The Islands of
Charleston, S.C.

Explore the islands surrounding Charleston: James Island, Johns Island, Sullivans Island, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, City Marina nad more

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* Charleston Islands Photo Gallery *
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If you are planning a visit to Charleston, don't forget the beautiful islands that surround the city.

* See the photo gallery linked above.

* Map of Charleston islands.

My husband and I live in Myrtke Beach. We visit Charleston several times a year. When exploring the islands around Charleston, we often spend a night in the Charleston area in order to get an early start.

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What will you see when yuou visit the
various islands surrounding Charleston?


Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the largest living trees. It is 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 feet. It covers 17,000square 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 on a wooded area of Bohicket Road on John's Island, near Charleston. (Don't forget your camera.) It's free to visit, and you will be amazed by the Angel Oak! If you have a problem finding the Angel Oak, just ask anyone you see. All the locals will be happy to point yoou in the right direction.

John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway isand 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. Jogns Island is protecrted 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 in the Charleston Harbor. It is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as manty households. These are primarily full or part time residents who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Sullivans Island. Sullivans Island has a long military history of protecting the harbor from invaaders. Remnants of the Military are abundant in now privately held military housing. Former fortifications are now family homes. Most of the historic homes have withstood all kinds of weather, including hurricanes. The Ben Sawyer Bridge connects Sullivans Island to Mt. Pleasant.

James Island is the home of many historic events. This is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll fine Morris Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the paking lot to the point where you can view the lighthouse. At the 643 acre James Island County Park you'll find saltwater fishing, along the walking trails and picnic areas. Admission is currently $1. per person per person with additional fees for some activities.

Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history 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, loved by visitors and locals 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 Atlantic Beach. It is a private community with access limited to property owners and guests or rental agencies. Beachwalker Park is located at the west end of the island. It's the only public beach access on the island...but it is not free unless you visit in Jan. and Feb. or Nov. and Dec. See Kiawah Beachwalker Park for ore information

Charleston City Marina was named "National Marina of the Yearr" (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 floatinf fuel dockin the Southeast. For more informatioln abouot this beautiful marina, please visit the Charleston City Marina Website.

Edisto Beach is about an hour's drive south of Charleston. My Edisto Island photos are here.Edisto is a quiet family island. The first known occupants were the Edisto Indians. The Spanish arrived in the 1500s, followed by the English in the 1600s. Make it a day trip, or spend a night at this family-friendly beach.

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