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A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

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A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

We are visiting Charleston for the first time on September 29th for 4 nights. We are staying in the historic district and want to take a few hours one day to go to the beach. Which is the best, closest beach for a post Hurricane Florence visit? We plan to use Uber or a taxi since we will not have a car. What’s the best time of day to see the tides? Thanks for your advice.

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Ridgewood, New...
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1. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

The beaches near Charleston were unscathed by the hurricane. Closest to the Historic District are Folly Beach and Isle of Palms. Not sure what you mean by "see the tides". At high tide, the beach will be narrow for walking or sunning; at high tide, the beach will be wide.The change is gradual, so no sudden surge like in places like at the Bay of Fundy! You can check the tide charts for Charleston here - …mobilegeographics.com/locations/1156.html

Edited: 20 September 2018, 03:06
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2. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

Isle of Palms is a little bit "Tourist" (with facilities) Sullivan's Island is kinda "Family" (with no facilities) and Folly Beach is kinda "Bohemian" (with facilities) They are all less than about 15 miles from the Historic District

They are all nice beaches and a simple check of the tides (online or an app) will tell you what you're dealing with.

Whatever you do, have a great time while you're here - and welcome to Charleston!

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3. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

For your purposes, we recommend Folly Beach.

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4. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

Typo above ~ at high tide, beaches are very narrow. At low tide, the water is much further out, leaving a very wide beach. Tide is constantly changing, either in the process of coming in or going out. There are 2 high and 2 low tides in each 24 hour period. The time of high or low tide changes each day, as each cycle takes a little over 12 hours. IE- high tide at 5:02 am and again at 5:47 pm. The following day, high at 5:52am and at 6:32. In other words, not exact 12 hour cycles.

On a computer (won't show up on a phone) look to the right side of this page for Top Questions about Charleston. There is a section called Which beach is best ~ it gives a detailed description of all the local beaches.

Edited: 20 September 2018, 19:51
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5. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

Many thanks to all who responded. I checked the article on Best Beaches and think Folly Beach or Isle of Palms will be best for us.

Ridgewood, New...
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6. Re: A Few Hours on the Beach near Charleston

Good choices.

Both Folly Beach and Isle of Palms have Charleston County beach parks with restroom facilities, etc. The beach parks are beautifully maintained; and, in late September, they will not be as crowded as in summer. https://www.ccprc.com/8/Parks-Facilities

Thanks, endo, for correcting my typo!

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