4 Coastal Islands to Visit in South Carolina
Explore These Islands in South Carolina Next Year
South Carolina is home to 187 miles of coastline that stretch throughout the Lowcountry. The Palmetto state is known for its chain of Sea Islands that are richly historical, as much as they are breathtakingly beautiful. Whether you’re interested in horse-riding, golfing on a world-class course, exploring salt marshes, or if you just need a luxury getaway, the stunning islands in South Carolina have something for everyone.
With so many islands in South Carolina to choose from, let’s take a look at some of the best coastal islands you must visit this upcoming year.
1. Kiawah Island
The most idyllic beaches in the region can be found on Kiawah Island, a barrier island just north of historic Charleston. Kiawah Island itself has a history that is an enduring legacy among the other Sea Islands.
With more than 10 miles of secluded shoreline, both residents and visitors can delight in the pristine environment without feeling crowded. Enjoy unwinding while admiring the majestic views of Kiawah Island’s beaches and the glistening Atlantic Ocean. You may also enjoy the scenic Lowcountry atmosphere by visiting Freshfields Village — a place you may shop, dine, or attend local events. Additionally, locals have unmatched access to restaurants on the beach, resort-style pools, and other upscale amenities.
Island Fact: Kiawah Island is ranked as one of the top golfing destinations for players from all over the world! The 1991 Ryder Cup, the inaugural Warburg Cup, the Senior PGA Championship in 2007, the PGA Championship in 2012, and the PGA Championship in 2021 were all held on Kiawah Island. Needless to say, if you’re a golfer, Kiawah Island is the place for you!
Kiawah Island is a private, gated community with access limited to residents and Members of the Kiawah Island Club. To inquire about visiting, please contact us. We’d be happy to introduce you to the Island and its many amenities.
2. Seabrook Island
Just a couple miles away from Kiawah, you may discover Seabrook Island located just off the coast of South Carolina. In spite of what you may think, the island didn’t get its name from its proximity to the sea. In fact, it’s named after the Seabrook family who owned the island in the nineteenth century.
The charming, oceanside village of Seabrook Island has many popular activities for people of all ages. Paddling through salt marshes and streams near wildlife is an experience you should not miss when visiting Seabrook Island. Another way to enjoy the island is renting a boat for the day, which you can do by taking a visit to the Bohicket Marina and Market. Along with many water excursions, there are also plenty of shopping centers, live entertainment, and restaurants. Savor delicious Southern classics set along breathtaking sunsets with views of the nearby golf courses at Bohicket’s Lounge or magnificent ocean vistas at the Palmetto Room.
Island Fact: Looking to exercise while on vacation? Challenge yourself with the Seabrook Loop — an eight-mile paved pathway that’s perfect for walking, running, or biking!
3. Fripp Island
Centered between Charleston and Savannah, Fripp Island is the easternmost barrier island in the state of South Carolina. The island is named after Captain Johannes Fripp, a 17th-century British sailor who protected the neighboring town of Beaufort. In 1963, a bridge was created to connect the island and the mainland so you no longer have to travel by boat from Hunting Island State Park.
The quaint island town has many opportunities for activities. For a spectacular panorama of the South Carolina coast, ascend the 167 steps of the Hunting Island Lighthouse. Or, take a ride on the Fripper II and go shelling, observe dolphins, discover the waterways around Fripp, or simply enjoy the sunset. You may also behold the scenery while dining at the Bonito Boathouse. As you gaze over the marina and marsh, indulge in Lowcountry specialties like she-crab soup or Fripp fried shrimp.
Island Fact: Did you know Fripp Island was a common oasis for world explorers? It’s rumored that hidden treasure on the island still exists today because of its historical significance as a haven for pirates.
4. Johns Island
The largest of all the islands in South Carolina, Johns Island is separated from its bordering islands by the Stono and Kiawah rivers. The island, named after Saint John in Barbados, is home to the renowned Angel Oak, a Lowcountry Treasure that many come far and wide to see.
Along with visiting the Angel Oak tree, there are also many other exciting attractions and activities on Johns Island. From neighborhood farmer’s markets to historic natural parks, or shopping boutiques and art museums, there’s always something to discover on Johns Island. More so, there is a diverse selection of restaurants on Johns Island from casual local eateries and breweries to upscale traditional dining.
Island Fact: Calling all equestrians! Johns Island is home to one of the only public equestrian trail systems in the Lowcountry where you may gallop along miles of paths lined with oak trees, wide-open spaces, and farmlands.
Come Home to Kiawah Island
Although there are so many options when it comes to coastal living, Kiawah Island offers the finest opportunities to enjoy life in the Lowcountry. Not only is Kiawah one of the most breathtaking islands in South Carolina, but when you choose to call Kiawah Island home, you get to be a part of our private paradise and enjoy the luxury Island lifestyle. As a Kiawah Island Club Member, you’re granted access to exclusive events, opulent beaches, upscale amenities, and so much more. Becoming a Member is invaluable, and all you have to do is purchase a qualifying home.
Simply click the button below to connect with a member of our team and find the home of your dreams. We look forward to helping you start your journey to homeownership here on Kiawah Island!