If you live in the Southeast, there are lots and lots of beach destinations to pick from each summer. Some, such as Myrtle Beach, are very well known as a tourist destination, while others, such as North Carolina’s Outer Banks have the reputation of unspoiled beauty.
For this INsider, though, nothing beats the islands around Charleston for fun in the sand and sun.
First – the city of Charleston is a wonderful vacation destination on its own. Frequently making it to the top of lists of best-cities-in-America and best-places- to-visit, Charleston is a jewel of a city – filled with history, charm, shopping and superb restaurants.
Kiawah Island, a barrier island 25 miles southeast of the city, operates largely as a gated beach and golf resort with accomodations including luxury homes, villas and the Sanctuary Resort which has the prestigious Five Diamond rating from Forbes.
Even closer to town are the barrier islands of Isle of Palms and Sullivans – both affluent areas with wonderful beach and recreational opportunities. Wild Dunes Resort takes up a great deal of Isle of Palm and offers award winning golf courses, tennis, water activities, on site dining and a multitude of accomodations including AAA 4 Diamond Properties The Boardwalk Inn and The Village. An extremely family-friendly vibe permeates the resort with a staff well trained in customer service.
This INsider recently took a family reunion to Wild Dunes and was impressed by the facilities, the staff and the accommodations. From a paddle-boarding adventure to a smores cook out – the activities were plentiful and enjoyable for young and old.
What’s your favorite beach destination?