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South Carolina has its fair share of beaches, and some of them stand out among the crowd. Each state’s many beaches provide a fun and safe place to soak up the sun and enjoy some quality leisure time.

Myrtle Beach

Of all the choices, Myrtle Beach may be the most popular with tourists. At 60 miles long, this beach can host plenty of visitors at once. It’s a place where people congregate to go scuba diving and to surf in the ocean, and spend time on the beach searching for seashells and building sandcastles. However, those looking for a quiet and relaxing beach experience are urged to make their way to North Myrtle Beach. Off the beaten path for most tourists, it may be the best place to sunbathe in peace.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

For a much smaller beach, locals often make their way to Kiawah Beachwalker Park. Located close to Charleston, this beach is only 10 miles long. When a lifeguard is on duty, there are plenty of places to go swimming, and it’s even safe to take children in the water. The park also has a boardwalk and barbecue grill picnic areas.

Folly Beach

Also close to Charleston is the Folly Beach, on an island of the same name. It often attracts local fishermen but also offers water activities like paddleboarding and kayaking in the sea. Visitors can even take a dolphin-watching cruise.

Sullivan’s Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island Beach is another popular choice. This is a very small, cozy beach that features local shops and various bed & breakfast locations. Visitors can enjoy water sports and can rent everything from surfboards to jet skis.

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park boasts a beautiful five-mile beach and its historic lighthouse, which stands 130 feet tall. This beach attracts many visitors who take advantage of the opportunity to camp out overnight.

Hilton Head

The vast majority of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is nothing but beach. This 12-mile beach is divided into areas, including Coligny Beach Park, where visitors can enjoy the public garden from oversized swing seats. The beach’s Coligny Plaza is a great place to go for some quick bites and to catch both live entertainment and movies.