's claim to fame. It runs almost 6 miles
along the Atlantic side of the island. Folly Beach has had serious erosion
problems in the past; the beach was "renourished" a few years ago by
mechanically pumping millions of cubic yards of sand back onto the
shore, and there's talk about needing to do it again. But there's
still plenty of sand, sun, fun, and (yes) folly to go around.
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The island has a year-round population of 1,656, according to
a 1998 head count. But the population swells enormously on any
summer day, when the hoards of beach lovers (young and old) come out
to play. Employment opportunities are almost exclusively limited to
the tourist trade.
Only 21 miles
from Charleston is Kiawah Island, renowned for its natural beauty
and environmentally responsible development. The endless acres of
marsh, the 10 miles of pristine Atlantic beach, the thick forests,
and abundant wildlife are only the beginning. Amongst all this are
championship golf, first-rate tennis, exclusive shopping, and fine
dining. Like the beach itself, the opportunities for enjoyment on
Kiawah go on and on.
Golfers have a selection of courses to play.
They can choose from Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Cougar Point by
Gary Player, Tom Fazio's Osprey Point, and the famed Ocean Course by
Pete Dye (site of the memorable 1991 Ryder Cup). In November 1997, the Ocean Course hosted
the 43rd World Cup of Golf with teams from 32 nations competing.
Televised in more than 80 countries, this was the world's most
watched golf tournament to date. On Kiawah, tennis buffs have two
complete tennis centers with fully staffed pro shops, extensive
instructional facilities, and a zoned practice court with an
automated ball machine.
accommodations are all outstanding. Some guests prefer being
pampered at the Sanctuary Hotel. Others prefer the privacy of furnished
villas or cottages conveniently scattered around the island. Bear in
mind that Kiawah Island is a private community with access limited
to property owners, guests of the resort or designated rental
agencies. Full-time residents number 1,007 according to a 1998
survey, but seasonal visitors swell this number to more than 7,000.
Public access to the beach is available at Beachwalker County Park
at the west end of Kiawah Island.
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Seabrook Island is on the Atlantic shore just 22 miles south of Charleston. It is
unique in that it is totally private and completely owned by its
residents. Entry to the island is controlled by a security gate for
the privacy of residents and guests. The beauty of the island is
striking. Visitors can enjoy 3.5 miles of unspoiled beach along the
Atlantic and the banks of the Edisto River, which flows into the
ocean at Seabrook.
The Club at
Seabrook offers championship golf courses: Crooked Oaks, designed by
Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Ocean Winds, designed by Willard Byrd. A
beach club, a tennis center, and a beautiful Island House Club with
restaurants, bar lounges, and a golf pro shop are here. Also unique
to Seabrook is its equestrian center.
Seabrook Island has more than
450 villas available for rent as well as more than 1,055 permanent
residents whose homes are situated along the beach, marshes, lakes,
and golf courses.Bohicket
Marina, just outside the Seabrook Island gate, is a superb marina
and an attractive shopping area. Two hundred slips are available for
all sizes of motor cruisers and sailboats. Boat rentals and charters
for deep-sea fishing, crabbing, shrimping, or exploring the miles of
ocean creeks are also available.
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Beautiful and secluded Edisto Island is located
approximately 45 miles (72 km) south of Charleston. Visitors to
Edisto feel they've returned to a simpler time and slower pace of
life. While the island welcomes visitors, commercialization and
development have been kept to a minimum. Edisto Island is steeped in
a history that stretches back to its first known inhabitants, the
Edistow Indians. By the late 1700's English planters had developed
Sea Island cotton, the crop that brought wealth to the
Many of the beautiful plantations built during
this era are still standing, and are listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. Today, Edisto Island is best known as a quiet,
family beach. Edisto Island offers the conveniences of a marina, golf
course and restaurants. Accommodations on Edisto consist of beach
homes available for rent, condominiums overlooking the golf course or
marina and camp sites at the Edisto Island State Park. If you're
looking for historic charm, a secluded beach and an unhurried pace,
look no further than Edisto Island and its glorious beach.
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