If you are planning a trip to Charleston, don't miss the islands that surround the city. My husband and I live in Myrtle Beach, and we visit Charleston often. However, when visiting the surrounding islands we usually spend a couple nights in the Charleston area.

What will you see on the various islands around Charleston?


Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the largest living trees, located on John's Island , South Carolina. This oak has a diameter reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet, and a height of 65 eet. It covers 17,100 square feet of ground. Reportedly the oldest thing, living or man-made, east of the Rockies. The Angel Oak is approximately 1,500 years old. It stands in a wooded area along Bohicket Road of John's Island, near Charleston. Be sure to take your camera. It is free to visit. Don't forget to take your camera!

John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway island for 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. John's Island is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by the islands surrounding it. Freshfields Village brings neighborhood shopping to the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by Piggly Wiggly) an upscale grocery store where we enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Sullivan's Island is a Barrier Island of the Charleston Harbor. It is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households.  These are primarily full or part time citizens who enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Sullivan's Island. Sullivans Island has a long military history of protecting the harbor from invaders.  Remnants of the military are abundant in now privately held military housing. Even former fortifications are now single family residences.  Most of these hidtoric homes have withstood years and years of time and all kinds of weather including hurricanes.

Jame's Island is the home of many historical events. The is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll find Morris Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see both the beach and the Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the point where you can view the lighthouse.

Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich histoty of significance during the Civil War. It served as a point of departure for the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers its six miles of white, sandy beaches and is loved by residents...and we can't pass up a stop at Trader Joe's on the way home to Myrtle Beach.

Kiawah Island is the location of Beachwalker Park, located at the west end of the island. It offers ocean frontage and a river view, and it's the only public beach access on the island.

Charleston City Marina was named "National Marina of the year" (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. The Citys Marina Mega Dock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free-standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. For more information about this lovely marina, visit the Official Website.

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The Islands of Charleston, SC
The Islands Surrounding Charleston:
James Islands. Johns Island,
the Angel Oak, Sullivans Island, Kiawah, Isle of Palms, and the City Marina

Photos and copy by Patricia Blackstock

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