Explore the islands that surround Charleston, S.C.

Be sure to visit the islands that surround Charleston!
James Island, Johns Island, Sullivans Island
Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms

Patricia Blackstock

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If you are planning to visit Charleston,don't forget the beautiful surrounding islands!

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My husband and I live in Myrtle Beach and we visit Charleston severl times a year. When exploring the islands near Charleston we often spenad a night in downtown Charleston in order to get an early start the next day.

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Here's our photo gallery from our extended stay Charleston over Christmas. This includes photos of the drive-through" holiday lights featured on Johns Island

What will you see when you visit
the islands around Charleston?


Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the world's largest trees. It is located on John's Island , South Carolina. This oak tree has a diameter reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet and a height of 65 feet. It covers 17,000 square feet of ground. Reportedly it is the oldest oak east of the rockies. The Angel Oak is approximately 1,500 years old. It stands in a wooded area, just off Bohicket Road on John's Island, near Charleston. (Don't forget your smart phone or camera!) It's free to visit, and tyou will be amaxed at the Angel Oak. If you have a problem finding the Angel Oak, just ask anyone you see! The locals are proud of their Angel Oak and will be happy to point you in the right direction.

John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway to its neighboring islands - Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Technically an island because it is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Stono River, the Kiawah River and Bohicket Creek. Johns Island is proteced by the surrounding islands. Freshfields Village brings neighborhood shopping to the islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain) where we enjoyed a great dinner.)

Sullivan's Islandis a barrier island. It is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households. These are primarily full and part time residents who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Sullivans Island. It has a long histor of the harbor being protected from invaders. Remnants of privately held military housing and former fortifications are now family homes. This historic island has withstood all kinds of weather, including hurricanes.

James Island is home to south Carolina's most historic events. This is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll find Morris Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the the point where you can view the lighthouse. At the 643 acre James Island County Park you'll find saltwater fishing, and along the paths and public areas. Fees apply. Check the website.

Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history of significance during the Civel War. It serves as the departure to the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink the enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers six miles of white, sandy beaches, loved by local and tourists alike. And we always stop at Trader Joe's on the way home to Myrtle Beach.

Kiawah Island is a 10-mile stretch of undisturbed beach. It is a private community with access limited to property owners or rental agents. Beachwalker Park is located at the west end of the island. It's the only public access on the island, and you can only visit it in Jan. Feb. and Dec. See Kiawah Beachwalker Park for more information.

Charleston City Marina has been names "National Marina of the Yeart" (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. The city's Marina Mega Dock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating dock in the Southeast. For more information about this beautifuol Marina, please visit Charleston City Marina Website.

Edisto Beach is about an hour;s drive south of Charleston. My Edisto Island photos are here. Edisto is quiet family island.  The first known occupants were the Edisto Indians. The Spanish arrived in the 1500s, followed by the English. Make it a day trip or spend a night at this family-friendly beach.

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