The East Coast is rich with history from Florida to Maine, and rich with beaches. Some of the most beautiful beaches lay south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and none are more beautiful than the beaches of South Carolina. With lush blue waters and white sandy beaches with green maritime forests as a backdrop, there is no resisting the beaches of South Carolina. Some of the top beaches to visit in South Carolina include Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach, as well as Edisto and Hunting Island… not to mention several islands and inlets along the way. From Murrells Inlet to the Isle of Palms and even Kiawah Island, you’ll see some of the most breathtaking views on the East Coast.
The most well known beach in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach. It is considered a desirable vacation spot for many people – and with approximately sixty miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, it is little wonder why. Over twelve million people visit this beach each year and enjoy all the things that Myrtle Beach has to offer. From live entertainment to water parks and amusement parks, as well as the specialty shopping outlets, golf courses, and incredible restaurants, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is teeming with things to do and see.
Part of the area known as the Grand Strand is Huntington Beach. It is situated in historic Murrells Inlet and is only a short distance from the renowned Brookgreen Gardens. Here, in Huntington Beach State Park, you will find the sprawling Spanish-style castle known as Atalaya. This castle was once the winter home, and the studio, for the American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, Philanthropist Archer Huntington. It is here that several of Anna Huntington’s beautiful sculptors still reside, like the incredible Diana of the Hunt. While there, you can enjoy walking the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens and, if you visit in mid- to late-September, you can also enjoy the annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival.
The beautiful and historic sands of the Isle of Palms is a perfect place to stop and see a sunrise. Its shimmering sands and crystal blue waters are a majestic sight. Not far from the Isle of Palms is Kiawah Island, a small beach and golfing resort situated on a small barrier island just south of the city of Charleston, South Carolina. The island was named for the local Native American tribe of the Kiawah Indians, who led the English to Charlestowne Landing in 1720. Known as the a prime golf destination, the island of Kiawah offers five different award winning courses, such as the Turtle Point Golf Course, designed by professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus. There is also the Ocean Course, which was designed by golfer Pete Dye, as well as three other golf courses.
Hunting Island and Edisto Island are also very beautiful beach areas with incredible attractions. Hunting Beach has many different types of wildlife for wildlife watchers. The Great Blue Heron, as well as Osprey and Bald Eagles make their homes here and can be seen anywhere you go. The same is true of many different types of aquatic life like alligators and horseshoe crabs. Edisto Island is an island between the Edisto Rivers that are North and South of the Island. It offers many diverse recreational opportunities including golf courses a