Tucked into the mouth of Charleston Harbor along the Atlantic seaboard, the colonial port city of Charleston, South Carolina, charms visitors with its historic mansions, cobblestone streets and gracious gardens. Though most hotels are located in the historic downtown districts, you can find a handful of beachfront hotels in and around the city of Charleston.
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Cozy up on the private white-sand beach at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, located six miles from downtown Charleston. Nautically themed guestrooms include stunning ocean views and inviting fireplaces. Test your sea legs with sailing lessons at the resort’s marina, sign up pint-sized guests for the mini-mariner program or hop a trolley to Charleston’s Old Market district. Wrap up the day with dinner at the Indigo Grille, sampling regionally inspired dishes such as shrimp and grits, followed by drinks at the Reel Bar.
Tides Folly Beach Hotel
Embrace beach-side R&R at the full-service oceanfront Tides Folly Beach, a laid-back hotel tucked along the six miles of Folly Beach near Charleston. Watch the sunrise from your private balcony, take a morning dip in the seasonally heated oceanfront pool, head out to catch the waves on your surfboard or explore the seaside village of Folly Beach. You can stop at the Sugar Shack for a hand-dipped ice cream cone, and sit down for fresh-caught cuisine, such as seafood jambalaya and pan-seared grouper, at Blu Restaurant.
Wild Dunes Resort
Wake to ocean views at the 1,600-acre Wild Dunes Resort, nestled on the Isle of Palms just off the Charleston coast. The family-friendly resort offers guestrooms and villas, as well as recreational activities that include golf, tennis, boating and fishing. Lunch at the Grand Pavilion Café and Bar, which serves sandwiches and snacks on the boardwalk, and enjoy performers in the outdoor Village Condo Plaza before heading to the beach for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing. For dinner, relax over tempting surf and turf, such as bronzed halibut and Tanglewood Farms chicken breast, at the Sea Island Grill & Lounge.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Revel in luxury at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, situated a few miles from Charleston on the barrier island of Kiawah. The resort affords elegant yet kid-friendly guest accommodations, extensive recreational opportunities and easy beach access. Reserve one of the 255 guestrooms and suites at the resort’s Sanctuary Hotel, then while away the hours on one of the resort’s championship golf courses, at The Sanctuary Spa or along the resort’s 10-mile beach. Choose from among more than 10 dining options at the resort, such as The Ocean Room, a steakhouse, and Haulover Creek Bar and Grill, a casual dining grill.
- “Fodor’s In Focus Charleston, 1st Edition: With Hilton Head & The Lowcountry”; Eileen Robinson Smith; 2009
- “Insiders’ Guide to Charleston: Including Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Kiawah, and Other Islands”; Lee Davis Perry, Lee Davis Todman, J. Michael McLaughlin; 2007
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